Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort opened its celebrated Sierra terrain to the public on Thursday, with the first chair ringing the official bell of Winter in early November. However, it was the the last 24” dump of new snowfall on Friday that made this the most epic Opening Weekend we can remember. A town of happy skiers and snowboarders welcomed the 2012-2013 season with open arms, as season pass holders smiled for their pass photos in anticipation of their first day back on the hill. Mammoth was even able to open the top of the mountain to lucky riders on Sunday who found their share of ski-friendly moguls and long runs all the way back down to the gondola. By late afternoon, The Ski Channel was still lapping powder runs galore, completely amped off a fabulous opening weekend of epic proportions.
As important as base layers are when you’re out in the cold, the base layer on a ski resort is a vital part of the season’s success for optimal coverage. The early snowfall is a very good sign for the forecast ahead, so that Mammoth Mountain Resort can continue to stay open longer than most ski resorts in North America. A solid base layer means less risk of rocks snagging your skis, and many more happy days of shredding. Therefore, skiers and snowboarders everywhere should be celebrating, as another huge storm is on the way to the Sierras. Since Mammoth‘s ridge receives the heaviest of storms at its high altitude of more than 11,000 ft (3,370 m), its prime location in the volcanic Long Valley Caldera attracts snow and snow enthusiasts due to cool temperatures and light, fluffy pow. Thank you Mother Nature!
If the new snowfall wasn’t enough, there was a stacked lineup of activities to celebrate the kickoff to the season. Saturday, Mammoth Unbound’s Main Park hosted a rail jam powered by Oakley, featuring new jib features in a top-notch location. Two down rails and a double picnic table box was just the beginning, as the additional snowfall allowed the park crew to set up some sizable kickers to get those skis and boards spinning. Fun little boxes and beginner rails welcome a full spectrum of difficulty for park rats of any age or skill level.
Pro snowboarders like Mammoth local Danny Kass, Red Bull athlete Louie Vito, and Burton shred star Kelly Clark were just a few names seen at Mammoth Mountain Resort this weekend. Clark was busy Saturday night throwing out Burton swag to a stoked audience in attendance for the premiere Burton‘s new film, “13,” held fireside at the Mammoth Village. The latest in snowboard cinematography from Burton Snowboards, “13″ features footage from state-of-the-art cameras showcasing the top riders at exotic locations around the globe. Watch the trailer:
Featuring Danny Davis, Mikkel Bang, John Jackson, Mark Sollors, Mikey Rencz, Jussi Oksanen, Terje Haakonsen, Jeremy Jones, Zak Hale, Ethan Deiss, Seppe Smits, Werni Stock, Roope Tonteri and more. These incredibly talented and innovative athletes make “13″ a must-see to get you properly amped for the season ahead.
Get hyped up because there will be too many powder days this season to count, to make up for any lost days last year. Even better news – a huge storm is predicted to touch down on the Mammoth Mountain region this upcoming weekend. Get up there early to take full advantage and enjoy those powder lines. GO CELEBRATE THE NEW SEASON, BECAUSE YOU FINALLY CAN!