Mammoth Mountain Skiing
Mammoth was founded in 1953 on the
concept that everyone can have fun on the snow and what better place than
Mammoth with its diverse terrains, bountiful snow (average over 500") and 300
sunny days a year. Mammoth Mountain offers over 150trails with 29 Lifts ( 9
Express Quads) to truly make for a full day of fun for
Here are some cool facts about Mammoth Mountain:
Base Elevation 7,953 ft
Top Elevation 11,053 ft
Start your day of fun at one of three
The Main lodge offers full service
amenities from Ski School, Snow Boarding Lessons, Snowmobiling Adventures, Ski
Patrol, Small World Child Care, Lockers, Cafeteria and even Mammoth Moments
Photo service. It is from the main lodge you can get the Gondola to the summit
at 11,053 feet great fun even in the summer. At the Main lodge you will also
find the Unbound Main Park which features Super Pipes and Super-Duper
Located on the other end of town at the
end of Meridian Blvd. Eagle Lodge is less than 1mile from the
Condo at Krystal Villa East #418 ( a
quick shuttle ride). This is a great place for beginners because of the New
Learning Area that was opened in 2006-2007. The New Learning Areas (also
available at Canyon Lodge and the Main Lodge) are on gentle slopes that offer
kid-friendly instructors, lunchrooms, carpet rides and uphill magic. All
designed for beginner skiers and snowboarders to have fun while
This is a full service Lodge offering ski
school, lockers, rentals, cafeteria, guest services and ski patrol.
You can catch the new Village
Gondola in town and connect in six minutes to Canyon lodge. At the Village
mountain center you can purchase your rentals, buy tickets, and sign-up for
lessons. At the end of the ski day enjoy walking around the village and grabbing
a bite in one of the many eateries. The Village comes to life in the evening
with music and dancing at numerous hot spots to continue your day. On the more
relaxed side you can enjoy a casual stroll through the village and take in the
art galleries, wine bars and reminisce the day by the village pond and the fire
What is the Terrain like at Mammoth Mountain?
There is something for everybody and for every age.
In the beginning, the history
of Snow Skiing
Snow Skis reach back to the past
as far as 4500 years ago.
Wooden skis ranging from an estimated 2,500 to 5,000 years old have been found
in Scandinavia. The oldest
snow ski was a short, wide ski found in Sweden. It is believed that these every
first skis were commonly used by travelers or hunters in their migrations
during the long winters in the Scandinavian countries. As far back as these
early skis date there is evidence that snow skis may have been around even
longer. This is evident by cave and rocks drawings that have depicted skis
before 4500 years ago. A rock
carving of a skier was found on a Norwegian island has been dated as being over
4,000 years old. Other rock paintings and skis found in bogs indicate that
hunters and trappers used skis at least 5000 years ago.
Since the purpose of these skis were for
survival they were not designed, so to speak, for speed but rather to keep the
hunter or traveler on top of the snow to allow for easier movement as the
traveled. The sport and fun of snow skiing did not come into it’s own till much
Moving along in time, by the 17th
century the Norwegian military had been using skis and subsequently speeded up
their development and speed which lead to military having skiing competitions
in the 1670’s. Skis were used
by Norwegian scouts to spy on enemies. Regular ski drills became commonplace,
for the Norwegain Ski Company and this has been said to be where the first use
of leather straps around the heel, in combination with the toe-strap, came into
existence to keep the ski from falling off when skiing downhill. Finland troops used Ski patrols to resist Russian intruders during
World War II and in 1945, U.S. army Ski troops fought Germans in the mountains
The first know civilian ski race
took place in 1843 at Tromso, Norway. These same people from the Telemark area
of Norway can be credited for developing skiing into the sport it has evolved
into today. They
invented the Telemark and the Christie turns as methods of controlling speeds
on downhill descents. They were also liked jumping. As a result both Alpine
and Nordic skiing owe their existence to these early pioneers.
Sondre Norheim, from Morgedal in
Telemark, known as the father of modern skiing because it is believed he
invented the equipment and techniques that led to modern skiing as we know it
today. The story about Sondre as the father of modern skiing was largely
constructed in Norway from the 1930s, especially in connection with the Olympic
Winter Games in Oslo in 1952. Norheim, at the age of forty-three, went on to
become the winner of the first Norwegian downhill skiing competition in
Christiania, now known as Oslo.
