CEO Confirms June Mountain Plans

rustyjune2The last time Rusty Gregory stood before the June Lake Citizen Advisory Committee he had to deliver some extremely unfortunate news. However, at the meeting that took place on November 5th at 7pm in June Lake, the Mammoth Mountain CEO was in high spirits as he announced that June Mountain would open on December 13, 2013. In an hour and fifteen minute long presentation, that included a question and answer portion, Rusty would go on to submit a three point plan for June Mountain and introduce Mammoth’s reorganized Executive Management Team.

The presentation began with a slide that laid out the three point plan for June Mountain, point one being that the mountain would reopen for the 2013/14 Season. The other points are to “submit a project proposal for snowmaking expansion and a lift up the face in January of 2014,” and to, “work with the community to develop a plan to increase the number of transient units available in June Lake.” Mr. Gregory left the expansion of these points to the new management team at Mammoth Mountain who he assured, “would be involved and accountable to June Mountain.”  What Rusty does say is that, “Mammoth is not the best place for families.” He goes on to credit this to the fact that people visiting Mammoth ski fast and party hard.  With that in mind, they have decided to market June differently.

June Mountain, with the resources of the Mammoth Mountain Marketing Department, is targeting their advertising efforts to, “families with young children.” And the number one way they are doing this is by letting children 12 and under ski free all season long with absolutely no black out dates.  O’ to be young…sigh. Another way they plan on marketing to families is by bringing back June’s beloved mascot, Bucky, and integrating him with Woolly and friends. June Mountain will primarily be focusing on programs that will occupy a child’s whole day and bring the family together. The Mammoth Mountain Marketing Team hopes that they can change the perception in Southern California that June Mountain’s sole purpose is to accommodate Mammoth’s overflow.

While June may be marketed differently than Mammoth Mountain, the Executive Management Team made it clear that, “June Mountain is opening up with the full might and support of Mammoth Mountain Resources.” During the question and answer portion, the June crowd seemed relatively grateful to Rusty and the rest of the Mammoth Team and they certainly appeared excited about the prospect of reopening.  Many rumors were dispelled that night and Rusty Gregory assured those in attendance that the, “only way June closes is if we get no snow.”

Some more fun facts:

-Opening Day at June Mountain is December 13 and tickets are just $10 with all proceeds going back into the community.

-June Mountain Passes will be valid at Mammoth Mountain after April 20, 2013.

-College passes are $99.

-Local Pass Sale going on at Double Eagle in June Lake Saturday November 9, 2013


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16 Responses to CEO Confirms June Mountain Plans

  1. SierraFan November 7, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    The plan is in! Now to bring the overnight skiers in the lodging community, developers and current condo owner’s can look forward to doing more than just surviving… if that!

    • Dingo November 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      …and remove the “Don’t Mammoth June” sticker from your car.

  2. SierraFan November 7, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Sorry guys, my grammar went haywire!

  3. Hans November 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Does Mammoth actually own enough water rights to expand snowmaking an any meaningful way?

  4. Skigiggle November 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I was at the meeting. Everything that RG and his crew said was very positive. It was a little discomforting that Rusty did not allow the other speakers to take any questions, just Rusty took a limited amount of questions. The proof will be in his actions. Also, I for one will NEVER remove my “Don’t Mammoth June” sticker!

    • Dingo November 8, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Have you ever heard the phrase “bite the hand that feeds you”?

  5. ferdinand lopez November 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    dont mammoth june?you mean dont make june successful?sorry tree huggers,you cant have your cake and cuddle squirrels too

    • alice November 9, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      such garbage. the only way some people feel good is to misrepresent others. It’s a common affliction.

  6. Tony Cumia November 8, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    In the last year I have sold over 1000 of those stickers.

    Im am hardly a tree hugger.
    When we came up with Don’t Mammoth June has nothing to w/ ski areas. Its a statement about a large corporation coming into a small town, twisting the arms of policy makers[perhaps paying them off],Building huge monstrosities that will be vacant for 7 month/yr and then leaving w/ no accountability…..Look at TOML.
    Rusty talked about getting JM on MMSA’s reservation system. Would the fees made from those reservations go to June Mountain’s bottom line or MMSA’s. Once again it seams ‘the marketing team’ over on the fourth floor is trying to find a way to boost the numbers for MMSA….do you see why we don’t trust him/them?
    The snow making issue is something that they have struggled w/ for years…it has nothing to do w/ water rights. There is a collecting pond up by ch 7 that is very small and dependent on the snow that melts up there.[kinda like the pond up by McCoy Station] when the water is gone, snow making ceases.
    For years they have drilled test wells to no avail.and it would be too costly to pump up the mountain from the base because of something called gravity.
    I don’t buy the ‘town needs more beds’ argument. When the mountain is packed[usually Christmas wk and prez wknd], there are still plenty of rooms available in town. I’m so sick of outsiders that don’t live here preaching us about the direction we choose to go.

    • Ken Warner November 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm #


      You really do see the big picture. People like you are so rare.

      The people here in Mammoth Lakes see the results of the rape by big developers every day and they still don’t get it. They even want more.

      Keep up the good fight Tony.

    • alice November 9, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      The best that can be done is to wait and see. It isn’t any wonder that many are skeptical. I am hoping, as I said at the meeting, that locals will be able to participate in the “vision” making. That’s a good way to get people to buy in, which presumably is what they want.

    • Mark November 11, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      To costly? Mountain High, and Snow Summit pump water to the top of their mountains from the base.

      • Tony Cumia November 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

        your wrong- actually they both have snow making ponds That are refilled at a very slow pace via regular water lines[very low pressure]…Besides they do what it takes to make money….marketing,upgrades,deals,snow making…something June hasn’t really been doing too much of for the last 20 yrs. Google Earth it…see those little lakes up by the top of the main chairs?….snow making ponds.Mt Baldy doesn’t open w/ out natural snowfall because…you guessed it- no snow making ponds
        .Snow Valley has one…..its up by the wall… doesn’t make economic sense to pump up hill…talk to any hydro engineer about what it would take[cost wise] to move a volume of water 1000 feet up hill at the flow rate needed for the snow guns.

  7. ferdinand lopez November 8, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    wow,thats alot of whining for someone who makes money off of opinionated decals

    • Tony Cumia November 9, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      no whining, just factual opinions for those like you that don’t have a clue about June Lake……I didn’t say I made money w/ those stickers…just enough to cover the cost of having them made.I was making a point to how popular they are. Freedom of speech is a bitch when you don’t agree with the speech.

  8. Trouble November 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Personally I like the Mammoths this way stickers. I get a real kick out of the directions.


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