Today’s storm at Mammoth Mountain (March 26, 2014) dropped 8 -10 inches of fresh pow and kept Sierra shreds blazing in mid-winter glory. And you know what else? Mammoth is staying open until Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) like they have every and every year for the past 27 years.
“Although winter got off to a slow start, the past month brought a series of strong storms with nearly 100 inches of snow, and more in the forecast this week,” said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory. “With excellent conditions typical of this time of year, we look to continue our long-standing tradition of skiing and riding well into May.” . . To celebrate, Mammoth has a jam-packed spring event calendar with all-ages activities on and off the hill. Events such as the JLA Banked Slalom, Mammoth Invitational, Grenade Games 10, Pond Skim and the annual Easter celebration are back in addition to new offerings like Spyder’s massive “Where’s the Party?” concert at Canyon Lodge.
A 21-year-old snowboarder from Pennsylvania died yesterday (Wednesday, March 5, 2014) after hitting at tree at Ellicotville, New York’s Holiday Valley Resort, according to a story in the Buffalownews.com.
“The individual apparently lost control while snowboarding, went off the trail and collided with a tree,” said Jane Eshbaugh, director of marketing at Holiday Valley. “He was transported by ambulance to Olean General Hospital. It is our understanding he passed away at the hospital, and we have no other details.”
Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.
A 17-year-old employee at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park in Algonquin, Illinois was discovered with his arm entangled in a “conveyor belt” of a magic carpet lift at the resort on March 2, 2014, according to a story in the ABC 7 News.
Numerous fire agencies responded to a technical rescue at 1:46 p.m. at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park, 19-265 Western Ave., Algonquin Fire Battalion Chief John Greene said in a release. More than 30 personnel worked to remove the 17-year-old boy’s arm from a conveyer lift. . . The teen was flown at 2:47 p.m. to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, according to Greene. The employee’s condition was not immediately known and the incident is still under investigation.
The resort is closed today. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lift operator.
RED Mountain Resort will donate 50 percent of its day ticket revenue to help raise funds for several of B4BC’s initiatives, including scholarships through the Survivorship Fund to ReTreat Yourself, a yoga, ski and snowboard retreat for women who have been affected by breast cancer. Activities at RED that day will include ski and snowboard demos as well as breast cancer screening information booths. Top skiers and snowboarders including Megan Pischke, Kendra Starr and Kasha Rigby will be in attendance. The day will end with an après-ski party at Rafters bar with national recording artist Pickwick, whose recent hit song “Hacienda Motel” has been on the top of critics’ song lists over the last year.
British Columbia, Canada’s secret powder spot Red Mountain is brewing up some fun for fans of “craft beer” (you know, dudes trying to turn beer drinking into wine tasting) with their first Beer Goggles Craft Beer Festival scheduled for March 1, 2014.
From home-brewers to homies, Beer Goggles is set to become one of the largest festivals of its kind in eastern BC, a region known for its “big little beers.” Twelve confirmed breweries include stalwarts Nelson Brewing, Okanagan Spring, Tree, Steamworks, Mt. Begbie, Parallel 49, Stanley Park, Central City Brewing and other craft outfits from all over BC. We expect to serve up more than 50 different beers for the tasting event. . . .”Beer Goggles is not simply a beer festival, but a celebration of the craft beer industry,” explains RED Mountain’s Fran Richards, the man behind the mayhem. “All of the hardcore skiers and snowboarders ’round here know the simple pleasure of a fine brew after a day in the mountains, and we wanted to try and, um, bottle that feeling. Well, least until we can all buy craft beer on Etsy…”
If you’re into beer, and drinking beer, and instagraming pictures of beer to let all your beer drinking friends know all about the great beer you’re drinking then by all means follow the jump and get all the official details because this beer drinking festival is designed especially for you, beer drinker. [click to continue…]
SMI Snow Makers, a family run, Michigan based company, has set up massively technical snowmaking facilities in Sochi, Russian to make certain that there is enough snow Winter Olympics. With setup that looks more like NASA Mission Control and 400 snow guns, SMI is going to make it happen, according to this edit from National Geographic. And as these are the “most expensive Olympics” ever, we’re hoping SMI gets their monster slice.
Sixty years ago Dave McCoy got a permit to operate a ski area on Mammoth Mountain. Now, the 98-year-old icon tells a bit of the founding story. This edit is all skiing, but for Dave, we’ll run it anyway.
A Sierra resort with deep, deep roots in snowboarding gets the chance to grow more today as California’s June Mountain officially reopens for the 2013-14 season after being shuttered since 2012. Today (Friday, December 13, 2013) the resort that hosted the original OP Pro of Snowboarding is back in the game.
“June has a special place in the hearts of so many skiers and snowboarders, and I know they’re just as excited as we are that June Mountain is reopening on Friday,” said general manager, Carl Williams. “We’ve made some improvements that I think visitors are really going to appreciate. June has always been a really comfortable place to learn to ski or snowboard, and with the new programming and ticket prices I think that’s even more true today.”
It’s like Mammoth’s less crowded, cheaper, more fun little sister. . . ah, or something like that. Tickets are $72 a day and the season passes cost only $175 for college students, and $399 for adults. Hello bargains! For the official word from June Mountain, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
While the rest of the Northern Hemisphere has been slogging along through fall, the snow gods have gotten all over the Northern Cascades and dumped over 40 inches of fresh, winter snow on the shoulders of Mt. Shuksan. That means Mt. Baker Ski Area is ready to roll today, November 21, 2013.
With a 43-inch base at Pan Dome and 37 inches at Heather Meadows, Baker will be opening in style: all three lodges, at least seven chairs, all systems go for a pre-Thanksgiving powder feast. As always, we recommend easing into it. Plenty more snow is going to fall in the coming weeks, and early season conditions exist. Obey closed areas, be on the lookout for early season hazards, ride with care, and go get your fill—you can be sure we will.