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Another Weekend in Mammoth: Skiing in the Storm

You’ve seen some of the pictures from the rather treacherous drive, but now to talk about the actual weekend.

Friday night we got set up in the condo and cooked. I made garlic bread, rancher’s pasta and salad, then we settled in to play a game of Trival Pursuit against Caroline and Paul.

Saturday, we didn’t try hard enough to get to the mountain early ad got there in time for long lines at the ticket booth and even longer lines at the lifts. I’d never seen so many people trying to get on at Canyon before.

We decided to head over to a quieter part of the mountain, so we ended up over at Chair 25, enjoying the nice, long, powdery runs, and trying to stay somewhat sheltered from the wind. It was sunny, but it was cold and blustery and there were quite a few chairs out of commission because of the weather.

That night, our friend Ian came, and we had a dinner of my veggie stew, guacamole and salsa, then played music trivia game Riff (which my parents apparently found at the 99 cent store).

Sunday we woke up to even more snow. Thankfully it wasn’t too windy, and it wasn’t much colder than the day before, so we headed out to the mountain. The lines were a little shorter and some more of the lifts were open, including Cloud 9 Express, which goes to some beautiful runs on the far side of the mountain.

We played in the deep powder and challenging runs on Cloud 9, then headed to the opposite side of the mountain, to chairs 12 and 13, where it was very quiet and peaceful. By the end of the day, the sun had even started to peek out a bit, and we were exhausted from our day.

We went out for a nice dinner at Skadi, where apparently the chef is crazy (it says so on the menu!) but the food is very good. Then we went home to make brownies and compete at movie trivia in Scene It? (Go team popcorn!).

By Monday morning the snow was coming down pretty hard, so we just packed up and headed home — little did we know how long it would be snowing.

You can check out more photos from the weekend in my Facebook album.


Livetweeting a Road Trip and a Snowy Weekend Away

This weekend, I decided last minute to join my parents on their trip to Mammoth. Evan was out of town in Washington, DC, and I didn’t have much planned, so Friday afternoon, I packed a back and my parents came to pick me up.

The drive was particularly long. My dad put on a 3-hour “Climate War” radio program. There was a huge backup on the 405 and the 5 — it took us two hours to reach the 14 from my place when it usually takes closer to 30 minutes. And once we were done listing about how the world will devolve into utter anarchy and nuclear winter, the remainder of the drive was filled with a mix of Peter Paul and Mary, Bette Middler and driving 40 miles through a snow storm with chains on.

Well, to pass the time and document the experience, I was on Twitter. Some of the highlights:

Oh man, The Rose is on. Don’t want to admit it but I’m compelled to sing along “some say love…”

Apparently iphone predictive text doesn’t want to hear kum ba ya either. Its first option: kim bad ya

“Five hundred miles, five hundred miles…” now this song is speaking to me

Now this song is baffling: “Stewball was a racehorse… He never drank water, he only drank wine”!?

Goodnight Irene? How’d this make it on? Seems random. Do think they’re telling us to hurry up, get there and get to bed.

So much snow coming at us we’ve got a warp speed effect going on. Ridiculous speed!

We finally arrived after about 8 hours — it normally takes 5. There were many more updates, but you can visit Twitter to read the rest. Sorry about the spelling — I learned that the iPhone predictive text changes things without me realizing a lot, and I’m also apparently sloppy about checking my updates on my phone.

Saturday we went skiing/snowboarding, though the top of the mountain was entirely in a cloud. We only did one run up top before deciding it was too stressful to navigate the white-out, so we spent the rest of the day on the lower half of the mountain, enjoying the deep, new snow. We didn’t stay out too long because it started getting windy and the snow hitting our faces was getting painful, so we headed back in, climbing back up to the condo behind the Austriahof — always a fun little adventure at the end of the day.

That night we went to Nevados for a delicious dinner. The bread was nice and hot, I got a yummy pasta and vegetable dish, and we shared a deconstructed tiramisu in a chocolate cup for dessert. That was the best part. I couldn’t even snap a picture before my dad had started taking it apart.

Today was sunnier, but a lot windier. I didn’t head up to the mountain, and my parents only stayed out for a couple of hours in the morning. Thankfully, the drive home was a lot easier than the drive up, and it only took 5 hours to get back to my place.

I didn’t mean for this to become the all Mammoth all the time blog, but be warned: I’m heading up next weekend, too. I’ll try to post about some other things, too. I promise.

MLK Weekend in Mammoth

Last weekend, Evan and I went to Mammoth with two of our friends. We drove up early on Friday so we beat all of the traffic and had a super easy drive because it had been warm for a while and hadn’t snowed, so no ice, no snow and no chains.

