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Mammoth Mountain Lifestyle Photography, Skiing and Snowboarding with the Students from the College in Mammoth

If you come to college in Mammoth, of course you’ll spend a significant amount of time in the classroom.

But you’ll also spend many of your days doing what these guys and girls love doing a few days a week: shredding the mountain and living a healthy, outdoor lifestyle.

At least that’s what we tried to convey with this shoot from last week geared for advertising for the college in Mammoth, as well as its top-notch student housing facility.

I have a feeling there’s not much persuasion necessary though, as this is the life these kids live and it’s awesome.

There’s a bunch of ripping skiers and snowboarders living and studying there, so I figured we’d do our best to get out into some dramatic terrain to show off their skills, as well as the beautiful Mammoth Lakes Basin. We went off the backside of the resort to Dave’s Wave, a massive wind-formed bowl overlooking Horseshoe Lake, Lake Mary and many of the nearby passes and promontories. We built a jump at the bottom of the bowl which the kids sessioned for about an hour, and then we skied down to Twin Lakes to catch the hourly shuttle back to the resort.

After our backcountry foray in the morning, we made our way to Mammoth’s South Park terrain park to hit the rails and jumps. One feature in particular, the Oakley rail, made for some awesome shots with Lincoln Mountain and Chair 22 in the background.

That was it for the day’s shoot. The kids were rad and easy to work with. This was the second of a series of sessions with this year’s crop of students. The first session, The Hot Tubs and Ice Skating Session, is here. Next, I think we’ll do another skiing and snowboarding session before the season is over, as well as an academic session (since that is really the reason they are here, I suppose).

We’ve got two weddings on Mammoth Mountain this weekend and it’s supposed to drop a few feet of snow by Sunday. That should be interesting but couples getting married here are prepared for anything, and the Mammoth wedding crew is incredibly prepared when it comes to plan-changing weather. It’ll be fun for Josh and I to shoot a couple, on their wedding day, shredding two feet of powder.

That’s all for the week. Have a great weekend and look for work from these weddings in the next few weeks.


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