OPEN FOR BUSINESS: When times get tough, and profits are not seen, and financial goals are not met, what's a business owner to do? An owner can hang a "closed forever" sign on the front door, lock it, and walk away. But what if the business a) doesn't have a front door and b) is still much beloved by sporty families and people looking to strap on a pair of skis for the first time? Some downtime is taken to consider solutions and then? A reopening. That's just what June Mountain did and is doing. The Eastern Sierra peak has struggled to turn a profit over the years, and management opted to close for the 2012-2013 season to explore what could be done. It was announced on Tuesday, April 23 that the peak, which is overseen by the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, will reopen for the 2013-2014 season. "Mid-December" is the probable week when the proverbial door will be thrown wide once again.
NEW ADDITIONS: "(T)he possibility of a new lift and enhanced snowmaking" may greet returning skiers, says June Mountain general manager Carl Williams. Regardless of fresh additions, the patrons who enjoyed June Mountain the most have to be happy. It was known as a family favorite, and an a-ok place for a first-timer to try out their fledgling stuff (whether that first-timer is a skier or snowboarder).
And, as always, a Mammoth Mountain MVP pass gets a winter maven free access to June Mountain.
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Still need some June-ness closer to, well, June? There's always gorgeous June Lake Loop, which is the mountain's summertime sibling.