Oakley Women Test FA12 Tech Outerwear in Mammoth
As many resorts and mountain towns are closing down for the season and welcoming spring, last Monday, a crew of riders and skiers headed to Mammoth Lakes, California for a week on snow to perform the first functional tests of Fall 2012 technical outerwear. While spring riding usually means slushy snow and sunny skies, Mammoth Mountain wasn’t ready to shake winter just yet and provided almost every type of weather imaginable during the week: from bluebird skies, to wind and fog, to a surprise powder day. The varied conditions were perfect for putting the new outerwear to the test; a single day could go from bright and warm to snowy and cold, and the testers were stoked to have Oakley outerwear on their backs, protecting them from the elements
Upon arrival, the crew of testing ladies met up with Oakley Team Riders, Gretchen Bleiler and Marie-France Roy , who were at Mammoth to perfect their Pro Series lines. Gretchen, Marie, and the snowboard testers rolled deep though South Park the first day, meeting up with locals Kelly Clark and Kimmy Fasani for some fun laps. The crew beelined for the triple set of jumps, stretching their limbs attempting crail grabs and tuck knee indys. The new, tailored silhouettes of Marie and Gretchen’s pants allowed for even more style. Taking laps through the halfpipe, everyone was really stoked on the ample venting in their jackets and pants, so they could dump excess heat on the warm day.
The next two days were snowy and windy, so the ladies switched over to low-light Elevate goggles and made their way to the mountains. Tess Weaver, a seasoned backcountry skier, headed out with the men’s group for a touring trip at nearby Convict Lake, where she skied from the summit all the way to the lakeshore. Inner and outer venting on the technical pants Tess wore, allowed her to remain cool while going up the mountain and a new packable puffy layering piece she put on before descending kept her warm while making turns.
The rest of the women went in-bounds, where they followed local Oakley Western US Regional Sales Manager Josh Hoyer around Mammoth, hopping lift-to-lift as chairs were taken off windhold. Some seriously waterproof 2012 pants kept the women dry the whole day as they searched for powder lines. Numerous first tracks were made that day; a quick hike up to a closed chair made for deep Euro-carves through open trees. It was epic, to say the least.
Après ski meant a dip in Mammoth’s hot springs, where the crew soothed tired muscles and toasted to an awesome week on hill. Thanks to Mammoth Mountain and Mother Nature for providing a taste of winter in late April, helping us to test the new fall 2012 technical outerwear to its limits!