QUALITY OF LIFE
The Eastern Sierra is a rare and beautiful place to both visit and live and work.
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 downright spectacular, equaling anything on the globe. The high, snow-capped Sierra range stretches along the U.S. Highway 395 corridor from Lone Pine to Reno, towering over a series of big, deep valleys dotted with small communities and towns.
Those who visit or live in these communities have access to some of the best outdoor recreation facilities and options in the world.
Climbers come for the clean lines and solid granite of the big walls and the weathered boulders; anglers come for the Blue Ribbon fisheries, including the monster Alpers trout; hikers come for the access to the John Muir and Ansel Adams wildernesses and other open spaces.
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 medical care and its award-winning schools.
Family and Work
Staying to work and raise a family, they are now a part of the vibrant tapestry of communities lining 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 almost endless, high-speed 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. It was completed in 2013 and 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. By the end of 2017, Digital 395 will offer 92 percent of the county’s resident residential and business access to gigabit services, with the rest of the county to follow within a few years.
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 transforming the Eastern Sierra. Already, 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.
Called “The Fort,” a group of Mammoth residents and businesses have set up a new co-working and office sharing space in Mammoth at the Sierra Center Mall, combining a growing recreation industry with a spirit of business entrepreneurship.
The Eastern Sierra indeed has it all.