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Art Honors Jeff Anderson Telemark Skiing Hot Laps Snowboard Movie EVAC on the Mountain

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By becky st. marie

Local skier Colin Farrell waiting for the Red Line during a snow storm.

With this edition, Mammoth Sierra Magazine celebrates its 40th issue. Forty – a time when most people hope to be established in life with a steady job, family, maybe a home of their own, finally feeling comfortable in their own skin and not worrying so much about what others think. At 40 the magazine is hitting that same stride, with writers and photographers we love working with and content that people appreciate and keep coming back to. For this issue, we begin with local curator Dawn True, who writes about the “I Am Snowboarding” art show that will celebrate the life of Jeff Anderson, a Mammoth local whose death devastated the snowboard community, his friends and family. My brother grew up with Jeff – Jeffy as many of his friends called him – and I have had the privilege of working with his mother in the local school system. I am in awe of how much love Jeff evokes and how years after his death those who knew him continue to work in his name for the community. It is a tribute to their family. Also in the snowboarding realm is Hot Laps, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s first-ever snowboarding movie. Rider Gabe Taylor brings us the epic story of just one day of shooting, full of wind and fury that eventually produced some great footage. Peter Morning provides photos from the year-long adventure. The movie will premiere during the winter ski season opening day festivities. Yes, opening day on the Mountain does fall in this issue of the magazine so we are a bit heavy on the snow-inspired stories, 4

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but this is Mammoth, after all, and that is what Mammoth does best. Thus Urmas Franosch explains the thrill of telemark skiing and why the “centuries-old sport” is increasing beyond just the diehards. Erick Sugimura then takes us on an EVAC challenge with the Mountain’s ski patrol. Nick Sousa’s photos of the patrollers dangling from the gondola will make us glad they do what they do so the rest of us can feel safe. Beyond the snow, though, November also brings us Thanksgiving. While a holiday made for gatherings of friends and family around the dinner table, many enjoy sitting down to a restaurant dinner on turkey day. Catherine Billey gives us a rundown of what some places offer. Also in this issue is hat maker Deb Clausen. Her Muhka crochet creations are causing quite a stir among locals and the business has taken off. The hats will certainly be needed as the weather turns cold, and, as you’ll see from the photo gallery, the months of November and December can bring all kinds of weather but mostly just lots of cold. That cold might hardly be comparable to the ice world that is Antarctica. The Nahins visited the bottom of our planet in January and created a Trip Report to share with us. The penguins are spectacular. As another snow season descends on us, let’s toast to good runs, good food and good people, since the saying goes, “Life begins at 40.” Mammoth Sierra Magazine

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Jeff Anderson in the air over buddy Erik Lienes in Chile. Photo by Jeff Curtes


Unique patterns of ice develop in a frozen irrigation canal in Bishop, Calif. Photo by Cory Freeman


9 Art/Music/Lifestyle: Tracks of Memories and Inspiration: Art Show Honoring Jeff Anderson 12 Art/Music/Lifestyle: Telemark Skiing 14 Best of: Hot Laps: Mammoth’s First Snowboard Movie 17 Mammoth Look: I Want My Muhka 18 In the Kitchen: Thanksgiving 22 Photo Gallery: Winter Snow 24 Mountain Home: Mudrooms 26 Trip Report: Antarctica 37 Marketplace 40 Calendar 42 Local Life: Oren Tanzer



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A r t / M usic/ Lifestyle By Dawn true Trevor Graves’ photo before the artist’s addition. See the finished piece at the opening of the “I Am Snowboarding” art show November 14th in the Village.

Tracks of Memories and Inspiration A snowboard art project honoring

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The “I Am Snowboarding” collaborative art show debuts Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Village at Mammoth. It is a reflection of a true friend and family man, who inspired and touched many: Jeff Anderson. He died unexpectedly in 2003 at age 23, leaving behind tracks of memories and inspiration. Jeff spent his formidable years growing up in Mammoth with his right-hand man, his brother Billy; a shining woman and the matriarch of the family, his mother Jane Baer; and his father Ken. Mammoth Sierra Magazine


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Jeff Anderson’s family: Jane Baer, Sarah, Spencer and Billy Anderson, and Kenny Baer.

Bryan Iguchi works on the art for the “I Am Snowboarding” project with a photograph by Danny Zapalac. 10

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Though a professional snowboarder by trade, Jeff was also an artist inspired by art in all media: Andy Warhol and Mark Gonzales, Helmut Lang and Mike Parillo. Knowing his passion for snowboarding and art, his friends and family wanted to do something unique to honor Jeff’s life in the year he would have turned 30. Thus, “I Am Snowboarding” was born, a collection of people, places and expression. For the show, a photographer is paired with an artist to create an original 30” x 40” piece. A photo of Jeff will be enlarged onto archival canvas, upon which the artist will paint or use any other medium to create a unique collaborative work. All participants in this project were part of Jeff’s life, people such as Bryan Iguchi, Mike Parillo and Jamie Lynn – each a thread intricately woven, creating this canvas with a common purpose: the celebration and inspiration of life. At the opening of the art show the canvases will be unveiled and showcased for two weeks. After that, the show will travel around the country and possibly to the Winter Olympics. All proceeds from “I Am Snowboarding” will benefit the Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund through the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. The funding will go toward the completion of the Volcom Brothers Skate Park in Mammoth. This will include usable metal sculptures created by local artist and Jeff’s friend, Dustin Del Guidice. Dustin has created much of the metal art already in place at the skate park, and the installations will continue in the fashion already established: benches, uniquely sculpted posts, creatively constructed shade awnings, easels for artists use and the addition of the little brothers skate area. One of the people responsible for bringing this art show to fruition is Torrey HerbenarCook. Jeff befriended Torrey when she moved to Mammoth and she shared his passion for art. Torrey wanted to curate a show “through Jeff’s eyes,” she said, and bring the community together with this installation in Jeff’s hometown. “For me, it’s nice that Jeff’s friends remember him,” Jeff’s mother Jane said. Jane has been the driving force behind the memorial fund and the creation of the skate park that Jeff had always wanted to Mammoth Sierra Magazine

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have in Mammoth. Leader, individual, teacher, mentor, wife, mother, grandmother, and, newly accepted to her roster, skate park builder, are just a few words to describe Jane. Jeff would be inspired by his mother’s tenacity, her dedication to having a place of expression, a place for remembrance, in putting together a skate park in his memory with art for all to enjoy. The “I Am Snowboarding” project is funded by Burton, Volcom, Oakley, Liberty Board Shop and Mosaic Management. For more information visit Dawn True is one of the show’s curators and a budding permaculturalist.

