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What exactly happened at Mammoth?

post #1 of 13
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I was working at the shop today and I heard like 4 different stories of what happened at Mammoth today...

1. Tree fell down near a lift and crushed 4 cars

2. Lift fell over onto a tree which crushed four cars

3. Lift fell over near a tree and crushed four cars

4. Tree fell over onto a lift and toppled the lift over crushing 4 cars.....

what exactly happened?

post #2 of 13
That sounds interesting, anyone have the scoop?
post #3 of 13
I have not heard anything, but if something interesting happened than I will probably hear about it at work today. Power was out in town for a while yesterday, and we had at least three short blackouts on the hill. It was very windy yesterday. I was on chair 1 around 9am, and it was scary, not to mention very uncomfortable. Only Discovery stayed open most of the day,and that was not fun either, but we got a couple feet of fresh, and Canyon Lodge and the Eastside of the hill open today. I will keep ya posted.
post #4 of 13
Posted Wed Nov 21 21:30:05 | From Mule City, CA
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted by Walker:
2001 THE DARWIN AWARDS It's that time again! The awards this year are classic. These awards are given each year to bestow upon (the remains of) that individual, who through single-minded self-sacrifice, has done the most to remove undesirable elements from the human gene pool.

5th RUNNER-UP Goes to a San Anselmo, California man who died when he hit a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope on a foam pad. The 22-year old David Hubal was pronounced dead at Central Mammoth Hospital. The accident occurred about 3a.m.,the Mono County Sheriff's department said. Hubal and his friends apparently had hiked up a ski run called Stump Alley and undid some yellow foam protectors from lift towers, said Lt. Mike Donnelly of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. The pads are used to protect skiers who might hit towers. The group apparently used the pads to slide down the ski slope and Hubal crashed into a tower. It has since been investigated and determined the tower he hit was the one with its pad removed.

Nothing on the wind storm there yesterday yet.
post #5 of 13
Here is a little more stuff, taken from RSN Forum Mammoth Mountain
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What happened to chair 2 yesterday? by michelelyl Nov 25 20:04

HI everyone!
I've been lurking for a couple of weeks, checking out what you all have to say before our annual Thanksgiving trip to MM-Friday was wonderful and yes, we did get to chair 2 by 8AM :>)
Yesterday was another matter- took chair 2 and nearly got blown off! We took a LONG break at McCoy Station (nice, with excellent grub-but EXPENSIVE) watching the whiteout and a couple of hosts came around to make sure we could get down the mountain in spite of the weather! They did take a couple of families with young children down on the snowcat--but when we got down Mambo we saw a cable hanging from chair 2!! Anyone know what happened?
Oh and for the first time in my life I got a refund from MM!Can't wait to use that voucher...now that there is good snow!

So far looks like high wind.
post #6 of 13
Not really too sure what happened. Chair 2 "sustained damage" from high winds, but was supposed to open Sunday afternoon. That never happened, but it shoiuld go on Monday. It was a pretty wild Thanksgiving here. Friday was complete insanity, as only Main Lodge and eight lifts were open. Last year, with both lodges open town was booked at 69%, this year over 70%. It was pretty ugly. Some tourbus lost it and blocked the acces road for over an hour. It was amazingly crowd, but most people seemed to like standing in lines for the fast quads, and chairs 12 and 26 were pretty much waitless. Today, Sunday as a pretty nice day. Canyon Lodge, and three more quads opened. Most people left after 12, and the face of three opened around 1. The Top, and High Traverse never opened, and the wind was buffing it all day long. Should be epic. I will be there.
post #7 of 13
The local Bishop radio news clearing house just reported that a tree fell across some powerlines on forest trail. They said that it affected some of the circuits that service the ski area. They said nothing about chair two.
post #8 of 13
I love it, Operational, Logistical and Human issues, you gotta be a SKI AREA ONWER / MANAGER to appreciate that.

High winds - lifts should shut down, there is a parimter which they can oerate in safely. The state inspector must be called out if there is an issue like a lift jumping the wheel due to high wind. The area might have some issues there with the state if not careful.

Open one Lodge or TWO - Snow cover and traffic. Both of these are tough to balance. If you d not have the cover it is difficult to open area or space that will not be efficient. Secondly I always want to leac some room for error. Both is preserving the base for another day and in the favor of the TEAM on the hill and what they will face. (groomers, lift ops ect)

Real ulcer stuff, what a head ache. Well John Armstrong had big shoulders and he is very capable.

Good luck. ( IF it is as bad as it sounds, I would avoid talking to the area hotel -motel owners or at least the front desk people for a while)

Just thankful NO ONE GOT HURT!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 26, 2001 07:38 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Dr.GO ]</font>
post #9 of 13
it is typical that when something bad happens on the mountain nobody knows nuttin. Last year when there was a collision between two skier causing one to die there was nothing in the local news. I finally spoke to a patrol guy who filled me in. :
post #10 of 13
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MammothCruzer:
it is typical that when something bad happens on the mountain nobody knows nuttin. Last year when there was a collision between two skier causing one to die there was nothing in the local news. I finally spoke to a patrol guy who filled me in. :<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I feel your pain Cruzer - it is a plot. Fact is I see that the whitehouse is in on it now. Wow this is getting serious hugh?

Keep your head up, tell us when it begins to RUMMBLE out there! How are the hot springs?
post #11 of 13
spinheli, High Traverse???!!!

I assume you're talking about the several expert powder runs that get messed up by wankers traversing (in not one but dozens of tracks). Not that I blame you, but MMSA should keep the back of 3 closed until the top opens any time there's powder. More people would have more great powder turns if the runs were only allowed to be entered from the top.

What do you think?
post #12 of 13
I think it is ok to open "high traverse" on stormy days, when the tracks will get filled in before the top opens. But everybody goes there when it opens, myself included. Heck, you can get to the top of da'Noids if you try hard. Patrol is under lots of pressure from marketing to open whatever they can as fast as possible. At least you can't get to Dave's, Climax Etc... Could be worse.
post #13 of 13
I went skiing at Mammoth yesterday and got a little more information. The major windstorm did topple a big tree in the parking lot below Chair 2 but it was unclear if it damaged any cars. The tree and chair 2 lift had problems independent of one another.
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