The storm gates have officially opened and the season is underway here at Mammoth Mountain! It received 13-22 inches of sweet, sweet snow with a storm that rolled in yesterday and there’s more on the way.
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Mammoth is currently getting hammered by a system that’s likely to leave between 2-3 feet of fresh on the summit when it’s all said and done.
By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Ricky Vega held his 3-year-old daughter, Brooke, steady as she stood atop a snowboard, feet buckled securely in bindings, at the Bear Mountain ski resort on Friday,
Vega positioned his daughter in place, in a safe area at the bottom of the slope, away from the throng of snowboarders zipping down the mountain. He whispered a few words of encouragement in her ear, then gave her a gentle push forward. He darted forward, several feet ahead of his daughter, then turned and held out his arms to receive her.
Clad in pink ski pants, a pink ski jacket and a knitted Curious George ski cap, Brooke was all smiles as she slid about five feet across the slope and into her doting father’s arms.
“My two nephews started doing this when they were 3, and now it’s her turn,” said Vega, 36, of Lakewood. “We’re trying to make it a family tradition.”
Vega was one of hundreds drawn to Bear Mountain on the cloudless and rather warm Black Friday for the resort’s opening day of the season. Neighboring Snow Summit opened for the season on Wednesday.
“It’s awesome. It’s beautiful weather,” said Vega, who along with his twin brother owns a cabin in Big Bear Lake, where he and his family spent the Thanksgiving holiday before taking to the slopes on Friday.
“I’m on vacation. It’s opening day,” Vega said, “and I wanted to get out here before all the snow melted.”
The two opening-day events, at Bear Mountain on Friday and Snow Summit on Wednesday, marked their first under new ownership by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which announced its purchase of the sibling ski resorts in September. The sale awaits the closing of escrow, said Rio Tanbara, director of marketing for Bear Mountain.
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Mammoth Mountain’s 2014-15 season is now underway, but many are still recovering from an amazing opening weekend at Mammoth.
They put together a quick video edit of the festivities on and off the hill, which you can find here.
Dust off your skis and snowboards, call your friends, and start this season off right. Mammoth Mountain is kicking off opening day on Thursday with its traditional Broadway Express banner breakthrough and annual beer toast. Enjoy live music, food, and drinks on the Main Lodge sundeck during the day, contests in the park and more.
Lift ticket prices on Opening Day are just $50, purchase yours today
Opening Weekend Event Schedule
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13
7am – Free coffee and hot cocoa at the Little Mill snowcat at Broadway Express
7am – DJ in the Monster booth at Broadway Express
8:29am – Countdown to kick off 2014/15
8:30am – #MammothsOpen! First chair and annual banner breakthrough
11am – Beer toast on the Main Lodge Sundeck and drink specials at Tusks Bar. Try a mimosa’s or the award winning bacon bloody mary.
11:15am-3pm – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
8pm – Mr. Plant viewing the Volcom & Pat Moore at Wave Rave Snowboard Shop on Main Street
9pm – Snowboarder Magazine’s Foreword premiere at Wave Rave Snowboard shop on Main Street. Featuring Mammoth Team Athletes Jaeger Bailey & Garrett Warnick
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14
1-4pm – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
7-10pm – Giro Season Opener: Pathology Film Premiere hosted by Giro Snow at Campo Mammoth
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
11am – Hang out in Main Park featuring the Mophie Jam, 32 TF debut, DJ in the Monster DJ booth and specials at the Little Mill
1-4pm – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
6:30pm – Eastside K9 Fundraiser: Days of My Youth movie viewing at Canyon Lodge
Measuring at 50 feet wide by 50 feet long, the Monster Energy Air Bag covers the entire surface area of a jump allowing users to attempt new tricks, with an airbag landing, before taking it on a snow landing.
Single Jump / Unlimited Day Pass
The Monster Energy Air Bag is open to adult and youth skiers and snowboarders of intermediate-advanced ability. A lift ticket is required to participate.
- Dates: May 3, 4, 10 and 11
- Times: 10am to 2pm
- Prices: $10 for a single jump or $30 for unlimited day use; unlimited day use ticket includes a FREE Monster Energy drink; tickets available at the base of the jump
Coaches with Mammoth’s Snowboard and Freeride Teams will be offering traning camps to help hone in on your jumping. Camp Sessions are open to the public. Enrollment includes one hour private jump session, individualized instruction, daily video review and unlimited use of the Monster Energy Air Bag.
- Dates: May 10-11
- Camp Schedule: 9am to 10am private air bag session; 10am to 3pm on-snow traning and air bag session; 3pm to 4pm video review session
- Prices: $200 per person; call 800.MAMMOTH to book today!
Team Training is also available. For more information on the please contact Ben Wisner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760.934.2571 ext. 3144.
*Lift ticket and helmet required. Weather and conditions permitting.
|It’s a rite of spring in Mammoth. Every year, while other resorts in California, Colorado and Utah are closing their slopes, we keep skiing. And riding. And skiing. And riding! With 6-8″ of fresh snow (and more coming), great spring deals and top-to-bottom terrain open through Memorial Day, now is the time to hit the slopes.|
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