Greeting friends, I hope this blog finds you doing well. My time in the mountains is well under way. I’ve already had some great days on the mountain. No complaints here, just gratitude. I am so very grateful for all the opportunity that has come my way and thankful to those that have helped and continue to support me along this journey. I had a great opportunity to visit Mammoth Mountain for the first time. What an amazing mountain; Mammoth. Here’s some pics . . .Enjoy

1/5 – The drive from Reno

1/6 – Mammoth Mountain – Launching from Canyon Base Area

Just looking around
That looks nice
Views from the ride up
Weather starts to change
Got to share a lift with this guy

Storm has really started to roll in on days end.

Starting to get nasty out

1/7 – Storm Totals 3-4.5feet

Fresh all around
Staying covered from the elements
some fresh tracks; careful in the flats or you will sink
Yes, it really was that deep. Even deeper in spots.
Found a nice line with tons of fresh snow
Flatlight makes it tough to see any contour in the snow
And the light begins to change for the better
Rode up with this awesome couple
Going up
Beautiful views now

1/8 – Mammoth Mountain – Top finally open, I’m not feeling well today though. Not good. Made for a tough day for me.


1/9 – June Mountain – another first. Epic powder day conditions. One of 12 people on the mountain. Wow, a little cray cray for sure. Enjoy, I sure did.

Going up
Sun is trying to come out

It snowed on and off all day. This was truly an epic day. An empty mountain with fresh tracks being refilled all day long. Sic

Food truck getting dumped on. Seriously, this truck rocks. It’s right outside the June Lake Brewery.

1/10 – Mammoth Mountain – Blue-Bird Day conditions. Some amazing lines on my last day. This mountain offers some really great above tree line skiing and riding.

Amazing ridgeline
Got to ride up w/patrol

Big shout out to my hosts over at Mammoth. They showed me that this mountain has big world class mountain skiing and riding. Anyone who wants to ride or ski huge lines should look right at the face of Mammoth Mountain. This resort has the steeps, chutes, trees, some mandatory air, and even some groomers (if that’s your thing). This town still has so much more room for growth, so it will be interesting to see what the next 5,10 & 20 years hold for this awesome California town. I can’t wait to get back myself.




It’s always nice to receive feedback from out reader. You guys have some great one liners and have your hands on pulse in the mountains. So keep sending us anything. We really do appreciate it. Anyting is better than nothing. So here’s what some of you had to say since our last post:

From one reader:

Great pictures. Love em.

Thank you. Still love this one:

Wow. Look at the snow and the people.

Yup. Good Snow = Lot of People. But it didn’t change to views as one reader put it . . .

Just beautiful. Like a beautiful ski day. Lot of snow.

We like lots of snow 🙂 . . .and as one loyal reader put it . ..

It is f’ing magnificent.

You are not alone in that feeling.

Grey sky and u look cold

Lots of shades of grey out their. It was cold.

Do it now or you will just be one year older when you do.

This guy gets it

It is a fun atmosphere

It sure is. Add some fresh pow to the fun atmosphere and the conversation really takes off.  People literally go gaga over the fresh stuff. As one guy put it


And when they see it

Oh my looks like fresh powder.

Yes, yes it is. And whomever sent this was spot on

Wow conditions look amazing

Well they don’t suck . . . that’s fa sure. And people do ask this, when you don’t know you don’t know . . .

Do you ski in powder that deep?

Every chance I get.

And from my friend who was one of the many who helped this last pow run:

We scored

It’s powder. Oh the joy. And it’s not about keeping score, cause nobody cares, really. It’s life. It’s yours mine and everyone else’s. Powder comes with many sacrifices, but it is nice to bring out the snorkel a bunch during a season.

Again, thanks for everything. You guys rock.



The conditions right now are really good, really, really good. Snow has fallen; practically everywhere. Coverage is great. Most resorts are fully operational now; many with 100% of terrain open. Yup, you read that correct. Everything is open, nearly everywhere. Snow quality is mixed, with some places getting the softer lighter stuff and others getting the heavier stuff. It doesn’t really matter, it’s still awesome. Enjoy it while it lasts.

1/9/2019 JUNE MOUNTAIN Like Butta




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Good looking group from 11/15/2018


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Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your weekend and a great start to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on/ Ride On.


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