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GP Adventure Retreat #3 | Mammoth Mountain & McGee Creek Lodge

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McGee Creek Lodge

1561 Crowley Lake Dr.

Crowley Lake, CA 93546

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It's time for another Good People Retreat. This time we are taking over the entire McGee Creek Lodge near Mammoth Mountain, arguably the best skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Rooms will be given first come, first served, so arrive early on the 11th for best pick. We'll save 10 spots on our retreat for friends who want to arrange their own camping (or lodging) nearby and join us for all our activities.

Mammoth is about equal distance from San Francisco or L.A. and both are spectacular drives. The town also has it's own small airport and flights from LAX and SFO. Spring skiing conditions on the mountain should be exceptional and the runs shouldn't be crowded at all. Mammoth boasts the highest summit of any developed mountain in the range at over 11,000 feet. The views are beyond breathtaking, including the Minarets and Mt. Ritter and Banner at over 13,000 feet. We'll likely visit one or two of the nearby hot springs for a soak.

Ticket price includes:

  • A cocktail reception starting at 4:00 on May 11th. Plentiful and complimentary drinks of all kinds, hot and cold stuff
  • A professional chef will prepare a dinner feast each night (sample menu soon, lunches on your own on the mountain).
  • Three night's stay (or arrange your own camping at McGee Creek)
  • Hot breakfasts each morning.
  • Facilitated discussions each evening around the fire.

Each night we'll have our apres-ski party starting around 5:00 and a family style feast in the great room around 7:00, with a conversation by the fire after dinner. Wines will be thoughtfully paired with the menu, and we'll focus on California wines for this gathering.

If you plan to ski with us, please let me know once you've secured a spot and I'll negotiate a group rate for our lift tickets.

About GOOD PEOPLE: Most of the enjoyment we gain from an experience has more to do with who we're with than what we're doing. Good People is about inspiration, community and friendships. Who are good people? They’re our best selves, when we rise above tribalism and explore big ideas.

THE CHEF: Matt Toomey is a lifelong chef in the eastern Sierras and the founder of two restaurants that epitomize the best fresh and local food you can get on that side of the mountains, The Whoa Nellie Deli at the Tioga Mobile Station and Toomey’s in Mammoth. His rich and flavorful signature dishes include bison meatloaf, elk steaks and local trout tacos. He’ll be preparing our family style dinners each of the 3 nights at the McGee Creek Lodge.

THE MENU: These sample menus give you some idea of the 3 breakfasts and 3dinners you’ll enjoy at the inn. Lunch will be on your own in town or up on Mammoth Mountain.

Breakfast by the proprietor of the
Eastside Bakeshop, Elizabeth McGuire

Organic coffee and tea
House made granola
Selection of milks
Vegetarian and non-veg quiche made with free range eggs and organic ingredients
Apple streusel and selection of other baked goods (gluten free available)
Fresh local fruit

Dinners by Chef Matt Toomey,
founder of Toomey’s and the Whoa Nellie Deli


  • Traditional Caesar salad
  • Organic spring mix w/chopped vegetables, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Mediterranean hummus and vegetable platter w/ warm pita bread
  • Baked brie w/fresh fruit and apricot berry glaze


  • Buffalo meatloaf w/ green peppercorn, red wine sauce
  • Mustard /herb crusted pork loin w/ wild berry glaze
  • Baby back pork ribs w/onion, blackberry bbq sauce
  • Seafood jambalaya, fish, shrimp and scallops and French baguette
  • New Zealand elk rack chop “Roger Whalen Classic”


  • Killer carrot cake
  • Bananas Foster, flaming bananas with French vanilla ice-cream, New Orleans style

If you're vegetarian or have other dietary needs, please contact Raman at least two weeks in advance of the retreat. And remember to introduce yourself to the chef when you arrive so that s/he can send you your requested meals.

Wines will be provided by our friends and vintners Alisa and Andy (in attendance) and their Vino Philo wines.

OUR SPEAKERS: Each night we'll gather around the fireplace and a friend will kick off a discussion on a specific topic. Each of the three conversation leaders will send some links, videos or attachments to attendees in advance, to beef up their knowledge and form opinions on the subject. You can come or go from the fireside discussion whenever you want. It's an organic conversation.


Our friends Ali “from Anderson Valley” and “Bear Eater” Andy are accidental experts in conscious rural living.

Resident today in a NorCal redwood forest, in a home Andy’s dad built with his own hands, with a wine cellar full of healthy mold, they’ve learned how to homestead, how to live off the land in Libertarian California.

Ali’s journey was a story of leaving suburbia behind, from her Florida roots to the wilderness. She’s learnt and taught lessons now in self-reliance and worked to build a supportive community in and around the Anderson Valley.

What do we learn when we have to help each other all the time, when professional services and convenience aren’t an option? What’s better about this kind of life and what do Andy and Ali most miss about urban density and indulgences?


Tonight we'll discuss activism.

Our friend Marcos Ramirez believes he was born to be an activist.

His father is an immigrant, and Marcos grew up in Los Angeles, and found himself on the streets during the LA riots.

The experience changed him and he found himself more aware of the pain and suffering in the world and how personal hurt at scale can impact large systems like our environment. Marcos decided to apply this awakening to a number of pursuits, serving as an artist, fabricator, designer, race car mechanic and electric vehicle entrepreneur, always conscious of the social impact of his choices.

Like the LA riots, November 20th of last year changed him. What he saw unfolding at Standing Rock called to him, literally. He was asked to come and help with a specific indigenous water protector group and the next thing he knew he was in our friends’ Eva and Spencer’s van on his way to North Dakota.

What does it mean to be an activist? What does it mean to be an ally in a struggle? What does it mean to be an accomplice to others in a world that labels certain groups of people “illegal?”

NIGHT THREE: To be announced soon.

We recommend you drive through Tahoe from San Francisco via route 50 from Sacramento, then take 395 south. In the very unlikely event that Tioga Pass is open, you could drive through Yosemite on your way to our lodge.

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