Me and My Nine Iron

April 2, 2010

Mammoth Mountain trip

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 1:41 pm

I went to Mammoth Mountain last weekend for a three-day cabin trip with the guys. Tough to justify the $87 lift ticket for the day; Mountain High offers the all-day pass for $39 at Ralph’s, but I know, you can’t compare. But, it was fun. I don’t know what’s good snow or not–honestly, I feel like what people would agree is good, I find icy–but right when I stepped onto the base, I could tell the quality was so much better than Mountain High. Obviously, I know, but hey, it’s almost April. And then you got the countless more trails and wider space. It truly is mammoth.

I’m no expert snowboarder; I can’t carve my way down at blazing speeds but can mostly leaf my way down the steep slopes. So, I decided to ride the gondola to the highest point of the mountain with my more experienced friends. Black Diamond – something I only kept hearing from people. And when I got to the windy top, I come to find out this one’s Double Black Diamond or some shit like that.

Let me be the first to tell you, shit ain’t no joke. I was beyond terrified at the ridiculous incline, only then fully understanding the red “Expert” sign posted at the top. I seriously considered assing my way down the entire slope, and this was before I saw my two friends on either side of me slide down about thirty yards helplessly. I assed down to about the middle of the slope when I saw my one friend almost collide into me, as he slid headfirst on his back down the mountain. Moments later, my other friend was doing some violent tumbling more commonly seen in wipeout videos, which I have to admit I enjoyed witnessing. Diagnosis seems to be a sprained shoulder, although we do hear a popping sound from time to time.

Luckily, I managed onto my feet somehow and made it down, vowing never to ride the gondola up to the top again, as that almost humorlessly became the butt of our jokes the rest of the day. Damn, Black Diamond.



1 Comment »

  1. haha. great story.

    Comment by CL — April 2, 2010 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

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