This winter in Mammoth Lakes, California, has been nothing like I've ever seen before.
When I moved here three winters ago in the middle of a massive drought, the locals often told tales of the notoriously huge snowstorms that would strike the area. Before this year, I could never picture it looking the way it does now after one of the deepest winters on record. The total snowfall at Mammoth Mountain’s main lodge is almost 50 feet as of early April. Lucky for me, in addition to the endless snow, this season also provided me with a puppy and a splitboard – three things that go well together. The combination has opened up a door to endless opportunities for fun adventures.
It was right before winter started that I adopted a six-month old husky and learned that owning a dog is the greatest motivator to go adventuring in the snow. He’s high-energy and absolutely loves the snow. My dream in getting a dog was to have a companion I could take on adventures, and he fits the mold perfectly. He is the best friend any human could ask for.
With winter winding down and a spell of warm spring weather, I decided to hunt for some famous Eastern Sierra spring corn snow with a friend and our pups. We set out on some wet slush with the dogs leading the way, and after a quick 45-minute skin, we reached the top of the Tele Bowls on the Sherwin range. The snow ended up being more sun-affected than we’d hoped, but snowboarding with the dogs changes the dynamic drastically. Instead of focusing on the snow conditions being less than perfect, we were smiling and laughing because the dogs are having the time of their lives.
After some hang outs and treat-stealing from my Burton Day Hiker Backpack (naughty huskies!), we headed down the wide open Tele Bowls for some fun turns before heading back to the car.
After a splitboard adventure, it’s always so satisfying to look back up at the mountain where you came from and spot the turns you earned along the way. You definitely get a feel for the mountain in ways that riding chairlifts can’t provide. And at the rate we’re going this spring, we’ll be splitboarding high alpine areas all the way into July!
All in all, a tired dog is a good dog and nature is neat. If you haven’t had your fix of snow yet, I’d advise you to head to Mammoth. There’s no sign of this season stopping anytime soon. ∆
Possum Torr spends her days roaming Mammoth Mountain, usually with a dog or two in tow. She’s also a part of our Burton Girls Ambassadors Program, which highlights a diverse crew of women from all over. What ties them all together is their love of the mountains, their desire to explore, and their mission to inspire and engage with other women in their communities. With their passion and unapologetic attitudes, they're leaving their mark on the world and we’re taking note.