Mammoth 12/19/11

19 Dec, 2011

Exactly one year ago today, I was riding over three feet of snow and this year I’m riding manmade snow with really sketchy conditions. It’s pretty crazy the variety of seasons that can come to Mammoth. I’ve been out of town the last couple days to spend time with family and came back to a busy Mammoth Mountain.

Kicked off the shoes and put on the boots at chair 4 to avoid the crowds. Instead of walking on snow to get to the lifts, it’s dirt and mud. It’s pretty eye opening to see how much snow you are riding on top of and it’s not much right now.

I met up with the skier and we ended up lapping South Park for most of the day. The park has a mix of jumps to a couple rails with the Jamie Lynn artwork and then a roller rhythm section that is a disaster waiting to happen. People would take them too deep and end up crashing hard in the flats.

The skier on the cat feature – meow.

I had to laugh at the Spy Les Ettes goggle strap I’ve been rocking…pretty funny to wear that in the lift lines. Be on the lookout for a review of the goggle soon.

As much as I love snowboarding, I haven’t been feeling it lately at Mammoth so I’ve been spending a lot more time off the mountain and getting in family time. Days like today are a reminder of the busyness of the mountain and the lack of good conditions makes it nothing worth going up for.

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  1. walove
    December 21, 2011

    When the snow sucks mix it up, learn something new like snowskating or teleskiing.

  2. December 21, 2011

    Wa, good point! I thought about going splitboarding but still need more snow around the area.