Break through to the next level at Mammoth Mountain ski camps


Photos courtesy of Mammoth Mountain

Are you ready to break through to the next level of skiing or boarding? Want to dominate the bumps or master the park and pipe?

Mammoth Mountain offers expert coaching and
analysis at its various ski camps in March. The program features small classes of six
students or less. Come unlock your potential with video analysis
that’ll help take you to the next level.

Upcoming camps include:
Women’s Camp ($399) – Mar 1-3
Mogul Camp ($399) – Mar 4-6
Advanced Camps ($399) – Mar 8-10

Or check out our camps coming up later in March: Parks + Pipe, Telemark or our Experienced Camp (for skiers ages 50+).

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Wet Electric entertains at Mountain High in Wrightwood

Wet Electric will take over Mountain High ski resort on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wet Electric is bringing a
couple of their closest friends to kick off the festivities.

Garcia (Drais, Las Vegas resident DJ) and Tony Arzadon (Wet Republic
resident DJ) will be flying in to man the turntables from 1 to 6 p.m. Drew
Pierce, One of Orange County’s top DJ’s, will kick off the day at
10:30 a.m.

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Feed the Beast, buy a lift ticket get one free from Del Taco

OK, here’s the deal at Snow Summit ski resort. Go into a participating Del Taco restaurant
for a special “Buy One Get One” Lift Ticket coupon or use the coupon for
50% off our Guaranski or Guaranride Lesson package.

That’s right, you can buy an adult lift ticket and get one free
of equal or lesser value. That’s up up to a $56 savings. This offer is good Monday to Friday, non-holiday. It is limited to one coupon, per person, per day.
Free lift ticket not valid for Getaway or Guarantee. Both lift tickets must be used the same day.

OR  get half off on the GuaranSki/GuaranRide beginner’s special for children ages 8
and older. This is the best package for first-timers. They guarantee you will be able to ski or ride down the beginner area by the
end of the day or they will give you FREE lessons and beginner area use
ticket until you can!  The special includes 4 hours of instruction (2 hours a.m.
& 2 hours p.m.) and a beginner lift ticket. Discounted equipment
rentals are available for an additional fee of $14-$20 (up to $79
value). 50% off GuaranSki/GuaranRide Beginner Special is valid Sunday to Friday, non-holiday*. Valid for up to 4 people, per coupon, per

Offers are based on availability and are not valid after resorts are
sold out, or in conjunction with any other offers or discounts.

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Try a Trikke at Mountain High ski resort

Want to try something different? Try renting a Trikke at Mountain High’s East Resort in Wrightwood. It’s a
fun new alternative to skiing and snowboarding.

Officials say the Trikke is a stand
up, on-snow device that is so easy to ride. Even guests who have never
been to the snow before can have fun carving down the mountain.

Trikkes require no extra equipment however waterproof boots, pants and a helmet are recommended.

-$35 for 4-Hours.
-A valid lift ticket or season pass is required.  Purchase tickets and Trikke rentals at any ticket window.
-Must be 13 years of age or older.  Guests under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature.

East Resort
-8:30am to 4:00pm daily.
-Trikkes are only allowed at the East Resort and only on the Mountain High Express.
-Please check the snow report prior to visiting to ensure the East Resort is open.

on its patented articulating camber technology, the Trikke is designed
for most groomed runs to fresh powder. It requires no bindings or
special boots. The rider simply leans with the steering column and the
three skis carve the turn. For those interested we recommend viewing the
educational video before the use of the Trikke. Most beginners find it
fun and exhilarating on the very first run.

Feel the control of skiing with handlebars. Feel the freedom of
riding without bindings. Feel something really new and really fun!

ride the Trikke users simply place one foot on the elongated foot bed,
push off, and place the other in the opposing bed. The handlebars
control the amount of turn and lean, and by steering left and right it
causes all three skis to rise up on their edge. The frame articulates as
well, allowing riders to camber or carve into any turn at while all
three skis remain on the ground. Therefore, each leg will flex &
extend independently, just like when carving a ski or snowboard. While
the edging experience is very similar, there are a few major differences
to traditional on-snow equipment: There are no bindings, the rider is
not strapped in, and the vehicle is designed to encourage a sense of
comfort while experiencing the thrill of gliding on the snow just as
skiers and snowboarders.

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Mammoth expecting five feet of snow

Mammoth Mountain is getting blasted again. The mountain got a foot of new snow in the past 12 hours with lots more to come.

Looks like it will be a great holiday weekend at Mammoth Lakes. Snow is in
the forecast for the rest of the week with accumulation expected to
exceed 5 feet.

Par for the course this season as Mammoth has received 29 feet of snow this year.

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Big Bear ski resorts prep for big holiday weekend

Just in time for President’s Day weekend, snow is in the forecast for the San
Bernardino Mountains. Snow levels are expected to drop to 4,000 feet.

Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts expect excellent ski
conditions for the holiday weekend.

They note that three
routes to Big Bear are open. These include Hwy. 38 (through Redlands),
Hwy. 18 (through San Bernardino/Crestline), and Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne
Valley). Caltrans crews are prepared to keep the roads clear
during the snowstorms.

