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'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.

The top of the world

July 6, 2012

High up in a big, rock-strewn Sierra basin, below a little-known ridge that overlooks everything, a little turquoise lake disappears into a big hole in the ground, water rushing down, sounding like nothing so much as a bathroom shower drain.

Another lake—rockbound and swimming-warm even in late June—lies teal and clean down the road a ways and another—dark blue and icy—lies a bit farther on.

Devils Postpile talks, walks kick off this week

July 4, 2012

UPCOMING WALKS AND CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS AT DEVILS POSTPILE

Now that the Reds Meadow Road is open again, there is a lot going on in the Valley. Here's a summary of some of the events:

Ranger-led walk to Devils Postpile
This 1 hour, 1 mile walk includes topics such as wildlife, resource conservation, and the geology of the Devils Postpile formation. It begins every day at 11:00am at the Devils Postpile Ranger Station (shuttle stop #6).

Evening Campfire Programs

Downhiller Stacey Cook is up in the air

June 29, 2012

It is hard enough to spot downhiller Stacey Cook on a downhill course.

Mammoth’s Olympic downhiller is by you in a whoosh—a split-second of wind and snow, set against an audible backdrop of oohs and aahs.

But last week, she outdid herself.

With a roar of jet engines, Cook and Olympic teammate Kelly Clark buzzed by Mammoth Mountain in a U.S. Navy fighter jet from Fallon, Nev., leaving her and Clark as exhausted as a downhill race or a day in the halfpipe.

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