June Mountain ski area
Inyo National Forest
|Nearest city||June Lake, California|
|Vertical||2,590 ft (790 m)|
|Top elevation||10,090 ft (3,080 m)|
|Base elevation||7,545 ft (2,300 m)|
|Skiable area||500 acres (200 ha)|
|Longest run||2 mi (3.2 km)|
|Lift system||7: (2 high speed quads, 4 Doubles, 1 carpet lift)|
|Lift capacity||10,000 passengers/hr|
Upper Sunrise Jib
|Snowfall||250 in (640 cm)|
June Mountain, like its neighbor and current owner, Mammoth Mountain, has traditionally been popular with skiers from Southern California, in part because of its relative ease of automobile access in winter compared to the Lake Tahoe resorts, which are traditionally more accessible to Northern California residents. It is also popular with locals, elementary and high school ski programs, and race teams in the surrounding small towns of Mono County, many of whom depend on the resort for a substantial portion of their winter tourism base.
June Mountain also offers chair lift rides to the chalet throughout the summer and contains hiking trails and other scenic features that are accessible throughout the summer months.
On June 21, 2012, Mammoth Mountain and the Starwood Capital Group announced that they would close June Mountain for the summer and winter 2012–2013 season, after 50 years of continuous operation. An active citizen movement arose in response, raising concerns about both the prospects for sustaining the local communities if the mountain closed. With a new strategy to finally invest in snowmaking, a chairlift, and marketing, June Mountain re-opened for the 2013–2014 season.
June Mountain operates 7 ski lifts, 2 high-speed quads, 4 doubles, and 1 people mover for beginners. In 1996, Doppelmayr retrofitted the two high-speed quads, introducing new grips and other technological improvements. Most of the double chairlifts were built by Riblet and retrofitted by Lift Engineering (Yan Lifts).
June Mountain ski area consists of two mountains, Rainbow Mountain, with an elevation of 10,040 feet (3,060 m), and June Mountain, with a peak of 10,090 feet (3,075 m). Each is serviced by its own high-speed quad, although Rainbow Mountain has an additional double chair. To reach them, you first arrive in the base area, where there is a ticket office and the base of chair J1 (a double). At the top, there are two chairlifts, the beginners' people mover and June Meadows chalet. You can then take chair J6, a high-speed quad, all the way to rainbow mountain summit, accessing cruisers and easier runs. The other option is to take chair J2, an important connector through the ski area. This chair accesses easy runs and one of the two terrain parks, including a 22-foot superpipe. Afterward, you ski down a short slope and reach the base of chair J7, the other high-speed quad. This chair services advanced runs and the larger of the two terrain parks. It also goes to the top of June Mountain. It's a great resort.
Most of the mountain's services are found at June Meadows chalet, at the top of chair J1. Services include a restaurant and a renowned bar. It is also the home of the ski school, a general merchandise shop, and a ski shop, supplying skis, snowboards, and their requirements. Another restaurant on the mountain, "Stew Pots Slim's", located at the base of chair J7, is popular with more advanced skiers, for its location next to the terrain parks and June Mountain's many advanced runs. It serves drinks, sandwiches, soups and chili.
June Mountain has some snowmaking, but it is rarely used, for the mountain averages about 300 inches (8 m) of snowfall per year. It also has a small grooming fleet for the terrain park and trails. June Mountain used to be home to the QMC, or Quad Monocable Tramway, a type of gondola similar to a funitel or funifor. It was built by Yan Lifts (Lift Engineering), but was removed in 1996 due to technical problems. It was bought by Dave McCoy in 1986, owner of Mammoth Mountain. The ski resort is now owned by Mammoth Mountain Ski resort.
- "Mammoth Mountain CEO Announces Sudden Closure of June Mountain". Powder Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- Grasseschi, Wendilyn (July 13, 2012). "Rusty Gregory takes the hot seat over June Mountain closure". Mammoth Times.
- Glazner, Elizabeth (October 28, 2013). "June Mountain ready to reopen on Dec. 13". Inyo Register.