Mammoth and the Big Chill

Just got back from Mammoth and had a great time, however, it was by far the coldest I’ve ever experienced while snowboarding – in fact, while doing anything. On the first day, it was four degrees and Canyon lodge and double digit below zero on the mountain. BELOW ZERO!!! The conditions were actually really good; fresh falling snow, untracked powder, no crowds or lines. Great, except for the fact that we were all absolutely freezing…not just oohh, it’s cold, but frozen till it hurts to breathe cold. We all had to quit at about 1:30 pm because we were just too cold, which is kind of a bummer because like I said, the conditions were actually really good. It was just slightly warmer the next day but the crowds had arrived. And then by Sunday, all of the fresh snow from two days prior had disappeared and the hill was still too cold and icy.

All in all, though, it was a great trip and we had lots of fun. Haven’t been in the water since I’ve been back. Still too cold and pretty flat. Plus, I just had a cortisone shot in my shoulder for a rotator cuff injury, so I’m not surfing for a few weeks in any event.

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