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Jeff Anderson photographed on the deck at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Jeff Anderson in the halfpipe.

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A r t / M usic/ L ifestyle By Urmas franosch


Free the Heels and the Mind Will Follow The centuries-old sport of telemark skiing is enjoyed by ever larger numbers of winter sports enthusiasts these days. From youngsters to the very mature, this style of skiing is appealing for its graceful beauty and versatility. Not long ago telemark skiing was mostly utilized by those who ventured into the backcountry in winter. Today, however, this challenging but satisfying form of skiing is increasingly preferred by former alpine skiers and snowboarders (some of whom still revert occasionally to their former tools of choice) who ride mostly on lift-served terrain. There is an undeniable cachet to telemark skiing. For many, telemarking confers membership in a select fraternity that distinguishes the member as someone who has sipped from the chalice of the mountain gods. The very challenge of 12

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mastering this demanding sport draws initiates from those who have reached a plateau in other snowsports. Alpine skiers are heard to remark how telemark skiing has revealed for them the enjoyment of slowing down and feeling snow and terrain more intimately than before – and not just against the forehead during the inevitable free-heel face plant! Many avid skiers appreciate the fullbody engagement that telemark skiing requires. Compared to alpine skiing, telemark skiing involves larger movements of the body, in multiple dimensions. For example, the pronounced alternation of leading and trailing foot in the telemark seems inherently satisfying, compared to the quiet, more subtly statuesque look of the expert alpine skier. There is a similar quality in Tai Chi and other martial arts

where one stance leads seamlessly into another. Perhaps it is this aspect that people notice when they admire the elegance of skilled telemark skiers flowing down the slope with grace and power, like dancers. Modern alpine-derived equipment makes telemark skiing more technically accessible and safer than ever before. Features such as step-in releasable bindings and the ability to change from downhill to uphill mode with the flick of a toggle, have put the acquisition of telemark bliss on the fast track, compared to the rigors of learning to ski in leather boots and three-pin bindings. Telemark skis are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes, from short carving sticks to wide planks with reversed tip and tail camber for those bottomless days we all dream of. Some folks like the fitness benefits of Mammoth Sierra Magazine

doing squats and lunges all day long on telemark skis. I have always found gym workouts tedious, but with the snow flying by and the wind in my face, I don’t even notice the thorough workout my legs, glutes and core are receiving – until the next morning if I overdo it! While telemark skiing does demand a bit more power than other downhill snow sports, it is relatively easy on the knees. The fixed heel of an alpine setup places shear forces on the knees that are absent with the heels free. Those with damaged or worn cartilage often find telemark skiing less painful than alpine. If all this sounds like fun to you, there’s one more aspect of the sport that is appealing – the camaraderie. Telemark skiers seem to share a bond that goes deeper than showing off the latest fashion

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or boasting about the steep run they just conquered. They seem to understand that one gets out of something only as much as one puts into it. Respect is shared because it is earned. My experience in the community of telemark skiers is one of support more than competition, and the joy of disciplined movement and snow-filled mountain paradise that is shared by those that have left the “training heels” behind. The hackneyed expression still rings true: Free the heels, and the mind will follow! Urmas Franosch has been teaching telemark skiing for 20 years at Mammoth Mountain. Contact him at urmas@ for information about lessons and multi-day workshops. Telemark equipment is available at Mammoth Mountaineering Supply and Brian’s X-C Skis and Bicycles.

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There is a similar quality in Tai Chi and other martial arts where one stance leads seamlessly into another.

Author and instructor Urmas Franosch demonstrates the telemark skiing technique.

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B e s t of... By gabe taylor

A Day in the Life of

Hot Laps

Mammoth Mountain’s


Snowboard Movie T

here is never a shortage of tension in McCoy Station on a powder day. Everybody’s itching to get first tracks. We’ve all been there, hundreds of skiers and snowboarders crammed into a freezing building wondering who’s going to be the first one to yell out, “mooooooo!” A crew of snowboarders gathered on March 25 in McCoy Station awaiting early ups to film some action for Mammoth’s upcoming snowboard film “Hot Laps.” On this particular morning the tension was at an all-time high, not because of the crowd of eager powder hounds but because our crew was accompanying ski patrol to the top of the mountain at 6:30 a.m. We were all there to work, some to throw dynamite and make sure the mountain was safe to ski, others to build a jump and launch 100 feet off the cornice on Dave’s Run. 14

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This is Mammoth’s first movie and when my friend Oren contacted me about helping out, I couldn’t help but smile with an overload of anticipation for days just like this one. The Unbound snowboard parks would provide substantial amounts of footage but it was the powder shots and original jumps that I was really looking forward to filming. At this point in the season most riders had a good start on their respective parts but things are never quite as easy as they seem. I cannot stress enough how difficult it is to make a snowboard movie. Everything has to come together just to get one shot: Weather, a good jump, good snow and a rider performing his best are all part of the video equation. On this day we would be dealing with the weather as part of that equation. The night of March 24 blessed us with a solid

18 inches of snow, plenty to get what we wanted off Dave’s, but as we rode up the upper gondola I was noticing a large plume of snow blowing toward the west off the top of the mountain. East wind isn’t entirely unheard of in these parts, and it doesn’t ruin all the snow on the mountain, but it comes pretty close. Our crew consisted of four snowboarders, two videographers, a photographer and Oren Tanzer, ringleader of this entire operation. All eight of us were standing on top of Dave’s Run being blasted by 80 mph winds and minus-10 degree temperatures. Any inch of exposed skin would be frostbitten in minutes, as Oren could attest to later in the day. Matt Hammer, a Mammoth Mountain pro and standout during the course of the year, hurled a snowball down our desired landing, just to watch it sail backwards over all our Mammoth Sierra Magazine

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Left: Gabe Taylor “stomping sevens” at Sonora. Top: Tyler Flanagan hits the middle jump at Mammoth Main Park, making him late for his sophomore year ... of high school! Bottom: Julien Lecorps, Mono County paramedic, makes a rescue on “pow-day!”