Saturday, we had a great, full day of skiing and snowboarding. Evan and I went all over the mountain in the morning, then stopped for lunch — where we coincidentally sat RIGHT next to my uncle and cousins — and met up with our friends in the afternoon to get some more runs in.

That night we had a delicious dinner at one of my favorite Mammoth restaurants, Petra’s Bistro. The four of us had a table by the fire, and Evan and I shared a roasted beet salad and some Navarro Chardonnay, and then he had a salmon dish while I had some gnocchi with butternut squash. Our friends had venison and pork and loved their dishes as well. For dessert we headed back to the condo since Evan and I had baked a chocolate almond cake from a recipe his parents often use, and though it turned out a little flatter than theirs — we folded the egg whites in a little too much — it was delicious with its raspberry jam topping. I’ll definitely be making it again.

Sunday was another great ski day. The snow was pretty fast and quite hard-packed in some places, but we stayed under control and I don’t think either Evan or I fell the whole time. We spent more time up at the top and on the back side of the mountain, which I had never even explored. It was beautiful and sunny, too, and we met up with my uncle and cousins again for lunch.

We didn’t make it a full day — we headed in around 3 instead of 4 — since our legs (especially mine) were really exhausted from spending so much time on both steep and overly flat runs, which both make my muscles exhausted. I do much better on a normal intermediate/easier advanced grade. Still, it was good to challenge myself, and though Evan is a much better skier than I am a border, I was able to stick with him all day — provided that he’d wait for me a bit.

That night, we cooked dinner — nice and easy rancher’s pasta (pasta with sun dried tomatoes, olives and goat cheese) and salad. We also had some more cake and started a bit of a board game marathon, playing Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and Catch Phrase.

Monday we debated whether or not to ski and ultimately decided to go for brunch at The Stove where we had enormous omelets, waffles and pieces of french toast, which were all really delicious. Then Evan and I took a short hike at Hot Creek, which was delightfully empty — every time I’ve been there it’s been super crowded. And then we drove home, thankfully without any traffic again.

Evan should be posting some more photos soon, including some of Hot Creek.

Family Vacation in Mammoth

At the end of December, my family went to Mammoth to go skiing, enjoy the snow and spend some time together.


Dad and Michelle competing in the Partini cup game

Our first night there, a week ago Friday, we went to dinner at the Mogul then went home to play some games. We tried out a new game my sister got called Partini, which was a lot of fun, though some categories were a bit hard — like the one where you had to describe something by what it isn’t, and one where you had to hum two of four songs and have your team guess them within 30 seconds. Other categories were a lot of fun, like the miming/charades one, a competitive ball-and-cup game and a sentence-finishing activity, which led to lots of funny answers to “I like” and “I have” phrases pertaining to the roller.


Mom trying to figure out a Canadian Trivia answer

Then my parents pulled out their new Canadian Trivia game, which they got as a gift. It was basically Trivial Pursuit, Canadian edition, and nobody other than my mom and dad got many questions. I got a few entertainment questions about Avril Lavigne and Michael Buble.


June Lake (turned out pretty well from a moving car and on my iPhone)

Saturday was our first day snowboarding and we decided to check out June Mountain instead of going to Mammoth Mountain, which we knew would be crowded. None of us had ever been to June Mountain before, and it ended up being a nice surprise. The conditions were beautiful, there were no lines and we felt like we had the hill to ourselves. The runs were a bit easy for my liking and it didn’t have the variety Mammoth has, but it still made for a beautiful day of skiing and snowboarding, and the view of June Lake was quite beautiful.

That night, we played Catchphrase, a new family favorite since we played it in Hawaii during the summer. It always ends up with a lot of yelling, though — somehow giving clues louder makes it seem like you’re giving them faster.


Me and Mom at the top of Mammoth Mountain

Sunday we finally went up to Mammoth Mountain. It was one of the most beautiful days I’d ever seen there — warm but not too hot, blue skies, very little wind and great snow. It was only my mom, Danny (my sister’s boyfriend) and me on the hill, and we had a great day, sticking towards the top of the mountain to avoid the crowds and taking lots of beautiful runs. It wasn’t anywhere near as crowded as we expected, and when we took the gondola up to the top, it wasn’t even windy, so we go to take a bunch of photos.


One of my favorite runs at Mammoth — Dry Creek

I felt comfortable on my snowboard, though it had been about two years since I’d been boarding, and I can’t wait until Evan and I head up again in a few weeks.

Check out more photos in my Facebook Album and Danny’s Facebook Albums, Mammoth Part 1 and Mammoth Part 2.