What's the best way to get it to snow in an area that hasn't seen hardly any precipitation all winter? Throw a contest! The 10th annual Grenade Games went off in Mammoth, Calif., over the weekend on a bonafide pow day. Here local legend Gabe Taylor lights one up amongst the 30-plus inches of fresh snow that fell in this late, spring storm.
Tom Erik Ryen, a.k.a. "TomTom," was boosting all day chucking very proper methods over the gaps, hips and lurking scenesters -- including event organizer and all-around rock star, Danny Kass-- that littered the custom-built Unbound Park. Funny note: According to Wikipedia the company that Danny and Matt Kass co-founded, Grenade Gloves, produces "extreme sporting gear," along with gloves and accessories. Sweet.
Among the many features available to shred was this picnic table shoved into the top of a mini quarter pipe. Some of the more inebriated participants tried to sit on it. Dustin Craven thought better and popped out a nice Andrecht.
The future is a bright place for one of Mammoth's most stylish up-and-comers, Garret Warnick. Cranking out a mega-tweaked backside 180 Japan was a pleasure to behold.
The Chinese Downhill had to be moved from the top of the mountain due to high winds and low visibility. Local Chris May captured the title of "sketchiest shredder" -- an unofficial title he's held for years in town.
If you were as good as Harrison Gordon youd be able to clear this gap undistracted. A chosen few, for lack of judgment, took that far-end gap wall head on. Fun features like this are expected at this event that has traveled from June Mountain up to Whistler and back down to Mammoth in recent years.
Craven plants while boss man Danny Kass gets the shot. At an event that is purely about the fun of it all even a two-time Olympian has time to stop and Instagram his buddy.
Only at the Grenade Games can you pull off a mixing of disciplines like moguls, dual slalom and a jib park into one race.
Young gun Wylan West butters down a mellow rail at the end of the venue. For the sake of fun, most features were kept fairly mini as if to let everyone know that you don't have to kill yourself to have a good time snowboarding.
Like a Hawk
The Dingo, legendary skater Tony Hawk and Danny Kass stop for a moment amongst the madness. Note the two very suspect lurkers ... um, lurking in the background.
What would the Grenade Games be without good music? The mighty Growlers brought the rock to The Underground at Mammoth's epicenter of nightlife in the Village to round out the event.