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California: Olympians to train at Mammoth Mountain

August 07, 2013|By Chris Erskine
  • The Village on a winter night in Mammoth Lakes.
The Village on a winter night in Mammoth Lakes. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Assn. has chosen Mammoth Mountain as an official training ground for U.S. Olympians in freeskiing and snowboarding.

Mammoth Mountain, celebrating its 60th season this year, will help them prepare for upcoming Winter games in Sochi, Russia, which start in early February.

Around since the late '90s, freeskiing involves jumps and tricks on terrain park features usually reserved for snowboarders.

Additionally, the 2014 snowboarding team for halfpipe will be announced at Mammoth during the final Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Jan. 18 and 19.

This coming season also marks the reopening of June Mountain, the family friendly neighbor that closed last season.

At Mammoth, meanwhile, Unbound Playgrounds and Adventure Zones, which offer a go-slow introduction to terrain parks for beginners and children, will have some additional interactive elements this winter.

Other developments:

  • Mammoth Mountain Inn is undergoing a $700,000 renovation that is expected to finish this winter.
  • A new chef and menu will be featured at Lakefront Restaurant. Chef Marc Mora has arranged with two local farms to supply organic to the restaurant.
  • The bar scene is expected to get a boost from Underground Lounge, a space featuring a Hollywood vibe.

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