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Mammoth Mountain gets artsy in a whole new way

A snowboarder at Art Park terrain park, which recently opened at Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area recently debuted its new Art Park, a first-of-its-kind terrain park that seems as much fun to look at as it is to ride. (Though it had a soft opening in mid- to late-December, the weather kept Art Park from operating consistently until this month.)

Featuring a series of artist-designed jumps, boxes, rails and sculptures, this interactive effort will have rotating exhibits each season. This year highlights artist, pro snowboarder and Mammoth local Jeff Anderson, who died in 2003 at age 23.

Gracing the terrain park are some of the images from the exhibit "I am Snowboarding," which toured the U.S. in 2010 and featured 44 world-renowned photographers and artists paying tribute to Anderson.

Art Park is located on Mammoth's Round Robin run near Canyon Lodge and Chair 16 and is accessible with purchase of a lift ticket.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: A snowboarder at Art Park terrain park, which recently opened at Mammoth Mountain. Credit: Mammoth Mountain


Rescuers pull 80 people from stalled lift at Ohio ski resort

Lift

About 80 people had to be rescued from a ski lift at a northeast Ohio resort after the apparatus stalled Saturday afternoon. No injuries were immediately reported.

Rescue personnel were called to Alpine Valley ski area in Munson Township, east of Cleveland, Geauga County Sheriff's Lt. John Hiscox told Associated Press.

Winds in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland area were gusting up to 25 mph or more Saturday afternoon, though that's "fairly common" for the region, said Brian Mitchell, a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service.

A similar rescue effort took place Dec. 28 when a ski lift at Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort in Maine derailed, injuring eight.

RELATED:

Ski lift derailment at Maine resort leaves several injured

Sugarloaf Mountain: Seventh person reported injured in ski lift derailment

Sugarloaf ski lift accident: High wind found to be primary factor in skiers' plunge

-- Kelly Burgess
twitter.com/latimesoutposts

Photo:  A child is rescued from a chairlift as his friends wait their turn at Alpine Valley Ski Area in northeast Ohio on Saturday. Credit: Maribeth Joeright/ Ohio News-Herald / Associated Press

Sledding banned on popular Massachusetts hill

Officials at a Massachusetts school have put the word out that students are banned from sledding down a hill behind the learning institution.

The problem isn't that kids at Raynham Middle School are cutting classes, but themselves -- the trails on the hill lead right to a parking lot at the bottom, which has resulted in numerous scrapes and bruises.

"It proceeds directly into an area where there are vehicles," school committee member Gordon Luciano told reporter Christina Hager from CBS affiliate WBZ-TV. "We’ve had numerous accidents here, we've had ambulance calls, some injuries to our children."

School officials sent an e-mail to all the residents of Raynham warning that the hill is unsafe and off-limits, to no avail.

"There’s nowhere else as good as this. This is the biggest hill," said a teenager, while showing Hager the scrapes on his chin from a fall.

"No trespassing" signs have been ordered, but will likely be of no use this winter, as crews have to wait until the ground thaws before they can install them. In the meantime, it sounds as if the kids will be kids.

-- Kelly Burgess

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Video credit: WBZ-TV

Ski report for California, Jan. 13

Outposts will attempt to post the most recent ski report for California, courtesy of SkiReport.com, each Thursday:

open Ski Areas

 

 

BASE LIFTS SURFACE 24 HR 72 HR
89-156" 9 of 13 PDR 2" 3"
90-96" 4 of 5 PP 0" 0"
24-36" 8 of 12 HP 0" 0"
90" 9 of 9 PP 0" 3"
82-125" 7 of 8 PP 0" 1"
84-122" 9 of 11 PP 0" 2"
60-83" 10 of 11 PDR 0" 4"
54-186" 8 of 8 PP 0" 2"
77-98" 26 of 29 PP 0" 1"
59-111" 6 of 8 PDR 2" 3"
June (2 days old)
60-120" 7 of 7 PP -- --
Kirkwood (1 day old)
94-98" 12 of 12 PP -- --
120-220" 28 of 29 PDR 0" 2"
24-48" 11 of 16 HP 0" 0"
Mt Baldy (1 day old)
36-46" 4 of 4 PP -- --
47-71" 4 of 4 PDR 0" 0"
60-93" 16 of 19 PP 0" 1"
55-126" 9 of 14 PP 0" 2"
24-36" 9 of 14 HP 0" 0"
24-36" 6 of 12 PP 0" 0"
82-102" 4 of 7 PP 0" 0"
120" 24 of 33 PP 0" 0"
79-155" 10 of 13 PP 0" 1"
56-72" 4 of 4 PP 0" 0"
closed Ski Areas

 

 

OPERATING STATUS
Operating, 51 trails

Click on ski area for detailed California ski report, cams, weather conditions, and more.


