mammothlover wrote:I am glad they banned that 17 year old kid <tag line said something about disregard females?
Powder wrote:Im too young to remember this
Chair 14 outpost actually being open more than 5 days a year
longlivechair19 wrote:...Does anyone remember the Original Chair 1 where you had to side step up a ramp to just get to the loading point? Being 5 years old it was very frustrating trying to make dad happy and not upset the other skiers.
Photoho wrote:^Does it make me old school if I spot myself in the above photo ?
Havasuski wrote:Hello to all of you on the forum. I am a long time lurker and finally decided to post. I remember my first trip to Mammoth in feb. or March of '65. A friend and I drove up Late friday night in a Morris Minor convertible with the heater blasting away with little results. We arrived at the end of a storm just as they lifted the chain requirement. Drove up to main lodge just in time for a full ham, egg, potatoes and toast breakfast for $.50 ea. Sorry, no digital cams at that time.
My previous skiing experience was 3 or 4 days at snow summit. I could not believe the size of the mountain and the number of lifts(5) and various ropes and T-bars. I do remember sidestepping up chair 1 and how little it took for someone who slipped to take out those below them in line. I was in awe of the terain but my buddy egged me on to try all of the lifts. Over the course of two days we hit most of the intermediate runs and had a great time. I remember lapping chair 4 and being able to ski right up to the loading spot with no one in line over and over. I wouldn't be honest though without saying that we didn't time it right once and just as I got on the chair my tips weren't up and I caught the bump just beyond the loading zone and was promptly ejected from the chair. Luckily, (sp) only the lifty was there to see it.
My buddy was just enough better than me to egg me on to chair 3 and chair 5 where he could always get down the runs faster than I could. Going down the face of 3 scared the S--- out of me, but going around the choke point at the top was almost as bad. It's easy to laugh about it now.
The other enduring memory was getting a room with a kitchen at Tom's place for $2.00 a night. We cooked our dinner and must have been asleep by 7pm after driving all night and skiing all day. The room had paper thin walls and virtually no heat. We tried to dry our leather boots near the heater, but they didn't really dry out till we got back to LA.
I have been an MVP member for 4 years and try to get 12 to 20 days in on the mountain now. Most days when we ski up there I remember that first trip because I am still impressed when we first catch site of the mountain. We have kids and grand kids that love the mountain now, too. It's still a great place.
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