Kelly Clark takes to Mammoth Mountain's Unbound Terrain Park halfpipe airbag. (Mammoth Mountain : Peter Morning)
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA (May 9) – Fifteen of the best riders in the world, including TTR halfpipe World Champion Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT), TTR slopestyle World Champion Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) and top slopestyle rider Eric Willett (Breckenridge, CO), are utilizing the groundbreaking airbag technology at Mammoth Mountain during a weeklong U.S. Snowboarding spring camp. The airbag allows for athletes to attempt new and difficult tricks without the consequence of landing on hard snow, but on a soft cushioned landing in the form of an inflated airbag. In addition to the airbag, U.S. Snowboarding has the run of the award winning Unbound terrain park each morning before the mountain opens to the public.
Some of the top 15 U.S. Snowboarding athletes are training on Mammoth Mountain.
The airbag allows for athletes to attempt difficult tricks and land with ease onto an inflated airbag.
In addition to dryland training and video review, athletes have been treated to Mammoth’s Unbound terrain park as their playground with jumps, a halfpipe and airbags to learn new tricks.
Athletes are able to learn new tricks in a relaxed environment and perfect their current skills.
Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT), Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) and Eric Willett (Breckenridge, CO) are some of the U.S. Snowboarding team that is in attendance.
QUOTES Kelly Clark Mammoth has built us a great set up for spring camp. There is a three hit pipe with the end cut off where we can drag the airbag from the front side wall to the backside wall every other day. There is a lot of progression going down, and we are going to see great things come out of this camp.
Eric Willett Despite the lack of snow Mammoth has really come through to make an amazing training area for us. It’s ideal for everyone to be learning new tricks or perfecting tricks already in their bag. I’m so privileged to be able to attend this camp with my teammates; the weather couldn’t be better either! Mammoth killed it.
Mike Jankowski, U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach The setup that Mammoth has been built for us is absolutely top notch. We’ve been switching air bags from left to right wall each day, that way everyone is able to work on different tricks. It’s been great.
The jump set up is super on point; we’ve got big and small jumps into airbags and a big and small jump onto snow that mimics the airbags jumps, in both takeoff and landing. Mammoth has been working hard and using the elements to their advantage to put together the best set up we’ve ever had for the U.S. team.