Mt. Waterman ski resort in Angeles National Forest now open

Skiers head up the mountain at Mt. Waterman resort in this 2008 photo. Mt. Waterman is enthusiastically announcing on its website the Friday opening to skiing and snowboarding.

According to the site, the Angeles National Forest resort has a solid 2- to 4-foot base of packed powder, with Chairs 1 and 2 open and the possibility of Chair 3 being added.

The venerable resort, which has no ski or snowboard rentals, is open Fridays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in winter.

The main route to Mt. Waterman via Angeles Crest Highway isn't open, still closed because of the recent rains as well as necessary repairs from the 2009 Station Fire. Instead, the resort is directing everyone to take Angeles Forest Highway from Tujunga.

Times Daily Travel and Deal blogger Mary Forgione has more details on her post: Southern California ski resorts: Mt. Waterman in Angeles National Forest to open Friday

-- Kelly Burgess
twitter.com/latimesoutposts

Photo: Skiers head up the mountain at Mt. Waterman resort in this 2008 photo. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


Ski report for California, Jan. 6

Outposts will attempt to post the most recent ski report for California, courtesy of SkiReport.com, each Thursday:

Open
BASE LIFTS SURFACE 24 HR 72 HR
93-168" 8 of 13 PDR 0" 1"
105-108" 4 of 5 PDR 0" 0"
18-28" 8 of 12 PP 0" 6"
100" 9 of 9 PP 0" 5"
82-125" 6 of 8 PP 0" 0"
84-122" 9 of 11 PP 0" 16"
66-90" 11 of 11 PP 0" 7"
54-224" 8 of 8 PP 0" 0"
77-98" 26 of 29 PP 0" 0"
69-119" 6 of 8 PDR 0" 1"
60-120" 7 of 7 PDR 0" 0"
94-98" 12 of 12 PP 0" 0"
134-220" 28 of 29 PDR 0" 4"
24-48" 14 of 16 PP 0" 10"
36-46" 4 of 4 PP 0" 0"
50-93" 4 of 4 PDR 0" 0"
69-103" 17 of 19 PP 0" 0"
62-133" 9 of 14 PP 0" 2"
18-28" 10 of 14 PP 0" 6"
24-36" 6 of 12 PP 0" 13"
82-102" 6 of 7 PP 0" 0"
129" 24 of 33 PP 0" 0"
86-162" 10 of 13 PP 0" 0"
56-72" 4 of 4 PP 0" 0"
Closed
OPERATING STATUS
Operating, 42 trails, 1 lift

Click on ski area for detailed California ski report, cams, weather conditions, and more.


Missing Alpine Meadows snowboarder found dead

The search for a 25-year-old snowboarder missing since Tuesday afternoon near Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe area came to an end Thursday when her body was discovered in a tree well.

The Sacramento Bee reported that rescue helicopter crews spotted the body of Shawnte Marie Willis of Tahoma, Calif., Thursday morning on a part of the mountain that previously had been off-limits to rescue crews because of inclement weather.

"The news is tragic," Placer County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Ausnow said in a news conference, adding that authorities believe Willis might have hit a tree while snowboarding.

Ausnow described the U.S. Forest Service land where Willis was found as "treacherous" and said 80- to 100-mph winds had been blowing there. "The weather would not allow us to get there," he said.

Search and rescue efforts were hampered by high winds and low visibility that prevented the use of air- and ground-search vehicles, and ground search crews were called off Wednesday because of the threat of avalanches. Blowing snow had also covered any tracks.

-- Kelly Burgess
twitter.com/latimesoutposts

Ski report for California, Dec. 30

Outposts will attempt to post the most recent ski report for California, courtesy of SkiReport.com, each Thursday:

