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Mountain Bikers Tips For Beginners

Whether you are a complete beginner when it comes to bike riding or are a competent road cyclist, this guide will help explain to you the techniques which are required when it comes to mountain bike riding in Mammoth Lakes, CA . Mountain biking does require some different skills than those used when cycling on the road, especially if you have just purchased a folding mountain bike.

Seat Position Adjustment

?When it comes to your seat position, it is important that it is correctly set, as this will allow you to have the correct body position when both climbing and descending a hill.


?When it comes to climbing a hill, your seat should be at the perfect height to allow you to pedal at the highest efficiency. The way in which you can check that you are at the correct height is by having your pedal at the bottom; your whole leg should be slightly bent. The ideal leg extension is around 80-90 percent, as this will allow you to have the most powerful and efficient pedal


?When going down a hill, it is best to have your seat a few inches lower than the height you had it set at when climbing. With a lowered seat, it means that you have an overall better control of the bike and gives you a boost in confidence when you descend steep sections. Using trial and error will be the best way to find the best height which feels the best to you.


?This may sound like one of the easiest of tips, but it is essential to know how and when to brake to ensure that you feel both comfortable and confident when riding.

?How You Should Brake

?When you brake, it should be done in a...

Mammoth Lakes Starwood Estates

Luxurious Starwood Estates in Mammoth Lakes, CA 

Listed below are all the luxurious homes currently listed in Starwood Estates.  This exclusive community located on the prestigious Sierra Star Championship Golf Course are some of the most desirable homes in Mammoth Lakes ranging from the low $1 million to $3 million plus.  

Although on the Sierra Star Golf Course the Starwood homes are conveniently located close to town on the 2 main cross sections of Minaret and Meridian Boulevard.  Located adjacent to the Starwood Estates is the coveted Bell parcel which is a meadow reserve and a safe haven for wildlife year-round.   Contact Maggie Larson Mammoth toll free at (855) GO-MAGGIE for more details. 

Preview all the listings in Starwood Estates:


Meb Keflezighi who trains in Mammoth Lakes qualified for his 4th Olympic marathon

Meb Keflezighi who trains in Mammoth Lakes , CA qualified this weekend for his 4th Olympic marathon.

Mammoth Lakes, CA is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the world  yet for Meb Keflezighi Mammoth Lakes is home for optimum training conditions in the high elevations.  From San Diego, 40 year old Meb has 1 of the 3 spots for the Olympic Team.  Go Meb~



Excellent conditions in Mammoth Lakes, CA for President's Week 2016

Excellent conditions in Mammoth Lakes, CA for President's Week 2016 means a high of 93% occupancy rate for the town of Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth Lakes, CA is booming and the conditions are amazing.  There have been so many blue bird perfect skiing days this year it's been incredible.  The snow is spectacular with a 9ft base, and the mountain is staffed and ready for you to come visit our world renown destination The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.  

This weeks occupancy rates:

Contact Maggie Larson Mammoth your Mammoth Lakes Residential Specialist for sales and long term luxury rentals toll free (855) GO-MAGGIE


Maggie Larson Mammoth weekly featured listing in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Lakes Real Estate - Take an old condo, remodel it head to toe, and you get KVE#220 This complex might not much to look at from the outside, but this fantastic 1-bedroom + loft, 2-bath unit is move-in ready with both a modern kitchen and bathrooms. Partial views of Mammoth Mountain, pool and spa onsite, easy parking, downtown location, plenty of room, tons of storage, and low HOA fees. What are you waiting for?


Mammoth Real Estate for Lovers of Lavishness: Westin Monache Condos

Are you looking for a piece of Mammoth real estate that will put you in the heart of resort-style luxury?

Then you may want to consider filling out a change of address card that includes the words, Westin Monache. It’s a delightful condominium development within reach of the Westin Monache Resort’s finest amenities. And I do mean fine.

The renowned, Mammoth Lakes resort is recognized by world travelers for its signature Heavenly Beds® and Heavenly Baths®. If you haven’t traveled in style for awhile, please allow us to explain. Initially introduced in the late 1990s, the luxurious beds are manufactured by the well respected firm, Simmons. They feature thick, lush, pillow top mattresses with reinforced edges. And they come with a choice of either low or standard profile box springs.