“Caltrans’ focus is to keep all state
highways safe and maintained for mountain travelers,” said Caltrans
District 8 Deputy District Director of Maintenance Stephen R. Pusey.
“Additional workers are in place for winter months and the crews work
around the clock during storm events to keep the roadways plowed and
open to mountain resorts.”

Highway 330 through Highland, the
most popular route to Big Bear, is closed for road repairs caused by
heavy rain in December. Hwy. 330 remains closed.

Motorists traveling to Big Bear from Los Angeles,
Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego via Interstate 10 are advised
to take Hwy. 38 (through Redlands). Motorists traveling from San
Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas via Interstate
210 are advised to take Hwy. 18 (through San Bernardino/Crestline).
Motorists traveling to Big Bear from low and high deserts, North LA
County or Las Vegas are advised to take Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne

“Big Bear is just a short drive to fresh powder,” said
Big Bear Lake Resort Association President Rick Shoup. “No
matter what direction you come from, there’s a way up to Big Bear.”

are advised to always carry tire chains in their vehicle when traveling
to the mountains during winter months. For updated road conditions,
directions, snow reports, or to book lodging accommodations in Big Bear
call 800-424-4232 or log onto

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Mountain High hosts Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam

Mountain High Ski Resort will host the Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam on Saturday, Feb. 19. 

Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam is an urban winter tour that
features slope-side graffiti art demonstrations, hip hop battles and live performances from hip hop musicians, as well as a rail jam contest for
skiers and snowboarders. 

The jam is a winner-take-all event where more than 150 amateur riders will compete for cash prizes in four divisions: 15 and under, open womens, skiers and snowboarders.

The event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and ability levels. You can register online at or at Mountain High Resort. The cost is $20, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and competition starting at noon.

The tour’s popular MCBattle Below Zero has rappers compete for $500, a performance at the after party and interview on Slacker Radio.

Check out the video at

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And don’t call me Butter Cup!

Red Bull Butter Cup will be held at Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake today!

This snowboarding
contest series showcases creativity in technical flatland trickery and
it’s all about going back to the basics of what made us all fall in love
with shredding in the first place: FUN!

Hit the slopes of Bear Mountain to show off your buttering moves on the custom-built Red Bull Buttercup features at “The Scene”.

Registration will take place the day of the event with divisions for
snowboarders of all ages and prizes for the top three competitors. The
event is open to the public and free for spectators.

  • Style and creativity is the name of the game and the competition is hot so the cream will rise to the top.
  • The jam session format keeps the action flowing while riders battle in Pro and Am divisions for cash and fresh gear.
  • Only trick sequences that include buttering will count so step it up, hit the snow and bring your “A” game.

Date and Time:

Friday, February 11, 2011

  • 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Event Registration
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Open Practice
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: AM Qualifying Jam
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Pro Qualifying Jam
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: AM and Pro Finals
  • 7:15 pm: Awards


43101 Goldmine Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA 92305

 Look for #buttercup on Twitter.

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Village at Mammoth Mountain offers many amenities

By Richard Irwin, Travel Editor

I love villages. Especially when it comes to skiing.
Quaint European villages have always intrigued me with their narrow streets and bustling market centers. I love to amble through these villages, stopping at a pub or beer garden to share a drink with friendly villagers.
Besides, I don’t need a car to get around these small towns. All the restaurants, bars and businesses are located within blocks of each other.
I still remember fondly a ski trip to Oberstdorf in Germany. The town center was blocked off for pedestrians. Only silent, electric buses cruised the main street.
American ski resorts tend to be much larger. Though most offer free public transit, their scale takes away the quaint feeling, as well as the convenience.
Intrawest became a leader in the development of ski resorts with a central village concept. The villages were designed from the ground up with restaurants and businesses on the ground floors, supporting three to four floors of condos.
Located at the base of the ski resorts, these ski-in ski-out properties quickly became a favorite with families looking for convenient ski vacations.