Although Sondre Norheim brought to
the forefront these invention such as, the birch" binding that enabled
skiers to ski without the risk of losing their skis or the short and the curved,
flexible ski he made in order to allow for easy turning in soft snow, it is
believed that most of these inventions attributed to Norheim were known a long
time before him.
In 1880, the Englishman, William
Cecil Slingsby, helped inspire ski mountaineering after his crossing of the
Keiser Pass in Norway, on skis. Later in 1888, the Norwegian, Fridtj of Nansen
made the first crossing of Greenland, by travelling from East to West on skis.
The report on his expedition aroused great interest in skiing in Europe and the
United States. From then on skiing was regularly in the news, and was soon
adopted as a sport by the wealthy classes of Europe, as well as being adopted
by the army in several countries.
The first organized events in
skiing, jumping and a type of cross-country race, started in the early 1800's,
and both used the Nordic system. All of the early skis had a boot mounted to
the ski only at the toe, with the heel free to move up and down, what we now
call a Nordic ski.
Skiing grew more popular in the
1900's. The sport utilized Nordic equipment during much of this
time. This is seen in the events of the first Winter Olympic Games. The
inaugural 1924 Games in Chamonix, France had only 5 sports, and the skiing
events were both Nordic: Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. Cross-Country
Skiing made it to the Winter Olympic games in 1932 at Lake Placid.
As skiing continued to evolve and the
terrain more challenging the techniques and equipment adapted to the challenge.
The Telemark turn emerged, it suited the flatter, rolling terrain of Norway,
but lacked the control necessary for the steeper slopes of the Alps This
lead to the birth of Alpine skiing.
Skis were used in the Sierra
Nevada gold fields in 1850 and later to ferry mail from Carson City, Nevada to
Placerville, California in 1856, crossing 94 miles in 4 days. Downhill ski
races, with speeds of up to 90 mph, were organized between competing mining
camps by 1857.
Alpine ski equipment consisted of
a boot mounted to the ski at the heel and toe. This allowed the skier greater
control in negotiating steeper slopes and going faster speeds. As a result of
this new equipment Alpine downhill and Slalom came about and were introduced to
the 1936 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
It was in the 1930’s that the ski
area industry began to invest and develop equipment that would eliminate the
cumbersome, exhausting and time consuming climb up the mountain for that
scenic view and those few minutes of sheer bliss of skiing down hill. It was
not till after the second World War when Austria and Switzerland developed the
first such ski areas.
Skiing in America is just over a
century in age. In the US, it
is debated whether natives taught the Americans to ski or whether skiing was
introduced by Norwegian gold miners. The first U.S. ski club was formed in
1872, and the National Ski Association began in 1904. Skiing gained popularity
in the United States as a recreational sport from the 1930s.The advent of ski
tows and lifts further helped the sport in popularity. The implementation of
snowmaking machines and televised broadcasts of ski competitions also
contributed greatly to the sport's growth.
Today we enjoy skiing for
pleasure, fun and competition a far cry from it’s humble beginnings.
For a complete history of Skiing
along with incredible early ski posters and more ckeck out the Mammoth Ski
Museum, just click the link below to be connect to the site http://www.mammothskimuseum.org
Snow Skiing Equipment : Snow Skis and Snow Boots
Skis. Ski Poles, Ski Boots, Ski
Bindings, Ski Helmets, Ski Goggles, Ski Clothing, Ski Accessories and Ski Roof
Manufactures of Ski
Alpina makes touring,
telemark, and backcountry cross country skis
Offers a full line of downhill, back country, cross-country, telemark and
Blizzard Ski manufactures
a variety of cross country and alpine skis.
Manufactures one-size-fits-all skis. A fun ski.
db ski company manufactures carbon powderskis.
Produces a downhill skis
in freeride, competition, and pleasure skiing styles.
Offers a variety
of alpine skis.
Elan manufacturer a mountain
rider, competition and junior styles ski.
Manufactures alpine and, telemark skis as well as snowboards.