All eight of us were standing on top of Dave’s Run being blasted by 80 mph winds and minus-10 degree temperatures. heads. There was no way this was going to work, so we decided to hike back along the ridge and reassess things inside the Top of the Sierra building. “Pretty windy out there, huh?” asked Bobby Hoyt, head of Mammoth Mountain’s ski patrol. “Yeah, brutal is an understatement,” I replied. It’s not every day that you get early ups at Mammoth; in fact, this was the first time I had ever gotten early ups, so while we sat in that room twiddling our thumbs, my insides were boiling. Bobby and his crew had really taken care of us and I felt we owed it to them to get something done, anything at this point. I started going through my list of November | December 2009

jumps and cliffs I thought would be good to hit for the movie. Most of them would be hammered by the wind, but I remembered one transfer jump off a rock and over a little valley that could be decent. It had never been hit before so I had no idea if it would work. I had actually scoped it while riding my mountain bike in the summer. After a long traverse around half the mountain we began the hike up to the top of the peak, which would lead us to the jump we were headed to. I tried explaining the jump to everyone, but figured it was probably best to just head over there and let everyone see it for themselves. The hike was brutal, super windy with the worst snow one could possibly imagine hiking

in. On top of the peak we got everyone together and discussed the varying degrees of frostbite each of us was suffering from. Oren didn’t have a face mask and his cheeks were looking quite purple. We worked up some motivation, strapped in and headed down to the jump. “You want to jump from here to there?” Oren asked. “Yeah, I think it’s doable,” I said. After 20 or so snowball throws and 100 or so rubbernecks up the run-in and take off, we were in! The crew was hyped, well, scared silly, but definitely excited at the possibility that this beast of a jump might actually work. It turned out to be a solid 120 feet to the sweet spot and after an hour Mammoth Sierra Magazine


Left: Greg Bokenkamp tries to solve his problem of landing with the scientific method. Top: Don’t know what’s worse for Gabe Taylor ... not landing a trick or the post brain-freeze that goes along with it? Bottom: Greg Bokenkamp grabs the finest “tail” he’s ever seen.


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of shoveling Alex Dawoud nominated himself to go first. What a champ he is. With limited powder jumping experience, he was willing to hurl his carcass off a jump that had the rest of us trembling in our boots. Looking back on the year I can’t help but see the symbolism between that day and our season. Through adversity, our crew overcame brutal conditions and made a day that was better suited for sitting on the couch into one of the better ones of the season. Each rider had something different motivating him, but in the end it can be the simplest task that gets you to the end. By putting one foot in front of the other and never giving up, our crew finished off an insane day and more importantly, the movie itself. See the premiere of Hot Laps on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Village at Mammoth. Gabe Taylor is a professional snowboarder and an avid recreationalist. He tried to paint his condo baby blue and gold for the upcoming Chargers season but was denied by his neighbors; they’re Bronco fans.

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By diane eagle kataoka

Deb Clausen is the head Muhka of her hand-crocheted hat business.

I want my It’s not often clear whether fashion or function comes first, but when they arrive together, it’s cool. The Muhka beanie is just such a combination. A fashionable winter hat with functional, warming earflaps. Muhka is the creation of double-decade Mammothite Deb Clausen. She started crocheting hats for her kids, whose friends liked them and wanted hats of their own, and so it grew. One day her husband Mark (Mammoth Mountain CFO) suggested her hats could be a business. It’s been about six years since her handmade in Mammoth business got its name. Muhka means face or facing in Sanskrit, a name Clausen came up with while doing yoga. November | December 2009

“It took off like crazy,” Clausen said. She started out selling some 25 hats the first year and is now up to making about 600 in time for the start of the ski season. Prolific and fleet-fingered, Clausen makes three kinds of beanies and two kinds of headbands, using two strands of yarn at once for better coverage and warmth. Some sport pompoms, some nbig flowers. Muhkas are something of a cult, available exclusively in Mammoth at a

handful of stores (Mammoth Mountain shops and Footloose Sports). In her booth at the Mammoth Festival last August, she sold every last hat with a flower on it. Clausen said Muhka fanatics own many of her hats; one might not be enough. Aussies and Kiwis load up when they arrive to work on the Mountain each winter. But watch out: Some people see a Muhka and they must have it, so be wary of where you set yours down. Mammoth Sierra Magazine


In t he K itchen By catherine billey

Thanksgiving Dining:

When Restaurants Do the Cooking

Traditionally, Thanksgiving dinner brings to mind home-cooked meals, slaved over for days, culminating with loved ones around the dining room table. In a vacationdestination town, however, tradition is often trumped by practicality: Who can cook a turkey in a motel room? Even those that can cook often forego the long day of labor to luxuriously dine at a local restaurant instead – let others do the hard work and just sit back and enjoy. Here are just a few of the places to try this Thanksgiving or call your favorite spot to see what they’re doing for the big day: At the Chart House, Chef Mark Cleinterz will be preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes, followed by pumpkin and pecan pies. “We do a limited menu of our regular menu,” added Manager Ken Murray. “We usually do our prime rib, filet mignon, New York steak, and two or three different types of fish – ahi, salmon, and probably mahi mahi. That’s usually in season at that time.” 18

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So for those who want a selection beyond turkey, the Chart House will oblige. The Thanksgiving meal will be priced at about $25 per person. The Restaurant at Convict Lake, nestled among aspens that will be winter-bare by Thanksgiving, will also oblige with fare beyond the traditional. Chef Matt Eoff promises prime rib and fresh salmon in addition to his signature Thanksgiving menu that includes his own Hazelnutsmoked Granny Smith apple-sage dressing (see recipe pg. 20). “We open at 3 until 9 p.m.,” said restaurant owner Mike Melin. “It’s $34.95 per person, half price for children. It’s a three-course dinner and pretty much all you can eat, too.” Dessert is included in the prix fixe dinner, with choice of crème brûleé, pumpkin pie, apple mascarpone strudel or butterscotch white chocolate chip cheesecake. Although it books up early, the Lakefront Restaurant in Tamarack Lodge

will also host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, as it has for the past fourteen years by Chef Frederic Pierrel. “We are extremely, extremely booked normally,” he said in mid-September. For those who either made reservations or might get lucky, his repast will include seafood and meat offerings as well as the traditional turkey. For others, it’s not too early to make reservations for next year. “The dressing we did for the turkey, last year, we did roasted chestnuts and foie gras – very fancy. We’ve been very successful doing this for years, and we’re pretty pricey. We’re the only one who charges $60 to $70 for a plate.” But Pierrel knows that his repeat customers “just love it.” Scattered seatings begin at 1 p.m., Pierrel said, and last through 9:30 in the evening. Petra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in the Alpenhof Lodge has been offering turkey plate specials for the past six years with a “special twist on Thanksgiving” along with an assortment of its regular items by Chef Mammoth Sierra Magazine

