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Mammoth Founder Dave McCoy Is Turning 100

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On August 24th, 2015, Dave McCoy turns 100, and while he no longer runs Mammoth Mountain, he's turned to photography and has been donating his photos to the Mammoth Lakes Foundation to help with fundraising. 

 

Happy Birthday Dave!

 

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Thanks for letting us know about Dave McCoy's birthday.  He is a true pioneer in the skiing industry.  

I read that he continued to ski into his 90's, but had to finally stop due to hip and knee issues.  

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Here are a few photos I grabbed from the web in tribute, mostly from the www.davemccoyphoto.com website:

Dave and wife Roma back in the day:

 

Amazing image by Anne Cusack on the emotional day they sold Mammoth Mtn in 2005:  

 

Dave ATVing with family as he approaches age 100:

Recent photo of Dave and Roma McCoy:

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Proof that skiing keeps you young. Happy Birthday and thanks for your passion and vision. I hope to ski it some day.

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A little bump for Mountain Dreamers...

 

 

It has a nice section on McCoy and Mammoth.

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About 30 yrs ago I skied Dave's run with Mr. McCoy the owner of Mammoth.  He was always a gentleman and loved his mountain.  Nice to hear he is still with us.  Skiing Mammoth in those days you never knew where you'd run into the owner.

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I worked as a dishwasher at Mammoth the winter of 82/83,I was a young 20 year old, one of my fondest memories,other than it being an El Nino year and the year of the earthquake swarms,was riding the t-bar near chair one with Dave McCoy on more than one occasion.Of course everyone new who he was,I was always nervous.He has the it factor,we all no someone who does.I have so much respect for him,the ski area ( and the motocross track ) he built.......Maybe one day I'll be able to tell him how much it's all meant to me.Thanx again Dave for such a wonderfull place.

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I worked as a dishwasher at Mammoth the winter of 82/83,I was a young 20 year old, one of my fondest memories,other than it being an El Nino year and the year of the earthquake swarms,was riding the t-bar near chair one with Dave McCoy on more than one occasion.Of course everyone new who he was,I was always nervous.He has the it factor,we all no someone who does.I have so much respect for him,the ski area ( and the motocross track ) he built.......Maybe one day I'll be able to tell him how much it's all meant to me.Thanx again Dave for such a wonderfull place.

That was one hell of a winter.  I was a bit north of you in Tahoe and it snowed and snowed and snowed!

 

I sent a few month as a lift op in Mammoth a season or so before that.  I remember the place as being very well run.  They also insisted we be clean cut and keep our haircuts short.

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The July/August edition of Skiing History has a preprint of a Ski article from 1964 about Dave McCoy.

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Couldn't find that, but did find this...

 

McCoy's Mammoth from Skiing Jan 1967

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I worked at Mammoth Mountain in the early 90s, and had such a great experience.  But the memory I remember most was trying to hitch hike to work one day after a big snow, and a guy picking me up who drive a pickup truck.  Turns out it was Gary McCoy, Dave's son, who was GM at the time.  All the McCoys I met while working there couldn't have been nicer of more humble.  Happy B-day Dave!

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Mammoth has some gorgeous terrain to ski.  Beautiful mountain!

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