Don’t pack away your snowboard just yet. Fifteen inches of new snow fell on the slopes over the past few days at Mammoth Mountain giving the mountain a boost that should last well into the spring.
Even though it feels summery in SoCal it’s still winter up in Mammoth, complete with icy roads, snow plows, blowing snow, and freshly groomed parks and pipes. The Unbound Park crew is hard at it, working in full to keep the spring jib season going into May.
According to Unbound Terrain Park Director Oren Tanzer there’s still a lot on the plate for his staff. In addition to a few late season events, the Unbound park crew is constantly up on the hill shaping special hits and detailing the park for photographers and film crews. Spring is the perfect time to star watch on the hill as the sun and spring slush are enticing for pro’s looking to get one or two more shots from this season.
If you’re not up for gambling on seeing a favorite pro, check out one of the Mountain’s upcoming events. Starting at the end of April, the West Coast Invitational takes place on April 30 to May 2. The WCI kicks off Mammoth’s “official” spring season with live music, an on-snow festival, and the Orage masters. This is all in addition to Mammoth’s Metal Fest. The urban rail contest will take place under lights in the village with the list of invite-only snowboarders including Marc Frank Montoya, Eddie Wall, Gabe Taylor, Rohm Klampert, Jordan Mendenhall, Lane Knaack, and others.
Aside from the West Coast Invitational, Mammoth will also be hosting Volcom’s Peanut Butter and Rail Jam on May 8. And, the construction of Mammoth’s spring park and pipe for the US Snowboard team will begin on May 10.
While portions of the mountain will close down after April 25th, Mammoth’s Main Lodge plans to stay open at the very least through Memorial Day weekend. Because Mammoth Mountain doesn’t operating on a contract through the forest service, the only thing dictating the mountain’s closing day is the weather. And, if the storms keep rolling through it could be a long spring.