Kerry Mechler at no prix fixe. “We run a regular meal with a turkey plate special, but there’s nothing else that we do out of the ordinary,” said Manager Mitch Cahoon. Dinner prices range from $15 to $30 per person, with exciting pairings options from the wine bar. Chef Ian Algeroen at Restaurant Skadi, known for his inventive dishes, will prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. “Everything is made from scratch,” he said. “Pieshells, the whole nine yards. It’s the one holiday where I respect the tradition and don’t try to be outlandish. But whatever we serve, we try to do perfectly.” The Skadi prix fixe this year will run about $28 per person, with seatings beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Outside Mammoth, the Tu-Ka-Novie Restaurant in the Paiute Palace in Bishop has served a basic Thanksgiving dinner for the last thirteen years. This year, it will include a choice of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, choice of soup or salad, and a drink. The prix fixe last year ran for $14.95 and is prepared by several different line cooks, under the supervision of Chef Dave Corning. Catherine Billey is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. A Mammoth Times reporter, she was with the staff of the New York Times in Los Angeles before relocating to the Eastern Sierra. She enjoys spending as much time hiking in the backcountry as her busy reading and writing schedule will allow.

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P h o to Galle ry

Silent, and soft, and slow descends the Below-zero temperatures and winter fog create some beautiful images in the Mono Basin. Photo by Scott McReynolds

In November, the line between fall and winter fades with the trees’ color. Photo by Steve Schmunk


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On Christmas Day 2005, off the back deck in Pinon Ranch, looking south, at the Eastern Sierra Range. Photo by Doug Davis

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snow. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Christmas Day 1997 in June Lake. Photo by Paul Wellens

Bishop Creek in winter. Photo by Ron Oriti

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M o u ntain Home

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By becky st. marie

Making the Most of a Mudroom


n a land of wet soggy boots, big puffy jackets, and snow-covered hats and gloves for everyone in the family, the one room that matters, especially in winter, is the mudroom. This space, which greets both you and your guests at first arrival, needs to be practical and presentable at the same time. For local architect Robert Creasy, renovating the 1964 cabin in Old Mammoth where he resides with his family included adding a mudroom. “We were entering straight off the porch 24

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to the living room; there was nowhere for coats and shoes,” Creasy said. Now a sixby-six room with thermal-finished granite pavers on the floor offers shelter before entering the house and a five-foot deep closet with lots of storage space, including a place to hang jackets, store skis and even a sled. Glass doors at the entry and into the house, as well as a corner window, allow light to stream in. He also added a uniquely angled porch roof that prevents snow from accumulating at the door and a grate right

at the entrance that is not an afterthought but part of the architecture. One of the most important jobs of the mudroom, though, is that it creates an airlock entry, Creasy said, which prevents all the hot air in the house from escaping into the street. The day they returned home with their newborn daughter, Lila, they were in the middle of a storm. “It was nice to have a space to bring everything in before entering the house,” he said. A mudroom is also an area to make a statement with design or decorations: Mammoth Sierra Magazine

Snowshoes from his grandfather decorate the walls of the mudroom and lots of windows and glass doors let in natural light. Robert Creasy added a mudroom and upstairs living space to his 1964 cabin to increase space and provide shelter from snow when entering the house. The slanted porch shelter keeps the snow away from the entrance.

snowshoes from his great grandfather, a rug from his wife’s family and stools from their travels in India add their personal touch. Creasy plans to eventually include a bench and small table. Those without a closet can put in shelves for storage and pegs to hang wet coats, getting everything off the floor and into an organized space.

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Penguin Bay at St. Andrews-Gold Harbor, South Georgia – presently there are about a half million King penguins. They are doing very well with global warming; however, other penguins are decreasing with global warming.

A beautiful Adelie penguin posing on Shetland Islands.

Ice art in Neko Harbor

Antarctica: A World Apart Ed and I have enjoyed more than 30 years of exciting In-Depth Wildlife adventure trips worldwide. Our two month-long trips in 2007 and 2009 to the Antarctica are on the top of our list for wildlife observation and photography opportunities. These expeditions included landings in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, South Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. After our first voyage to the great Southern Ocean we were eager to return to this magnificent world of wildlife abundance in the face of a dramatic, severe, yet beautiful landscape. The Antarctic is a world apart. We were with the Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris, an expedition tour group that uses smaller ships, with fewer than 100 participants, so they can get closer to places larger ships can’t go. We had maximum time on shore (an average of eight hours per landing day) plus amazing zodiac and ship cruises. We had the opportunity to join experienced staff and naturalists on this expedition and heard many lectures on November | December 2009

subjects such as exploring how it is that albatross can fly 14,000 miles on a single feeding trip to bring home just one meal for a chick, and how penguins can survive, thrive, and raise chicks in the world’s harshest environments. Of his expedition, Ted Cheeseman, the ecologist and expedition leader, said, “The beauty of the long voyage is that we have the time to explore and come to understand Antarctica’s incredible wildlife and sublime landscapes, for we will only protect what we love, and only love what we know and understand.” We had time to explore the paradoxical relationships with the wildlife and how

man’s presence continues to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. Our first trip prepared us for the rough sea, boarding the bouncing zodiacs, getting out of the zodiacs, while avoiding splashing waves, and holding on to camera gear once close to shore. What a thrill it was to walk among thousands of penguins and mingle with fur seals and elephant seals. The Falkland Islands are a paradise for viewing birds. Steeple Jason is a most dramatic island and home to the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, estimated at Mammoth Sierra Magazine


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Clockwise from top left: Fantastic ice formations can be found anywhere in Antarctica depending on time of day, hour and the season they’ve had. A group of penguins wait in line to dive into the ocean at Paulet Island in the Shetland Islands. A great number of penguins appear at the shore, they wait and watch for Leopard seals – the first one goes in and they all follow. At Gold Harbor, a group of elephant seals piles on top of each other including the young. The

113,000 pairs. Hiking to the colony and being able to sit in the hills overlooking the nesting birds was a photographer’s dream. The brown Skua birds felt it was their duty to dive attack on photographers’ heads! Early in our trip, we visited our first King penguin colony at Right Whale Bay, near the northeast corner of South Georgia. We observed and photographed endless numbers of fur seals and elephant seals. Our favorite place is St. Andrew’s Bay, which is home to the largest King penguin colony in the world and clearly is growing – maybe a half-million birds in total. There were hundreds of thousands of

large elephants can be up to 4000 lbs. and many times they fight by crushing their opponent. Sometimes they crush their young by accident. A close up of the dreaded Leopard seal, dreaded because the Leopard seal eats penguins for its basic food income in the Cierva Cove, Antarctica. Our ship, the Polar Star, as seen from Neko Harbor. King penguins passing the egg – a rare sight and a careful exchange that can take hours.

