“I’ve only ever had a SPEED suit while I’m partying” | Freeride Coach + Skinny Skis + Guns = Funny

April 13th, 2012 by

The Mammoth Invitational 2012 is here! From fun races to full-tilt parties this event has something for everyone. There’s even a Biathlon – cross-country skiing with guns… Is there a better combo? Ok… before you answer that take a gander at the video above. Mammoth Freeride Ski Team Coach Benny Ryerson gives us the unofficial biathlon experience. Benny, who is more accustomed to switch 720s and cliff drops, let us tag along as he tried his hand at this unique sport at last month’s Mammoth Biathlon.

Missed out on the Mammoth Biathlon? Not to worry, the Mammoth Invitational is your second chance for skinny ski, firearm fun. And on top of everything, this weekend’s event benefits the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation – an organization dedicated to education and athletic programs designed to identify and cultivate thinking, healthy and resilient kids. Guns, parties and a good cause… what more could you ask for? 

April Squaw Pow…. Locals Only… Conditions and VIDEO report.

April 12th, 2012 by

Today was a good day at Squaw and there was nobody here. Nobody on KT, Shirley, Red Dog, Far East, and nobody on Squaw Creek. Not one person it seemed at times. The mountain reported 17 inches up top with only 5 at the base. Up top (Shirley) the snow was wintery light and smokey. It’s too bad nothing else besides Shirley opened on the upper mountain, but tomorrow or Saturday we should be rewarded. The lower side of Corkscrew were some of the best turns I’ve had all year. It was untouched and the majority of the run was white room style.

Getting White Roomed

It was also windy. Very windy. I’m sure some people lost those G.N.A.R. points for the sissy bar today. The funi was operating at about half its normal speed, making the trip to the upper mountain a journey. At times it was almost whiteout, vertigo conditions up top. The lower mountain wasn’t quite so gusty, aside from the traverses to Enchanted Forest and behind McConkeys’. KT skied well, from Red Dog Ridge to Enchanted Forest. Alternates, Banana chute, and Olympic Lady were all good.

There was a top terminal at Gold Coast today

Tower 16 also skied well today for the top half. The bottom half was littered with ice moguls, but the snow filled in nicely in between and it wasn’t too bad.

Top of Tower 16 had some great turns

The forecast looks good for tomorrow and into the weekend. Upper mountain should open, and I imagine Granite and Headwall should have some amazing turns. See ya this weekend.

Late Afternoon: Snow. High near 37. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 25. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Friday: Snow. High near 31. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 20. West wind around 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 44.



Pre-Powder Primer | Base Re-set Underway | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | April 11, 2012

April 11th, 2012 by
Chair 5 intermediate advanced skiing and snowboarding

MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | Down in town the white stuff has been flying all day long yet with very little accumulation to actually show for it. Head up to the … Read More

Freeskiing World Championships ….. FWT Kirkwood. Pics, Video, and Radness…. You need to watch this video.

April 10th, 2012 by

This past weekend the Freeskiing World Tour held their final event, The Freeskiing World Championships down in Kirkwood, CA. Kirkwood has arguably the gnarliest venue on the FWT tour. The Cirque is a permanently closed area at Kirkwood and this is where the event went down. Day 1 was lookers right, Day 2 was lookers left. The venue is long, steep face covered in features. I feel there are endless line choices if talent allows. There are also several closeouts, lots of exposure, and some of the sickest terrain anywhere. 

Some of the terrain the Cirque offers.

If you’ve never been to an FWT event then you’re missing out. The FWT is actually a ski event, not just a giant party. Sometimes though it’s hard to distinguish. The events’ feature some of the best freeskiers in the world (a large portion of the event were European or Canadian) on some of the gnarliest terrain the earth has to offer us. 50 foot backflips over massive exposure are not uncommon. JJ Schiller did just that this weekend.

JJ Schiller getting upside down at the top of the Cirque

The finish area was packed full of spectators grilling out, drinking beer, Sake and Fireball. The snowball fights got intense and there is always excitement around. Who knows what the next competitor, friend, or local is going to do. Josh Anderson skied his run naked.  Enough said. 

A pretty big snowball fight went down

The event was a qualifier on Thursday with the top competitors making it to the main event starting Friday. One run went down on Friday afternoon. Both the girls and the guys put together some pretty sick skiing. A lot of going upside down, a lot of gnarly lines and some fast airs. Josh Daiek’s line stood out the most, launching a double and carrying to much speed out to stop before the end of the venue.

