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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.

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