penguins crowded up on either side of the glacial river, and outside the colony there were many individual activities to observe: penguins courting, youngsters begging for food, penguins in flipper-flapping disputes and penguins entering and leaving the ocean. The fur seals, especially the young males, seemed happy to challenge us whenever they could. Scenes like this were repeated during the duration of the trip. At times the captain ordered steel plates installed over the ship windows on the third deck as a precaution against strong waves hitting and potentially breaking the glass. That’s when I knew to take extra

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seasickness medication! Zodiac cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula was mindboggling. Icebergs were often shot through with a startling aqua color and others were often topped by active Adelie penguins. Wildlife sightings were absolutely remarkable. We saw one Emperor penguin, a sub-adult on a small iceberg around Vega Island, miles and miles from his natural environment. There was an abundance of King, Chinstrap, Adelie, Macaroni, Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Penguins are birds without wings but have flappers to “fly” in the water, where they spend most of their time. There were an endless amount of other birds, albatross, terns, wrens, petrels, skuas and hundreds more. We saw many species of whales, dolphins, Fur seals, Elephant seals, Weddell seals, Crabeater seals and the penguin’s nemesis, the Leopard seal. Ed Nahin has enjoyed his pharmacist’s career for many years, and since 1987 he and his wife, Pat, have been partners at Dwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy in Bishop. Both feel very lucky to live in Bishop and be surrounded by the most beautiful photographic settings in the world. Mammoth Sierra Magazine

P U B L I C S E R V I C E I N F O R M AT I O N / P A I D F O R B Y T H E T O W N O F M A M M O T H L A K E S

Snow Smart Ways You Can Make Winter a Safer Season M

ammoth Lakes receives some of the heaviest snowfall in California. The Town’s snow removal crew works diligently to keep our roads snow-free and clear to ensure safe driving for our residents and visitors. Our crew of permanent and seasonal snow removal operators work around the clock in twelve-hour shifts that may extend for weeks at a time. Priorities are established to consider which streets need to be cleared first in order to maintain emergency access and traffic flow throughout the town, and how wide to maintain streets as snow storage diminishes during the course of the winter season. You can help snow removal efforts by observing a few simple rules and by being snow smart.

Child Safety Children should be kept indoors while snow removal operations are under way. Snowplows and snowblowers spray large amounts of snow and debris several feet and at significant velocities. Children should not play in yards or build snow forts during snow removal operations, and they should know the dangers associated with snow removal. Under no circumstances should they dig snow caves in berms, because snow removal operations can result in cave-ins. Pedestrian Safety Don’t watch snow removal operations from the edge of the road. Again, blowers can shoot a very powerful spray of snow and debris for relatively long distances. If you want to watch the blowers or plows, do so from the safety of your home, condominium or hotel room. Back Off Don’t follow snow removal equipment too closely while in your vehicle. Snow removal operators request that you stay back at least 40-50 feet because loaders change direction quickly and many times without warning. Poor visibility, inherent in most winter storms, can make it difficult for the operator to see you. While there is no law prohibiting the safe passing of a snowplow, you should do so with extreme caution. Slow Down Excessive speed is the major cause of traffic accidents during winter. Winter road conditions have very little margin for driver error and very little opportunity for safe, quick braking. Remember, brake gently and know your braking system. Be aware that anti-lock braking systems may actually require a longer braking distance in ice and snow conditions. Black ice frequently forms in shady areas and at night on seemingly clear and dry roads; use extreme caution when driving at night throughout the winter months. Be on the lookout for these spots and slow down before you get to them. Remember, when any kind of chain control is in effect, the maximum speed limit throughout town is 25 miles per hour. Drivers exceeding the 25 mph speed limit, or driving without chains while chain controls are in effect, may be cited by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department or the CHP. Patience goes a long way. Protect Your Property Park all vehicles including boats and trailers as far off the roadway as possible. It is a violation of the Town of Mammoth Lakes municipal code to park on any roadway from Nov. 1 through April 30. This ordinance was passed so that snow removal crews can clear town roads, but it also reduces the risk of damage to residents’ and visitors’ property. When parking your vehicle, make sure that you have all of the vehicle parked well inside of the snow stakes and that it is parked in a location where it will be visible to the snow removal operators. Also, keep your vehicles free and clear of snow. The local hardware store carries bamboo poles and reflective poles that can be used to mark your car’s location if you are not going to be able to dig it out for a few days; consider using these if something is preventing you from keeping your vehicle dug out and visible. Snow Storage When removing snow from driveways on private property, do not place snow in the roadway or on the Town’s snow storage easement. The easement is generally the ten-foot-wide area immediately abutting the pavement edge. Snow remov-

al services are required to maintain all snow storage areas on site at each property. If you run out of snow storage area, you can arrange for snow to be removed to the community snow storage pit operated by the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Light It Up Leave the exterior lighting of your home on at night during winter storms, as required by the Town of Mammoth Lakes municipal code. The lights are especially helpful to snow removal operators who may be having visibility trouble during storms, and assists them in identifying your driveway and home. Extra light also helps people find their way around neighborhoods during storms. In addition, please identify the entrance to your driveway with reflective poles, placing them a minimum of 2 feet to the property side of the Town’s snow poles. Got Questions? Call... Please do not try to stop or flag down the snow removal operators in their equipment as they are under instructions not to get out of their cabs while conducting snow removal operations. This is due in part to the need to maintain the pace of the snow removal effort. Instead, please call the Town of Mammoth Lakes (see below). The town has more than 156 lane miles of snow to remove, including the Scenic Loop Road, with limited equipment with which to do it all. During snowstorms, the Town operates all of its loaders around the clock, all of its blowers each night, and two blowers during the day. Dave Beck Maintenance Superintendent Ray Jarvis Public Works Director Michael Grossblatt HR & Risk Management Director Public Information Line

760-934-2422 x 21 760-934-8989 x 257 760-934-8989 x 266 760-934-8054

CHAIN RESTRICTIONS R-1Chains are required on all vehicles under 6,000 pounds except those equipped

with snow tires on the drive wheels. All vehicles over 6,000 pounds are required to place chains on the drive wheels.

R-2 Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives equipped with snow tires on all four wheels.

R-3 Chains are required on all vehicles without exception. Please be aware that these

designations are for the safety of all and are enforced by public safety officers including our local Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Sheriff and the Highway Patrol. The penalty for failure to observe the posted chain controls may include a citation and a severe fine. So remember to always carry chains and use them when required to do so.