Day 1 venue, getting rad

If you haven’t been to an FWT event,  check one out. They are all over the place. Snowbird, Kirkwood, Crested Butte, Revelstoke, and a few stops down South over the summer. I’m sure that you will be impressed, inspired, and have a better time skiing the next time you decide to “get rad”. Here are some pics I shot this past weekend:

Good look at some of the exposure the Cirque offers

Davis Souza heading out of the start.


Big Cork 3 Day 1

Getting Weightless

Nice tracks... Day 1

Little Double on the Cirque

A little over the double on the Cirque

Just a bit of Exposure. Day 1

Going big at the top of the Day 2 venue

Davis Souza up top, day 2

Davis S Getting upside down

Sean Collin with a big 3 at the bottom of Day 2

Sean Collin Day 2, gettin rad

Sean Collin sending it, top air Day 2

Competitors were backflipping everything.... this one was big

Big Cork 3, natural feature.. No park jump or landing

Check out the slough.. sick line

Day 2 went off

Crystal Wright won the event for the girls, and Josh Daiek won the event for the guys. Both took the overall titles as well. 

I have a lot more pictures, so if you see yourself in any pictures or competed in the event, leave a comment. I’ll see what I can do to get you some shots.



Beautiful Day for a Shred | Ski Patrol Appreciation Day | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | April 6, 2012

April 6th, 2012 by
Climax double black diamond skiing and snowboarding new snow

MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | The story-line of the week: “Don’t like the weather? Just wait a day (or an hour), it will change.” Point being, we’ve just about seen it … Read More

Pain McShlonkey Classic VIDEO… What went down, and how it happened. Chinese Downhill and Small Mountain Invitational.

April 2nd, 2012 by

This past weekend I was lucky enough to get invited to compete in the Pain McShlonkey Classic. It was really an honor to wear the badge and be an ambassador to the Shane McConkey Foundation.

Stoked to be able to represent Shane!

The weekend was pretty ridiculous. The event was supposed to start with some  of the Red Bull Air Force team skydiving into Rocker at Squaw. High winds caused this to be cancelled, but the party still went down. Red Bull brought a humongous truck with DJ and loud music included. The party continued through the day to the Gala in the evening.

Red Bull brought this monster in with a DJ an a lot of speakers

Lets talk about the event though. The event was amazing. Athletes flew in from all over the country to compete and represent Shane in the proper way, and I think Shane would have been proud. The event started at just a tad after 9am with a “Chinese Downhill”.  This event was brutal. Unlike last year which was a glorified powder run, this was an icy, moguly, hardpacked mess of competitors coming down KT. There was carnage everywhere and it seemed most competitors crashed the whole way down the first face. Daron Rahlves (who referred to himself as DMoney during pre-event trash talking emails) won. Guess he backed it up.  He took home the golden saucer for the boys, with Shelly Robertson taking home the Golden Saucer for the girls.

The Small Mountain Invitational was just as exciting. The course was a mix of hardpack moguls with several features to jump off. The name of the game (according to the judges) was no big airs. In fact, Ice Goddess and several other airs were out of bounds, and hitting them meant disqualification. This obviously stopped nobody.  We saw repelling down Ice Goddess, Kristian Giessler sending Tombstone pretty big and lots of tomahawking. I’m pretty confident that everybody there had an amazing time, so THANK YOU SHANE!

Thank you Shane!

Memorable March | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | March 29, 2012

March 29th, 2012 by
deep march powder at the Hemlocks

MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | Monday 6″, Wednesday 6″, Thursday 6″… and more snow expected this weekend. If you haven’t been paying attention, yeah, Mammoth is in its prime right now. … Read More

Sun, Wind and 1” of Graupel Deliver 1000s of Smiles | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | March 24, 2012

March 24th, 2012 by
snowboard expert terrain fresh snow

MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | Good things come in small packages. Or, in this case, small amounts. Two nights ago the Mountain received a dusting of spring graupel – Mammoth logged … Read More

Unofficial Jackson Caption Contest: Terrified Tram Passenger

March 22nd, 2012 by

Photo has been removed my request of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort This gem, which was taken sometime this winter, is a glimpse of a rarely seen tram melt down. The … Read More

Powder Party to Spring Hangover | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | March 21, 2012

March 22nd, 2012 by
Garrett Russell ski deep powder

MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | You have to give the people what they want… And, the people want the truth. Well, Mother Nature giveth and Mother Nature taketh. Last weekend she … Read More