Despite sharing Mammoth Mountain with 80 trillion folks from Los Angeles this past weekend, we still managed to avoid crowds and find plenty of that glory wind buff snow that’s unique to the Eastern Sierra. We planned our trip to coincide with Mammoth Mountaineering’s annual Telebration event, where freeheelers and meadow skippers descend upon the mountain to demo skis, take free lessons, and celebrate their weird ski binding. Both N and I tested skis, and he got himself onto a new boot/binding system – the Crispi EVO NTN. He was so enamored by it that he ended up buying a pair that night, which goes to show you that free demos do have their benefits.
I tried out a number of women specific tele skis, primarily to serve as comparison against those that I have and will review for Telemarktips. I particularly liked the new G3 Luscious, if only because of the cool name and fun polka dot graphics that reminded me of my very first pair of telemark skis, Dynastar’s Fat Mollys.
While the warming temperatures at Lake Tahoe had created spring conditions at lower elevations, Mammoth’s snow was still wintery (hooray for high elevation!), and the winds buffed out a lot of the moguls, giving us a clean slate each morning. I didn’t let the lingering effects of my cold hinder my ski days, which some thought might not have been a wise choice, but I’d have to be hospital bound before I gave up a day (or 3) skiing at Mammoth.
Overall a great weekend, even with the collective stupidity at level 11. But what can you expect when you’re sharing the mountain with half of Southern California?