Call for current chain control restrictions or look for chain control signs throughout town.

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What if the lift stopped working? What if we got stuck here?

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serious enough that the lift could not safely operate and off-load the people stuck on it? According to Mammoth Mountain Ski Patroller Scott Quirsfeld, who has been on ski patrol since 1998, the only reasons to evac (evacuate) a chair lift or gondola are if either the back-up systems failed or something happened that made it unsafe to run the line. And though the likelihood of such an event happening is rare, ski patrollers train in emergency evac procedures every year before the start of the season.

Right: Rescuer and tower assistant work as a team to evacuate passengers from a Village Gondola car.

Evac Procedures

If an evac needs to be done on a gondola, one of the first things patrol does is try to communicate with the people stuck in the cars to survey how many people there are, what spans between towers may be full or vacant and ascertain if there are any medical/health conditions that would need to take priority. Typically, a patroller just “skis the line” and shouts up to the gondola car or uses a bullhorn, but with the prevalence of cell phones, guests can simply call the emergency number that Mammoth Mountain instituted last year to contact patrol themselves. The number is (760) 934-0611. After determining any priority situations, patrollers assemble into teams of two – a rescuer and a tower assistant. Both climb the lift tower above a gondola car and the rescuer uses one of two devices to descend the gondola cable and access the gondola car: a hydraulic disc brake system or a tandem cable pulley. The hydraulic disc brake device, sometimes called a ‘bike,’ is basically a handlebar that hangs off a wheel that rolls down the gondola. The patroller is clipped into the bike and can control his speed with

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As a former Mammoth Mountain ski school instructor, I’ve been peppered with these questions, usually from a kid in a class while riding the Panorama Gondola to the top. “I guess we’d have to jump for it,” I would calmly tell my students. The kids would then direct their wide eyes down at the approximately 265 feet of open space between the gondola and the bottom of Saddle Bowl (off the back of Face Lift Express) and the car would fill with voices crying out, “No way!”, “I wouldn’t do it!”, “Dude, I would do it!” and “Man, that would be so freaky! Can you imagine!” Even if you’ve only skied or boarded a few times, it’s bound to have happened to you – you got stuck on a lift. Probably, it was because someone fell either loading at the bottom or unloading at the top, but a lift operator helped the guest(s) get sorted and got the lift running again in less than a minute. If you’re more of a hard-core winter enthusiast, you very likely have experienced your share of wind holds – whenstrong crosswinds trip the sensors that automatically stop a lift. The worst-case scenario here is you might have been stuck for several minutes in howling winds until someone made the decision to override the sensor and off-load the lift before, possibly, closing it due to the weather. There are even a few people who have had to wait on a lift for 10, 15, 30 minutes or longer due to a mechanical problem or a power outage (I’ve experienced both myself, one time for almost 45 minutes). Generally, a lift maintenance mechanic needs to come to the lift, determine the problem and either repair it or switch the lift over to its back-up, gas-powered engine to off-load the chair. But what if a mechanical problem was

Left: By anchoring to the cable/car a rescuer is able to lower a litter basket with a patroller, in a simulated medical emergency evacuation.

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A rescuer about to enter a Village Gondola car and begin the evacuation process.

the disc brake system. As a back up to the bike, the rescuer is also clipped into an elephant carabiner. The bike is used on the steeper spans between towers. The tandem cable pulley, or Roll CAB, is another device that attaches to the cable, but the problem is no braking system, Quirsfeld said. The tower assistant ties a rope to the Roll CAB and controls the speed of the rescuer’s descent. Typically, this is used on the less steep spans. “In some sections, you have to go hand-over-hand on the cable because it’s so flat.” Once the rescuer is at the gondola car, he sets up the evac rig before lowering himself into the cabin. 34

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“We try to get the most upset person out first, which helps to keep everyone else calm,” Quirsfeld said. Passengers are put into a very simple climbing harness and, off the rig anchored to the cable and the car, the rescuer can lower up to three people at one time. A friction device called a Wonderbar is used so that the weight of three people can be managed. “We can lower a litter basket, as well, if someone were pregnant or had a medical condition and couldn’t use the harness,” Quirsfeld said. “And if there is a tree or a house [on the Village Gondola] underneath, we use a ‘tag line’ to create a pulley system

off a tree to redirect the evacuated person away from the object.” The Mammoth Lakes Fire Department also has a ladder that can reach some of the spans on the Village Gondola and the ski patrol has trained with them in the past. In the event both gondolas needed to be evacuated, patrol’s priority would be the Panorama Gondola, while the fire department would focus on the Village Gondola. “A chair lift is a lot different than the gondola because you don’t have to go down the cable,” said Director of Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol Bobby Hoyt, who has 30 years of experience. Mammoth Sierra Magazine

For a chair-lift evac, patrollers also work in teams of two, but duties are simplified. One patroller climbs the tower above the chair to be evacuated and throws a rope over the cable. The two patrollers walk the rope down to the chair and instruct the passengers on where to loop the rope to create friction and how to put the harness on while remaining seated. Passengers are then lowered down, usually from a much shorter height than a gondola car’s. And while the state of California times the ski patrol in a simulated evac exercise to ensure that a lift line can be cleared of passengers in a reasonable time – a little more than an hour for a chair line for triples November | December 2009

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or doubles, according to Hoyt – it is highly unlikely that every lift on the mountain would fail simultaneously. “It’s almost impossible to have to evac all the chairs, with all the back ups,” Hoyt said. “The systems are all pretty reliable… something catastrophic would have to happen.” So, while most kids (and probably most adults) have imagined what they might do if they were stuck in a gondola car, we can all rest assured that there will be no need to jump for it or slide down the cable in white-out conditions. Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol will be there before you know it, ready to lower you down to safety. Erick Sugimura came to Mammoth Lakes in 1993. Since then, he has worked for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area as a snowboard instructor/ supervisor, been a counselor for the town summer camp program, owned an independent book store, waited tables (for one month) and stacked wood for a living, often holding several of these occupations concurrently, as many locals do.

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RESORT SERVICES Mammoth Executive Services. Offering concierge and travel consultant services, we are the only call you’ll need to make for all of your Mammoth vacation needs. With over 50 years combined experience in the Mammoth area, we will arrange your grocery shopping, lodging reservations, dinner or activity reservations, lift ticket delivery, custom vacation experiences and more. 877-MMH-EXEC (877-664-3932). www. NPG Cable & High Speed Internet Service. Serving Mammoth Lakes and June Lake. Your local cable television and high speed provider. 24 hour, 7 day customer service, staffed by local people, local service dispatched out of our Mammoth Lakes office, over 165 channels of music, information and entertainment, digital cable, Cheetah High Speed Internet Service, and more high-definition channels, se Habla Espanol. Voted 2009 Independent Operator of the Year. Now even more HD Channels, including FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC. Call for Details! 760-9348553. 123 Commerce Drive Suite B6 in Mammoth Lakes.

