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Monopalooza 2018

Mammoth Mountain

Welcome to the annual gathering of monoskiers in United States.  This gathering has been taking place and evolving over the last 20 years.  Monopalooza has been a place for seeing old friend from the around the world and making new friends who share a love for riding the snow in the same way.  In past years we have had riders from all over the US as well as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, France, Korea, and Switzerland.  This year we hope that even more monoskiers will learn about the gathering and add to our growing community.

Mammoth Mountain

From the Mammoth website – Mammoth is California’s highest four-season resort and playground with a summit at 11,053 feet above sea level. With 300 days of sunshine annually, the Eastern Sierra offers infinite recreation and scenic beauty all year long. The legendary snowfall provides a perfect winter playground.

Mammoth Mountain is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 along the 395 corridor in the Eastern Sierra of California. Drive time is approximately 5 hours north of Los Angeles and 3 hours south of Reno, Nevada.

For more information about the resort please visit the Mammoth website: http://mammothmountain.com

Currently Planned Highlights of this year’s gathering

February 28 – join us in the evening at Mammoth Brewing Company for dinner and Drinks.

March 1 – we will be riding out of the Canyon Lodge side of the mountain with lunch in the Canyon Lodge and then Après ski and dinner at Lakanuki in the Village.

March 2 – we will be riding out of the Main Lodge side of the mountain with lunch at the Mill and the Chair 2 parking lot.  Après ski will be at the Tusks Bar in the main lodge followed by optional outing to local hot springs tubs and then dinner in town or at the Monopalooza Pad

March 3 – we will be riding out of Stump Alley. In the morning there will be the opportunity to try out White Knuckle and CODA Monoskis. Lunch will be at the McCoy Station followed by a “family picture” at the top of the Gondola and then new activity designed to be inclusive, to create memories, and to earn raffle tickets.  Dinner that night is sponsored by White Knuckle and CODA at the Monopalooza Pad.

March 4 – we will be riding out of Stump Alley again, with lunch at the Chair 14 Outpost, and then après ski and dinner at a local restaurant still to be determined.

As we get closer to Monopalooza a more detailed itinerary will be published and distributed.

Saturday Evening – Monopalooza dinner event

At the Saturday evening dinner we will be making the final determination for the Monopalooza 2019 location, and we will hold our annual raffle. While the dinner is subsidized by CODA and White Knuckle, contributions to help cover food and drink will be greatly appreciated.

For the Raffle this year both CODA and White Knuckle have donated skis and other swag.  There may also be other favorite Monopalooza items.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase all through Saturday evening, and they might be earned through participation during the three previous days.  More information to come later.

Monopalooza t-shirts

As always we are making shirts that sport the logo for current year’s Monopalooza as well as the logos of other contributors to the event. 

Link to the order form  

Technology

This year we would like to take full advantage of an app and a service.

Please download the free Mammoth Mountain App.  It connects with your Facebook account and has several useful features like locating your friends on the mountain and tracking your riding during the day.  Download it here: https://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/home/mobile-app

We will use the Remind app to provide push notifications leading up to and throughout Monopalooza. 

Lodging, Ticket, Food and Transportation

Mammoth is mostly a condo community, with a couple really nice hotels, several motels, and a couple bed & breakfasts.  The “Pad” this year will not be a place where a large group is staying as any place like that would break the bank so to speak.  Therefore the Pad is a place where the steering committee members are staying and we worked to make sure that the kitchen/great room is excellent for dinners on Friday and Saturday night.

For more information about lodging options in Mammoth Lakes click here:

https://www.visitmammoth.com/hotels-lodging

Mammoth is a destination resort and therefore there are few deals on lift tickets.  You can save with mulit-day tickets.  Mammoth is also part of the Mountain Collective if you purchased that this year. For planning purposes click here:

https://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/plan-a-vacation/book-a-trip/lift-tickets

There is one Vons in town and prices are higher than your local supermarket.  It is also crowded on Friday and Saturday Evenings.  We are planning to have dinner at Lakanuki in the Village on Thursday night (we are getting happy hour prices all night), and then at the Pad Friday and Saturday nights.  We have picked places on the mountain for lunch. You probably still want to bring food for breakfast and possibly lunch or dinners.  If so it is recommended that you plan to stop at Costco, Trader Joes, or other markets just south of Carson if you are coming in from Reno, or in Lancaster if you are coming up from Los Angeles.

The public transportation is pretty good in Mammoth with shuttles all day long that can get you from just about anywhere to just about anywhere in town and on the mountain.

https://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/mountain-information/transportation/area-transportation