Japan Earthquake - Travel Assistance 
Japan Earthquake -- Assistance Available to U.S. and Canadian Travelers; Frequently Asked Questions

As Japan and the Pacific Rim region reel in the devastation from today's earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Travel Guard® North America will provide emergency travel and medical assistance services to all U.S. and Canadian travelers and their families affected by the disaster.

Travel Guard's services include emergency travel assistance such as flight rebooking, hotel booking, emergency cash coordination, message relay as well as emergency medical assistance including medical referrals and access to air ambulance and medical providers. Travelers and family members seeking these services for their traveling relatives can call Travel Guard's 24-hour World Service Center at 1.866.644.6811.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been devastated by today's tragic events. We have a number of Travel Guard customers who are affected by this natural disaster and we're diligently working to provide them the assistance they need. When major events like this occur, we believe it is our responsibility to extend our expertise to affected travelers and have already been able to assist callers with emergency assistance, flight rebooking and message delivery to family members.

Contact our 24/7 World Service Center or your Travel Guard sales representatives with any coverage or assistance services questions you may have. You can reach them at 1-800-826-1300 or 1-800-454-7107.

Tom Zavadsky

Executive Vice President



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Outings! 
Some of my most memorable outings have been the ones where I’ve hooked up with a local chapter of the Sierra Club or other outdoor conservation groups. I meet interesting people that often share fascinating information about he local wildlife, geology, plants history and current efforts to preserve or expand wilderness access. If your planning on doing some snowshoeing or cross country skiing during your stay in one of our Mammoth Rental By Owner Vacation Town Homes check out the local chapter of the Sierra club here. http://nevada.sierraclub.org/rolgroup/index.html You don’t have to be a member to join an outing just make sure the outing is within your physical limits.

From the Sierra Club Range of Light Group for Inyo and Mono Counties:

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. - John Muir


2010-2011 Winter Outings - 10:00 AM Thursdays and Sundays:
Thursday morning snow shoe and cross-country ski. Every Thursday starting January 6th and running through April. We will generally cover 3 to 5 miles and be out about 2 ½ hours, but are flexible depending on the strength and desires of the group. We concentrate on conditioning, technique, and learning about our local natural history and conservation issues. All skill levels welcome. We like to help beginners get started. Bring water, snack, ski equipment or snowshoes, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, gloves, and layered clothing.
Sunday Ski and Snowshoe Tours. Every Sunday starting January 9th and running through April if the snow lasts. Last year we switched to Saturdays in May so watch your next Trails for details. We will generally cover 5 to 7 miles and are back about 3 PM. Intermediate or advanced beginner skill levels and endurance required. Snow shoeers must be able to keep up, but based on past experience this is usually not a problem, particularly up hill. Most of these trips will spend some or most of their time off groomed trails. If you are unsure of your abilities try a Thursday morning trip first. Dress in layered clothing and be prepared for changeable weather. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, gloves, lunch, water, and ski or snowshoe equipment.
Both Thursday and Sunday trips will meet at 10:00 AM at the parking lot behind the Union Bank in Mammoth. There may be a secondary meeting area closer to the trailhead, so check your ROL e-mail newsletter, the ROL website or call a leader. Most track or touring cross-country skis will do fine, but wax less pattern skis seem to be easiest. The new lightweight snowshoes are generally preferred. Rental equipment is available all over Mammoth if you can’t find the pine tar for those old boards. Abominable Weather Cancels. For more information contact John Walter (salt1143@gmail.com) (760-934-1767) or Jean Dillingham (760-648-7109) (jdill@qnet .com).

Consider joining the Sierra Club!
Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. And our founder, John Muir, appears on the back of the California quarter.

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Getting Around 
Make it even more of a vacation and save the thrill of driving in the snow for carving lines on the mountain. If you fly in on Alaska Airlines you don't need to rent a car with the terrific public transportation we have up here. Here's the scoop from the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

2010-11 Winter Transit
Welcome Aboard!

The Mammoth Transit System winter service (November 20, 2010 through May 30, 2011) offers a convenient, fun, and friendly alternative to getting around Mammoth. Passengers ride for free on all fixed routes in Town. The Dial-A-Ride service requires a fare and is available to all riders, with priority given to special needs passengers. Whether for work or play, we have a ride for you!