Manufactures a wide
variety of downhill skis in addition to a full line of cross country skis in
back country, sport, adventure, racing and junior styles.
Front Runner Tail-less Skis
This Manufacture produces a
ski with nothing behind the binding ( no tail).
Germina produces many
downhill and cross-country ski models and poles.
Goode manufactures a downhill
Manufactures Alpine skis
in freeride, easy extreme, racing, all round, junior.
A large manufacture which
builds of some of the best skis in the world.
Kneissl - Dachstein
Bold alpine ski builder.
There are many model to choose from.. They are light with good edge grip.
Available in many models.
Downhill skis, all-terrain, performance ,hardpack and juniors.
One of my favorites. Rossignol offer a large variety of skis from Alpine to
Nordic, for every terrain and every variation. Definitely a full line skis.
Another. favorite of mine, Salomon offers alpine skis, cross country, boots,
bindings, and accessories.
Manufactures skis for backcountry,
racing-performance, fitness, touring, sport and juniors.
downhill skis and snowboards.
Volant is known for makings
skiis with steel construction for downhill racing.
Offers many different
Zag Freeride Skis
Zag Freeride is a blend between a snowboard and a ski.
SNOW SKI BOOTS: Your gear for skiing
Backcountry and Alpine ski
Boots for downhill, as
well as the Telemark boots.
Many different kinds of
Telemark boots and Alpine.
Alpine boots in carving, cruising, and junior categories.
Maniufactures custom made
boots for people with hard to fit sizes
Makes alpine ski boots.
Alpine boots and
Makes boots in racing,
sport, performance and junior categories.
Telemark and Ski Mountaineering
Alpine boots in carving, sport.
racing and juniors
Snowboards, boots and
Cross Country skiing boots.
Alpine ski and snowboard
Many types of alpine ski
Alpine skiing boots and snowboarding boots.
Complete line of cross
country and downhill ski boots.
Alpine and Nordic boots
for women and men.
Offers a large variety of boots including boots for beginners to expert.
More Snowing Gear
In addition to your snow skis and
boots you will need a few more accessories to have a fun and safe experience.
Boots: a few of the more popular binding
manufactures are Head, Marker, Rossignol, Salomon, Look, Dymanic and Atomic.
Polls: several popular brands are Rossignol,
Scott, Voile, Masters, Excel Poles, ColdPole DaleBootUSA, Reflex and Chukgrip.
Helmets: Carrera, Giro, Leki, Pro-Tec, Briko,
Acid helmets and Boeri.
Ski Clothing/Apparel: Gates Gloves, Grandoe Gloves, Kombi
Gloves and sockes, The Backside, ski gloves, googles and accessories,
Patagonia, Yoko Gloves and Shread Alert head wear/hats.
Ski Googles: a must to protect your eye the following a
more popular manufactures, Carrera Sports, Scott, Smith Sports Optics, EL’s
Googles, Oakley and Spy and Smith .
Roof Racks: A way to get your stuff up to the slopes,
REI offer Yakima, Thule and Rhode Gear Ski Racks. Additionally, you can find
Yakima and Thule at L.L.Bean and Rack Attack.
Now you are ready to go have fun.
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the Eastern Sierra’s of Mammoth Lakes.
The beauty of Mammoth Mountain is
unsurpassed anywhere, its grandeur, majesty and longevity. Mammoth has
withstood the test of time as a symbol of strength, determination, tradition.
Many of these same qualities are what a marriage is built on. These are the
reasons why Mammoth is such a popular place for weddings particularly a white
weddings. If you are considering a winter wedding,a white wedding, explore the
options that Mammoth Lakes has to offer for weddings. Your wedding pictures or
wedding photos will be stunning, and you will have a memorable place to return
for your wedding anniversary. Imaging how your wedding songs will resonate in
the mountain air unlike anywhere else. It is truly a Mammoth of a wedding
experience. If you need wedding ideas we are available to help you for your
winter wedding, spring wedding, summer wedding or fall weddings. Mammoth lakes
offers world class chiefs to complete your wedding day festivities. Capture
nature and this one moment in time that you will remember for ever with beauty
that can not be matched anywhere.