Once the family car was safely secured in the underground parking lots, every one was free to enjoy the amazing amenities of these modern villages.
Whistler-Blackcomb quickly became very popular, as well as Mont Tremblant in Quebec.
Eventually, Intrawest introduced the resort concept in     California, giving the Golden State new villages at Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain.
While Intrawest no longer controls these properties, these villages still prosper. And so, we spent a free day on a recent ski vacation to visit The Village at Mammoth Mountain.
Located just down the road from the base area of Mammoth Mountain, The Village offers ski rentals, lodging and fine food.
Strolling along, we were impressed by the warm, wooden buildings. The pedestrian passageways wend their way through shops nestled under the mountain.
Naturally, we wanted to check out all the bars and restaurants before deciding where we would have lunch. Our first stop was the Auld Dubliner, which bills itself as “an authentic Irish pub imported directly from Dublin.”
With it dark wooden beams, it did feel like a cottage pub. And the menu offers traditional corned beef and Shepherd’s Pie.
The Dubliner promised a perfect pint of Guinness Draught as one of the many premium beers on tap, including Harp, Newcastle and Bass Ale. A hotel employee later told us the pub was a very popular place because of its live entertainment.
Tucked away in a corner, we discovered Petra’s Wine Bar and Bistro. The quaint shop features dozens of wines by the half-glass or glass.
Other venues included the Old New York Deli and Bakery Company, which makes its own bagels fresh daily. We also saw the Pita Pit and the Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop.
Eventually, we decided on dining at the Gomez’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. I liked the central location and huge outdoor patio.
We were tempted to try the signature “Mammoth Margarita” that comes in a handblown 22-oz glass from Guadalajara, but we settled for traditional combination platters.
Refreshed, we wanted to check out the lodging for our next ski vacation. The Village Lodge offers rooms ranging from studios to large three-bedroom condominiums.
The desk clerk from Huntingdon Beach was more than happy to show us some of the accommodations. The condos varied widely in size as well as decor.
“The owners decide the decor,” explained the enthusiastic clerk. “One condo may have original works of art while the next has family photos.”
Every condo seemed bright and sunny, with full kitchens so families don’t have to eat out every meal. And large ski lockers were located on the first floor of each building so skiers don’t have to drag their equipment upstairs.
“Guests can also enjoy a heated pool, five hot tubs, three fitness centers and a kid’s arcade,” the hotel employee noted.
No wonder,The Village Lodge was recently named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s top 50 ski resorts.
Prices range from $200 a night for a studio sleeping a family of four to more then $500 for a three-bedroom condo that will sleep eight. We were amused by giant the giant bunkbeds that feature double beds.
We rounded out our day with happy hour at Lakanuki Hawaiian restaurant. Some visitors said the island bar has the best apres ski menu.
With all items running only $5, we tasted several of the happy hour entrees, which range from barbecue pork sandwiches and sirloin burgers to half a rack of ribs and coconut shrimp.
Fortified with fine food, we left The Village, promising to return soon for a longer stay.
626-962-8811, ext. 2801

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On-mountain dining has really improved at Mammoth Mountain

By Marlene Greer Correspondent

As a friend and I sat on the sundeck of Mammoth Mountain’s Mill Cafe, we pondered how far dining on the mountain has come. He obviously enjoyed his pulled pork, while I sampled a heaping tuna salad wrap with a side of carrots.
The days of dry burgers or warmed over hotdogs are long gone. Today’s on-mountain dining is healthy, plentiful and delicious.
The menus at Mammoth’s four base areas and mid-mountain McCoy Station are very impressive. From artisan sandwiches and organic greens to fresh baked goods and fruit salad, skiers may choose from many healthy selections.


“We’re not a complete organic food service, but we’re trying to have as much fresh food as we can,” explained Bill Cockroft, a senior vice president at Mammoth Mountain.
And this year, the fresh food will come to you. The Roving Mammoth, a snowcat with a kitchen mounted on the back, travels the mountain trails to feed hungry snowboarders looking for a quick bite. In this case, beef, chicken, breakfast or vegetarian burritos..
The “burrito cat” crawled onto the snowy slopes the last week in December. Another snowcat will begin cooking calzones in the spring.
At the other end of the scale, fine dining may be found at the upscale Parallax restaurant. Located inside McCoy Station at 9,630 feet, Parallax has been completely renovated.
It reopened in November 2010 with a new look, menu and chef. While open to members only for lunch, the classy restaurant offers a snowcat dinner to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. It also offers winemaker dinners once a month.
The special dinners cost $89 for adults and $49 for children 12 and younger.
The dinner begins with a champagne reception at the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Guests then ride up the mountain in a luxurious snowcat.
Once at Parallax, head chef Laura Henshall treats guests to a menu flavored with fresh, locally grown, in-season ingredients. One recent menu featured wild arugula salad with Sonoma goat cheese, lobster bisque with ginger lemongrass crme and black peppercorn crusted duck breast.
But it was her roasted Brussels sprout salad with Parmesan cheese and Italian pork that had one guest, who didn’t even like the vegetable, going back for seconds.
The 25-year-old chef credits her father, “a phenomenal home cook,” with the recipe.
“When I was growing up, I hated Brussels sprouts,” explained Henshall, who was born in England, but moved to Oregon when she was only 9 years old.
“When I was in high school, he created this dish and I loved it. That’s one of the challenges. How do you convince people to eat Brussels sprouts? Add some pork and cheese on them and who doesn’t love it!”
For the winemaker dinner in January, Henshall and sous chef Hugo Monterosa spent hours tasting wines and bouncing around menu ideas. They decided on such exotic fare as Tomales Bay oysters on the half-shell, goat cheese with. kumquat marmalade and venison Wellington.
The winemaker dinners cost $125 a person. The next will be held on Feb. 18.
The young chef finds creating a menu for the wine dinners to be the most challenging. And the most fun.
“It’s really playing around,” said the head chef, who came to Mammoth on an internship from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. “I get to come up with extravagant foods that I would never get away with at lunch. It’s really over the top.”

Marlene Greer is a La Verne freelance writer. Reach her at

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