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  • Vote for Unbound

    by Unbound Staff | Jun 01, 2017



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    Close your eyes and dream of the best terrain park you have ever skied or ridden.

    Is it Main Park this spring? South Park back in December? Or what about the Snake Run in February? With the massive amounts of snow this past season the Unbound crew had the resources to build some of the sickest set-ups of all-time, and what transpired was mind-blowing.

    2017 was a massive year for snowfall. And yes, the parks were buried countless times. Sure enough, by the next sunny day they were dug out and primed for shredding. TJ Dawoud and his Unbound crew manicured those parks like a French poodle providing countless “best days ever” for anyone riding them.

    Vote for Mammoth in the Transworld Snowboarding Resort Poll and in the Newschoolers Park Poll and tell them how hard Unbound kicked ass this season. It takes less than a minute and is pretty darn fun looking back on all the fun had in our terrain parks.

    Click HERE for the TW Resort Poll.
    Click HERE for the Newshoolers Park Poll.


  • The 3 Most Exciting Hours in the History of Snowboarding?

    by Unbound Staff | May 27, 2017


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    From the first ride up the Gold Rush Express, you could tell there was something special about Super Park 21. Mammoth Mountain had been pulverized by snow this season and the 5 build teams took full advantage by pushing the largest piles of snow this event has seen. The amount of features was overwhelming, where was one to begin? With good weather and 450 hungry as hell riders, sessions started as soon as the park opened that Monday morning.

    “Have you hit the Woodward Zone? What about that Loon jump through the trees? Mt. Snow built a crazy rail on a spine down on Lost in the Woods! The Mammoth Snake Run is the funnest thing ever!” Riders could not contain themselves as hooting and hollering could be heard echoing throughout the trees for the entire week.

    One build area was casting a rather large shadow (literally) over the park however. The Mammoth jump and hip. With the jump measuring in at 120 feet and the hip towering 40+ feet in the air, the features were giving riders the chills just looking at them. Unfortunately, they were not ready to be hit and after Day 2 came to an end without the features being ready questions began to circulate as to whether or not they would ever be ready to ride. Super Park 22 perhaps?

    Day 3 of Super Park 21 dawned sunny with just a puff of breeze out of the SW and as riders made their way up the chairlift, they saw that TJ Dawoud and his Unbound crew had finished the features and there was now an 11am call time out to those looking to hit the massive piles of snow.

    Brock Crouch, Tyler Flanagan, Jeremy Page and a few other riders started checking their speed on the in-run of the jump. With no mention that he was going to hit the thing, Brock pointed his board downhill, started hauling ass towards the takeoff and cleared it perfectly. What a beast. What transpired over the next 90 minutes was nothing short of mind-boggling. The amount of airtime on the jump was giving riders the chance to spin more, tweak more and go bigger than they had ever gone before. Pat Bridges, Publisher of Snowboarder Magazine shut the session down a little early so the riders could give the hip a go.

    Guess who was lurking at the top of in-run looking to guinea pig the hip? None other than Brock Crouch. Opening up that session was no easy feat and every single rider that hit the cutout hip was a minimum of 20 feet in the air. Sebbe de Buck, Toby Miller and a few others began boosting off the thing as a real session began. Yuki Kodono pushed the highest into the stratosphere with a bs air that was all of 30 feet.

    Sessions can end for a number of reasons but nothing shuts one down faster than someone getting hurt. That is exactly what happened to Wakita Tomoki who caught an edge on the takeoff of the hip and fell 40 feet to the flats. Somehow, the strong Japanese rider made it through the terrifying incident with an ankle injury and a fractured vertebra. Minor injuries in comparison to the severity of the slam. We wish him a fast recovery.

    All told, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that these were the three most exciting hours of snowboarding in the history of the sport.

     

  • Unbound 20 Birthday Party

    by Unbound Staff | May 02, 2017

    20 years of skiing and snowboarding evolution, 20 years of big jumps, perfect pipes, insane firsts, and 20 years of the best damn parks around. 



    FREE Afterhours Party in the Park

    Celebrate the 2016–17 season and 20 years of Mammoth Unbound with a FREE sunset cruise through Main Park & Forest Trail, a rail garden in lower Main Park, plus a hike-park for the mini shreds.  The Main Lodge Sundeck will be the hangout spot with DJ Rodney-O, beer specials and a BBQ.  And no birthday would be complete without (pink) cupcakes.

