The U.S. Freeskiing and Snowboarding teams gathered recently for a spring training camp at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. Mammoth is open with limited operating chairlifts through Memorial Day weekend, but the team training camps were held on a private park and pipe.
One reason we think Scotty Lago is one of the best snowboarders on the planet are his well-rounded talents. From Olympic sized airs in the halfpipe to progressive backcountry freestyle with the likes of Travis Rice, the man can ride it all.
Tom Wallisch at the recent U.S. Freeskiing team training camp at California's Mammoth Mountain. With the Winter Olympics approaching next February in Sochi, Russia, this summer marks a crucial training period for athletes.
Is there a limit to how many rotations Colorado phenom Eric Willett can huck? With the skill and attitude to conquer, this Olympic slopestyle hopeful cranks one off a perfectly sculpted Unbound kicker.
Torin Yater-Wallace gets towed to the top of the halfpipe at Mammoth. "It would be an unreal opportunity to compete at the Olympics," Yater-Wallace says.
Can you say "двойной пробкой"? That's double cork in Russian. Whether or not the literal translation applies to snowboarding or something altogether more suspect, Scott Lago will no doubt be throwing his good ol' American version.
U.S. Freeskiing coach Andy Woods films athletes from inside a shaded tent.
Jamie Anderson, Hannah Teter
Jaime Anderson and Hannah Teter enjoy the California sunshine amidst the action provided by their own private halfpipe. It appears they have been working on their tans just as hard as their frontside 9s.
Joss Christensen is one of few American skiers who competes in both halfpipe and slopestyle. "I do prefer slope over pipe, but it's a close match," he says.
Many ancient cultures burn sage brush in sacred ceremonies to cleanse the soul. Whether or not Sage Kotsenburg requires purification is TBD, much like his spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
A private training facility like the one provided near Chair 5 on Mammoth Mountain allows riders from the U.S. Freeskiing and Snowboard teams to sneak in some late season action before the snow melts.
Kass, Lago, Davis
Danny Kass: "Scotty, if you podium in Sochi please keep your medal at chest level or above. Danny, stay off your quad this winter. Cool? I'd like to hang out but I've got a Dingo to feed. Good luck, boys!"
That's not a Pear Tree but a Lodgepole Pine skirting the side of this private booter. That is, however a high-flying Partridge who goes by "Andy," a candidate to receive a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for Christmas.