After sitting idle during the 2012-13 ski season, June Mountain in California plans to reopen on Dec. 14 for the upcoming ski season. The ski area also recently announced an initiative that will allow children 12 and under to ski free there during the entire season. Owned by the much larger, nearby Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain plans to focus on attracting families looking for beginner and intermediate terrain. Mammoth Mountain season passes will be valid at June.
“Personally, and I think I can speak for the June Lake community, in saying that we’re really excited to see those lifts turn again,” said Carl Williams, June Mountain’s general manager. “Visitors are going to notice a couple changes, but we’re really focusing on what has always made June a special place and that’s the family experience. We have terrain for all abilities and some really great parks, but June’s charm is its accessibility. This a great place to learn, and to really be comfortable and have fun while you’re doing it.”
While Mammoth Mountain must often deal with wind closures during storms, the more-sheltered June Mountain- 20 miles away- has long provided an alternative for such days. The ski area has about 500 skiable acres.