    Event Schedule

    4PM–8PM – DJ Rodney O on the Main Lodge Sundeck
              BBQ & Drink Specials (for purchase)
              Unbound 20 Cupcakes & Birthday Bash
              Cornhole & Beer Pong on-snow
    4:30PMUnbound Express Chair 6 Re-Opens
              Main Park is famous for its hot laps. Chair 6 will re-open for a FREE golden-glow shred session.
    4:30–7PM – Chair 6 After-hours Sunset Cruise
              Main Park Rail Garden
              Mini’s Hike Park
              Unbound 20 Tee Shirt Giveaway (while supplies last)
    7PM – Unbound Express Chair 6 Closes
    8PM – Tusks Bar Last Call

    *Times subject to change

    Check Out the Latest Hot Laps Episode


  • Show of Hands

    by Unbound Staff | Apr 22, 2017

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    “Skate style”, “skate inspired” and similar terms that compare snowboarding to its far cooler brother skateboarding get thrown around a little haphazardly nowadays. However, Scott Blum’s “Show of Hands” event held in the Transition Park was exactly that. With his vision and the skillset of the Unbound Park Crew the team turned the Tranny Park into a world of hips, bowls, tables and spines. Add to that the coping added to some of the transitions and the hand plant centric course was unlike anything anyone has seen before. Let us hope this is the start of a longstanding event that will push the envelope of skate style snowboarding for years to come.

    - Gabe Taylor

  • 20 Years of Progression

    by Unbound Staff | Apr 18, 2017

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    Terrain park progression is manifested in a number of ways. It started in the early 2000’s when Mammoth Mountain began building parks bigger, safer and with more creativity than any other resort in the world. Over the years our builders have pushed the boundaries in a multitude of levels, let’s review.

    Jibs Galore
    – More jibs, more creativity and more fun. This jib only park is an incredible training ground for rail riders and a great spot to hike a feature and learn a new trick. It’s location also makes it a great place to lap when there’s wind or weather.

    South Park
    – Advanced features set up in a fun, flowy fashion has helped countless skiers and riders make the transition to the XL features found in Main Park. And starting with an 18’ halfpipe is the best way to get your edge control dialed before a full run through the park.

    Playgrounds
    – Our builders put just as much thought and work into our beginner offerings as they do into the intermediate and pro level features found in our other parks. Doesn’t matter what your age is or what you’re sliding on, our Playgrounds help you get better.


    Transition Park
    – Unlike anything you’ve skied or ridden before, 2016 brought us to the next step in progression. Berms, bowls, banks and spines are perfectly manicured into a park that looks like it came straight from your dreams.

    Halfpipes, halfpipes, halfpipes
    – Having won the Transworld Snowboarding resort poll for best halfpipe a number of times, it’s obvious our team puts a lot of work into our pipes. But it’s the wide range of pipes we offer that sets the Unbound apart. 22’ foot in Main, 18’ in South, 12’ in Wonderland and the occasional mini-pipe in Forest Trail. Literally there’s something for everyone.

    Hemlocks – First public big mountain freestyle park opened this year and has re-defined the world of freeriding as we know it. Large to XL features built out of snow have given countless skiers and riders a little taste of the backcountry kicker experience.
  • Legends of the Fall Line 6

    by Unbound Staff | Apr 12, 2017



    Last month the Oakley team took Main Park by storm during Oakley Week, shredding and sending every giant monstrosity that the Unbound crew could conjure up. With endless amounts of snow due to our massive season, the possibilities were endless. Main Park received a mid-season transformation like never before. At the heart of the park was a massive 80-foot step-over style jump, a huge skate inspired extension on the 22-foot quarter pipe and a transition inspired rail line up. The layout provided the perfect opportunity for a fast paced park lap “Legends of the Fall Line”. Riders included Jamie Anderson, Stale Sandbech, Sebastien Toutant, Eero Ettala, Sy Moran, and Craig Gouweloos all of whom completely killed it.

  • Main Park

    by Unbound Staff | Mar 25, 2017

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    Next level creativity in upper Main Park.


  • The Transition Park is Open

    by Unbound Staff | Mar 04, 2017

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    Our builders have done it once again. They locked themselves in their snowcats and spent the week building one of the most unique parks we’ve ever seen. Last season, the Transition Park debuted to rave reviews. Its surfy feel and flow resonated with skiers and riders looking to shred something a little bit different. Well, this year the guys took it to the next level. Perfect bowls, snow mounds and transitions all over the place allow for an infinite amount of lines and creativity.

  • DC Hit & Run

    by Unbound Staff | Feb 24, 2017

    One of the best events of the year is upon us. The 2nd annual DC Hit and Run is taking place today, tomorrow and Sunday and if you’re around you don’t want to miss it. This creative event is part banked slalom and part slopestyle contest. Your score on two jump sections and a jib section will be deducted from your overall time. Not the fastest rider out there? Chuck meat on the jumps. Not the best jumper? Haul ass. This format is the brainchild of legendary pro snowboarder Bobby Meeks who states: “We just want to throw an event where you can ride a really fun course as hard or mellow as you want. After another week of dumping snow the Unbound guys whipped together an incredible course that both tests your skills and is a blast to ride. Take a run with DC team rider Anton Chamberlin:

  • Mammoth GP Course Preview with Judd Henkes

    by Unbound Staff | Feb 02, 2017


    Judd has been shredding hard this season and his creative line through this week's U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle course is a thing of beauty. 
  • Most Snow in a Month, Ever

    by Unbound Staff | Jan 25, 2017

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    For those keeping track, we just broke our record for snowiest month of all time. All of those El Nino and La Nina years of the 60’s, 80’s and 90’s can now take a back seat to 2017 (Apparently the 70's were dry). Meteorologists were left scratching their heads after a series of atmospheric river events gobbled up lifts and buried two story homes, while providing the entire Eastern Sierra with enough shoveling to last a lifetime.

