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Mammoth Mountain received a foot of snow from a storm earlier in the week, which allowed the ski resort to open this week instead of next. (Pravin Premkumar / Flickr)
Photo: Pravin Premkumar / Flickr

Mammoth Mountain Opens Earlier Than Expected

Mammoth Mountain, in Mammoth Lakes, California, opened for the season on Thursday, one week ahead of schedule, according to NBC. The base of the mountain received a foot of snow from a storm earlier in the week, while the summit got 2.5 feet.

IAAF Cancels Annual Award Gala

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) awards ceremony was canceled after former IAAF president Lamine Diack was arrested in connection with alleged bribes related to doping tests, Sports Illustrated reported on Thursday. The Russian Athletics Federation allegedly paid Diack $220,000 to cover up positive doping test results. The IAAF World Athletics Awards Gala, held in Monaco, honors athletes and coaches each year. It was to be held on November 28.

E-Bikes to Be a Part of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic

The annual Sea Otter Classic bike festival will include an e-bike event in Monterey, California, on April 15, 2016, VeloNews reported on Friday. The e-bike race will last one hour on a course that will be a mix off terrain seen in cross-country mountain biking and short-track racing. Registration for the event is now open.

Watch This Weekend: 73-Year-Old Pushes to Summit Newly Opened Himalayan Peak

Seventy-three-year-old Bill Burke, the oldest American to reach the top of Everest, is attempting to summit his namesake mountain, Burke Khang, an unclimbed Himalayan peak in Nepal, on Sunday or Monday. Burke Khang, which sits between Cho Oyu and Everest, is one of 104 new peaks Nepali tourism officials opened to mountaineers last year in an effort to increase tourism. You can track Burke’s ascent of the 22,775-foot Burke Khang via this GPS tracker.

The bottleneck from Camp 2 to the summit of Burke Khang. (Bill Burke/Eight Summits)

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