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Off the Trail: Snowseeker

April 6, 2014

The metal-edged Kahru skis snapped to my old leather three-pin boots, gold and grey and well acquainted with rocks.

They need to be.

It has taken me an hour to get from the “Snopark” trailhead to this snowy meadow near Rock Creek Lake, a mile that would normally take about five minutes of easy skiing.

But it has hardly snowed this winter and even with the past week of storms we’ve only received a measly 18 feet since November where there should be 40.

Village Championships season ends on fast note

March 27, 2014

The Village Championships season, such as it was, ended well this past week, on fast snow in warm temperatures.

The snow conditions and air temperatures this season formed the overall theme of the 2014 VCs, which is among the oldest and most iconic of Mammoth Mountain’s racing schedule.

Course setters on Fascination and Andie’s Double Gold frequently adjusted gate alignments and course configurations to deal with a low-snow season.

Nevertheless, the races went on, and on Tuesday, March 25, it was all about the finish.

Cops on skis, cops on the run; MLPD big in ‘Olympics’ at Mammoth and Las Vegas

March 25, 2014

There has been a lot of recent sports activity in the Eastern Sierra involving local law enforcement officers, but nowhere did their badges shine the brightest than at the Fire and Police Winter Olympics earlier this month on Mammoth Mountain, and on the asphalt in the desert.

The Olympics, which Mammoth hosted for the 29th straight season, put hardware into the hands of seven officers, even though Mike Braun, who organized the Games, skied for his former department, the LAPD, and took home one gold and two silvers.

Deena blisters the field in Dallas; sets two records in winning half marathon

March 24, 2014

Deena Kastor might be 41 years old, but she can still run with the best of them.

Amid chilly and windy conditions Sunday in Dallas, Mammoth’s three-time Olympian and American record-holder turned in the fifth-fastest half-marathon time by a U.S. runner in 2014 with a new course record at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon.

“Going to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas half marathon, I knew I was in good fitness,” she said afterward, “but all other aspects need to fall into place in order to break records.

Biathlon results are in from the weekend's races

March 24, 2014

Here are the results of the 7th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon on March 22-23.

www.mammothbiathlon.org/2014-race-results/

Mammoth Track Club begins season on quick pace

March 13, 2014

The track season opens next week in Mammoth, and if members of the Mammoth Track Club are on the giddy side, it’s no wonder.

Two new members of the club, which is now sponsored by ASICS, turned in noteworthy performances at the L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 10, giving the club fuel for its first practice of the season on Tuesday, March 18.

The first practice, which starts at 7 a.m., is open to the public, said Coach Andrew Kastor.

Kleppin, Proctor, Mammoth Track Club come up big at L.A. Marathon

March 10, 2014

The Mammoth Track Club came up big Sunday at the L.A. Marathon, with both Lauren Kleppin and Gabe Proctor turning in the best American times.

March roars in like a lion, causing havoc with racers

March 10, 2014

 

Training cancelled, race on hold, event postponed due to weather…those are just some of the phases that have plagued the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team U14s for the entire 2013-2014 season.

As a result by March 2 the U14s had completed just four USSA races for the entire season. And it didn’t look like this was going to change this past week as one of the largest storms this season dumped three and a half feet of new snow just prior to the Stacey Cook SG Challenge, scheduled for March 1-2.

Norton, Underkoffler to U.S. Ski races

February 27, 2014

Mammoth’s Lucas Underkoffler and Nikita Norton are in Colorado this weekend, after having won spots in the under-18 U.S. Nationals ski races this weekend at Copper Mountain.

Underkoffer and Norton both won spots as a result of their performances in the FIS Elite Wild West Classic at Snow King Mountain, Wyo., last weekend.

Seven other Mammoth Mountain Ski Team racers participated in the Wyoming event.

Norton placed fifth for the U18 ladies in the first slalom and Underkoffler was fifth for the second slalom and seventh in the final GS.

Teller falters in Olympic Ski Cross

February 20, 2014

John Teller's Olympics were over almost before they started.

Teller, the mechanic who works for his Uncle Mike Fiebiger at the Alpine Garage, crashed out of the Olympic ski cross early, finishing 28th in a field of 32.

In a Facebook quote posted by his mother, Teller seemed to take the loss with a fair measure of philosophy.

"That's ski racing ... sometimes you win and sometimes you lose; just wasn't my day today."

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