A short history of June Mountain.
In 1960 Bud Hayward leased the land. Resort opened in 1961.
25 years later Bud needed to sell. He sold to Dave McCoy.
Dave McCoy purchased with the intent of creating access between June and Mammoth to connect the two.
Dave McCoy and forrest service couldn't come to an agreement.
Starwood purchased Mammoth in 2005 and Rusty Gregory became in charge.
05/06 was an ok year, not a huge loss, but 06/07 was horrible. June was open 1 month. They had huge losses. Since, and even before, June has operated at around a 1.5 million a year loss.
At the moment, it would cost a huge sum to restore june back to nature. Mammoth doesn't want to do that.
It would also be a bad idea to sell cause that area has some wicked terrain if it can be further built... but this is of course something the forrest service dose not want, nor do the people of June.
So now, Mammoth, after operating 6 seasons at a loss and hitting the harshest economy it's seen yet, decided to close so that they could find a viable business plan.
Ideal, Mammoth could work with the forrest service and have a set up similar to the squaw/alpine meadows thing. Where June the town wouldn't be massively affected as far as development goes, but the resorts would become connected and there would probably be some sort of smallish mountain run lodging that would go in be cause god knows there would be an insane uprising from June if they tried to put in a "village."
So that's what is going on.
I got this email today in response to the one I sent earlier.
Thank you so much for your kind words and support. All of us here at Mammoth Mountain are truly heartbroken to have to make this kind of decision, and we know that many of our guests feel the same way.
We have every intention of re-evaluating and changing June Mountain for the better during this hiatus, and hope to be able to re-open a better mountain with an even greater guest experience than before.
Thank you for your wonderful suggestion on setting up a site where we can keep the public informed about the project and foster positive discussion, and even setting up something with the community to help support the businesses affected by the decision. I will absolutely be passing those ideas on as we move forward with plans for the future.
Thanks again for your support. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or concerns.