Yes, mini pipe is a challenge. The pint-sized tranny that they offer is steep and surprisingly brutal. That’s why Shaun White’s Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge at Mammoth Mountain brought some of the biggest names in snowboarding to do justice to a mean little U-tube. The hobbit of a half-ditch had its tiny hindquarters scrupulously kicked. But mini pipe or jumbo pipe, when you have riders like Sven Thorgren, Eero Ettala, Jeremy Page, Frank Knab, Mitch Richmond, Shaun White, Chloe Kim, and Seb Toots in the fray, things will inevitably get rad.