Archive - Nov 26, 2010
It is situated smack dab in the middle of the Mountain.
It is one of the loveliest corduroy runs on the ski hill.
But “Coyote” also is one of the confoundest runs to reach, owing to its obscurity in terms of accessibility.
First, the run: It is a blue black-diamond trail, starting adjacent to McCoy Station at mid-mountain and spilling into the mish-mash of traffic near the bottom of Chair 5. Intermediates should have no problem here, once on the run.
It was the fireball above the dark highway that first caught John Williamson’s eye that hot summer night of Aug. 9. A veteran Bishop Fire Department volunteer, he was off duty, headed from his girlfriend Amy Steinwand’s home in Big Pine to his home in Bishop.
He stared in horror at the seething red mass and turned to Steinwand, who was driving. “Go,” he said. “Go, go, go.”
They shot up the highway, flying past cars and trucks, headed toward the inferno.
In the lap of constantly moving tectonic plates, amid volcanic, pine strewn mountains, Mammoth is a singular place.
Its people match the granite that rises high above the town. Strong, generally selfless souls who think nothing of moving mountains to help someone who has been injured, has an illness or has lost their home.
Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra are peopled by individuals with outsized hearts.
Look at the Search and Rescue team: Its members will drop whatever theyâ€™re doing to head out into difficult terrain in all kinds of weather to rescue those who are lost or injured.
In an incident that easily could have turned tragic, a 47-year-old Bishop man spent Saturday night alone and without a sleeping bag, in a steep ravine below White Mountain, after two hiking companions abandoned him there.
The hiking companions then continued their hike up to the old, restored cabins at the Champion Sparkplug Mine, where they spent the night â€“ with sleeping bags and under a roof.
Bishop resident Patrick Toon was hiking in on the trail to the mine Saturday when he became separated from his group, according to Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Pete De George.
Welcome. Everything’s open.
For the first Thanksgiving weekend since 2004, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is open from Eagle Express and Cloud Nine Express, all the way over to Outpost 14.
“This,” said ski area spokesman Dan Hansen, “is huge for us.”
“It’s been an amazing early-season snowfall. Mother Nature has been very good to us.”