California’s Winter Olympics Launching Pad

Snow and infrastructure are only part of the equation. In Mammoth, these athletes find a supportive community that has nurtured Olympic dreams going back more than half a century.

Spend any amount of time in Mammoth Lakes and the chances are you’ll bump into an Olympian. From the icons to the up-and-comers, the small Eastern Sierra resort town produces an astonishing number of elite athletes, several of whom are likely bound for PyeongChang and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Some were born in Mammoth Lakes, and some have chosen to make it their home, but all of the athletes benefit from some of the best and most reliable snow conditions in North America, with many seasons extending into July. That snow is shaped by Mammoth’s Unbound Terrain Park builders, who are world-renowned for expertly built halfpipes and terrain parks that meet the exacting expectations of the world’s best freeskiers and snowboarders.

The U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Teams also have the advantage of training with Mammoth’s Progression Bag. The only on-snow apparatus of its kind, the enormous airbag (192’ long by 76’ wide) allows athletes to safely and radically speed up the learning curve for new tricks.

Not only is Mammoth the official training ground for the US freeski and snowboard teams, it is also home to elite alpine training each spring. Athletes like Stacey Cook and Ted Ligety have spent many spring days training at Mammoth Mountain, which has a storied history of alpine greatness.

Snow and infrastructure are only part of the equation. In Mammoth, these athletes find a supportive community that has nurtured Olympic dreams going back more than half a century. With that kind of Olympic heritage it’s fitting that the men’s and women’s Olympic Freeski and Snowboard Teams will be named this January at the U.S Grand Prix at Mammoth. The very same halfpipe and park that so many of these athletes have trained on for much of their lives will also serve as their launching pad onto the world stage.

The Mammoth Olympic Hopefuls:

  • Kelly Clark [Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe] The veteran queen of the halfpipe, Kelly paved the way, encouraging young female hopefuls to follow in her footsteps. Kelly boasts an impressive contest record with…

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