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Juniper Springs Resort

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Poshbrood recently spent a long weekend at the Juniper Springs Resort for Daddio's birthday.  He wanted to ski.  At check in, the front desk staff were welcoming and friendly and pointed out the game room on the first floor which was fantastic for our kids (aged 9 and 11) and their pals on this trip.  They spent HOURS there after skiing, playing Wii and Ping Pong.    

We stayed in a one-bedroom suite with a king in the bedroom and a queen sofabed in the living room.  It was a very family friendly arrangement  -- natch -- the kids got the sofabed.

 

The furniture was comfortable and simple (not posh but certainly nice).  There was a full kitchen stocked with pots, pans, silverware, dishes, full-sized fridge and stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, and plenty of cabinets for storing your own food.  Even a pitcher for margaritas and a big serving platter.  (Tequila anyone?)

The room came with a humidifier which was critical because the air is incredibly dry.  There was a round table with 4 chairs for dining and table linens.  The only drawback of the accomodations is the bathroom was pretty small and we've got 3 girls in a family of four.  Also, the resort hasn't updated their TVs so they are still the big boxes (but perfectly good picture). The main activity for our family (and almost everyone else) here is skiing (and snowboarding).  Juniper Springs is slopeside to Mammoth Mountain's Eagle chair lift, rental/lesson area and restaurant. 

Once the shuttle drops you at check-in or you park your car in the resort's garage, you don't have to leave!  Huge plus in my book. The bottom of the chair lift is a 1-minute walk from the lobby.  There is a locker room on the first floor where you can store your equipment.  My husband skied three days and rented demos at Eagle, which he loved.  Our girls also rented equipment on-site and took 3 days of group ski lessons, which they also loved (9am-3pm, includes lunch). Each instructor gives the parents a report and assessment at the end of the day. 

Mommy spent half each day at nearby Tamarack Lodge, snowshoeing on the beautiful trails alongside hikers and cross-country skiers. I also shopped around in town, where there are several sports/gear shops, gift shops/galleries, a big grocery store (Vons/Safeway), a movie theatre, ice skating rink, restaurants and even Color Me Mine. I drove myself but there are shuttle buses running everywhere frequently. At Juniper Springs, we loved the outdoor pool and 3 jacuzzis. Apres ski, everyone gets in their suits and braves the chilly temperatures to sit in the warm hot tub or splash in the warm pool. The kids loved plunging themselves in the snow banks that surround the pool area and making snowballs, then dashing back into the warm water and watching the snowballs melt. Parents loved relaxing, partially submerged, with a beer in a plastic cup. Robes and pool towels come with the rooms.

Truly, we never had to leave Juniper Springs to have a great time - we were so exhausted after a day on the mountain that we were more happy to crash at the hotel and stay put than to consider a night on the town.  We brought food to make group dinners with our friends, fed the kids first and sent them down to the game room while we ate.  The kids LOVED the game room and the independence!  Keep in mind our kids are 9 and 11.  You might have a tougher time here in the evenings with kids under age 4 or so.  We did get a flyer for a Mammoth Kids Night Out program (took place at a different lodge on weekends and holidays only) but our kids didn't attend.  The card says "Just drop your kids off with our child care experts and they'll enjoy movies, games, crafts and dinner while you paint the town!"  $55/child, 5-12 year olds, 5-10pm.  There is also accredited daycare and babysitter options available.

Juniper Springs is an excellent place to stay with kids -- I'd highly recommend it for discerning travelers who are looking for a great ski vacation.  The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is friendly and helpful, and everything is very conveniently located,  Families and other guests walk around the building and lobby in their ski clothes with chapped faces and hat-head and there's lots of chatter about the day's runs and the weather conditions. It's a great place to stay if you plan to cook for yourself and have a relaxed, great time with your family and/or friends California slopeside.

Room rates as low as $119/a night.  Be sure to check for specials and mid week discounts.

Submitted by Rebecca Hutchinson

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Community Review Amy Savage September 9, 2012

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Hi Rebecca, I love this article, what a great resource for first time parents on the road with their kids! I would love to take my family here! Thanks so much, can't wait to read more! -Amy

Community Review Joane Pickett February 2, 2011

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I am currently staying at Juniper Springs with my family and concur with this review. We ski right up to the door at the end of the day, it is so convenient and comfortable. Our son is 11 and I feel very safe allowing him to go to the game room and pool by himself. The only improvement I would make at Juniper Springs is to add a Lobby Bar! We are so tired after skiing all day that we are content to eat dinner in our condo at night but an apres ski cocktail downstairs would be a perfect ending to a day on the mountain!

