As the leading resort in southern California [R227R, Mammoth Mountain] continues to redefine itself as one of the top park and pipe destinations in the country in addition to offering some of the best terrain in the state. This year is no exception as Mammoth introduces improvements with a new lift, new gate system, park and pipe enhancements and a new snow tube park.

Mammoth Mountain is installing a new Doppelmayr high speed quad to replace the old Chair 5 fixed-grip 3-seater. The new lift will upload 2,400 people per hour and will cut the old ride time in half. The chair location has been slightly repositioned to provide improved access to more terrain on one of the mountain's highest access points and most popular areas.

Axess North America has partnered with the resort to install the largest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) gate system for ski resorts in North America. This state-of-the-art lift-access system enables preloading and reloading lift passes onto a card, so skiers and riders can skip the ticket line and head directly to the slopes. Access through gates will also mean less idle time spent in lift lines.

The Mammoth Unbound Terrain Park system has been repeatedly rated as one of the top terrain parks in North America and this year it will continue to evolve with enhancements to the half pipes at Main and Canyon Lodges.

Mammoth also announced the return of the Art Park with Jamie Lynn as the featured artist. The first Art Park pays tribute to Mammoth legend, artist, and pro snowboarder Jeff Anderson who passed away in 2003. I AM SNOWBOARDING features 44 pieces of art, each beginning with a photo of Anderson that was then enlarged and transferred to canvas.

Resort partners Monster Energy and Oakley will continue to create their own unique park features for Unbound. The U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix and West Coast Invitational will highlight the event lineup bringing activities and music to Mammoth throughout the 2011/2012 season.

"I love Mammoth because they take pride in keeping their parks pristine and fresh," Pro Skier Pep Fujas said. "It's a park that never gets boring or mundane because they switch it up regularly. You can do a lap in five minutes. That's unbeatable!"

The resort will also open the new snow tube park this season. The sled hill comes in response to requests for Mammoth to offer more non-skiing family activities at the resort. Tubers and sledders fly down groomed slopes at the snow tube park located just above The Village.

To read more about Mammoth's improvements for this season, click here.