Friday, February 10, 2012

NIght of Lights 2011

Mammoth's annual Night of Lights is a fantastic festival that takes place every year during the weekend before Christmas to celebrate the holiday season.

Every year at this time we take a 4-6 day trip with my family, our friends, and our two dogs. Even though the snow wasn't at it's best this year (last year I was stranded at SFO because of snow storms) we could tell they had been working hard on making snow and opening up as many runs as possible.

Night of Lights takes place on Saturday at the base of Canyon Lodge and begins around 5:30 PM. So its just enough time to head back to your condo/hotel, shower, eat, and head back to the hill for a night of fun.
Make sure to dress warmly!

All of the action is out side in front of the slopes; huge bon fire, music, and tons of people. The night begins with the Damon Castillo Band, followed by a firework show, and torchlight parade. Later, just to keep the night going, is the main concert. The band chosen this year was The Naked + Famous (an up and coming Indie Rock band from New Zealand.)

If you're still thinking about the cold, not to worry there are other options that may sooth your worry. For a premium viewing spot in the warmth of the giant VIP tent, you can purchase a VIP ticket (starting price $35 per person) prior to the show. (My parents are convinced that this is the best way to spend the night, and we will be testing it out next year.) However, for a cheaper way to stay inside, The Canyon Lodge is open all night, with drinks, food, and plenty of spots to view the show. If you get there early you can get yourself a nice spot against the window with a warm first row view.

(left; my parents by the bon fire)

Night of Lights never disappoints, and it is most definitely a weekend to mark on your calendar. The name to this entry is a link to Mammoth's Web site and the Night of Lights page.

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