No June?

It's just kind of hard to believe: Mammoth Mountain has abruptly announced they're closing June Mountain indefinitely for feasibility studies. Reading between the lines, this basically looks like a kiss of death. As a ski area, June has much to offer, including powder glades, rolling intermediate terrain, stunning scenery, and incredible sidecountry access. But it's also got the double whammy of being in the middle of nowhere and on the wrong side of the L.A. to Mammoth drive.

June has been owned by Mammoth since 1986. Mammoth says it can no longer 'subsidize' June Mountain, which is an odd way of looking at your own property. Regardless, the parent resort is obviously having troubles of its own, and apparently doesn't view June as either an essential extension or complement to its operations. My heart goes out to June employees and town residents who've just got the news. Times are tough enough as is along the 395 corridor. This is a terrible blow.

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Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents