Programs – Education and Athletics
The Independent Learning Center and Winter Tutorial
We are proud to support programs that give the academic rigor and flexibility that student athletes need to thrive on snow and in school through a trailblazing partnership with Mammoth Unified School District. The Independent Learning Center at Mammoth High School combines online coursework with credentialed classroom teaching and to offer a unique blended learning environment.
Teachers and coaches collaborate to create individual learning and training plans that meet students’ academic needs and athletic dreams.
Student athletes must enroll at Mammoth High School and apply to enter the ILC. For more information, please email ILC Program Coordinator Cynthia Hayes.
A subprogram of the Independent Learning Center is the Winter Tutorial. Student athletes not enrolled in Mammoth schools can train and compete with the Mammoth Teams without sacrificing academic progress. Winter Tutorial students follow a set schedule of on-mountain training and afternoon tutoring time using school facilities. At school, students work independently with supervision and guidance from credentialed teachers and experienced tutors at a low student-teacher ratio. Winter tutorial students bring curriculum from their school of origin, and can be also placed in an online curriculum that parallels the content from their home school. Detailed communication between Mammoth staff and teachers and counselors at the student’s home school helps determine the content covered and the support needed while in Mammoth.
Mammoth Team Headquarters
Thanks to the support of Mammoth Invitational donors and attendees over the last three years, the teams and MMCF now have a home on the hill, taking a huge step forward in realizing our dream for a world-class training facility for Mammoth’s athletes. MMCF has funded a comprehensive renovation of the Slopeside Center at Mammoth Mountain’s Main Lodge, which includes a multi-purpose room for slopeside conditioning and team events, study and competition recovery areas, plus new offices for team staff and MMCF.
Scholarships and Awards
MMCF proudly continues the traditions of the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Education Foundation through awards and scholarships for young athletes. In 2013, MMCF partnered with the Kelly Clark Foundation on a new scholarship for student athletes training and competing on the Mammoth Snowboard Team. Award details are on the scholarships and awards page.
School Snow Programs
MMCF wants all children in the Eastern Sierra to experience snow sports. School programs introduce snow sports to many local kids. In partnership with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, MMCF is working to assure that school programs continue to provide low-cost access to rental gear, lift passes and coaching. In 2013, MMCF supported Lee Vining Elementary School’s ski p.e. program.
Partnering with Sierra Cycling Foundation and Footloose Sports, MMCF purchased road bikes for team athletes to use for summer training. A group of a dozen-plus snowboarders and Nordic and alpine skiers train on the bikes with their coaches and complete 50 miles at the High Sierra Fall Century, an event that benefits MMCF.
Education is a cornerstone program for MMCF. Since 2010, MMCF has committed over $600,000 to Mammoth Unified School District. Working together, MMCF and the Mammoth Schools NOW Education Foundation have funded programs, positions and technology that improve in Mammoth’s schools. For the 2013-14 school year, NOW and MMCF are contributing over $300,000 to Mammoth Unified.
Much of that donation comes to MMCF from Mammoth Mountain and its visitors: when skiers and guests stay at Mammoth Mountain lodging or buy a season pass, they have the option to donate a dollar or more to MMCF’s education program.
Providing support for Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Teams is a founding goal for MMCF. Introducing children to snow sports and assuring access to Mammoth Mountain for students in the Eastern Sierra is an important part of our mission, too.