[Photos: Peter Morning]
Being that we’re in Europe, we often have to reply on second hand information when it comes to the haps Stateside. So, chugging our lungs full of second-hand smoke, here’s what Shannon Johnson made of the recent opening of Mammoth Mountain, where a heap of heavy hitters showed up to throw down and party…
The top to bottom terrain delivered some banger riding for weekend warriors, die-hard shredders, industry vets and top of the line pros that came out to partake in the big kick off to winter. Any rider could find pow stashes from the recent 2 foot dump that Mammoth received earlier in the week on Thursday and beautiful sunny skies that kept the mountain in a great state of mind throughout the weekend. A lap into Unbound Park offered up over a dozen features including new urban sets – stairset with two boxes/one rail, concrete ledge and plantar box. For many skiers and riders, it was one of the best opening days they’ve seen at Mammoth. Local Mammoth team rider Trevor Jacob said opening day was “super fun, a lot more snow than expected and park was setup in full effect.”
The who’s who of snowboarding came out in the masses over the weekend. Mammoth welcomed pros like Louie Vito, Eddie Wall, Forest Bailey, Zac Marben, Travis Rice, John Jackson, Mason Aguirre, Hana Beaman, Trevor Jacob, Peter Line, Johnny Lazz and many others frequented the terrain over the weekend.
Each night there was a different party in the village. Rome started out the season by hosting the pre-opening day party and ended with hot dogs and brews in the parking lot in Main Lot. Hyde Lounge kicked off the season on Thursday with the Hyde 2.0 Launch party, continued into Friday with the Unbound Magazine party where touching elbows with pros all night was a given. Saturday was an all day event with the TWS 200th issue party, “Another Day in Paradise” premiere before The Sounds concert and official after party. Red Bull’s Pat Stahl said “The Sounds melted his face off and for once Hyde Mammoth was harder to get into than Hollywood.” Every bar in The Village had something going on and was filled with people taking the party from the slopes to the dance floor. The highlight of the weekend was John Jackson and Travis Rice crowd surfing the VIP line in to Hyde on Saturday night.
Hands down Mammoth opening weekend was one to remember and if you missed out, come out later this winter with the arrival of more snow, more pros and more events happening. Next up is Rome SDS Premature Jibulation Rail Jam on November 20, Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam on December 11 and Night of Lights on December 18.
Words by Shannon Johnson