Mammoth Area Shuttle

Red Line: Main Lodge to The Village and Snowcreek Athletic Club seven days a week between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with stops every 15 minutes. The last bus departs the Main Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Service begins Nov. 20, 2010

Blue Line: The Village to Canyon Lodge shuttle services Canyon Boulevard and Lakeview Boulevard with stops every 15 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The last bus leaves The Village at 5:30 p.m. Service begins Nov. 24, 2010.

Yellow Line: The Village to Eagle Lodge shuttle services Lake Mary Road, Kelley Road, Majestic Pines Drive, and upper Meridian Boulevard with stops every 15 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The last bus leaves The Village at 5:30 p.m. Service begins Nov. 24, 2010.

Green Line: The Vons to Eagle Lodge shuttle services Meridian Boulevard, portions of Old Mammoth Road, and Sierra Nevada and Azimuth Roads with stops every 15 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The last bus leaves Vons at 5:30 p.m. Service begins Nov. 24, 2010.

Orange Line: The Village to Tamarack shuttle services guests staying at Tamarack Lodge along with Nordic enthusiasts enjoying the Lakes Basin. The bus operates every 60 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The last bus leaves 30 minutes past the hour and from Tamarack on the hour. The last bus leaves The Village at 5:30 p.m. Service begins Nov. 24, 2010.

Mid-Town Lift
The Mid-Town Lift (purple line) bus operates seven days a week 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with stops every 30 minutes. This route runs from Vons to the Village with stops by Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes Library, Mammoth Mountain RV Park, and Mammoth Visitors Center.

Old Mammoth Lift
The Old Mammoth Lift (gray line) bus operates seven days a week 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with stops every 30 minutes. This route originates at Vons and serves the Mammoth College Campus, Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes Library, and terminates in Old Mammoth at Red Fir Road.

After Hour Services
Night Trolley
The distinctive red and green Town Trolley (dashed red line) operates seven nights a week from 5:45 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. with stops every 20 minutes. Service from Canyon Lodge to The Village then along Main Street and Old Mammoth Road with the route terminating at Snowcreek Athletic Club. The last Trolley departs The Village / Snowcreek Athletic Club at 1:40 a.m. Service begins Nov. 20, 2010.

Evening Hospitality Shuttle
Shop and dine in the evening and ride the complimentary evening Hospitality Shuttle, designated as the green dashed line. The evening Hospitality Shuttle operates seven nights a week from 6:00 p.m. to midnight departing The Village at Red Line Stop 18 to the Mammoth Mountain Inn on the hour. The Hospitality Shuttle departs Mammoth Mountain Inn 15 minutes past the hour, Grand Sierra Lodge & Village/Canyon Blvd., at the bottom of the hour, Juniper Springs Resort at 40 minutes past the hour, and Vons (Old Mammoth Rd. & Meridian Blvd. Stop #9) 50 minutes past the hour. Service begins Nov. 24, 2010.

Transit Information

Contact Information
Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA): (760) 924-3184
Mammoth Area Shuttle (MAS): (760) 934-2571 ext. 9238

Dogs
Leashed and muzzled dogs are allowed on the Trolley, Mid-Town and Old Mammoth LIFTs, Dial-a-Ride and CREST Services. Dogs are not allowed on Mammoth Area Shuttles.

All routes, times and days of operation are subject to change.

NOTE – EARLY AND LATE SEASON SERVICE: Commencement and termination of winter transit service is dependent on Mammoth Mountain's winter operations.

Here's a link to the Winter Transit Map @ www.visitmammoth.com
http://www.visitmammoth.com/docs/Mammot ... it2011.pdf

Local Taxi's:
Mammoth Cab: 760-924-2227
Mammoth Shuttle: 760-934-6588 (Out of area only)
Mammoth Taxi: 760-924-8294 or 760-934-8294
Airport / Backpacker / Hiker shuttles:760-937-8294
(Reservations required)

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Happy Trails 


Great news from Mammoth Lakes Trails Public Access
Share This With Your Snow Buddies!

