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June Mountain closed for 2012-13 winter season

Special to the Tribune

MAMMOTH, Calif. – June Mountain will not operate this summer and for the upcoming 2012-13 winter season, Rusty Gregory, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Chairman and CEO, announced in a press release Thursday.

“June has operated at an annual deficit each year since its purchase in 1986,” Gregory stated. “It is time to invest some of this subsidy into the analysis and planning required to position the resort for a sustainable future, then secure the approvals and financing required to create it.”

Mammoth purchased June Mountain in 1986 with the idea of significantly increasing the size of the resort by building new facilities, extending new runs to the June Lake Village, and fostering additional developed ski areas along the San Joaquin Ridge, resulting in a connection between Mammoth and June Mountains. According to the press release, for a number of reasons, these plans were never realized, forcing June Mountain never to reach the potential that Mammoth Mountain saw in it 26 years ago when it decided to purchase it. June also required substantial financial subsidy from Mammoth on an annual basis. Mammoth Mountain said in the release the cessation of operations will help the company dedicate its focus to a new future for June Mountain.

In the weeks to come, Mammoth said they will be working to determine if and to what extent the mountain can absorb June’s year round workforce. Mammoth Mountain will continue to offer world-class skiing, snowboarding and summer activities for locals and visitors to the region.

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