June Lake Winter Festival set for Feb. 1-3


Weekend full of activities, including a Triple Threat Triathlon

In spite of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s CEO Rusty Gregory closing the June Lake Mountain Ski area for the 2012-13 season, the June Lake community rallied to put various events together to celebrate other amenities the community offers.

“June Lake is thrilled to be hosting this first-ever Winter Festival as it showcases the wide variety of outdoor winter recreation available here, from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow play and more,” said Ralph Lockhart, June Lake Chamber member and local business owner. “We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to June Lake!”  

One such event includes the June Lake Winter Festival, which is set to launch the first weekend in February.

Events begin Friday, Feb. 1, with registration for the Triple Threat Triathlon (for those who didn’t register online ahead of time at www.Active.com). 

Also on tap will be snowman-making and snow-sculpting prep along Main Street, and a Welcome Party at the Sierra Inn.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, catch the action at the first ever Triple Threat Winter Triathlon—a race that combines cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and laser rifle shooting. When the race concludes, the public is invited to walk through town to view the snow sculptures and vote for their favorites.

Participants can enjoy free promotions hosted by local businesses at the June Lake Village Snow Stroll. 

Families are encouraged to take the little ones to the Family Fun Zone, located at the base of June Mountain and build a snowman at the Snowman Camp, compete in the Family Obstacle Course, Snowball Shot Put or Icicle Javelin games, enjoy the mini sledding hill, music, and grab a hot drink.   The Family Fun Zone is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


More about the Triple Threat

The exciting June Lake Triple Threat Winter Triathlon is a new event that will test athletes’ prowess at snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and laser rifle shooting.  This competitive race will take place at the Junction of Hwy. 395 and 158 and will provide fast-paced fun for both participants and spectators. 

Novice racers are encouraged to give the Triple Threat a try. 

Race divisions include Kids 12 and under, Young Adults 13 – 18, Adults, Seniors, and there’s also a Relay option. 

Cost to participate is $30 per adult, $15 per child and/or for Relay racers. 

To register for the Triathlon, go to www.Active.com and enter the keywords “June Lake Triple Threat” or drop by the June Lake Info Kiosk at the Junction on Friday afternoon between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Last-minute participants can sign up on Saturday morning before 9 a.m. at the Kiosk. Racers are encouraged to try out the course or practice shooting on Friday between 2 and 4 p.m. 

The popular band Jelly Bread will perform at 7 p.m. at the Double Eagle Resort where there is plenty of parking.

For visitors staying in Mammoth Lakes, hop on the free shuttle bus that runs during the day between Mammoth Lakes and June Lake.  A shuttle schedule is posted at www.visitjune.com/transportation.