Open
BASE LIFTS SURFACE 24 HR 72 HR
90-160" 13 of 13 PDR 23-32" 35"
84-90" 4 of 5 PDR 24" 24"
18-28" 12 of 12 PP 1" 1"
95" 8 of 9 PDR 16" 16"
82-125" 4 of 8 PDR 20-30" 32"
84-108" 5 of 11 PP 24-27" 27"
51-90" 11 of 11 PDR 28" 28"
48-120" 4 of 8 PDR 24-34" 42"
77-98" 11 of 29 PDR 16-18" 18"
74-124" 8 of 8 PDR 12-16" 18"
48-96" 7 of 7 PDR 0" 0"
79-82" 10 of 12 PP 5" 5"
134-220" 16 of 29 PP 24-36" 44"
12-24" 15 of 16 PDR 2" 2"
30-46" 3 of 4 VC 4" 4"
50-88" 4 of 4 PDR 16" 16"
61-118" 19 of 19 WETSN 21" 21"
53-131" 11 of 14 PDR 21" 23"
18-28" 12 of 14 PP 1" 1"
12-18" 7 of 12 PP 1" 1"
82-102" 6 of 7 PDR 20-30" 32"
130" 31 of 33 PDR 16" 25"
75-140" 12 of 13 PDR 20-30" 34"
56-72" 4 of 4 PP 20-25" 26"

Click on ski area for detailed California ski report, cams, weather conditions, and more.

Sugarloaf ski lift accident: High wind found to be primary factor in skiers' plunge

Skiers and lift chairs on the slope after a lift derailed Tuesday at Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

Investigators looking into the Sugarloaf ski lift accident in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, have determined that high wind was a primary factor in the chairlift derailment Tuesday that sent skiers at Sugarloaf Mountain plunging 25 to 30 feet to the ground.

Inspectors from the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety made the preliminary findings, Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin told Associated Press on Wednesday.

The investigation is continuing, and it's unclear when it will be concluded, Austin said, adding that  "pending further investigation, they've determined that wind was a primary factor."

The Spillway East chairlift was due to be replaced and was known to be vulnerable to wind, the resort said Tuesday.

Eight people, including three children, were taken to the Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, after the accident. According to a hospital spokeswoman, six of them were either treated and released or were discharged, and the other two were transferred to a larger hospital.

RELATED:

Sugarloaf Mountain: Seventh person reported injured in ski lift derailment

Ski lift derailment at Maine resort leaves several injured

-- Kelly Burgess
twitter.com/latimesoutposts

Photo: Skiers and lift chairs on the slope after a lift derailed Tuesday at Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Credit: Al Noyes via Associated Press

Sugarloaf Mountain: Seventh person reported injured in ski lift derailment

Sugarloaf Mountain A seventh passenger has reportedly been injured after a chair lift derailed at Maine's Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort Tuesday.

A news release issued by Sugarloaf officials states that the individual had been checked at the scene by resort medical personnel and had said he was fine. However, he later reported feeling some pain and was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, as a precautionary measure.

An inspector from the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety arrived at the resort Tuesday afternoon to conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident on the Spillway East chairlift.  

Sugarloaf personnel are assisting in the investigation, and additional engineers are expected to arrive Tuesday evening and will join the investigation team on Wednesday, the resort said.

"We're deeply concerned about those who were injured, and we're committed to understanding the cause of this incident," Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin said. "We want our guests to have fun, but our first priority is their safety."

The resort plans normal operations for the remainder of the week, with the exception of the Spillway East lift, which will remain closed until a preliminary investigation is completed and the lift is cleared by state officials to resume operation.

RELATED:

Ski lift derailment at Maine resort leaves several injured

-- Kelly Burgess
twitter.com/latimesoutposts

Photo: Sugarloaf Mountain. Credit: Ethan Austin

Snowboarder dies after hitting trees at Mountain High Resort

A 24-year-old snowboarder has died after crashing into a stand of trees at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, Calif.

KTLA reports that the accident was reported around 6 p.m. Monday, and that it's not known what caused the snowboarder to go into the trees.

The unidentified Fullerton man was transported to Community Hospital of San Bernardino, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

-- Kelly Burgess

twitter.com/latimesoutposts

Ski lift derailment at Maine resort leaves several injured

Sugarloaf

At least six people were injured Tuesday after a chair lift derailed at Maine's Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin told Fox News that five chairs plunged 25 to 30 feet, and that the ski lift has been evacuated.

Emergency responders were on scene, and those injured have been transported to a hospital, according to the report.

Austin said that none of the injuries are considered life-threatening, and that most of the victims are reporting "lower back problems."

Though the incident is still under investigation, Austin suggested that high winds might have caused the derailment. "We're kind of known as a windy mountain," he said.

-- Kelly Burgess
twitter.com/latimesoutposts

Photo: A snowboarder makes his way down Sugarloaf Mountain alongside a ski lift in this file photo released by Sugarloaf USA. Credit:  Associated Press / Sugarloaf USA

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