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Mammoth Mountain had a December to remember. One for the record books to be exact… Beating out their previous record December in 1969, Mammoth just got buried and Chris Benchetler was there to document it.

Camera used: GoPro HD

Mammoth Mountain had a December to remember. One for the record books to be exact… Beating out their previous record December in 1969, Mammoth just got buried and Chris Benchetler was there to document it.

Camera used: GoPro HD

Mammoth Mountain’s 100 year storm!!! Well, I’m not entirely sure, but what I am sure of is that in my lifetime I’ve never seen this much snow fall in such a short amount of time. The only time I left my house yesterday was for three multi-hour shovel shifts because we were so buried. Driving through my street feels like driving in a tunnel.

I’m pretty sure everyone in Mammoth completely under estimated the power and magnitude of mother nature this time around. A perfect example would be the tree that lies between my house and the neighbors, that actually now lies on the hood of their van…

Needless to say the skiing was insane once we finally made it out on the hill. A storm total of nearly 15 feet, and the last 24 inches of it was complete blower pow made the skiing quite phenomenal. I went out with EXPN writer/ aspiring orthopedic/ musician/ skier John Symms, Kristi Leskinen, and Peter Morning to snag a couple pics of today’s epic shred fest. So instead of me boring you with more pointless text, here are some pics from the day.

Chris Benchetler testing the depths… 

Benchetler slash.

Kristi Leskinen throwin them sideways.

My front door no longer in sight.

Timber… Van in the line of fire.

Aftermath…

Saw-lving the problem…

For more pics and updates check out the Mammoth Unbound Facebook page.

Mammoth Mountain’s 100 year storm!!! Well, I’m not entirely sure, but what I am sure of is that in my lifetime I’ve never seen this much snow fall in such a short amount of time. The only time I left my house yesterday was for three multi-hour shovel shifts because we were so buried. Driving through my street feels like driving in a tunnel.

I’m pretty sure everyone in Mammoth completely under estimated the power and magnitude of mother nature this time around. A perfect example would be the tree that lies between my house and the neighbors, that actually now lies on the hood of their van…

Needless to say the skiing was insane once we finally made it out on the hill. A storm total of nearly 15 feet, and the last 24 inches of it was complete blower pow made the skiing quite phenomenal. I went out with EXPN writer/ aspiring orthopedic/ musician/ skier John Symms, Kristi Leskinen, and Peter Morning to snag a couple pics of today’s epic shred fest. So instead of me boring you with more pointless text, here are some pics from the day.

Chris Benchetler testing the depths… 

Benchetler slash.

Kristi Leskinen throwin them sideways.

My front door no longer in sight.

Timber… Van in the line of fire.

Aftermath…

Saw-lving the problem…

For more pics and updates check out the Mammoth Unbound Facebook page.

Exciting times in the Sierras. I’m sitting here bloggin, drinking tea, and looking out the window at nothing but white. In the last couple hours it has really started to come down heavy. The best part is… everything I’ve read has us pegged for a massive outcome. Looking at the radar, we are pretty locked in to the cycle, and I can only hope the winds stay down so we stay that way.

This is from a post I read earlier on Tahoe Weather Discussion: “If the amount of liquid on the models is right or keeps increasing we could potentially see places on the crest hit 100 inches again. The reason that is more impressive this time is that the snow ratios will be closer to 10-12:1 instead of 20:1 or higher. Snowfall forecasts will fluctuate a lot over the next week as we analyze each of the several storms as they arrive. Right now it does look as if we have a good chance at averaging at least a foot a day over the course of the week long storm cycle. The two biggest days looks to be Saturday and Tuesday which is why the snow level may come up briefly ahead of these strong storms.”

With that in mind… Travel/ be safe, bring out the GoPros, and get amongst it. Happy Holidays!!!

Exciting times in the Sierras. I’m sitting here bloggin, drinking tea, and looking out the window at nothing but white. In the last couple hours it has really started to come down heavy. The best part is… everything I’ve read has us pegged for a massive outcome. Looking at the radar, we are pretty locked in to the cycle, and I can only hope the winds stay down so we stay that way.

This is from a post I read earlier on Tahoe Weather Discussion: “If the amount of liquid on the models is right or keeps increasing we could potentially see places on the crest hit 100 inches again. The reason that is more impressive this time is that the snow ratios will be closer to 10-12:1 instead of 20:1 or higher. Snowfall forecasts will fluctuate a lot over the next week as we analyze each of the several storms as they arrive. Right now it does look as if we have a good chance at averaging at least a foot a day over the course of the week long storm cycle. The two biggest days looks to be Saturday and Tuesday which is why the snow level may come up briefly ahead of these strong storms.”

With that in mind… Travel/ be safe, bring out the GoPros, and get amongst it. Happy Holidays!!!

En Route Plan B is Nimbus Independent’s third full length webisode release from the 2010 winter season. Documenting some strato volcano sliding in Oregon, a bit of cold water wave riding, and some epic heli shots from Germany!

Watch it!!!!

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