    Good news: It’s not over yet and we have the months of February, March and April to look forward to. With all this snow we’ll be able to have terrain parks for everyone into the summer.

    Best. Birthday. Ever! Happy 20 Years Unbound!

  • Transworld Snowboarding Park Poll

    by Unbound Staff | Jan 21, 2017

    Transworld Snowboarding teamed up with Snow Park Technologies to present the results of our data-driven Park Poll, ranking the best snowboarding terrain parks across North America. Thanks for the support and rest assured accolades like this just motivate the crew to work even harder at providing the best terrain parks in the world. Check out the article HERE.


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  • 15 Feet??

    by Unbound Staff | Jan 10, 2017

    That's right, our storm snow totals are now 10-15 feet,  with more on the way. So what is 15 feet, in real life? We thought we'd look into it. 


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  • Hot Laps

    by Unbound Staff | Jan 05, 2017



    Both Main and South Park get some love in this fiery edition of Hot Laps. Riders include Greg Bretz, Frank Knab, Garrett Warnick, Teddy Koo and more. 


  • Behind the Scenes of Legends

    by Unbound Staff | Jan 05, 2017




    Legends of the fall Line is a tough series to film and a whole lot needs to go right for it to even happen. Timing, solid riding, interesting features and a perfect park are all part of the equation to make sure this series is a success. Here's a look at Spencer Whiting's helmet cam as he works his way down Forest Trail filming Jimmy Goodman and Shayne Pospisil. 
  • Kimmy Fasani - Rider of the Year

    by Unbound Staff | Dec 20, 2016



    As part of the opening weekend festivities, Mammoth Mountain joined up with Absinthe Films to premiere their new movie Forever/After. Absinthe has been at the top of the game for years and their new installment had some of the heaviest snowboarding to date. But there was one rider that stood out and her name was coming up in random conversations throughout the weekend.

    “Did you see Kimmy’s part last night?”
    “Oh yeah, her part was nuts!”
    “Kimmy had the video part of the decade dude….”

    Mammoth Mountainteam rider, Kimmy Fasani, spent much of last winter and spring filming on the massive mountains in Alaska. Known for its deathly exposure, 2,000 ft. blind rollovers, gargantuan cliffs, slough the size of a wave at Waimea Bay and avalanches the size of small cities were all facets that she delt with while shredding these mountains, not to mention the sketchy helicopter landings, hiking along razor sharp ridges and weeks of down time awaiting blue skies. Kimmy rode those mountains with strength, confidence and an innate eye for the aesthetically beautiful. She didn’t shy away from hitting massive features and threw in some tech tricks in hairball conditions. Simply put, her video part showcases some incredible snowboarding.

    Last week Transworld Snowboarding hosted its annual Rider of the Year party in Denver. With the entire industry looking on, Kimmy Fasani won Women’s Rider of the Year. While it’s not fair to say her win was expected, it says something when the entire audience nodded in agreement and jumped to their feet in applause after Spencer O’ Brien announced her name.

    Kimmy’s passion for snowboarding, infectious positive attitude, advocacy for our environment, unstoppable work ethic and leadership for women’s sport makes her an incredible asset to have on our team of Mammoth athletes. Congratulations Kimmy on an amazing year.

    - Gabe Taylor

     


  • S Rail Build

    by Unbound Staff | Dec 14, 2016



    These guys make schlepping a 42-foot S rail around the mountain look pretty easy. 



  • Mammoth Athletes Ripping

    by Unbound Staff | Dec 07, 2016



  • Unbound Express

    by Unbound Staff | Dec 03, 2016

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    Chair 6 changed the game of freestyle skiing and snowboarding and as part of the 20th Anniversary of Unbound we’d like to pay it the respect it deserves. What makes the newly named Unbound Express so special?

    1) Location, location, location. Not hidden off on some obscure area of the mountain, our original park chair is directly in front of Main Lodge for all the world to see.

    2) Main Park. It’s right underneath the lift so you can watch all the action as it’s going down. You can watch Shaun White boosting in the pipe, Brandon Davis triple corking bottom jump or Scott Blum gapping the large flat-down at the top of the park, all from the comfort of the chair lift.

    3) Speed. At just a hair over 2 ½ minutes the Unbound Express gets you to the top of Main Park and Forest Trail in a hurry. No messing around here, if you want to hot lap, this is the spot.

    Here’s to you Unbound Express, enjoy the new paint job!

  • Weekender w/ Halldor

    by Unbound Staff | Dec 02, 2016




    Halldor Helgason is one talented and creative snowboarder. At Superpark 20 he thought it'd be fun to do a shifty over the massive 90'+ Mammoth Unbound jump. This is about as technical of a straight air as you could ever imagine.