RAW: Mammoth Mountain's Pam Murphy retires

Longtime Mammoth Mountain Ski Area executive Pam Murphy, a fixture at the ski resort since 1973, announced today, April 15 that she is retiring.

“After 40 years with Mammoth Mountain I am moving on to spend more time enjoying life," she said in a news release. "To say I have loved my time here would be an understatement. I’ve had opportunities most can only dream of, made lifelong friends, and learned countless lessons from my co-workers. I am forever grateful for the opportunities given to me by Dave McCoy and Rusty Gregory and am proud to have worked alongside the best in the industry for so many years."

"Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory said, “As Pam's close friend of 30 years I couldn't be more excited for her as she transitions to the next phase of her life and to many new adventures ahead. As Mammoth Mountain's CEO I hate to see her long career with the company come to an end. Pam's unique blend of leadership and management skills combined with her years of operating experience have been instrumental in Mammoth's growth and success. She will be impossible to replace. We love her and we will miss the passion and electricity she brought to the mountain.”

According to the news release, Murphy’s departure 'marks the end of an era for Mammoth Mountain. Since 1973 Murphy has been a literal force of nature at the California resort. Shortly after taking her first job in the ticket office, she saw a need to prioritize and organize company communication, so she worked with Evan Russell to begin the company’s first marketing and PR department. She quickly rose through the ranks to vice president of marketing and sales and in 1998, Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory tapped Murphy with a new role in operations as general manager. With that move, she became the first female general manager for a major ski resort in the country.

"Murphy served on Mammoth’s senior management team for nearly twenty years and in her tenure has overseen many divisions including resort operations, retail, rental, ticket sales, ski and snowboard school, events, hospitality, planning, sponsorships and more. Murphy worked closely with the Town of Mammoth, the environmental community and the FAA and was instrumental in bringing air service to the area. She played a key role in planning and developing Mammoth’s world famous terrain parks and youth action marketing, thereby opening new growth opportunities for the resort. She is also credited with bringing large scale events like Women’s World Cup ski races to Mammoth. Additionally, Murphy led major construction projects including the remodel of McCoy Station, Top of the Sierra, and many other resort development projects.

Greg Dallas, Mammoth Mountain’s Chief Operating Officer is working on plans to fill the roles left by Murphy, according to the news release.