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ML Foundation unveils Golf Classic rules and schedule

August 13, 2012

Where did the summer go, anyway?

One of Mammoth’s early autumn events is Sunday, Sept. 9 when the 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic tees off at Sierra Star.

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Fees include greens fees and cart, use of chipping and putting greens, lunch, tournament gift, silent auction, awards party, and the opportunity to support higher education and cultural enrichment in Mammoth.

Huskies get 'heavy' for 2012 season

August 3, 2012

The Mammoth High School football team opens two-a-day practices Monday, and even casual observers will notice a big change from last year.

Two-year veteran quarterback Tyler Wormhoudt will move from quarterback to tailback for his senior year, leading an offense that is solidly committed to the ground game, said assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jason Patterson.

“We’re just going to run people over,” Patterson said.

To do it, the Huskies this year plan to run from behind a staggered line—another wrinkle that football fans around here haven’t seen.

WARREN MILLER: How he began his film career

August 3, 2012

My next-door neighbor, Steve recently gave me a wonderful present: a hand full of aluminum and a little bit of glass. I am now the second-time owner of a 1945 Bell and Howell 8mm, hand-wind movie camera. 

'A good walk spoiled' on Mammoth's golf courses

July 27, 2012

Take a look at the summer brochures around Mammoth and it’s hard to miss those bucolic images of golfers on the town’s two golf courses.

But don’t be fooled.

With the highest-elevation golf courses in California, the altitude can play hell with anyone’s game. Oh, and there’s the wind, too. And the arid atmosphere that offers no humidity.

“Altitude does not create problems in playing golf,” said Snowcreek instructor Dennis Hurlburt, who over the years has advised hundreds of sea-level golfers on the peculiarities of playing the game in Mammoth.

Summer biathlon clinic offered for kids

July 27, 2012

The National Summer Biathlon Championships are coming to Tahoe this August. The Auburn Ski Club is offering a Kid’s Biathlon Clinic on Sunday, July 29, so youngsters can give biathlon a try before the Nationals event. The clinic is from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to beginners and improvers. Children will have the opportunity to shoot a real biathlon rifle (.22 caliber) after receiving a safety class.

Coaching, rifles and ammunition are provided. Parents must register their children prior to the clinic and sign a liability waiver on the day. Open to ages 8 to 18.

'Discovery Zone' bike trail opens at Mammoth Mountain

July 27, 2012

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park tomorrow (Saturday) will open a new feature in its “Discovery Zone” at the base of Main Lodge.

In an effort to introduce young riders and beginners of all ages, a park spokesperson said it will open a specially designated area for beginning mountain bike riders. The gentle slopes off Discovery Express (Chair 11) will provide a lift-assisted area for beginning riders to hone their skills before taking to the bigger mountain.

'Nike Outpost' is open again

July 27, 2012

The runners are back, the Olympics are on, and the Nike Outpost is open.

Hmm. Must be summer in Mammoth.

Situated in the old Volcano Sports space in Mammoth Mall (Ocean Harvest, Good Life, Command Performance, et. al.), the Outpost is almost a summer staple around here.

But this time, it’s even better.

Each night during the Olympics, the Nike Outpost will have television coverage on two huge television screens, with couches and deep-cushioned lounge chairs for the members of the 60 or so running clubs who use Mammoth as a training ground for their upcoming cross-country seasons.

Boccia calls for Olympic Training Site status

July 20, 2012

Mammoth schools superintendent Rich Boccia said this week he is pushing to make the town a designated training site for U.S. Olympic athletes.

Boccia, who has Olympic organizing experience in Colorado Springs and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, made his pitch to the town’s Recreation Commission on Tuesday.

“It would appear to me, based on the conversations here in town and given the athletes we have, we should find, somehow, to build an action plan to apply to the Olympic Committee to become an Olympic training site,” Boccia said.

Korfiatis leaves U.S. Ski Team, comes "home" to Mammoth

July 13, 2012

Peter Korfiatis is back at Mammoth Mountain after five years in multiple coaching roles with the U.S. Ski Team, a spokesperson for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team said Friday.

Korfiatis will be filling a new role with the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team as Performance Director. In the new position, he will be overseeing the implementation, evaluation and further development of Mammoth’s world class athletic programs.
 
Korfiatis coached for Mammoth 2000-2007.

Why lemons will help June Mountain

July 13, 2012

I was so disappointed when I found out about June Mountain closing, I refused to believe it. I mean, in my position, it just seemed impossible that all of those people would lose their jobs. I just couldn’t bear it. But when the problem finally sunk in, my sister Ellery, best friend Jordyn, and I began to brainstorm all sorts of ideas left and right.

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