Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory will face the people of June Lake tonight in a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors held to discuss the closure of June Mountain Ski Area.
On June 20th, Gregory announced that June Mountain would close immediately and remain closed next ski season. In days after that news, Gregory said that June Mountain had continued to lose $1.5 million per year. It was a loss Mammoth Mountain could not afford, he said. Gregory also made it clear that he has no plans to sell June Mountain.
After the startling news of closure, residents in the area began to speculate on who might buy June and make it a go. Gregory said no one could right now. He described the drop in skier visits to June Mountain from 100,000 down to around 45,000. He said the last six or seven years have seen deficits at June.
In earlier years, Gregory had talked to the June Lake community about the need for a bigger bed base to attract more visitors and the need for more amenities. These plans never took place.
The CEO said that he will meet with the Forest Service to develop a “sustainable vision” for June Mountain’s future. Inyo Forest Public Information Officer Nancy Upham had said toward the end of June that “The Forest Service dos not take this decision by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area lightly, and we will work with the Mountain officials regarding the terms of their permit.” Upham said the Forest Service is interested in a “long-term sustainable operation.”
A special meeting of the Mono Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Tuesday at 7pm at the June Lake Community Center at 90 West Granite Avenue.