QUALITY OF LIFE
The Eastern Sierra is a rare and beautiful place; a perfect place to both visit and to live.
The air is clean and crisp and clear.
Scenery and Climate
The climate is close to perfect. It rarely gets too hot in the summer and winters, while snowy at the higher elevations, are filled with sunny days and mostly moderate, winter temperatures.
The scenery is spectacular. The high, rugged snow-capped Sierra range dominates the region, stretching along the state-designated Scenic Byway U.S. Highway 395 corridor from Lone Pine to Reno.
The wild country is a big draw to the growing outdoor recreation contingent as well as a reason to stay for a growing number of locals.
Climbers come for the clean lines and solid granite of the big walls and the weathered boulders; anglers come for the Blue Ribbon trout streams and the monster rainbow and brown trout; hikers come for the access to the John Muir and Ansel Adams wildernesses.
Bound together by a shared love of this wild and rugged place, many a visitor has become a local, especially after finding out about the region’s excellent amenities that range from award-winning schools to full-service medical care.
Family and Work
Staying to work and raise a family, these former visitors are now a part of the vibrant tapestry of communities all along the U.S. Highway 395 corridor, including towns like Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining, June Lake and Coleville.
Life is already good in the Eastern Sierra – and it’s about to get even better.
In the past few years, a high speed, fiber optic cable project called “Digital 395” has brought super highspeed broadband capacity to the entire region, from the smallest, most isolated community to the growing town of Mammoth Lakes.
Called Digital 395 because it roughly parallels U.S. Highway 395, this 563-mile-long, high-speed, fiber optic cable runs from Barstow to Carson City. Completed in 2013, the $120 million fiber optic project has opened a new era of opportunity for the Eastern Sierra region.
Because it is an “open access” network capable of delivering petabytes of data to Mono, Inyo, and eastern Kern counties, internet service providers are now able to increase the quality of service and speeds that they offer to customers in their markets. In fact, Mammoth Lakes became the first “gigabit” market in California and more providers are now developing new infrastructure in communities throughout Mono County, offering residential and business service to customers that rivals those of any U.S. metropolitan city, according to the county’s IT experts.
In fact, by the end of 2017, roughly 92 percent of Mono County’s households and businesses already had access to gigabit Internet service.
Best of all, widespread adoption by local providers has brought costs down, giving Eastern Sierra residents and businesses access to the high speed service at about 30 percent of the national average.
This almost unimaginable broadband capacity and speed is already transforming the Eastern Sierra. Entrepreneurs and innovative companies have begun to move to the area to take advantage of the mountain lifestyle and access to Digital 395’s resources.
Based on the idea of “techreation, The Fort is a modern, new co-working and office-sharing space in Mammoth at the Sierra Center Mall (MammothMountain.com/Fort) and this is just a beginning.
As the growing outdoor recreation industry takes flight, the Eastern Sierra has it all.