Mammoth Mountain terrain parks are yet taking another turn. No sooner did the resort unveil their new Art Park than they dropped the price on the Stomping Grounds park. Plans are also in the works for a new slopestyle line through Main Park to be similar to the X Games course.
Mammoth chopped the price in half for the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park. The new park launched this year on Thanksgiving Day is designed for learning. Two jumps are equipped with giant air bags for landing. The air bags are huge-50 feet by 50 feet square and 12 feet high-with air constantly moving through them, allowing the bag to absorb the force of the fall.
"They are set up for learning, so users only have to worry about the takeoff, not the landing," Josh Chauvet, action sports brand manager, told OnTheSnow. A lower level jump accommodates first time jumpers that can progress up to the higher jump.
"A variety of people are using them at this point," said Chauvet. "Adults want to see what it's like to be in the air, and kids want to learn to be the next Shaun White." The crews working the Stomping Grounds give tips to jumpers, and the resort plans to add camps that will use the acrobags with coaching this spring.
Use of the Stomping Grounds costs extra, above the cost of the lift ticket of season pass to access the area. But Mammoth just cut the price in half. A full day pass, available for purchase at the top of the park, costs $20, but a one-jump try costs $5.
Mammoth Mountain's new Art Park is attracting attention, including spectators who just want to view the art. It's the first of three shows for the season is up.
The resort also plans to add a new slopestyle line to the Main Park that will mirror the course designed for the X Games. "It'll be the ultimate training zone facility for athletes going to the X Games," added Chauvet. X Games wannabees also can use the course, and the 22-foot superpipe is now open, too.