Kimmy Fasani is one of the leading freestyle riders in women’s snowboarding today. After moving to Mammoth Lakes, California, from Truckee in 2002, her snowboarding career exploded into something she had always dreamed of. Indeed, Fasani became the first female to land a double backflip in the backcountry as well as the park, which was highlighted in Standard Films’ movie “TB20.” On top of that, last year she was named Snowboarder magazine’s Ms. Superpark Standout and was nominated for Rider of the Year, Standout Performance, and Reader’s Choice by Transworld Snowboarding’s Readers Poll.
In Mammoth Lakes Kimmy–who has recently been focusing on making major snowboard films, including Standard’s 2012 movie “2112″–enjoys prime park riding, powder days, and the perks of a mountain town. She lives with her husband, professional skier Chris Benchetler, and they are co-owners of the local business Mimi’s Cookie Bar.
Here are a few of her favorite spots and things in Mammoth:
Spot to ride on a powder day: Chair 22, Lincoln Mountain. This chair has fun steep terrain and usually stays wind-free. If you hop off the groomers and cruise through the trees there’s always a fresh stash of powder!
Place to lap on a spring day: South Park or Main Park. When it’s warm and slushy I head to the terrain parks. South Park has great features to learn new tricks on, and then I head to Main Park to perfect those tricks on bigger jumps. If you’re not into riding park, then I suggest taking ‘top to bottom’ laps on the soft groomed trails. (This means take the gondola from the bottom of the mountain to the top for full mountain runs.)
Place to grab dinner: Toomey’s Restaurant in the Village. This place is easy to access and has an amazing menu ranging from fresh fish dishes, delicious salads, or hearty meat entrees. Their desserts are also top notch!
Place for happy hour: White Bark at the Westin. This restaurant and bar has a great staff and atmosphere. There’s a big assortment of tasty dishes and the bar is stocked with wines, beers, and liquors.
Best family-friendly hangout: Mimi’s Cookie Bar. Mimi’s Cookie Bar is an organic, all natural bakery and frozen yogurt shop. If you call ahead, Mimi will make cookie dough so kids can “create their own cookies” by using ingredients of their choice. Mimi makes a variety of sweets, including cookies, truffles, cupcakes, cakes, and she also offers gluten-free and vegan options daily!
Best Place to grab breakfast: Stellar Brew. This quirky coffee shop has ready-made burritos. It’s perfect for a quick stop on the way to the hill.
Photos courtesy Mammoth Mountain Resorts