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After a one-year planned hiatus, June Mountain Ski Area will re-open for the 2013-14 winter season, CEO Rusty Gregory said Monday.
â€śWe're going to open it up,â€ť he said during an interview. â€śWe submitted our operating plan to the Forest Service and now weâ€™re waiting for approval, and part of that operating plan is letting them know that we intend to open it as normal for the 2013-14 season.â€ť
It is in essence a re-launch of the ski area, which is owned by Mammoth Mountain. Gregory said Mammoth would take the year to more clearly hone June Mountainâ€™s mission and to target its marketing base.
â€śCarl Williams [the general manager of June Mountain] is going to working closely with the community on working to define a more clearly-identified market niche for June,â€ť Gregory said. â€śThat will involve both the Mountain and the community.â€ť
As of now, Gregory said June would be a destination for â€śyoung families.â€ť
What that means in specific terms, Gregory said, is still up in the air.
â€śYouâ€™ll be hearing a lot more of that in the weeks and months to come.â€ť
The news of the re-opening did not exactly achieve the magnitude of the news of its closure for the current 2012-13 season, which was made last spring in the heels of a near-disastrous, snow-starved season for both June and for Mammoth Mountain.
â€śWe haven't made a big deal about it, not because it isn't big news,â€ť Gregory said, â€śbut because we've got a lot of work to do and make sure we have our plan down and approach the community in the right way.â€ť
Gregory made his remarks about June Mountain n a wide-ranging interview that touched on a number of topics, mostly centered on Mammoth Mountain in the days leading up to its Opening Day, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8