As for the otherworldly baths, they feature therapeutic, spa-like, dual shower heads that offer phenomenal water pressure and a handful of powerful jets per head. They were custom manufactured for the hospitality chain in the early 2000s by the esteemed, centuries old, American firm,  Speakman® Company. And the good news is both the beds and shower heads are often included in Westin Monache condos.

In addition, Mammoth real estate owners that choose to make Westin Monache their homes have access to other, highly coveted, onsite amenities too. The long list includes a heated swimming pool, serene spa, workout room, concierge services and a restaurant. Known as the Whitebark, it serves breakfast and dinner daily. Plus, there is a fabulous lounge menu available too. Food you’re likely to encounter there are thick, all-natural...

Mammoth Lakes 'Propportunity' Vol 152

"Propportunity™" / prah-per-tue-ni-tee (noun):  A property priced well in today's market, offered by a motivated seller.

Ski In Ski out location in Mammoth Lakes

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Fun Summer Activity at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort: Gondola Rides

Just because it’s warmer outside doesn’t mean you can’t still visit Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. In fact, there are a number of fun activities that take place here during the summer months, including one you won’t want to miss: gondola rides toward the summit.

Just because it’s warmer outside doesn’t mean you can’t still visit Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. In fact, there are a number of fun activities that take place here during the summer months, including one you won’t want to miss: gondola rides toward the summit.

Gondola rides on Mammoth Mountain differ from others, as they are not a boat, but instead resemble a ski lift. A gondola ride will allow you to see an area of more than 400 miles, including numerous mountain peaks. The trip will take you an astounding 11,000 feet to the summit of the mountain, and will allow you to relax in the comfort of your own car while making the picturesque trek.

At the top of the summit, you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Top of the Sierra Café, which specializes in serving salads, soups and sandwiches. You can also elect to have a picnic lunch included in the cost of your gondola ride, or simply grab a light snack from the café. Plenty of seating is provided overlooking the magnificent valley below.

Stop by and visit the interpretive center while you’re at the summit. This center will provide you with the natural history of Mammoth Mountain and the Eastern Sierra in general. Some of the displays offered include those associated with the volcanic history, cultural heritage and geology of the region.

Mammoth Mountain also contains numerous hiking trails that can be accessed from the summit as well. If you’re feeling...

Great Hiking, Biking, and Water Skiing in Mammoth Lakes, CA

There are great trails for hiking and mountain biking in the Mammoth Lakes area, plus there are many lakes for water skiing to get you back in shape for the winter snow skiing. Mammoth Lakes is a multi-season area where you can enjoy a full year of outdoor activities

Here are some great places to go for your hiking, biking, and water skiing pleasures during the summer.


There are many hiking trails into the Inyo National Forest with magnificent views. On these trails, you may discover mountain top views, crystal blue lakes, babbling brooks and streams, and quiet areas to relax. In the Sierras, there are day hikes, casual strolls to strenuous elevation changing hikes. You can also do overnight hikes but these require special permits, which have quotas for overnighters, so you need to get there early to get your permit.

Mammoth Lakes’ area provides more than seventy trails throughout the area, from strolling to challenging hikes. Here are just a few of the many hikes from easy to moderate:


Lakes Basin Area: Off Lake Mary Road provides shorter trails near Lake George. Panorama Dome: The dome is an easy ½-mile hike that begins near the bridge of Twin Lakes. The trailhead is on Lake Mary Road past the turnoff to Twin Lakes. Rock Creek: Most of the trail is near a cold-water creek. Aspens, willows, and other foliage during an early October hike will show you spectacular colors of yellows, oranges, and reds. Devils Postpile National Monument ( A 0.4-mile hike leads Devils Postpile a unique geologic feature protected by the National Park Service. There are about eight miles of trails within the park. Make sure to...

