June Mountain sets opening date

junemountainWhat a difference a year has made. Last year, Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory announced closure of June Mountain for the season. Residents of June Lake were hit hard. Now, word is out that June Mountain will re-open December 14th, weather permitting.

According to a press release from Mammoth Mountain, June will offer free skiing and riding for children 12 and under, every day, all season long. June Mountain will be open seven days per week. The press release says that the free entry for kids comes “as the resort focuses on the beginner and intermediate experience.” The release says the resort will also offer first time beginner packages for substantial discounts. The resort press release says that Mammoth Mountain Pass holders will ski June for free.

June Mountain General Manager Carl Williams is quoted as saying that personally and on behalf of the community, “We’re really excited to see those lifts turn again.” Williams called June Mountain a great place to learn, be comfortable and have fun.

According to the news release, upgrades to Chair 1 and snow making infrastructure are still in the planning phases with information available after the opening.

It was last July that CEO Rusty Gregory announced closure of June Mountain based on finances. He said June was losing $1.5 million per year. Gregory said the Mountain’s lenders pushed for a better financial picture. Since that time, residents of June Lake and others have fought hard to get June Mountain back, including attempts to discourage Mammoth Mountain’s land trade until guarantees for June Mountain came forward.

In April, Gregory did go public with his plans at a Mono Supervisors’ meeting. He also said his new management team would focus on June Mountain along with Mammoth.

 

 

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10 Responses to June Mountain sets opening date

  1. Ice Cream Bob September 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    No news on a June season pass?

     
  2. Todd September 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    It would be nice if Mammoth Mountain also offered free skiing for children 12 and under….currently I believe it is 6 and under that is free.

    Look forward to taking the kids to June this year!

     
    • sugar magnolia September 12, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      I assume you are aware that local school children up through high school ski/ride for $5 (I think its still $5). I would never expect JM to offer free skiing to youths under 12. Perhaps half price with a paying adult would be a good marketing scheme. They do have to try to make money after all.

       
    • Mark September 12, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      I discount ticket for the cash strapped father purchasing 3 or 4 child tickets would be nice, and I’m not speaking of myself. My kids are all grown up 😉

      When Dad’s take their kids skiing they are succuring MMSA has skiers in the future.

       
  3. Mark September 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Todd you obviously don’t get it and haven’t been following along

     
  4. alice September 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    do you have a link to the press release, Benett?

     
  5. alice September 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    I found it, Benett. http://www.powdermag.com/stories/june-mountain-announces-dec-14-reopening-following-closure-in-12-13/

    It’s curious that none of this has been announced in the June Lake community. But it sounds like they have some good plans. I hope they market them.

    I like the hat-tip. “Since that time, residents of June Lake and others have fought hard to get June Mountain back, including attempts to discourage Mammoth Mountain’s land trade until guarantees for June Mountain came forward.”

     
  6. Desert Tortoise September 12, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    A lot fewer comments on all the articles now.

     
  7. Michael September 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    “According to the news release, upgrades to Chair 1 and snow making infrastructure are still in the planning phases with information available after the opening.”

    That’s great to hear. If the paper work process to the Forest Service for these improvements are inititiated in January, then what was promised will be delivered. I’m looking forward to seeing some marketing if that’s still in the cards.
    Positive direction feels good, I’ll tip my glass for that to continue tonight!

     

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