State Farm. I’ll go the extra yard. A little extra effort goes a long way, and my customers understand this better than anyone. Nobody matches up to the great rate s and coverage you get from State Farm. Call me today for personal attention and service from someone who’ll go the extra yard for you. Linda L. Wright, Agent. Insurance Lic. #0753641. 437 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. 760-934-7575.

restaurants Chart House. The ultimate bakery and sandwich bar in Mammoth Lakes. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Sandwich Bar is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 3305 Main Street across the street from the Post Office. Call 760-934-6055 for more information. Domino’s Pizza. Delicious pizza, oven-baked sandwiches, breadbowl pasta and more! Delivery or carryout. Under new ownership and management. Mammoth Lakes. 760-934-5555. 1934 Meridian Boulevard (across from Vons). Store hours: 11 a.m. to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Hours may vary between winter and summer seasons. Fireside Burgers and Tap. A neighborhood diner just like the one you grew up with! BBQ, pastrami and pie. Affordable, friendly and convenient. Ask about our special “Family Take Out Dinner Box.” 343 Old Mammoth Road. Call 760-934-3077. Giovanni’s. Serving the Mammoth community for 25 years. Gourmet pizza, homemade entrees, fresh salad, four styles of wings, 10 beers on tap, premium wine list, NFL Sunday ticket in HighDef. Lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Now delivering. Located in the Vons Shopping Plaza. Call 760-934-7563. Good Life Café. We don’t serve fast food … we serve fresh, wholesome food as fast as we can. Breakfast and lunch served all day from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open daily. Call 760-934-1734 or visit www. On Old Mammoth Road in the Mammoth Mall (behind Chart House). Nik-n-Willies. Dine-in or Take-out. Hot-to-Go Pizza. Take-n-Bake Pizza. Subs, Salads, and Soups. Pizza by the Slice. Lunch Specials. Kids Menu. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 760-934-2012. (Winter Delivery 934-DINE). 76 Old Mammoth Road (next to the Chart House). One World Eats. New to Mammoth. One World Eats… Continental and Mediterranean Restaurant and Gallery. Mediterranean cuisine, delicacies, gyros, kebabs, vegetarian dishes, hearty soups. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 3711 Main Street. 760-934-5600. Schat’s Family Bakery. The ultimate bakery and sandwich bar in Mammoth Lakes. Open daily

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from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Sandwich Bar is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 3305 Main Street across the street from the Post Office. Call 760934-6055 for more information. Shogun. Japanese Restaurant in Mammoth Lakes. Established in 1980, Shogun continues to provide Traditional Japanese Cuisine such as chicken and beef teriyaki, tempura and sushi. Cocktails from 4:30 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m. Plenty of parking. 760-934-3970. Sierra Center Mall. Slocums Grill is, above all, an attitude, reminiscent of the Great Grills of yesteryear. An old-fashioned haven of polished brass and wood paneling, serving flame-broiled steaks and fish, delectable pastas, hickory-smoked ribs and prime rib, upscale sandwiches, salads and desserts. Friends meet and relax by the fireplace in the casual and clubby “Cheers“ bar, indulging in a fried calamari or hot spinach-artichoke dip while sipping a martini or micro-brew. Now celebrating our 26th year in Mammoth. See you at SLOCUMS! Located at 3221 Main Street, call 760-934-7647. Yamatani. Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. A new twist on an old favorite. Serving much of the same fare as its sister Shogun in Mammoth from tempura to teriyaki, sushi and sake. Dine in relaxing ambiance unlike any in Bishop. Yes, cowboys and cowgirls love their sushi. Dinner

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from 5 p.m. Call ahead seating available. 760-8724801. 635 N. Main Street in Bishop.

Shopping 3V Leather. Ken Partridge’s custom leather work – saddles, chaps, show clothing, and repairs – in Bishop. For more information call 760-937-4150. Footloose Sports. Your first stop for family recreation. Since 1979. 14 national ski industry awards. Try before you buy. Mammoth’s largest selection of demo skis and boots. Women’s ski and boot specialists. Kids’ skis and boots. Skis, boots, boards, demos, rentals, sales, guaranteed custom bootfitting and overnight ski service. Corner of Main and Old Mammoth in Mammoth Lakes. 760-934-2400. Online reviews and rentals at Fendon’s Furniture. Mattress and Reupholstery Co. Furniture and mattresses delivered to Mammoth weekly. Competitive prices. 11,000 sq. feet of new furniture/mattresses, many quality brands, furniture repair, reupholstery and refinishing. Ashley. LazBoy. Broyhill. Lane Home Furnishings. Mitsubishi Electric. Tempur-Pedic. Beautyrest. 760-873-4698/toll-free 877-485-8405. Behind Whiskey Creek in Bishop. Mahogany Smoked Meats. As we’re sure you already know, our Mahogany Smoked products are something that everyone raves about. You

can buy those “Run of the Mill” hickory smoked products in any store in the country, but only in Bishop, California will you find the unique gourmet flavor of our Mahogany Smoked Meats. So this year, why not show your good taste and let us send your friends, family and business associates a gift they’ll be deliciously delighted with. Order now for delivery anywhere within California in time for the holidays. www. 1-888-624-6426. 760-873-5311. Stop by our store on N. Hwy 395 in Bishop to sample some of our award-winning products. Mammoth Luxury Outlets. Luxury Outlet Mall. The advantage is yours: Polo, Coach and other national name brands at the lowest prices anywhere. Coach, Polo, Bass, Van Heusen, Great Outdoors, Graphic Conclusion, and Perry’s Italian Café. Located on Main Street in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Call Kathleen Rudder at 760-934-9771 or 760-937-0889. Ski Surgeon. We have been outfitting families with the finest rentals since 1976. SKIS, BOARDS, DEMOS & Junior equipment. Exciting inventory of winter outdoor clothing & accessories. Helmets, goggles, gloves. Closeout pricing SKIS, BOOTS, BOARDS, Nordica, Rossi, Ride. Lots of MAMMOTH logowear. Quality overnight repairs. Find us on Minaret Road, next to Village Gondola across from Burgers/Petras/ Village Parking. OPEN DAILY 7:30 AM. Please call us at 760-934-6370.

