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The Big Picture:
Troop 355 is headed to Mammoth on Friday February 8 for a weekend of skiing and riding. We will leave town right after school, eat dinner on the way up and meet at our condo (further details on condo to come). We’ll head out for rentals and groceries after that. After a good night sleep we’ll make the 20 minute drive over to Main Lodge and check in with the Mammoth Ski Patrol for a safety lecture. Then it’s off to the slopes! Accomplished skiers and snow boarders will be able to earn the Snow Sports Merit Badge. After a day on the slopes, it’s back to the condo and we’ll cook up some dinner and relax. On Sunday morning we’ll check out of the condo and you can hit the slopes again or head home.
If you don’t have your own skis / board, you will need to make arrangements to rent. You can rent locally (i.e., Sports Chalet), rent from a local store in Mammoth when you arrive on Friday, or from Mammoth directly. We will not have time on Saturday morning to rent equipment, so please plan ahead.
Dinner on your own Friday night. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday – in the condo. Lunch Saturday on the hill. Saturday dinner – either in the condo or at a restaurant.
What to bring:
Bring warm waterproof skiwear, dress in layers, gloves, hat or helmet, goggles or sunglasses. Plan on 20 degrees, snowy weather and we can adjust from there. Bring a fanny pack or daypack to keep your 10 essentials in when you’re on the slopes. Scouts should also bring a sleeping bag in case you end up sleeping on the floor of the condo with your buddies.
Supervision & Ability groups:
Mammoth has a wide verity of terrain and snow conditions. Just like with the safe swim defense we will need to establish ability groups. Skiers who can manage parallel traverses, wedge turns and hockey stops (i.e., intermediate level or above) will do fine with the group of skiers who will go off to earn the snow sports badge with their merit badge instructor. Skiers hoping to earn the snow sports merit badge will need to demonstrate skiing skill on advanced terrain. Skiers who have not mastered those skills will enjoy some of the less demanding runs toward the bottom of the hill. If your son is not quite ready to earn the merit badge please plan to come on the trip and supervise him on the slopes.