December 5, 2012 |
Officials at Mammoth Mountain were a little worried late last week when the forecast called for a big storm with temperatures on the warm side, which would have meant rain -- at least on the lower slopes. But the weather turned cold enough during the weekend so the precipitation that fell was snow, lots and lots of snow. By Monday, between 4 and 6 feet of the white stuff had landed on this big Eastern Sierra Nevada resort. The base is now an impressive 50 to 70 inches. As a result, all of Mammoth's terrain, 28 lifts and the Canyon and Eagle Lodges will be open Friday morning.
November 12, 2012 |
June Mountain , the tiny ski and snowboard destination that Mammoth Mountain management closed after last winter to save money, is to reopen in the winter of 2013-14, Mammoth officials said. Mammoth Mountain officially opened its ski season Nov. 8., as a storm was beginning to dump more than a foot of snow in the Eastern Sierra. The previous Monday, Rusty Gregory, chief executive of Mammoth, told the Mammoth Times that June Mountain would reopen in late 2013 with its marketing focused on young families.
November 8, 2012 |
As early birds get their first runs in on the first day of the Mammoth ski season, a coming storm was looking increasingly likely to dump a few inches of fresh powder from late Thursday through Friday and Saturday. The Mammoth Mountain ski area, which suffered through a scant snow season last year, opened a new chapter with the boarding of the season's first chair lift at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Various festivities are planned through the weekend. As skiers and boarders took their first runs from the resort's chairlifts 1 (Broadway Express)
November 8, 2012 |
Mammoth Mountain kicks off its ski and snowboarding season Thursday (today) with a good chance of fresh powder to follow. The day's schedule starts at 8:30 a.m., when the first chair carries skiers and boarders up the hill, where they'll find a slope cloaked in manufactured snow, mingled with remains of the 18 inches of real snow that fell in late October. Chair lifts 1 and 3 will be running and the Panorama gondola will be offering scenic rides only. Meanwhile, a storm is expected to arrived on Friday and stay through Saturday, possibly dropping enough snow to open more lifts and runs.
October 30, 2012 |
JUNE LAKE, Calif. - Love turning conventional wisdom on its ear, don't you? Here's my little ode to the Eastern Sierra's amazing fall palette, an improbable leaf-peeping site devoted to it, and its Web master, who claims that the Golden State has the longest and best autumn in the nation. I now agree. To all you Eastern transplants who pine for the fall colors of your childhood, fly up U.S. 395 with me in my rental Ford, past the cottonwoods and aspen groves that light the hillsides like glowing campfires.
October 23, 2012 |
Mammoth is reporting up to a foot of new snow, as the season gets off to a promising start. Opening day is set for Nov. 8 . . . . For the first time, Arlington National Cemetery is releasing a massive electronic database detailing the gravesites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there. Before 2010, the cemetery used paper records and maps. The smartphone app and map can be accessed through the cemetery's website, www.arlingtoncemetery.mil . . . . Vegas' McCarran Airport will conduct an emergency drill Wednesday morning, with an exercise simulating an incident using a Boeing 767 passenger jet . . . . . For the second year, the Venetian and the Palazzo Las Vegas will stage Winter in Venice, a 50-day celebration starting Nov. 18 that includes a nightly parade, tree-lighting ceremonies and picturesque skating rink above the Venetian's outdoor Grand Canal . . . . The San Luis Obispo Wine Country Assn.'s 22nd Annual Rockin' Harvest Celebration is set for Nov. 2-4. The weekend's signature event, the Grand Tasting and Wine Auction, takes place Nov. 3 ( a Saturday)
October 13, 2012 |
Each year for the past six years, Raymond Lyons has gone backpacking with his brother, Ron, as well as his three sons, Dan, Tim and Philip. In September, the group visited Ediza Lake, about 10 miles northwest of Mammoth Lakes. As Lyons stood on the shore of Ediza one evening, the sky glowed a reddish-yellow, silhouetting Mt. Ritter, left, and Banner Peak. The Carlsbad, Calif. resident used a Panasonic DMC-FZ40. To submit your photos, click the upload button below. When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
September 10, 2012 |
Night-time temperatures at Mammoth Lakes -- at least in the upper elevations -- have been dropping into the high 30s, which means that the opening of the ski and snowboarding season is (almost) right around the corner. Mammoth Mountain officials say several lifts are scheduled to open on Nov. 8. To promote the early season, the resort is offering opening-day rates of $129 a night on slopeside rooms at Mammoth Mountain Inn. And if there isn't any snow? Officials say the resort's Early Booking Snow Guarantee means that those who book before opening day -- and find there is no snow -- will get a $100 gift card or have their reservation moved to a different dates for free.
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September 9, 2012 |
Mammoth Lakes hardly fits the profile of other cities that have recently plunged into bankruptcy. It was not pensions or plummeting property values or questionable accounting practices that pushed the tiny mountain resort town over the edge: It was a $43-million court judgment in a lawsuit brought by a developer after the town tried to back out of an agreement. The town finally reached a tentative settlement agreement in the case last month, but not before filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
August 17, 2012 |
Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., may be the only place on Earth where you can celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and the Fourth of July all in a single day. Photos: Top 10 Holiday World rides and attractions The family-owned theme park prides itself on its collection of record-setting rides and an award-winning water park that's included with the price of admission. In 1946, park founder Louis Koch opened Santa Claus Land in this small Indiana town to pay tribute to the town's namesake elf. The self-proclaimed “world's first theme park” featured a train, a toy shop, a few kiddie rides and, of course, daily visits by Santa Claus.