Mammoth 12/23/10

24 Dec, 2010

It’s been almost a week without seeing the sun, with storms pounding Mammoth and 11-17 feet of snow dropping on the mountain.  An insane week of snowfall to say the least.  But today the sun came out showing just how much powder is still available and the top of the mountain finally opened up.  Normally I’m behind the camera but today I was the snowboarder in front of the camera, willing to hike and hike again to get some shots of the recent powder.  So for the first time in my blog’s history, you’ll see the majority of photos of myself instead of from my perspective.

Joani, Justin and myself on the lift

I was working this morning but was asked to head outside on the slopes for filming, so I geared up and hit the mountain with our director of marketing & communications Joani and filmer Justin.  We got a couple laps in some powder on chair #1 and then headed over to chair #12.  Joani had to go in after a couple laps but I was able to stay out longer and get some more footage.   Brad Peatross is the art director and takes photos for the mountain so he joined us at the top of chair #12 to get some shots.

I watched as people hiked up from chair #12 but no one rode the perfect powder next to the hiking.  It was amazing because I was craving all these lines that others passed up and I couldn’t believe no one was doing it.  All it took was a hike that took maybe 10 minutes to get these lines and it was all mine for the taking.

My first line down the open powder field

About to go into the white room

Yeah in the white room!

This is my third line and just as good as the first, second, fourth and fifth.

We had the whole powder field to ourselves so I kept hiking up and we got this shot of me slashing up some snow.  You can barely see my helmet peeking out from the left side of the slash.

Finally my favorite picture, this was the last run of the day.  I slashed the snow right into the sunlight and rode out of it, delivering up a white blanket over half of the picture.  It’s just amazing how much snow there is on the mountain.

Before we headed in, I told Brad he should take a run so he handed off his super nice camera and let me get a shot of him in the powder.  Got this shot of him, I was just hoping I didn’t mess it up because photographers don’t get photos of themselves and I really wanted to capture him in the amazing powder.  I think I got it.  A huge thanks to Brad for the photos and allowing me to put them up on here.

At the end of the day, I did the sneak attack on my camera even though the battery was dying. I pulled it out, turned it on and somehow shot this photo before it died.  It’s my last line of the day and all the open powder still ripe for the taking next to it.

I’m still in awe.  It was the best Christmas present I could have asked for.  The powder was amazing, I earned my turns and got some great moments captured on photo out of them.  Now it’s the holiday weekend and I get to see my family!

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. JT
    December 23, 2010

    Hell Yeah Shay! I got four days of deep pow riding here, and I’m glad to see you’re getting your time in up there! Keep slashing that pow!!!

  2. Gavin
    December 23, 2010

    that looks amazing. thanks for sharing.

  3. December 23, 2010

    Bah! I had my tonsils out last Thursday and am still mending in the…DESERT! I’m missing it ALL Shay! And you are making it so…much…worse!! Hahaha.

  4. December 24, 2010

    Nice shots…jealous, but nice shots

  5. david buswell
    December 24, 2010

    shay what board where you on, it looks to handle the bottomless pow quite well. In the first picture it appears that your not having to lean back much at all. I’ve always wanted a 170+ swallow tail for days like that.

  6. December 24, 2010

    Thanks everyone!

    David, that’s the Never Summer Raptor 160 or 161 (somehow got a size that doesn’t exist but it’s a test board). It does handle the pow quite well, don’t have to lean back as much but that’s the RC that’s helping.

  7. Dreaddy
    December 26, 2010

    Word, that’s what’s up. A few homies of mine moved out to Mammoth, and I met some cool peeps from there when I was chillin in North Cali. Hopefully I take a trip to visit this winter, would be so stoked to ride with u after all these years. Sick pics. Hope u can come out to Snowbird this year too, epic season so far