Pictures from an historic 2009 opening day at Mammoth Mountain

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on October 16, 2009 4:00 pm

It was an historic opening day for Mammoth Mountain.  The first day celebration was free to all, and with a massive early season storm making conditions very un-opening day like, some 6,000 Mammoth lovers descended upon the mountain.   Their reward was more than just the free skiing, a festive mood, and unmatched early season conditions. With the unexpected opening of Chair 23 and the top of the mountain, it made this first day truly legendary.

all photos by Peter Morning

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Mammoth PR man extraordinaire Daniel Hansen describes the early morning scene.  “I was amazed at the level of energy and excitement out there today.  I got here early – 5:30am – and the parking lot was already full of people tailgating, pumping music and just having a good time. It’s days like today that make me stoked to be living and working in a place as great as Mammoth!”

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Mammoth Mountain math part 1: beauty squared = a beautiful mountain with beautiful ladies

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Mammoth Mountain math part 2: Last year’s opening day attendance hovered around 700 folks.  This year?  Multiply that by 10.

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“I’m amazed not only by the number of people we had here today, but also by the level of riding I’ve seen in the park today,” said Oren Tanzer, Director of Youth Action Sports at Mammoth Mountain. “People are picking up right where they left off last season like they never missed a beat.”

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Rusty Gregory, chairman and CEO of Mammoth, adhered to his tradition of covering lift operator duties.  Gregory started at Mammoth as a lifty a few decades ago, so his tradition does not smack of corporate common-folk schtickiness.  I’m quite sure these four cats boarding Broadway Express have not a clue who the guy in jeans and black T is.                        

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Another ski season also means the onslaught of sun deck happiness.  These kind folks prove it’s impossible not to smile while seated on a Mammoth sun deck.  To Donna, Missy, and Agnes of Steeps, my favorite Mammoth sun deck at McCoy Station: I will see you soon!

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The festive mood escalated to a lunar happiness shortly after noon when Chair 23 opened.  The top of Mammoth open in mid-October?!  El Nino, can one desire too much of a good thing?

It’s going to be an epic year at Mammoth Mountain.  El Nino added to Mammoth combusts into 140% more whiteness!  Make your plans now.  There are tons of early season specials, including fourth night free.

Rejoice, for our strength was strong through the summer months.  The wait is now over.  Mammoth Mountain is open for the 2009-’10 season!

 

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