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Mammoth Invitational top dog in raising money for Mammoth’s youth

April 16, 2011

Mammoth is good at fund-raising. We’ve got a million of ‘em, it seems.

But at the top of the heap right now is the Mammoth Invitational, a race-filled weekend featuring pro skiers and boarders that went off last weekend on behalf of the Mammoth Community Foundation.

Foundation executive director John Armstrong said the event on Mammoth Mountain raised nearly $500,000 on behalf of the town’s kids.

The foundation is committed to raising funds to provide an added margin of excellence for academic and athletic programs for youth in our community.

Local Audubon gets award for work on Owens Dry Lake restoration

April 7, 2011

The Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land will be given to the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society in recognition of its critical efforts to support the Owens Lakebed Master Plan, the Mono Lake Committee announced today.

Fourth Annual Mammoth Biathlon...saved by the sun

April 2, 2011

As if by magic, Sunday morning dawned clear.

And Mike Karch’s vision of winter biathlon shone in the morning light.

“It was an amazing vision,” said Alana Levin. “He (Karch) created the whole thing.”

After a week of heavy snows in the Eastern Sierra, volunteers cleared the course and the fourth annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon got under way.

Three divisions of two waves each came out for Sunday’s race: Intermediate, Elite/National Guard and Advanced.

Chicks rock 2011 Roxy Chicken Jam

April 2, 2011

Everyone wondered if the massive amounts of snow falling on Mammoth last week would jeopardize the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam.
Mammoth Mountain crews worked heroically on the halfpipe, but the greater challenge for the competitors seemed to be whether to compete or ride the rich pow.

The seventh annual Roxy Chicken Jam arrived at Mammoth Mountain amid snow, wind and a flurry of Facebook postings and Tweets.

Summer recreation programs to expand, offer more choices

March 26, 2011

Mammoth’s Recreation Department has embarked on an ambitious summer schedule.

At least six new camps were announced on the town website last week, including two mountain bike camps, two skate camps and a “Experience a Bit O’ Britain!” camp.

Um, er?

In the “Challenger British Sports Camps,” campers will learn from British coaches games like Tag Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Kick Ball, British Bull Dogs and team relays and obstacle courses.

Local runner achieves longtime goal

March 23, 2011

Local resident Tomas Rodriquez has won the National Masters half marathon championship, held in Melbourne, Florida, on Feb. 6, 2011.

He won the national title for his age group (55-59) with a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes, and eight seconds for the 13.2 mile course.

Rodriguez, who splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Laguna Beach, came out of retirement two and a half years ago, after a 30-year break from distance running. Although very successful during his college running days, a national title eluded him. His highest NCAA finish was 11th.

Run of the week: Sherwin Creek Road; an unexpected March delight right out your back door

March 19, 2011

Despite having a tiny campground right on it, despite being only a mile from Mammoth, little Sherwin Creek Road just to the southeast of town has a wild and lovely feel that makes it a great cross-country ski destination for an afternoon, or even for a day-long adventure.

The gravel road is covered in snow right now, making it a perfect place for skiing Mammoth’s spring snow.

Mammoth runners compete in NYC Half-Marathon

March 15, 2011

On a blue-sky Sunday in New York City Mammoth runners scored high points in the New York Half-Marathon, March 20.

Meb Keflezighi finished 15th overall and second in his age group.

Alistair Cragg finished sixth overall and second in his age group.

Ryan Hall finished 21st overall and eighth in his age group.

For complete results, go to http://www.nyrr.org/races/2011/nychalf/

Seductive Sherwins keep drawing us to the backcountry magic

March 12, 2011

Try a trip down ‘The Hose’

As if you didn’t notice, spring skiing more or less opened this past week, with warm temperatures and longer hours of daylight.

For backcountry skiers, it is the best time of the year. The gullies and canyons are filled in with about as much snow as they’re going to get, making the steeps a little less steep, with wonderful corn snow on the way shortly.

There are hundreds of great spots to ski in the spring around here.
But the Sherwins keep drawing us in.

Partly it’s because they’re so darned accessible – right out our back door.

Mammoth Winter Biathlon: Effort of blood, sweat, joy

February 26, 2011

One look at the course map for the 2011 Mammoth Winter Biathlon and you know this is serious business.

It resembles an Olympic course.

It has a stadium built into the hill that looks out to the shooting lanes and across the lanes where competitors will pass three times during the course of the race.

Thus, spectators will be able to keep up on who’s in the lead, how often the lead changes, who is shooting when and who’s taking their penalty laps.

“Biathlon is changing and becoming much more spectator friendly,” said Race Director Mike Karch.

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