Mammoth Mountain, CA – The Vans Unbound Terrain Parks at Mammoth Mountain are raising the bar once again. Led by new Terrain Park Manager Oren Tanzer, Mammoth is rolling out even more enhanced terrain for the 2002/03 season including expanded beginner and intermediate areas and a massive 22-foot Super-Duper Pipe.

Super-Duper Pipe

This pipe cannot be described as anything but Super-Duper. Six hundred feet long with 22-foot walls, this pipe blows every other Superpipe out of the water. The secret behind the behemoth is the Zaugg Pipe Monster, the granddaddy of all pipe machines. This baby can sculpt a perfect pipe without breaking a sweat. The massive walls allow pros and amateurs alike to build up more speed and get more air out of the pipe. When Mammoth pros like Tommy Czeschin and Tara Dakides hit the Super-Duper Pipe, don’t be surprised to see them launching as high as 35 feet off the ground. Mammoth’s new Zaugg Pipe Monster is one of only a few of these deluxe machines in the country – just another sign of Mammoth’s commitment to providing the most innovative new terrain for its loyal skiers and riders.

Terrain Park Expansion

This season, the Vans Unbound Terrain Parks expand their borders to include two new runs. Jill’s Run and Forest Trail, located in the area between Thunderbound and Stump Alley Express, will debut terrain features geared towards beginner and intermediate thrill seekers. Jill’s Run will be the first step for the tentative beginner with rolling berms and small hits.

Once comfortable on Jill’s, those thirsty for more can move on to Forest Trail with its larger jumps and low rails. The new areas will separate terrain features of different ability levels, alleviating congestion in Main Park and providing an enjoyable experience for all skiers and riders. These additions will increase the size of the Unbound to over 60 acres making it among the largest terrain parks in the country.

Additional Features

The tireless Unbound staff can never leave well enough alone. This season look for over 30 new and refurbished rails and fun boxes. The crown jewel of the park is sure to be the one-of-a-kind “S” box so large it has to be moved in sections. Weighing in at two tons, and measuring 56 feet long, the banked “Colossus” will be a challenge for even the seasoned pro. Mammoth has been known to paint its rails bright orange, green and even pink, but this season will hold some creative paint jobs that you’ll have to see to believe. Look for some of the new designs in South Park where skiers and snowboarders can slide to their heart’s content down a brand new all-rail run, fondly known as Jibs Galore, located in South Park.

Oren Tanzer

After working as a part of the Unbound team at Mammoth last season, Oren Tanzer will take the reins as Terrain Park Manager for the 2002/03 season.

Tanzer came to Mammoth with experience in the terrain parks at Mt. High and Bear Mountain. With a background in grooming and park building, Oren is excited to get “hands on” in Mammoth’s park and try out some new and innovative things with the terrain. This season’s plans include expanding terrain features, building an all-rail run and constructing a massive 22-foot Super-Duper Pipe. “The standards set by the Unbound are high,” says Tanzer. “I have some big shoes to fill but am confident that this year we will be able take it to the next level once again.”

Leading the charge in the dynamic world of freeriding, Mammoth is constantly changing and improving its parks and pipes to provide the ultimate experience. This year, SKI Magazine named Mammoth’s Unbound Parks #1 in North America. Mammoth was also named the #1 winter resort in the US during a recent survey by Colorado Ski Country. Mammoth Mountain is scheduled to open for the 2002/03 season on November 7, 2002 and expects to have limited terrain features available on Opening Day, snow conditions permitting. For more information on the Vans Unbound Terrain Parks, log on to MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. The company owns and operates Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain Inn and also operates Juniper Springs Lodge and Sunstone and Sierra Star Golf Club in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit www.MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.