March 15, 2020 Mammoth Closes News

Mammoth Closes

I am posting links to my twitter account if I find something I think is helpful. Marginal Revolution has been a good source for both news and analysis, so I recommend starting there (more...)...

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October 8, 2015 It Could Be Worse! News

It Could Be Worse!

Some of you out there may at this point be wondering who is this Andy character and does he in fact ever do anything outdoorsy cause, you know, I’m not seeing a lot of action ’round here… (more...)...

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September 20, 2012 Andrew McLean Visits SoCal News

Andrew McLean Visits SoCal

Don’t miss your chance to meet legendary ski mountaineer and Chuting Gallery author Andrew McLean, who will be speaking at Caltec in Pasadena next Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. I have to say, there are a lot of parallels between Andrew and me: we both started as ski racers, moved on to become steep (more...)...

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July 3, 2012 Mammoth Lakes Declares Bankruptcy News

Mammoth Lakes Declares Bankruptcy

Only days after Mammoth Mountain gave the axe to June Mountain, plunging the town of June Lake into crisis, Mammoth’s hometown of Mammoth Lakes has now declared bankruptcy, following a botched development agreement and a failed court appeal that leaves the tiny community unable to pay a massive $43 million dollar breach-of-contract judgment (more...)...

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June 22, 2012 No June? News

No June?

It’s just kind of hard to believe: Mammoth Mountain has abruptly announced they’re closing June Mountain indefinitely for feasibility studies. Reading between the lines, this basically looks like a kiss of death. As a ski area, June has much to offer, including powder glades, rolling intermediate terrain, stunning scenery, and incredible sidecountry access. But it’s (more...)...

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April 17, 2012 News

‘The Couloir to Nowhere’ on TV

I am so delighted to make this announcement: my documentary, The Couloir to Nowhere, is now available on television via The Ski Channel. That’s right, you can now watch my adventure filmmaking masterpiece in the comfort and privacy of your own home, on your very own big-screen TV. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and perhaps most (more...)...

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February 3, 2012 SIA Preview: Rocker for the Ladies News

SIA Preview: Rocker for the Ladies

As rocker technology continues to evolve, we find it moving well beyond powder-only skis. In fact, rocker (in one form or another) is appearing throughout ski makers’ 2012-2013 lineups. While rocker certainly brings advantages to nearly all categories of skiers, I believe rocker may prove to be of great benefit to one group in particular: (more...)...

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October 22, 2011 C2N Goes to Graz News

C2N Goes to Graz

I am very pleased to announce that my short film, The Couloir to Nowhere, is an official selection of the 2011 Internationales Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival in Graz, Austria. While the tone of this post may seem rather dry and reserved, I am in fact quite over the moon with excitement and desperately trying to (more...)...

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October 12, 2011 News

SMS Annual Potluck This Saturday

Yes it’s time again for the storied Sierra Club Ski Mountaineer’s Section Annual Potluck Dinner, this Saturday, October 15, at 5:30pm in La Canada. Trip planning for the 2011-2012 season, gear swap, board meetings, and of course some chow. New members or interested parties I’m sure are welcome to drop in. This is a fantastic (more...)...

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December 26, 2009 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! News

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! We’re wrapping up an eventful trip to Northern Arizona which had us briefly facing sleeping in our car in a blizzard (I-40 was closed) but gave us a short window (the freeway reopened for an hour) to make it here safely and spend the holiday with family. Add in (more...)...

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