Community Review Lindsay Gallagher February 2, 2011

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We also had a wonderful long weekend at Juniper Springs Resort. I arrived before my husband, who flew into Mammoth the next day and rode the complimentary shuttle to the slope-side hotel. The bellman helped my kids and me load into our one bedroom. Everyone was very helpful – it was completely doable on my own. We requested that our room be near the family we were traveling with and we were right across the hall. At 8am the next morning, Black Tie Ski Rental (http://mammoth.blacktieskis.com/) arrived at our room and outfitted my kids. No lines, no checkout – I cooked breakfast while renting gear! They also brought a duffle full of socks, sun-block and hand/foot warmers, which I have to admit, I almost always buy. This trip my kids snowboarded, but we’ve previously rented ski gear from Black Tie. On the last trip, they happily exchanged the skis for boards mid-vacay for no extra charge. Their ski gear is all brand new and top of the line. My son’s snowboard was also excellent, but they don’t carry boards for riders with feet smaller than size 1, which is my daughter’s size. Apparently, there isn’t much manufactured for little shredders, since skiing is still preferred my most small kids (and their parents). They claimed they would have better rigs for small riders by next season. We all skied first, but have one by one made the switch. My husband and I own our own snowboards, but occasionally, I rent demo skis from Black Tie myself for old times sake, so I can tell you first hand that their rentals are top notch. After suiting up, the kids and I walked – literally steps – to their lessons. Then I hit the slopes myself. It could not be easier. I think the rooms at Juniper are spacious for ski accommodations. The kitchen is full sized and fully loaded. It's true that the tvs are too old, but there are two of them and the one in the living room comes with a dvd player. There was a flyer advertising in-room video game rentals, but my kids were so happy in the game room with their chums, that they never even brought it up. I was comfortable allowing my kids (7 and 10) to go down to the lobby/game room/mini cafe by themselves. There is also a small rental shop in the lobby that waxed my board for $10, which is about the going rate, but they ran it through the machine three times, which is more than usual and it was super convenient to drop it in the lobby. Juniper is truly ski-in ski-out, and the lift at the lodge – The Eagle Express – is a new high speed 6-pack that has a green route all the way down, so even beginners never have to worry about finding an easy way home. (If you are a beginner and plan on using only Eagle Express, you can buy a beginner-only lift ticket for $24. My son can easily ride/ski the runs on this lift by himself) For the advanced skier, hit new high-speed Cloud 9 express to access the top part of the mountain, then make your way to the Gondola for world class skiing/snowboarding as high as 11,053’. This mountain is so rad, Shawn White was showing off for the kids in ski school in the mini park off the Roller Coaster Express (another new high speed lift). The Flying Tomato himself, in the flesh! Even on the Eagle Express, the views of the Sierra are staggering. Eagle is the smallest lodge at Mammoth, so on busy weekends, it might be worth booking ski school in advance, though we have stayed there over Christmas and were always able to book same day. This past trip was an off weekend, so there were never any lines anywhere. On Sunday, my daughter was the only child in her group snowboard lesson. I planned on springing her for the end of the day, but she was having so much fun with her personal instructor, that I headed back up to the top! They offered us a noon checkout when I asked, but I managed to load out of the room by 10am. We snowboarded all day, then left the kid’s gear in our lockers for Black Tie to pick up. Our car was packed and waiting for us in the underground garage. Can’t think of a better family trip! Biggest draw back to Juniper: no child care. If you have a baby or toddler (or apprehensive skier who needs ski school/day care, you will have to drive up to Main Lodge. For little ones, booking in advance is imperative on Holidays. There is parking for drop off at the day care and parking back at Juniper, so it's possible to drive up and drop off, but it is kind of a drag. They offer 1/2 ski school for kids as young as 3 and it is very easy for parents to take turns in the afternoon from Juniper Springs. Once your kids are 5 and can attend full day ski school, this spot is ideal!

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