June Mountain Ski Area is still open contrary to rumors, and the ski liftâ€”at least oneâ€”is still running.
But thereâ€™s no doubt, even with all the masterful grooming by veteran groomers Steve Aldritch and Sam Poffle done after the last real storm in December, that it really has to snow.
â€śWe certainly have enough for the next two weeks,â€ť said the ski areaâ€™s general manager, Carl Williams. â€śThe temperatures at night have been cold, the aspect of the run is good and this stuff they (Aldritch and Poffle) made is indestructible. But four weeks out? I canâ€™t promise that.â€ť
The timing of the drought winter couldnâ€™t have been worse for June Mountain, which was put on the front burner by owner Mammoth Mountain Ski Area as a high priority to reopen and rebrand after MMSA closed down June Mountain all of last winter.
Now, locals are meeting once a week with their county supervisor Tim Alpers to discuss options for the future (see P. 8).
Itâ€™s not that the ideas behind reopening the resortâ€”to cater to families and young skiersâ€”is not a good one.
Itâ€™s a great idea, Williams said.
â€śEverything we are trying to do here, with that, is working,â€ť he said. â€śEverything. Except the snow.â€ť
There has been steady trickle of visitors, mostly young and new skiers, at June, he and Julie Brown, the director for guest services at the ski area, said.
â€śWe are still holding our bonfires, there are still people here, kids who have never skied, who are skiing for the first time,â€ť Brown said.
â€śWeâ€™re just missing the snow,â€ť Williams said.