It was a one-storm wonder. A massive atmospheric river event that hit the west coast of the United States like a firehose and didn’t let up for 72 hours. The California Sierra took the brunt of the record breaking storm, and in its wake the mountains from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth were covered in 3-5 feet of dense snow.
Had it been January the storm would not have been as notable. But it was only the last week of October! Or as we donned it, SHREDTOBER!!!
Jeremy Jones and the Jones team took full advantage of SHREDTOBER. They hit an epic opening day at Mammoth Mountain on October 29th, and then spent Halloween weekend tagging lines in the Mammoth backcountry.
It was a season opener we won’t soon forget, and in celebration, we’re thrilled to share some spooky SHREDTOBER stoke. Start the journey with a poem from Jeremy Jones, and then feast your eyes on a slasher flick and photo gallery.
Poem by Jeremy Jones
A slamdance with nature, bending the trees and burying the leaves.
Three-to-five feet, speechless and stuck, I can’t believe my luck.
We are timid and travel is slow. Warm temps and sun settle things low, and soon high north is a go.
The low elevation thrashing is rewarded with high mountain slashing.
Haunted Hallways, sloughy and dark, cast their spell and early we start.
We try to go slow, but how good is the snow!
Timid at first, we find our flow, finally quenching our summer thirst.
Spooky scenes from Shredtober
Video by Greg Weaver, photos by Andrew Miller