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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 23-29

March 23, 2012

Lava Moon rocks the house at The Bistro at Snowcreek’s St. Patricks day celebration on Sat. March 17. They will also be playing at Rafters this Friday and Saturday night. Photo/Jesse Barlet

Big-big-big party in Mammoth a coupla weekends ago when the TOMS people showed up for a retreat in Mammoth. All the company’s big shots were there, as were the little shots. It was a high old time, all right, put together by Sandra Di Domizio and her Green Fox Events crew. …

While the rest of us were digging out of last weekend’s storm, Brian Knox was on the public XC trails. “Wow, all the drifting snow and downed branches made grooming Sunday like riding bareback on a bucking bronco!” says he. “The Nordoni handled the challenging conditions better than I did … I’m STILL whipped!” …

Weird, but the Nordic season looks like it’s finally kicking into high gear: “The Game Plan is to stay with it until it’s gone,” Knox said. “We’ll be out every morning early, so take a long lunch and do some kickin’ & glidin’ !” …

In the Nada Noticias is Buenas Noticias Dept., here’s Howard Shekter on KMMT Wednesday morning, talking about the long-range forecast for next winter. It’s shaping up to be a “La Nada,” he says. Translated, that’s “The Nothing.” That’s OK by him, though. “Anything different from this winter is good.” … 

The League of California Cities’ “Strong Cities | Strong State” program this week featured Mammoth, highlighting the Lake Mary bike path, the Mammoth Track Project, our athletes, our transit system, air service and Dan Watson’s Hispanic Advisory Committee. And not a word about MLLA in there. …

On the international snow front, we send out thanks to John Armstrong who follows these things and had a bone to pick when he read here that Europe had a crummy snow season. Quite the opposite says he: “Schladming (site of the women’s World Cup Finals) “is low and it’s spring and they have soft snow for racing. Europe in general has had an epic season and it matched the type of snow we had last year. Chamonix and St. Anton have had 150 inches of snow in a place where half that amount is considered a lot." …

Happy birthday, Jennifer Heintzelman, Geoff McQuilkin, Bill MacBride and Lili the Black Lab—and thanks for bringing spring along with you! At least for a few days. …

Gale Webb, the face of the Mammoth Motocross, sent along a lifetime’s worth of photos to the MX crew. “She has such an eye for the event and sees so much more that we miss by being so busy racing and putting on the show,” said an MX spokesperson. …

Tickets and camping spaces for the 2012 Millpond Music Festival go on sale Monday, April 2. This year’s festival is September 21-23 and organizers say they’re still in the process of finalizing the line-up. If you want to reserve the same camping space that you had in 2011, they will guarantee that spot only if you call the ICA office at 760-873-8014 on April 2. …

Can it be true? April 1 is the first bike ride of the season for the Eastside Velo Club. Cyclists
meet at Bishop City Park (center of town). Ride leaves at 10 a.m. “We’re hoping that we’re not foolish for scheduling an early April ride,” they say, “but it’s time to get back on the bike and get the cycling season going. It’s time to pump up the tires, oil the chain, and begin breaking our buttocks in for the season!" For details visit www.eastsidevelo.org. …

Wearing a Mammoth Brewing cycling jersey, Dan Hansen finished his ride across America last weekend, and that was some ride! He started Jan. 6 in Tuolumne Meadows, looped through the Bay Area and finished, 3,714 miles later, in St. Augustine, Fla.  …

From now until London, it’s all Meb all the time. He ran the NYC Half Marathon last weekend and finished 13th—the top U.S. runner. …

At the very same time, Andrew Kastor ran the L.A. Marathon in a very respectable 3:23. Running beside him was Annie Adams from ASICS. “What a great weekend!” Andrew reports. …

Tourism chief John Urdi has been hammered with questions as to the effect of high gas prices for the summer season. Reiterates he in a widely disseminated email: “People will not travel as far from home and fewer will fly to destinations, so I feel we have a chance to capture those who want to vacation in their own backyard (38 MILLION people in California and WE are their backyard). In the grand scheme of a family vacation—the incremental spend on gasoline will be MAYBE $20 per tank (for an SUV) each way of their trip.  I can’t imagine that an additional $40 for gas will deter many taking a trip that costs $2,000 (that is two percent of the trip cost). People like familiar—they return to where they know and hopefully we also get those lapsed guests who have not been in a few years who come because they want to keep it close to home and rediscover one of their favorite places.”

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