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June in March

Story by Jason Weinberger March 28th, 2017


This spring I finally made it back to June Mountain, one of my favorite ski spots. From the vertigo-inducing ride to June Meadow Chalet on J1 up to the summit of the resort's eponymous peak via J7, June offers some of the West's most dramatic terrain and scenery.


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June Mountain is a 30-minute drive from its sister resort Mammoth Mountain, soaring above 10,000 feet on a remote Eastern Sierra rise overlooking the beautiful June Lake Loop. June's relative inaccessibility means it is usually empty, as it was on this day when we had the mountain to ourselves.


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June Mountain's reputation as a family resort is well deserved, with miles and miles of wide open rolling terrain. And as we serendipitously learned, Stew Pot Slim's makes for a fun playground under 15 feet of snow: just walk right onto the roof!


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The only downside of our amazing day at June was the fact that I didn't get to sneak off for any tree skiing in some of the best lift-adjacent backcounty in the US. No worries ... I'll probably be doing that with my little guys soon enough!


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Postscript: Take an aerial tour of June Mountain with this awesome interactive trail map:


Footnote: Ricoh GR, VSCO-Pixelmator, March 2017
June Mountain Ski Area, June Lake, CA, United States