Archive for December, 2009

Mammoth to Host Olympic Qualifying Event January 8-10

December 21st, 2009

Shaun White celebrates winning the Olympic halfpipe gold medal in 2006 at the Turin Games in Italy.

Mammoth Mountain will host part of the qualifying competitions on the weekend of January 8-10, 2009 as part of the Grand Prix Series of snowboarding. The Grand Prix Series determines who the US will be sending to the Winter Olympics this February in Vancouver British Columbia. The series has already started at Copper Mountain, Colorado on Dec 11-12 with american men & women taking 5 of the 6 podium spots. The final decisions will be made in Park City on the weekend of January 22-23.

I bring this up because this event coincides with our next student trip to Mammoth, this will be a great opportunity to see some of the best in the world competing right in front of the Main Lodge.



Photo: Shaun White celebrates winning the Olympic halfpipe gold medal in 2006 at the Turin Games in Italy. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

DSES Opens Thrift Store in Mammoth

December 21st, 2009

     Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra has opened a thrift store at the Mammoth Mall in the corner behind the Chart House on Old Mammoth Road. Bernhard had the opportunity to check out the store on the last trip. His son Lucas had an ‘equipment malfunction’… one of his boots broke. After checking the rental rates Bernhard made a quick trip down to the store & was able to pickup a pair of used boots at a very reasonable price, cheaper than renting for the weekend.

     Bernhard also mentioned that there is quite a variety of items available from clothes to equipment. This is a great resource for families or someone just starting out, follow the link below to find out more about it.


Second Chance Thrift Store
Second Chance Thrift Store

126 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes,  CA

(760) 924-2474
Wed-Sun 10AM-6PM

December Trip Highlights

December 19th, 2009

Gary sent over some pictures and wrote up some highlights from the trip last weekend. Seems they got a little snow.

      Had an interesting time with the trailer on Saturday. At the end of the day it was buried under about two feet of snow. That wasn’t to bad until a loader came by and left a huge berm of snow (probably about 6 feet) right in front of the trailer. We had to dig about four tons of snow before we could get a possible angle to hitch the trailer. Probably took about 45 minutes to do what we usually do in 10.

     The last picture is from Viewpoint Sunday morning. The snow was pretty heavy and wet, especially in town. It froze overnight and we couldn’t open the doors on the Suburban. The whole truck was coated with about a half inch of ice. It was still snowing pretty hard, with pretty heavy winds Sunday morning. After consulting with Brent and Secretary Bernhard we  decided it would be best to keep everybody in and call it a day. 

     All in all it was a great trip. Al continues to tackle more difficult terrain. Reo and Ia both seemed to enjoy the outing.


Another Lovely Day in Mammoth Snow Day at Mammoth

Brain to Biometric Hand Trials

December 8th, 2009

mano_biomimetica_-_09p (Credit: Campus Bio-Medico di Roma)

I came across this article the other day, they are having trials right now in Italy were an amputee is controlling a biometric hand with his thoughts. He is achieving 95% accuracy at this time with the sensation of grasping objects or making a fist. This technology can’t be that far off to becoming available. This is a fascinating article, it is short & written from a geek’s perspective (Star Wars references)…so check it out. Here is the CNET link;

Man controls cybernetic hand with thoughts

AES Fundraising Luncheon

December 5th, 2009

John Ledbetter had invited us to come & be the beneficiary of a fundraising luncheon at the AES on December 4th at AES where he works. One of AES’s facilities is the power plant along PCH in Huntington Beach. According to John, AES is quite active with supporting local HB causes. They knew John has been a member of ‘The Achievers’ for quite some time so when he suggested having us come in as a beneficiary they were all for it.

John made it very easy for us, he lined everything up for the event on December 4th. AES & Turbine Repair Services supported this luncheon by bring in Marshall’s Bodacious BBQ out of Ventura to provide lunch for all the onsite worker’s. There was a phenomenal turnout. John started by introducing our group & his involvement over the past 14 years. Mac took the mike next to explain the history of the group, Gordon & Casey each took turns with stories of their experiences with the group & Granny was there to lend her continuous support. Gary happened to have the ‘Mountain Man’ Bi-Ski down here so he brought that by. There were pictures from Mammoth & brochures so everyone there had a good understanding of what we do. This was very well done and the result are as follows…this says it all.


From: Susan
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 12:50 PM
To: John; Huntington Beach People
Cc: Eric; Minh
Subject: RE: Lunch Fundraiser


Today was another successful fundraising day, thanks to all of you. The total donation going to Disabled Sports USA O.C. will be $7,028.82. Please be sure to thank your contractors for their continual contributions, without them this would not be possible. I would also like to thank Stu, John, Jason and Bill for all of their help. See you next Friday!



$7,028.82…THANKS JOHN!!!

BBQ Display DSUSAOC Crew Speakers

DSES – Island Extravaganza

December 3rd, 2009

Our friends at Mammoth are having their annual Island Extravaganza fundraiser the weekend of our next student trip. I hear this is always a good time. If you are interested in checking it out here is all the info…


DSES-Island Extravaganza

Canyon Lodge – December 12, 2009 – 6pm until midnight

Join Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra for Island Extravaganza, our largest fundraiser of the year, at Canyon Lodge on December 12, 2009 from 6pm until midnight. This island-themed night of dinner and live music with a raffle and silent auction gives you the chance to party all night long, while supporting Disabled Sports’ nonprofit adaptive programs.

Highlights of this year’s Island Extravaganza include live reggae music by Santa Barbara’s One Two Tree, DJ Shawn Roj and a grand raffle prize of a trip for two to Hawaii!

All proceeds from Island Extravaganza go straight into supporting the rehabilitation of wounded service men and women through the Wounded Warriors program and to providing scholarships for adaptive students. For every $75 we raise, we can give an adaptive ski or snowboard lesson to a student. We need everyone’s help so that we can continue to provide these programs for those who need them most!

Buy Your Tickets Now!

Help Disabled Sports reach our goal of earning $100,000 for adaptive programs while enjoying a night of dinner and live music with raffle and silent auction at Island Extravaganza!

  • Event tickets are $55 each and include dinner, live music, and one raffle ticket.
  • Additional raffle tickets are five for $20 or one for $5 and you don’t need to be present to win.

Purchase Island Extravaganza event and raffle tickets at the Booky Joint and Second Chance Thrift Store in Mammoth or at the Disabled Sports office at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

For more information on Island Extravaganza please call us at 760.934.0791. We hope to see you there!

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