|Trip Number 4, 2010 Season
February 19 to 21, 2010
Kronenstadt Ski Club
Pasadena, California kronenstadtskiclub.com
Kip & I were at the Chair Two parking lot by 9:30 am on Friday morning. The MINI with it's brand new custom made ski rack seemed to be very happy to get to go skiing with us. Mammoth had not had new snow since February 10th so as expected the snow was hard and icy. Not very crowded so we explored most of the lower mountain. Back at the condo the rest of the Kronies were starting to arrive. We did a little Outlet store shopping and then brought home dinner to watch the Olympics.
That night the wind started to blow. HARD! The next morning there was a trace of snow on the ground and more blowing in the air. Took the bus to the mountain and started to look for a run that you could see and wasn't windy. There were none. I tried one run on Facelift Express-Chair 3 and was in instant whiteout vertigo. Since this was my one year anniversary of my snowboard crash in such conditions, I did not go up again. It was extra cold due to the wind, so an early lunch break was in order to warm up. Out again into the blizzard and then another break at 2:00 pm for hot chocolate.
Once more into the storm and how much longer should I stay out? Then a friendly Kronie in a lime green coat is spotted at Stump Alley Express-Chair 2. Aili is also wondering how much longer to weather this storm. But now with company, someone to commiserate with and to help stay warm on the chairlifts, we ride the last chair up at 4:03 pm. On each lift ride it was beyond miserable, but each ski run down was fun. All in all, a good day of skiing.
The ski MINI with the new ski/snowboard rack outside of Condo 1 at Mammoth enjoying the light snowfall. We spotted an almost identical Clubman also driving back from Mammoth on Sunday with a license plate "NINJA (?)"
More pictures and text to follow. Bruce