This blog post is inspired by a mini site created by Mammoth Mountain and here is my Mammoth story.
This year will be my 5th season at Mammoth and in the past three years i have skied close to 100 days on the mountain, i consider it to be my home away from home though technically it is my third home since i grew up in Mumbai, India.
I caught Skiing bug in 08 and did few trips to local LA resorts, took some lessons but i wasn’t satisfied. I wanted to get better and the only way to do it would be to go often and slowly push my limits. I had heard about MM being one of the best places to ski and luckily Mammoth that year offered their season pass (MVP) to new members. So without ever visiting Mammoth, not knowing anyone who skies regularly i decided to buy the pass. The rationale being that if i bought the pass i would force myself to go to mammoth often and get better at skiing.
The pass was bought in april and as the season arrived i found out about different meetup groups hosting regular trips to Mammoth on the weekends and it was easy for me to join those and make some new friends.
During my first visit to Mammoth for the entire day i only got on Discovery chair (Beginner). I was doing laps on the same two runs and it didn’t matter, I was enjoying myself and having a great time. One of the guys mentioned that the group was going to meet at Mccoy at 10am and then ride together/take pictures and i looked at him blankly. I had no clue what he was talking about and had no intentions of getting on harder runs. I wanted to take it slow and just enjoy being on the slopes.
In first season i never went to the top since i didn’t have confidence in my skiing to be able to make it down in one piece. I met lot of new folks, made new friends who were willing to be patient with me, help me out with my skiing. For the most part i was skiing alone doing my own thing and progressing slowly at the same time. At the end of the season i got in about 15-20 days and considered myself an intermediate skier.
This is how my journey began and now 4 seasons later, 3 of them taking season long lessons, I am finally comfortable skiing most of the slopes on the mountain. I have met so many new people, made awesome friends, it has been a life changing experience for me and i plan to enjoy it for the rest of life.
As i plan to venture into Backcountry skiing and exploring other resorts around the country, Mammoth will always be the best for me and I can’t imagine a life without my home away from home.