MLTPA Mammoth Lakes Trails
Dear Friends:

Just in time for our latest bounty of snow, signage marking the only legal route from the base of the Sherwins Range back to town has finally been put into the ground! A series of three red signs guides exiting skiers and snowboarders over an approved path that traverses the Snowcreek Golf Course to the north side of the private gate across Ranch Road, at which point recreationists may cross back into town via the public-access easement on the west side of the gate.

The Snowcreek egress route—a component of the adopted Snowcreek VIII Master Development Plan—is the result of a two-year decision-making process, and the signage program stems from a partnership between The Chadmar Group (developer of Snowcreek VIII), the Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML), and MLTPA. These signs delineate the sole legal egress route from this popular winter frontcountry area between Mill City and the Borrow Pit. We strongly encourage all Sherwins users to follow this route exclusively, as the golf course is a private facility and individuals may be cited for trespassing should they veer off the approved path.

Please respect the rights of homeowners and private-property interests and assist your fellow backcountry enthusiasts in reinforcing the value of this route for the long term by following the installed signage across the Snowcreek Golf Course as you exit the Sherwins. For a larger-scale PDF of the sign detail, please click here or contact us at info@mltpa.org. Questions about this route and its signage should be directed to Ray Jarvis, TOML Public Works Director, at rjarvis@ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us or (760) 934-8989 ext. 257, or to Snowcreek’s John Morris at jmorris@snowcreekresort.com or (760) 934-3333.

Thanks for your support for this initiative! Please help us spread the word to other Sherwins users who may not receive MLTPA’s e-mails so that the egress program is successful this season and in the future. You can share this message via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or LinkedIn by clicking one of the buttons at the top right corner of this page, or you can encourage your friends to like us on Facebook and receive updates as we post them.

We’ll see you on the Sherwins!
Kim Stravers
Community Engagement Director
MLTPA Foundation
PO Box 100 PMB #432 | 1934 Meridian Blvd. | Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-3154 | news@mltpa.org | www.mltpa.org

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We Are 
We Are
Human scale, sustainable, efficient, responsible, empowering, good for the local economy, good for entrepreneurs, good for folks that want to vacation in Mammoth in a financially responsible way, ie: not overspend their vacation budget.

What makes us all these things? We are a group of local business that have come together to support you in your time for relaxation and adventure in the Mammoth Lakes area. What we are not is a large tons of money at the top and a pittance at the bottom corporate hotel model with stock holders and CEO’s CFO’S, CMO’s Board of directors, President, Vice President, Senior Manager’s, Mid-Level Managers, Junior Manager’s, Manager’s in training and minimum wage employees. Although some weeks if we look at the hours we put in we’re probably pushing minimum wage:) but we try not to think about that because we love doing this!

Our local service is made up of a few small businesses devoted to the condominium for rent by owner business model. We partner with a family owned home and condominium repair and maintenance company. The independent cleaning service is locally owned and then there’s us with our family owned business with mom’s and daughters taking the calls, coordinating reservations and business relationships with the vendors and the condominium owners. The website is managed by an individual web guru. All of the condominiums are owned by individuals and families and is often intended to be a retirement plan or safety net.

All independent businesses and owner’s are responsible each day to create and sustain a level of service that you the customer and our interdependent businesses have agreed we want. That is the bottom line for a business, we have to be offering something people want the way they want it.

You the customer are also an integral partner in this model and it is your feed-back that is part of the formula that informs us about changes and the evolution of the condominium for rent by owner vacation experience. All this is not so new by the way, this is how all the inns and home stays have been for thousands of years, for rent by owner. It offers a more personal experience, a little more connection with individuals rather than juggernaut corporations. The personal touches a condominium is imbued with by the owners is actually better for our minds. (Just a feeling I have when staying in for rent by owner vacation homes and I don’t have any scientific studies to back it up, but we do also here that from vacationers fairly often). I also believe that the condominiums because they are someones home away from home give you a connection to real people and thus you give more care and respect to your temporary vacation home. It is actually good for our hearts to care for people and their things. You go home much more relaxed knowing you took good care during your stay than if you didn’t. That is really the bottom line of why we enjoy doing this, we get to care for people by helping them enjoy the adventure, peace, tranquility, relaxation and affordability that comes with staying in a warm home and supporting small sustainable family businesses.



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