June Mountain in California is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to June Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsJune Mountain is a smaller mountain on the eastern slopes of California's Sierra Nevada range in June Lake, just 20 minutes from its legal owner, the much larger Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. June's main advantage stems from Mammoth drawing large crowds. This allows a more spacious skiing environment on the slopes of June. Skiers can drive the approximately six hours from Los Angeles to June Mountain, or they can fly into the Mammoth/Yosemite airport, about 70 minutes away, via Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and Horizon Air.
The MountainJune Mountain averages 250 inches of snowfall over the course of the annual December to April season. The summit reaches 10,090 feet, with a vertical rise from base to summit of 2,590 feet. The resort has a second peak of 10,040 feet named Rainbow Summit. Although the two summits on June Mountain are more than 1,000 feet below Mammoth Mountain, June still enjoys fine, powdery snow throughout the season. Its longest run tops out at two miles. Snowmaking equipment is available at June Mountain but is rarely used.
Trails And LiftsJune Mountain offers skiers 35 named trails spread out over more than 500 skiable acres. The mountain is serviced by seven chair lifts, consisting of two quads, four doubles and one carpet. The terrain is more readily handled by novice skiers than many other resorts, with 35 percent of runs labeled for beginners, 45 percent for skiers of intermediate ability and 20 percent for expert or advanced skiers. June Mountain was one of the first ski resorts in the nation to offer snowboarding to visitors and still maintains a Terrain Park and Super Pipe, with runs catering to snowboarders of all abilities. The mountain also offers Backcountry and Naturalist tours.
In The NewsAs a smaller, lesser-known mountain, June Mountain tends to draw neither the celebrity crowd nor the most prestigious world ski and snowboard competitions. However, June Mountain did play host to the 2006 California Winter Games and the 2006 Ski Mountaineering Race Series. June also serves as an additional venue for certain competitions in the Unbound Series, traditionally hosted by Mammoth Mountain. The mountain also maintains an events calendar.
CostPrices for events calendar lift tickets at June Mountain can vary based on the type of ticket purchased, the season and the method of purchase. Typical adult one-day lift tickets cost $72, but discounts are offered for multi-day or online purchases. An early season discounted rate of just $30 may apply when the mountain is newly opened, but not all runs may be available. Season passes for June Mountain range from $828 to $120. Lessons for both skiers and snowboarders are available at June Mountain, ranging from one-day beginner lessons at $95 to all-day private lessons for $525. Children's rates are slightly lower. Equipment rentals can be booked online and run $34 for the standard ski or snowboard package rental and $20 for kids.
Apres-SkiThe main hub of apres-ski activity in the area is Mammoth Mountain's resort activities, just 20 minutes up the road from June Mountain. June does offer skiers various dining options, including the casual June Mountain Chalet with its World Famous Antler Bar and simple but hearty Stew Pot Slim's. The June Mountain Sport Shop is the only retail outlet on the Mountain, providing gloves, gear and sundries for skiers.
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The smaller sister of nearby Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain boasts the same powdery West Coast skiing with fewer lines.