Grand Prix at Mammoth Official Recap

Man, whoever they have writing these Mammoth press releases really has a way with words. A regular wordsmith if you will. And hey, for a competition where the most exciting thing in slopestyle was Chaz Guldemond not winning with his first run and a pipe competition where a girl was the “big story” it actually did sound like a pretty fun weekend.

Mammoth Mountain was in prime condition for the final stop of the US Grand Prix tour, held Friday and Saturday March 5-6, 2011. Though wind and falling snow were not the ideal conditions for the qualifying rounds of the event, which had to be rescheduled, the storm left a real treat for competitors and spectators alike. Over the weekend, those in Mammoth enjoyed bluebird skies and tons of fresh snow when not watching some of the best halfpipe and slopestyle riding go down in the event.

On Friday, the slopestyle competition saw incredible riding from the likes of Chaz Guldemond, Spencer Shaw, Brett Esser, Jamie Anderson and more. The course was a unique design for Mammoth, running down the left side of main park and featuring the popular Setup and Bottom jumps. In addition to four jumps and two rail features, there was a unique dance pad feature where competitors were able to really get creative. Both Jamie Anderson and Chaz Guldemond were able to put down winning runs continuing their slopestyle domination this season.

On Friday night, Sal Masekala hosted a party at the legendary Hyde Lounge, where he announced a free concert with Warpaint was to be held Saturday night. Before the apes-festivities could begin though, the biggest show of the weekend, the halfpipe competition, took place.

The pipe was in perfect form and the real story was that some of the biggest air of the day was in the women’s competition. Kelly Clark probably should have competed with the men, throwing down one of the biggest 1080s of the day. The guys were not to be outshined though, and 19-year-old Matt Ladley took home his first major event win in his first run, which included a back 5, front 9, back 9, front 10, cab 10. Local favorite Greg Bretz and previous Grand Prix champ Louie Vito rounded out the men’s podium.

Once nighttime rolled around, the crowd gathered in the village for a free concert, part of Mammoth’s Concert series. After a set by CC, Warpaint took the stage. It soon began to snow and the band’s brand of psychedelic indie rock combined with the flakes to create an almost surreal vibe. The night concluded with an always-insane party at Hyde and those who made it out for the event did not leave disappointed. However, for those who couldn’t make the journey to Mammoth, the event was also live webcast around the world.

Mammoth’s spring contest and concert line up continues with Hyper Crush on March 19th, the Roxy Chicken Jam and a show by Trouble Andrew and La Roux March 24-27 and Ultimate Boarder April 2nd.