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The benefits of skiing Mammoth - photos

post #1 of 7
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Some eye candy from Mammoth on 5/17 and 5/18. Are you still skiing?

Bullet airing into Dave's run off the cornice. 5/17/03.

Full Size: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...73697504ZEIbdB

Hope to have a series from Star chute soon.

And here they are (All photos by BodhiSnowdude):

Looking up at Star Chute - the line of snow going up the center of the photo. BS and I laid down tracks in White Bark bowl (right side). You can see them S'ing down between the rocks on the far right and also from directly under the cliffs

Full Size: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...73718519hnWsVs

Trying to decide if I can make the entrance. That's me at the very top looking down 500'-800' vertical.

Full Size: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...73718945XIttbE

Getting ready for the crux move - just before the snow gave way. I'm just above the keystone cliff - center of the frame.

Full Size: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...73718917RuRmPm

Start of slide - you can see the snow starting to cascade out of the viewer's right slot. Not a big slide, but enough to pull me over the rocks. At this point, I'm laying on my side with my arms jammed into the snow.
Full size: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...73719028FQCZds

The exit:

Full Size: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...73719086rFggWQ
post #2 of 7
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A few more shots to share. Taken after BS and I went back after my run. He wanted to see what I saw that made me think it was skiable.

The very top:

http://community.webshots.com/photo /73718429/73719468zsfPdA

The true entrance to Star Chute. You can see my tracks by the cliff at the right of the frame on the Pssy Traverse.

Full size: http://community.webshots.com/photo /73718429/73718751OINBKW

Pssy Traverse from above - ain't nothin' pssy about it. It's hard to see, but the bare spot leading over to The snow is basically a small ledge about a boot width wide and about 70 degree slope

Full Size: http://community.webshots.com/photo /73718429/73719363KFtTlp

Looking straight down the from the top. The rock in the center of the photo - toward the bottom, is what the top of the exit cliff looks like. All the snow on the right side is gone. You can almost make out my tracks.

Full Size:
http://community.webshots.com/photo /73718429/73719282TBIIFx

Unrelated - but a cool shot is this set-up in Varmits the day before.

http://community.webshots.com/photo /73718429/73718807xFhMFK
post #3 of 7
Nice photos, but is that "Star Chute" or "Kiwi Flat"? That traverse is one of the scariest lines on the hill.
post #4 of 7
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Originally posted by helispin:
Nice photos, but is that "Star Chute" or "Kiwi Flat"? That traverse is one of the scariest lines on the hill.
One in the same, from what I understand.

From my friends at www.gomammoth.com

Star Chute aka Kiwi Flat - 50°+
Star Chute is quite possibly, the most extreme chute at any ski area in America. Certainly off a lift. Anyway, this 50°+ line was originally skied by John Armstrong and was called Kiwi Flat but nowadays, at least since Mike McGrale popped in off the top, this run is called Star Chute. Anything you call it, you won't call it easy.

Looking down, in photo at right, you can see that this chute doesn't even go all the way down without obstruction. In fact, there are three distinct sections, the entry, the middle rythym section, and then the exit section. These sections may require some quick linking when the slopes are sloughing.

The traditional entry is off the top, crossways into the landing area, or pit. from here, a couple turns open up into the middle rythym section. It is possible to traverse into this middle section. It is also possible to drop directly down into the chute from the top proper but this is rarely attempted. Stand up there and you will know why. Exposure is the name of the game here and with 1,000' of vertical drop, it's not your average black diamond.

Star Chute is the big leagues and the exit section will have you scrunching up for sure. Lately, people have been opting for the direct rock pop exit. This started after the Big Mountain competition held in 2000 as part of the Gravity Games. The rock pop exit is big, can make you splatter, and if you somehow land it, you will hit 80mph in a heartbeat. The other option is the slot exit directly adjacent to the rock pop. Either way, chewgotta get through.
post #5 of 7
thank, nice pics.
BTW call me bumping willow
post #6 of 7
On second thought, the "bumping willow" title should be
assigned to Teledave. Thanks Dave.
post #7 of 7
Darn, it has been far too long since I skiied Mammoth! Gotta go!

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