It’s all about “progress” for terrain parkers at Mammoth Mountain this winter, with the opening of a new learning park and camp.
The California High Sierra resort has been known for its world-class freeriding facilities. Experienced skiers and riders can find all manner of half-pipes, jumps, jibs and other challenges spread around the mountain – particularly on Unbound Main served by the Thunder Bound Express - Chair 6.
Now, the Unbound Playground Progression Park lets beginners in on the action. Located between Canyon Express and Roller Coaster Express chairlifts, the park introduces newcomers to the tricks of the trade by starting out small -- boxes and rails just a few inches off the ground – to standard-height features and jumps. The easiest features are at the top of the run, with things getting more challenging as riders and skiers get closer to the bottom.
Mammoth has scheduled two, three-day camps specifically for the new progressive instruction area on Feb. 22-24 and April 5-7. The camps include 15 hours of lessons, video analysis, an equipment clinic and après-camp party. Participants must be at least 10 years old and have a skill level of intermediate or above.
There must be at least three students in a group for a full-day lesson. Cost is $459 at the window, $436 for purchase two days in advance, and $399 for seven days in advance.More information is available online, or call (800) 626-6684.
Also at Mammoth, kids ages seven through 12 can ski or ride all day, any day for $30. Kids six and under ski or snowboard for free.
Photo: Mammoth Mountain