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Photos: Bikinis And Shorts Abound As Summer Skiers Take Mammoth

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When Horace Greeley exhorted his weary Midwestern reader to "Go west young man, and grow up with the country," in an 1865 editorial, he was clearly no stranger to the eternal promise of the American West and its natural bounty. But we doubt even as fervent a booster as Greeley could have imagined the truest bounty of California, which is that someday—a century and a half later—people would be able to not just surf and ski in the same day (as is the oft-cited L.A. maxim), but actually ski in their surf attire.

Behold, the real Los Angeles dream, on full display this weekend at Mammoth Mountain where skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes in bathing suits, tank tops and shorts as historic snow levels coincided with the first heat wave of the year. The resort plans to stay open for business through August (if not later) and as of June 1, there was still about 105 inches of snow at the resort's Main Lodge, and about 270 inches up at the Summit. Meanwhile, highs right now in the area are in the mid-70s, making for positively balmy weather, despite the snow on the ground.

Even Olympic gold medalist and professional snowboarder Jamie Anderson got in on the summer shred action:

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Also this lady in a cowboy hat straight-up "surfing" the mountain:

And this dude who showed up ready for Electric Daisy Carnival:

Editor's note: Yes, we know Horace Greeley did not originate the phrase, but nobody's heard of John B.L. Soule, so what fun is that in a lede?