Trip Number 9,  2012 Season
April 13 to 15, 2012   
Kronenstadt Ski Club
Pasadena, California  
Trip Leader Karen McI.
The final scheduled Mammoth ski trip of the season had some of the best snow of the year.  Friday and Saturday were the last of 3 stormy days that brought 30" of new snow to beef up the melting base. Saturday was the strangest weather with alternating light snow, fog, sunshine, heavy blizzard and wind. John and Julieta skied at June Mountain on Friday to celebrate the closing weekend at that mountain.

On Saturday optimistic powder hounds waited at the McCoy Station gondola for 3 hours for the top to open. It had not been open for three days due to the storms, and  was expected to be great. I came out of lunch just as it opened at 12:30 pm and got to the top with no wait at all. It looked great riding up, but as soon as I got my snowboard on the fog came in and visibility went to 5 feet. I was glad I knew which way to go. The very heavy powder (?) was a little difficult to turn in, so I had an adventurous trip all the way down to St. Anton.  All of the pictures were taken on Sunday in the bright bluebird sky sunny day.  The perfect day to end the KSC ski season.
Aili, Julieta, Kip, Bruce, John, Joe, Maxine, and Harry after lunch at McCoy Station.
Cornice Bowl, freshly groomed for a mornings run. John's photo makes it look steeper than it really is.

This is where we always stop at 10:00 am.  Chair 4 restrooms.
Aili, Joe, John, Woolly, Maxine, Harry, Julieta, Bruce and Kip get a Mammoth hug at the top of Stump Alley Express.
Karen our Trip Chairman went the extra mile for the participants on this trip spending her Saturday morning putting the final touches on a great dinner and healthy appetizers. Asparagus and snow peas, fresh-frozen baked salmon with lemon and onions, orzo noodle pilaffe, mushroom caps and noodle salad, mixed green salad.

7 Kronies were at the Condo. John joined us just for dinner. New members Rita and Mary Jo had to cancel at the last minute due to the weather and the flu. We missed you guys.  Maxine and Harry stayed two more days and had really warm spring skiing.
Sous Chef, Maxine and Executive Chef Karen showing off the roasted salmon.
Maxine, Harry, Kip, Joe, Karen John & Julieta, are all smiles at dinner.
Karen (our new Secretary & Membership Chairman) and her whipped cream, strawberries and angel food cake desert.   Which everyone ate!
Julieta, Harry, Maxine, Kip and Joe entering the Cloud Nine Express ticket gates. These gates read your passes and open the bars to let you through. The operator can see your name and picture on their screen. Technology once again elimating jobs.
Joe, Harry, Julieta, Kip and Maxine showing off the Kronie pendants. Once they get shredded in the wind, a simple edge trim makes them look new.