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November 27-29 Thanksgiving Art Festival November 30, December 1-2 Full Moon Snowshoe Tour at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center December 3-13 Third Annual Mammoth Film Festival December 4 Third Annual Ullr Festival Town of Mammoth Lakes Holiday Tree Lighting December 4 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Mammoth December 5 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Bishop December 5-6 Chamber Music Unbound and Susan Powell present “The Nutcracker” December 11 Family Movie Night at Mammoth Lakes Library

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December 12 Disabled Sports Island Extravaganza June Mountain Ski Area Opening Day December 13 Tannenbaum Race 10km Classic at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center

Opening Day at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, 2008. Don’t miss this year’s events November 12-14.

October 1-November 15 Convict Lake Fall Fishing Festival

November 15 Last Day of Fishing Season in Mono County

November 3 Foreign/International Film at the Mammoth Lakes Library

November 17 Foreign/International Film at the Mammoth Lakes Library

November 10 Foreign/International Film at the Mammoth Lakes Library

November 21 Chamber Music Unbound presents “The Spirit of Nature”

November 12-14 Opening Day of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Big Winter Kick Off Celebration and Concert

November 21 Tamarack Cross Country Ski Area Opening Day

November 12 Family Movie Night at the Mammoth Lakes Library November 14 “I Am Snowboarding” Art Show November 14 Hot Laps Premiere

November 25 Canyon Lodge, Eagle Lodge and Village Gondola Opening Day November 27 Family Movie Night at the Mammoth Lakes Library November 27 Traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Arrival at the Village at Mammoth

December 13 Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam December 19 Night of Lights Mammoth Concert Series December 20 Unbound Series - Boardercross December 21-24 Christmas Art Festival December 25 Family Movie Night at the Mammoth Lakes Library December 28-31 New Years Art Festival December 29-31 Full Moon Snowshoe Tour at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center December 31 New Years Eve Party, Concert and Fireworks at the Village in Mammoth

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A d vertisers' Index 3V Leather/Ken Partridge Custom Leather Work������� 21 Chart House Restaurant��������������������������������������������19 Daylight’s Healing Touch�������������������������������������������41 Domino’s Pizza���������������������������������������������������������19 Eastern Sierra Dermatology��������������������������������������25 Fendon’s Furniture, Mattress & Reupholstery Co.��������21 Fireside Burgers & Tap����������������������������������������������38 Footloose Sports�������������������������������������������������������13 Friends of the Inyo/Film Festival�������������������������������36 Giovanni’s Restaurant�����������������������������������������������19 Good Life Café����������������������������������������������������������19 Grand Havens Luxury Resort Rentals�������������������������37 Horizons 4 Condominium Rentals������������������������������30 Le Centre Dance & Movement Center���������������������������6 Lone Pine Film History Museum������������������������������� 11 Mammoth Estates Condominium Rentals������������������� 35 Mammoth Executive Services/Concierge��������������������38 Mammoth Hospital���������������������������������������������������41 Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre�����������������������������6 Mammoth Luxury Outlets�������������������������������������������6 Mammoth Mountain Reservations Rentals����������������� 44 Mammoth Premiere Reservations������������������������������35 Mammoth Sierra Reservations Rentals���������������������� 37 Mammoth Ski & Racquet Club Rentals�����������������������16 Mammoth Mountain Ski Area/Air Travel����������������������5 Mahogany Smoked Country Store & Deli�������������������43 Mountainback Condominium Rentals�������������������������16 Nik-N-Willie’s Pizza-N-Subs���������������������������������������20 Northern Inyo Hospital�����������������������������������������������2 NPG Cable and High Speed Internet���������������������������21 One World Eats���������������������������������������������������������20 Paiute Palace Casino & Restaurant����������������������������� 8 Seasons IV Condominium Rentals������������������������������30 Shea Schat’s Family Bakery & Sandwich Bar������������� 41 Shogun Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar������������������20 Sierra Design Studio�������������������������������������������������36 Sierra Home Affordable Furnishings��������������������������35 Ski Surgeon��������������������������������������������������������������38 Slocums Grill & Bar�������������������������������������������������� 39 Snowcreek Resort/Sales, Rentals�������������������������������39 Southern Inyo Hospital���������������������������������������������35 State Farm Insurance������������������������������������������������25 Sunshine Village Condominium Rentals����������������������30 The Finishing Touch Interior Design Studio & Sales�����25 Town of Mammoth Lakes Info�������������������������������������8 Town of Mammoth Lakes/Snow Safety����������������������31 Virtual Stone Studios/Decorative Concrete�����������������37 Village at Mammoth/Winter Activities������������������������� 3 Window Fair/Drapes, Blinds, Shutters����������������������� 41 Yamatani Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar���������������20 November | December 2009

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Oren Tanzer

Wilson, Oren and Loz

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Director of Youth Action Sports Marketing and Unbound Terrain Parks What brought you to Mammoth? I came here in 2000 as a builder for the Gravity Games. At the time I was working for another resort but really enjoyed my time here. I called up my friend Josh Chauvet who was the park manager at the time and he offered me a job. I started work full time in Mammoth in the spring of 2001. Why do you stay? Mammoth is a special place for many reasons, the outdoors, the summers, the snowboarding and skiing, but the number one thing for me has to be the people. Favorite places to go? Too many to name them all, but a few favorites are McLeod Lake, Hot Creek for afternoon fishing, Yosemite with Julien Lecorps (in the summers) for hiking and climbing. I love to travel around the world – one of my favorite trips was to Indonesia to surf. Ideal day off? Don’t get a lot of those, but when I do I enjoy the outdoors. I try to explore around Mammoth and I do my best to stay away from work, 42

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so not really snowboarding or snowmobiling. In the winters, I like to try and go to Bishop and play golf or go for a cross-country ski with Loz Franklin and Wilson up to Rock Creek Lodge. Best meal in town? For casual I would say upstairs at Roberto’s (Fred makes a mean margarita). For something nice, Nevados. I love the tuna tartare! Can’t live without? My beautiful fiancé Loz and my dog Wilson! Current projects? My team and I are working on getting everything ready for this winter. We have been fixing all the jibs (almost 80 of them) and building new stuff. This year we are hosting the USSA Grand Prix, which is the qualifier to name the U.S. Team for the Olympics. Building the best pipe in the world is in the front of our minds! We have a very busy competition schedule full of pro and amateur events so make sure to go to to get all the up-to-date details. Mammoth Sierra Magazine

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Mammoth Sierra Magainze, Issue #40, November/December 2009