#273: In Honor of June Mountain: The Late 70s’ and Early 80s’ from the Short Family Collection
As a tribute to June Mountain and all the changes that are going on there right now, here are some shots of the late 1970s and early 1980s at the mountain.
We were going to save these until next winter but since June seems to be the topic of conversation at the moment, we figured now is as good a time as any to share them with you all.
June brings back a lot of great memories for everybody. We all know it’s a fun place to ski, but it is also fun to dream of what it really could be.
These are from Randy and Mickey Short’s collection of 35mm slides. They both worked there from 1978-1988 and this collection shows a lot of good memories from that time.
There is a more about Randy and Mickey here, in a post about about the construction of their Mammoth Lakes cabin.
We’ve gone through and tried to identify as many people as we could. If you recognize somebody that we missed, let me know on the Facebook comments and we’ll fill it in.
Also, here is a post we did last winter of the 1960s construction of June.
This is Jennifer, Randy and Mickey’s daughter.
June Mountain Ski School.
In this shot, we’ve got Ed Hoff, Mickey, Tracy Endo and Flatty.
That’s Mickey in front, and Tracey Endo on the right.
June Lake, Gull Lake and Mono Lake.
Interlaken is the condo project on the far side of Gull Lake. As you can see, it used to be the only thing around. I think they were built around 1981 by Bud Hayward.
This is the conference center at the bottom. It was the ticket window and inside was The June Saloon,
a bar and grill at the base. On the left is J5, and J1 on the right. J1 used to load just to the right. When we took over, we moved the base of the lift down to the parking lot. J5 used to have a ramp about 500 feet up where skiers could get on and off. There were also lights on the towers on J5 and they had night skiing there from about 4-8 p.m.
Steve Hayward, Bud’s son, started the night skiing operation there. There was no night life in June so he figured this would be the place to be after dark. A small group of people skied most nights, and a lot of others sat at the bar below and watched.
Night skiing was free with a day lift ticket, and the night ticket was just a few dollars.
Here’s another shot of Interlaken, just across from June Mountain.
In this shot, we’ve identified Debbie Seabald. Recognize anybody else?