Mono County’s Crowley Lake: An Ideal Spot for Equestrians

Mono County Crowley Lake, CA Equestrian Perfection

Are you looking for a place where you can stretch your legs, do a little fishing and maybe raise a few horses? If so, Mono County's Crowley Lake area may be the perfect spot for you. Some of the properties are equestrian zoned and others offer easy access to the water, a BLM run campground and a fish camp.

One of our many favorite Mono County properties is located on Aspen Springs Ranch Road. Built in 1997, it is the ideal spot to do many of the activities mentioned above and more. There is even a wine cellar, steam shower, indoor spa, fireplaces and heated floors included in the home’s layout. Plus, it was once featured in the magazine, Log Home Illustrated.

If you are enamored with the idea of having your own pond and running creek too, the beautiful home on Hilton Creek Drive may be of interest as well. Built in 1989, it sits on a spacious, 1.01-acre tract of land that shares a border with the Inyo National Forest. So you won’t have to worry about feeling fenced in or under the constant, watchful eyes of neighbors. In addition, the forest is home to horse trails that are open to the public.

Of course they are not the only places in Mono County that offer tempting conveniences and luxurious...

Great Reasons to Call a Residential Specialist for Mammoth Lakes Real Estate & Mammoth Lakes Long Term Rentals

Contact Maggie Larson Mammoth for all your residential real estate needs including Mammoth Lakes long term rentals. 

Before you start scrolling through Eastern Sierra and Mammoth Lakes Real Estate listings or placing that For Sale or Rent sign on your home, stop a moment and remember one thing. Buying, selling and renting a home are three of the most important decisions that a person can make in his or her lifetime. So shouldn’t you select a Residential Specialist for Real Estate & Rentals to help you through the process?

Residential Specialists for Mammoth Lakes Real Estate & Long Term Rentals are unlike other real estate agents. That’s because they have extensive experience, education, connections and familiarity with residential markets in their area. Take me for example. I’m a mother of five who’s spent 13 years living and working in the Eastern Sierras and Mammoth Lakes. I have first-hand knowledge about the area and its many services.

In addition, my life’s work and education history have been focused on residential real estate and property management. There are also plenty of Eastern Sierra client’s that can vouch for my integrity and business skills. So locals and out-of-town clients alike can feel confident with my professionalism.

Furthermore, as a Residential Specialist for Real Estate sales & Rentals, I have access to a wide variety of Eastern Sierra properties. Geographical areas that I tend to work with are Mono and Inyo Counties including Mammoth Lakes, CA and Bishop, CA. Within them, would-be buyers and renters are apt to find the following and much more:

  • Residential Homes for sale
  • Condos for sale
  • Vacant...

Trout Stocking and Opening fishing day in Mammoth Lakes

Time for the opening fishing day in the Eastern Sierra and in Mammoth Lakes, CA

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Desert Springs Trout Farm to Stock Trout in Mammoth Lakes this Year

Fish farm to ensure another great fishing season in the Mammoth Lakes Basin

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (March 26, 2014) — As fishing opener nears, the latest angling news in the Eastern Sierra is that the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lakes Tourism are working with Desert Springs Trout Farm for fish stocking in the Mammoth Lakes Basin for 2014.


“Conway Ranch’s water issues are very unfortunate, but luckily we have found a solution for this year with Desert Springs,” explained Mammoth Lakes Tourism Executive Director, John Urdi.


Desert Springs will provide at least 11,000 pounds of fish compared to the 7,600 pounds (nearly a 45 percent increase year over year) the Lakes Basin received last year, which means anglers will have an even greater opportunity to land a big one this summer.


“The fish that will be stocked in the Lakes Basin would be the same types of trout that Eastern Sierra anglers have caught in the past, from browns to rainbows, etc.,” said David Mcfarland, partner of Desert Springs Trout Farm. The trout will also be the trophy-sized, 3-5 pounders to which Eastern Sierra anglers are accustomed.


“Not only will we continue to have frequent fish stocking, but in the Mammoth Lakes Basin we will have even more fish,” Urdi continued. The extra...

Mammoth Lakes, CA: The Perfect Getaway for Resort Living

Do you want to live in a place where you don't have to travel away from your home just to see a forest, a lake, or a mountain peak? 

