June Mountain is just one mile from the Yosemite Gateway Chalet and Mammoth Mountain, the site of the 2014 US Olympic trials and Olympians alike, is just 30 minutes away. But that’s only the beginning of your winter wonderland experience. You can snowmobile, dogsled, and cross-country ski on miles of groomed trails. Or, if you don’t want to get into the car, rent a pair of snowshoes at Ernie’s (in June Lake town) and head straight out the backdoor to Yost and Fern Lakes.
Finally, if you are either a beginner or experienced ice climber, there are phenomenal options above Silver Lake and in Lee Vining Canyon alike.