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June Mountain - riding J1 chairlift down

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Hello epicski skiers!

 

For those familiar with June Mountain in Eastern Sierra, is it possible to ride J1 chairlift down to the parking lot? Looking at the trail map, it appears that the easiest trail down is blue. I will have my 6 year old daughter who just started skiing and she is not on blues yet.

They advertise as a family friendly resort, so I am wondering how other families with small children get back down?

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 9

Paging @agreen .

 

Might also ask in the ongoing thread for Mammoth:

http://www.epicski.com/t/142494/mammoth-mountain-for-2015-2016

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Hello epicski skiers!

 

For those familiar with June Mountain in Eastern Sierra, is it possible to ride J1 chairlift down to the parking lot? Looking at the trail map, it appears that the easiest trail down is blue. I will have my 6 year old daughter who just started skiing and she is not on blues yet.

They advertise as a family friendly resort, so I am wondering how other families with small children get back down?

 

Thank you!

 

Yes you can ride it down. Its a small double unless they have upgraded it since the last time I was there. Just make sure you talk to the liftie so they can slow it down for your daughter when loading.

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Yes you can ride it down. Its a small double unless they have upgraded it since the last time I was there. Just make sure you talk to the liftie so they can slow it down for your daughter when loading.


Thanks.  I was wondering this too and will be there with my small children over Christmas Break.

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Yes you can ride it down. Its a small double unless they have upgraded it since the last time I was there. Just make sure you talk to the liftie so they can slow it down for your daughter when loading.


Absolutely.  Much of the time nothing on the face below the lodge is skiable. Like most of the past 4 seasons.

 

The question posed by NM is one of June's obstacles to success. Marketing June to beginners and families makes perfect sense.  But that ancient J1 chair can be off-putting to newbies. 

 

Dave McCoy had the QMC tram installed in the 1980's to take skiers up and down the face of June, but unfortunately the the Yan design was flawed and it was removed after the 1995 accident at Whistler. 

 

Putting a modern lift there should be a priority but June's skier visits have been so low that it's hard to justify the cost.  Nonetheless, after the controversy of June being closed during 2012-13, MMSA announced a plan to put in a new lower lift and beef up June's snowmaking.  However, the money to do that must come from MMSA operating income, and we all know that has been way down the past two seasons.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 12/1/15 at 7:36pm
post #6 of 9

Oh boy, that ride down is a bit hair raising! But as Tony stated above, is often the ONLY way down for everyone. I rode down it with my daughter who was 6 at the time and I made sure we just looked out in the far distance. Fun mountain, enjoy if you do go!

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I rode down with my wife in a blizzard once. We held on to each other for dear life the whole way down. So romantic :D

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Thread Starter 

Thank you for all the replies! I have never down ridden a chairlift before, and a rickety old 2 seater going down steep face sounds terrifying to me, let alone my very timid 6 year old beginner skier...am I overreacting? Skiing there vs Mammoth would save us a lot of money and hassle with parking/crowds....they advertise themselves as a family resort..how bad is that ride down? Is there at least a bar on that chair?

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Yes, there is a bar on the chair, thankfully. My daughter actually thought it was fun. I had her focus on the horizon and talked it up as fun (I was scared--I hate heights) so we had fun with it. I'm sure they'd love to put a gondola there, but I'm also sure the funding is not there to do so.

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