Sometimes living in an area where cars, buildings, and the other overwhelming aspects that come with living in a city become too much, thoughts often turn to living in an area where you can be more in tune with nature and start doing the things that you love. Do you miss hiking, biking, skiing, and other activities without having to drive miles and miles out of your way? Do you want to live in a place where you don't have to travel away from your home just to see a forest, a lake, or a mountain peak? Or do you just want to live away from the city? Fortunately, there are areas all over California that fit this description. 

  One area where you can just get away and enjoy nature (permanently or just to get away) would be Mammoth Lakes. There are many different condominiums, homes, and even lots for sale or lease that the professionals at Sierra Resort Property Management can introduce you to. 

  Mammoth Lakes is an absolutely beautiful area for those looking to get away. This area is surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, and is bordered by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas. It is within a lush, beautiful forest. A mere thirty-two miles from Mammoth Lakes is the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Because of its ideal and stunning location, it is a great location for nature lovers and people who just want to get away from all of the noise, pollution, and congestion that come with living in a larger city.

  There are many different areas for its residents to go hiking. One example of a hiking spot is the Twin Lakes...

Bishop, California: A Perfect Place to Call Home

If you are searching for the perfect medium to purchase real estate between California's hot, desert climate and its mountainous, cooler areas, Bishop, CA is definitely a spot you should consider

The weather here is quite mild and the people are very laid back and friendly. The area itself has a small population of a little over nine thousand people. There are also plenty of things to see and activities to do in this area that make it an absolutely delightful place to live in. If these things aren't right in Bishop, they are no more than two hours away. Bikers, hikers, and those who just have the desire to see more of nature's bounty can all agree that Bishop, California is the place to go to see and participate in all of their favorite sights and activities.

 National Parks

For those who are just dying to see all of the natural wonders that California has to offer, Bishop is close enough to several of them that you'll have the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in state nature preserves. Visit Yosemite National Park and observe its breath taking views from the cliffs, see flowing streams and clear waters and get lost in nature. Experience the scorching hot biome of Death Valley and the scarce, but beautiful vegetation that the desert has to offer. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are also a couple of the other national parks that are within a short driving distance of Bishop.


Bishop also has something to offer for its hiking enthusiasts. There are many places to hike in and around Bishop that are exquisitely beautiful. One great spot to hike is the Bishop Pass Trail. This trail is one that is often traveled by hikers...

Mammoth Lakes Real Estate meets Beverly Hills Real Estate

Maggie Larson Mammoth Real Estate and Joan Stucky Beverly Hills Real Estate going strong #MaggieLarsonMammothLakes #JoanSBeverlyHillsRealEstate #SierraResortRealEstate #MammothLakesHomesForSale #BeverlyHillsHomesForSale #SierraResortPropertyManagement 


Mammoth Lakes Long Term Rentals are Going Fast, So Act Now

Have you always wanted to spend a season living in the Eastern Sierra Mountains? If so, now is the time to secure your Mammoth Lakes long term rentals. Otherwise, you may end up missing out on some of the best, summer and winter vacation rental homes in California.

At Sierra Resort Property Management, we currently have several stunning, Mammoth Lakes long term rentals available. Two of our favorites are located on Meridian Boulevard. One is nestled in the St. Moritz Subdivision and the other is in the Central Subdivision. Collectively, they each feature fabulous, highly sought after amenities like pools and furnishings. In addition, both are within easy access of the area’s shopping malls and attractions. Seasonal, public transportation is also well within reach of these two Mammoth Lakes long term rentals.

At the moment, there are also Mammoth Lakes long term rentals available on Lee Road, Old Mammoth Road, Canyon Boulevard and Grindewald. The Lee Road rental is located within the Central Subdivision whereas the Old Mammoth Road rental property is in the Discovery IV Subdivision. As for the other two rental properties, they are located in the Canyon Lodge Subdivision and the Mammoth Knolls Subdivision, respectively. Mammoth Lakes Rental Listings

The Canyon Boulevard property is exceptionally ideal...

