May 31, 2007
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA - (News Release) - Thanks to a loyal Mammoth Mountain skier, when Mammoth opens for the 2007/08 ski season, it will invite skiers and snowboarders to "take a ride on Cloud Nine" for an all new experience at California's favorite mountain resort.
For the first time, Mammoth invited visitors to submit ideas for the new lift's name through an online contest. The ski area welcomed unlimited entries. Nearly 5,000 entries were submitted in the month of May to name the new 6-pack chairlift currently under construction. More than 50 people submitted the winning name of "Cloud Nine Express."
The grand prize winner is Glen Conaway from San Diego, who was the first person to submit "Cloud Nine Express." Conaway is an MVP Passholder who has been skiing Mammoth for 18 years.
"The definition of Cloud Nine is a phrase meaning happy, euphoric, or high. That's the feeling I get as I am going up Chair 9, literally in the clouds," said Conaway.
Cloud Nine Express is replacing Mammoth's legendary double-chair - a project that is costing $6.5 million. The new Doppelmayr lift will whisk skiers from the Eagle Lodge side of the mountain to 10,371 feet near Dragon's Back in just over six minutes, providing access to hundreds of acres of intermediate and advanced terrain and cutting the ride time in half.
Originally installed in 1969, the fixed-grip two-seat chair is famed for deep powder and runs like Dragon's Back and Ricochet. Cloud Nine Express services the secluded and often uncrowded eastern slopes of Mammoth Mountain. The new lift will provide quick and efficient service, enable the lift to operate under more acute weather conditions and give more skiers the opportunity to enjoy some of the best terrain Mammoth has to offer.
Winds can be strong as weather blows in over Mammoth's east side. The heavier six-passenger lift is being installed instead of a quad lift to allow it to operate in higher winds. The six-pack chair is heavier and more stable in the wind, so the Lift Operations team anticipates more full days of operation.
For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.