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March 1st, 2013
2012 Kittredge Cup, once delayed, takes center stage
High winds blasted Mammoth Mountain last weekend, but the weather conditions did not stop the tots.
It was close, though.
The 2012 Kittredge Cup was cancelled on Dec. 27 due to extreme weather conditions, so when the winds at the top of Broadway were clocked at 124 mph on Saturday, Feb. 23, the question on everyone’s mind was “what is the weather going to be like tomorrow?”
Mammoth race teams, high schoolers dominate their races
Mammoth Olympic downhill racer Stacey Cook turned on the jets in Schladming, Austria, on Sunday, Feb. 10, but she said her sixth-place finish left her less than satisfied.
She raced at podium speed on the top part of the twisty, turny course, but lost speed near the bottom.
After a two-week break, the Village Championships returned on Tuesday Feb. 12, with Corey Denton making the fastest time in the first slalom races of the VC season.
Under perfect race conditions—blue skies and a fast track—some veterans, such as Laurie Carlson, Nick “Lucky” Treat, and Heidi Kanayan made it onto the course, and they did it in style.
Another busy week for Mammoth Ski and Snowboard teams
Mammoth skiers and snowboarders showed a little bit of everything this past week.
If it seemed like Mammoth skiers and snowboarders were all over the map recently, it is because they were.
Mammoth has never been known for boxing or for ultimate fighting outside of the occasional barroom brawl or neighborly fisticuffs, but that might be about to change.
Andie’s Flying Circus grabbed hold of the lead in the Mammoth Mountain Village Championships on Tuesday, amassing 32 points to stay in front of the Miramar Dinosaurs.
If the opening day of the Village Championships is any indication, the 2013 season is going to be a doozy.
Racing under clear skies and seasonably warm temperatures, local racers had a fat bed of snow to work with, and some very fast times.
Valerie Borges, a member of the Andies Flying Circus Team, won on overall points, but she wasn’t the only one who blitzed the gates.
Action film star, snowboard entrepreneur, in Mammoth this weekend
Jeremy Jones says he has a good idea what the worst job in the mountains might be.
“I think what the ski patrols do in places like Mammoth, Squaw, Jackson Hole, Aspen, you know, avalanche prone areas, first, I would not want the avalanche forecast job, nor the Ski Patrol.”
December 30th, 2012
It seemed like every time a sports fan turned around, there was something to catch his or her attention.
The morning sky has not yet begun to lighten as the truck bounces over the white, moonlit ground, tires sinking nearly to the rim in deep, snowy ruts.
To the west, Laurel Mountain and Mt. Morrison are limned in light, stars brilliant, waiting.
Tomorrow, when the sun rises, the days will begin to lengthen, one minute more every morning, one minute more every evening, every day until the Summer Solstice in June when the cycle reverses.
But not today.
‘Slopeside Center’ revamped; hundreds of athletes here
Sometimes, dreams really do come true.
Dave McCoy’s vision of a high-altitude training center at Mammoth Mountain—a dream that has passed through generations of racers and coaches—will come to fruition Thursday afternoon (Dec. 27).
The sleet poured down in great, slanting sheets as I walked the narrow, unplowed road. I bent my (hatless) head into the wind and picked up my drenched and booted feet and kept walking. Cars passed me, casting off heavy chunks of rain-soaked snow from their spinning tires, soaking me even more.
It didnât really matter at that pointâit was impossible to get much wetter.
âWhat a @# $@ idiot,â I mumbled to myself, rain dripping off my face, not one word in three fit to print.
In one of the more enduring traditions that Mammoth has to offer, the Village Championships rank among the top.
For 37 years, the locals in Mammoth have raced each other on the racecourses at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and itâs no time to stop now.
With good snow cover expected throughout the season, the VCs open Jan. 8 and continue through the Finals on April 9.
The old hands will be at it again, with new faces once more popping into view.
The theme this season is âCOLOSSAL,â said Drew Krempel of the ski areaâs race department.
It might be the most madcap carnival ride in all of California.
Chair 23, a fixed-grip triple that recently was named among the âTop Seven Iconic Chairlifts in the Worldâ by a notable ski website, rises to the top of the Mammoth Mountain crest as one of the hairiest rides on any ski hill anywhere.
âItâs definitively a sphincter-tightening ride,â said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory, who as a young strapper on his way up the chain of command helped build the lift in 1982.