Friday, November 12, 2010

Opening Day at Mammoth

Thursday, November 11, 2010 was the opening day of the season for Mammoth Mountain. Luckily ESPN wanted me to cover the event for a web post and I was happy to oblige. I lined up tickets for myself and Jason Abraham and we cruised on down to do some skiing. The recent snow and cold temperatures made for an exceptional opening day.

November 10, 2010 Powder day?

Just the third day of the winter with snow on the ground and we're already skiing POW!
A little settlement coupled with another foot on top made for some great early season turns. Mike Vaughan and I went back to Alpine and hiked around for a few hours. I made a little video.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Skiing! First turns of the season

Just a couple days ago we were enjoying the best mountain biking conditions of the year here in Lake Tahoe. Consistent rains and nice warm temperatures made this fall one to remember on the trails around the Lake. That being said, once November hits I'm usually ready for it to start snowing in earnest, or at least go one way or the other, indian summer or winter. A couple days ago it started raining and winter flexed its muscles. We only got about a half inch of snow at lake level, but up high there was anywhere between a foot and eighteen inches. I went out for a tour of Alpine Meadows and found some fun snow to ski. It was definitely some of the thinnest cover I've ever skied, but was fun nonetheless.

I used my GoPro POV camera to catch some interesting video of the action. This was one of the rare times of the season when speed is not your friend and you defintely don't want to take any chances. It was great to get out and move around on the snow regardless. If you decide to go, bring your rock skis....