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February 1st, 2013
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 didnâ€™t really matter at that pointâ€”it was impossible to get much wetter.
â€śWhat a @# $@ idiot,â€ť 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 itâ€™s 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 â€śCOLOSSAL,â€ť said Drew Krempel of the ski areaâ€™s 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 â€śTop Seven Iconic Chairlifts in the Worldâ€ť 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.
â€śItâ€™s definitively a sphincter-tightening ride,â€ť 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.
After a hiatus of three seasons, girls basketball is back at Mammoth High School.
In the first tryouts for the new program, 33 girls took a stab at the nets under the watchful eye of new coach William Bauman, a 26-year-old long, tallâ€”really tallâ€”drink of water from Minnesota.
â€śBasketball is turning a corner in town,â€ť said Bauman, who was recently married to Mammoth local John Eastmanâ€™s daughter, Danielle.
â€śItâ€™s just the greatest sport ever invented.â€ť
Bauman said he played a bit of college hoops before arriving in Mammoth, and is familiar with womenâ€™s basketball in particular.
The new track on Benton Crossing Road near the Whitmore Animal Shelter is ready to go.
Its Grand Opening is Saturday, Nov. 17, at noon with members of the Mammoth Track Club, town officials and the track’s main proponent, runner Elaine Smith.
In the dark November night, the snow-struck silence is broken by a cacophony of noise and the floor of the bedroom erupts.
My border collie Skye slams up on top of the bed from the floor, bouncing on her toes, barking at the closed window.
We pull the curtain back, and shine the big flashlight, hastily retrieved from its home under the bed, toward the cars and parking lot just 30 feet from the window.