#132: Scenes from the old days at Mammoth Mountain

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I hop you all had a great Christmas. I know we sure did.

Here are a few more shots from the early days at Mammoth Mountain. It was a different kind of fun back then. Read along and enjoy.

-Dave

Below is a shot of the Bishop Ski Team, and I think it dates back to the 1940s’.

I’m not sure who each one of these skiers are, but we’ve got Bobby Cooper, Bob Autry, Charlotte Zumstein, Ame Morehart, and Eddie Riley. If anybody recognizes any of the others, let me know.

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Here is a shot of some of us getting a tow up Cornice Bowl behind our old Tucker Snowcat. We used to take that thing all the way to the top of Chair 3, and then we hiked from there. It was amazing how many runs we could get hiking. Before we had the Tucker, we had to hike from the bottom if we wanted to ski the top. 
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Here is an aerial shot of Mammoth before we had built much.
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Here is a shot of Batch working on Chair 1 after a big storm. Somebody is throwing snow toward the camera in the bottom right. 
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In this shot, from 1967, kids from the local schools came up to help us string out the track cable for the upper gondola.
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This was taken from near McCoy Station, which was originally known as Martha’s Mid Chalet. That’s West Bowl and the site of Chair 3 on the right.
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This was a portable batch plant. We had sand, gravel, cement and water–everything that it took to make good, strong concrete. 
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This is the ski patrol crew digging out the bottom of T-Bar 1. We didn’t use the National Ski Patrol–we had our own. 
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Edyth HuttonMay 19, 2011 - 6:34 pm

What fun to see these old photos! I was born in Bishop, and it brings back pleasant memories, including a picnic in the snow, at Mammoth Mountain in 1952.

Last summer at a family reunion, my father (Chuck Hutton), and my uncle (John Churchill) talked about helping Mr. McCoy build some of the first chairs or tows.

Are there any photos on your site that show construction between 1946 and 1952? If so, can you let me know where they are posted?

Thanks!

Edyth Hutton

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