Seven Financial Benefits of home ownership this tax season in Mammoth Lakes

There is still more snow on the way in Mammoth Lakes, CA

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Fishing Technique to Use in Mammoth Lakes to catch 'Walter'

Opening season is quickly approaching.  Getting out on the water in the wee hours of the morning, casting a line out and waiting for the fish to come your way… this is what many people call relaxation~

There’s something to be said for the tranquility fishing brings – communing with nature and being at peace with one’s own thoughts. Well, that’s great for the first hour or so, but then, like everyone else, you’ll be ready to catch some fish.  I find myself getting rather impatient waiting for "Walter" to take my tasty garlic worm.  I think I will add a gadget to my cute little pink tackle box this year. A porfable fish finder.....

Using a fish finder can make that easier. A fish finder is a device that locates fish underwater by employing sonar. Sonar uses pulses of sound to locate movement. Measurements and graphical displays aid the user in tracking and finding schools of fish. Fish finders are excellent tools to use when trying access the fish that dwell at lower depths. 

You can get a fish finder in bait and tackle stores and even online. Hummingbird and Lowrance offer the best fish finders on the market. Both provide an image that is more like a picture, high definition screens, 2D format displays.   Some fish finders also offer GPS plotting functionality so that you can chart a course.   There’s even an Ethernet port to share coordinates between two units on high-end fish finders. These functionalities make fish finders easier to read and will render the user more accurate. 

Fishing is a relaxing past time for many people all over the world. It is also a great survival skill to learn. Many people who engage in this pastime have memories of fishing with their father or grandfather on a calm lake, whiling...

Psst…Trout Fishing Bliss May Be Found in Mono County, CA

Fishmas will be here before you know it. I am excited about that, are you?

For those of you that may have never heard of Fishmas before, it’s Mono County anglers’ code word for the start of trout season. This year, it’s set to cast off on April 26th. Here’s a tackle box full of information on how to enjoy the big day:

To begin with, you’ll need a place to hang your fishing hat for the night and a fishing license. I can help you find the perfect overnight accommodations in Mono County. At the moment, there are so many beautiful places to rent or buy in the Eastern Sierras. Some of the properties offer direct lake access. Others are located within an easy walk or drive to the water’s edge. So just pick out a few fishing spots that you may want to try. Ones to consider are Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin and June Lake. Then let me know what your choices are. That way, I can narrow down the field.

As for the fishing license, you can buy one online through the state. Prices for 2014 licenses range from $15 to $125. The state also offers access to stocking reports. You can find fishing reports available through many Mono County marinas and fish camps too. Among those that offer such reports are the Crowley Lake Fish Camp, Gull Lake Marina and the Bridgeport Reservoir Marina. Water levels, temperatures and other fishing relevant information are available from the U.S. Geological Services' website as well.

Of course you’ll need some trout fishing gear too. No worries there because Mono County has its share of bait and tackle shops. Some of them are located within the area’s marinas. Examples include the Grant Lake Marina and...

Mammoth Lakes, CA: Mammoth Food & Wine Experience Scheduled

After a tough winter, we are more than ready for a summer of sun and fun. Rope off your calendars for July 11-12, 2014. The Mammoth Food & Wine Experience schedule has been announced and select ticket packages are on sale now!

Thanks to some well-deserved attention from (NYC's Top Sommeliers on 2013 and the Year Ahead), California wines are gearing up for a great year. 

We always love summers in Mammoth Lakes, CA, and the Food & Wine Experience adds an extra celebration. 

Some things you can expect from the two-day event:

Best of the Burger Battle

Area chefs and their signature gourmet burgers, square off before a panel of foodies. 

Wine Walk at the Village

You'll walk through the beautiful Mammoth village sampling wines from over 12 wineries and snacking on light bites. Stick around afterward for a full meal and an 80s dance party with the always fun and outrageous, Spazmatics.

Al fresco dining and demonstrations

Learn from top chefs in how to prepare fish and game. Then, enjoy a feast of freshly prepared fish, bison, boar, and venison.

Private home dinners prepared by celebrity chefs

Special ticket packages include a meal prepared in a private home by celebrity chefs. This year's featured chefs include; Josie Le Balch, ...