Gregory disspells Vail rumors

Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory told the crowd that firm financial requirements led to the closure of June Mountain.

Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory 

Persistent rumors that Vail Resorts will conclude a deal to buy Mammoth Mountain Ski Area prompted a call to Ski Area CEO Rusty Gregory. He said he is not sure where the rumors are coming from and that “There is no offering by Vail and no deal in the works.”

Gregory said he knows the people at Vail and took a trip there a few weeks ago. He said, “I spent time with them on ski industry matters.” He said there is nothing special going on other than running the resort and having good snow.

The CEO went further and said, “We’re not looking to sell.” Asked about the specific rumors that Vail Associates had purchased three houses in Mammoth Lakes and that a Vail corporate jet had been in Town recently, Gregory said, “Vail doesn’t have a jet, and they have not purchased housing in Mammoth Lakes.”

Gregory added that Mammoth Mountain is a “coveted asset for those who want a ski resort.” But, to the rumor that a Vail deal would close at the end of July, he said, “We’re not looking to sell.” We contacted Vail Resorts. A spokesperson in Corporate Communications said, “Thank you for reaching out to us but we have no comment on the matter.”

Gregory had brought up the Vail rumor at a recent staff meeting at the Mountain to also say these are just rumors.

Meanwhile, Gregory said that this season will likely see around 1.2 million visits, depending how the spring goes. Last year, with meager snowfall, the Mountain saw 920,000 visits. The previous year, a record snow year, hosted 1.3 million.

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31 Responses to Gregory disspells Vail rumors

  1. April Woods September 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    You were all wrong. Mammoth Mountain was in negotiations to acquire Big Bear Snow Summit and Bear Mountain resorts; it’s a done deal now and became public knowledge recently.

  2. Old Mammoth Local June 18, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    This is sad.. I have always said leave Mammoth alone !! It’s a southern Calif. Resort ! ..Stop trying to make it something else… the prices are already way to high … all the improvements were not necessary ! …. Customer Service is Bad ..and Customer Appreciation is none existent !! $10 to park..?? $5 to store your shoes in a locker… REALLY..??? I wish Mammoth luck ! they are going to need it 🙁

  3. A one=horse town March 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    From a person who knows what goes on behind the closed doors at town Council meetings, I can honestly tell you that the council kowtows to Rusty Gregory’s commands. When a town manager comes along who is not a yes-man for Gregory, its bye-bye town manager.
    Gregory cleary has way too much power in this, a one-horse town.

    • Mr. Potter/Gregory March 29, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Dave Wilbrecht did a fine job as CAO of Mono County and came up totally from the ranks. No boot-licking, butt-kissing, nothing like that whatsoever.The town grabbed him for good reason. During one heated meeting when Wilbrecht did not agree with Gregory, Gregory said: “You should be fired!”
      This is typical of any power-crazed person who knows he is the boss … of the town.

      Like Mr. Potter in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  4. Bemused March 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    It would be a mistake to assume that Rusty would necessarily even have full-knowledge of/control over a purchase scenario. The Mountain is over-encumbered, and the debt/capital “stack” that effectively own it who would likely dictate any sale scenario. The pending Main Lodge land trade is little-doubt the only reason it hasn’t sold already, as it would theoretically inject enough additional value into the company to convince the current stakeholders to hold-off for the time being on executing a liquidation strategy.

    • Can't compete with Deer Valley March 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      As the economy worsens (and it WILL get worse) with only the richie-riches having all the buying power, I’m sure Gregory would like to compete with such places as Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, where even the lift operators are groomed and snowboarding is prohibited. He’ll always have the usual suspects from the L.A. area who customarily trek up to Mammoth to their condos, but to attract other potentials who still have money … well, … got to get rid of the town blight first and then re-establish the area to attract “the beautiful people” … ain’t gonna happen. This is as good as it’s gonna get.

  5. SierraFan March 29, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    For all the Rusty haters here, if Vail or another ski company buys the resort we’ll lose the hometown feel that comes with Rusty being here. No matter how many here see it, he’s an asset to this community! I get that there’a hard feelings for those that feel he was somehow behind the airport debacle (who knows maybe he was), but if we were all in his shoes as smart business people we might do the same. You can’t fault a person for trying to do what’s best for his or her business. Besides, those working here in town have greatly benefitted from “The Mountain”.

    • Curious March 29, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      “You can’t fault a person for trying to do what’s best for his or her business.”

      Yes I can, especially when that person is an elected official. You may want to brush up on municipal law before you impersonate a butt kissing politician!

      • Benett Kessler March 29, 2013 at 11:33 am #

        Rusty is not an elected official. He’s a business manager and owner.

      • SierraFan March 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm #


        You’re way off base here. He’s a business owner and nothing more. He chose to run this mountain to continue what Dave created. I think he’s done what he’s had to do considering his partner’s in this venture. He’s had to make difficult decisions that ultimately affect his friends which is really tough knowing the backlash that comes from that. Again, most of us would do what we had to do even if it’s not popular in order to profit! Yes, that’s a bad word to many but it is what it is. We would all love to have what he has yet most folks wouldn’t really want the responsibility and negative vibes that comes with it.

        • Curious March 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

          Spin away, but I think you’ve been bought and paid for! Nothing wrong with profiting, profiting illegally is another matter all together!

          • Benett Kessler March 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

            What’s the illegal profit here?

          • Curious March 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

            Depends on ones actions, source of knowledge and of course profit/commissions, Benett. How many previous offers for the dog sled kennel business have ever been made?

            “Politics makes strange bedfellow$”

          • "MTN" message board March 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

            hot+stocks • Mar 16, 2013 12:51 PM
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            Vail to buy Mammoth
            Solid rumors that a deal is done?
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            drstefski • Mar 24, 2013 4:19 PM
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            I would think they are just rumors unless the Mammoth price is right.

            Vail just finished two acquisitions of Afton Alps and Mount Brighton in late 2012 for around $ 20 million. I don’t expect them to expand with out improving these resorts first.

      • SierraFan March 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm #


        Who’s impersonating a politician? And if you call advocating for business then perhaps you should either quit your job and start a business so you can be in the shoes of a business owner for once. If you own a business then try losing money and see why that’s not so much fun.

        • Curious March 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

          Cry me a river!

    • Trouble March 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      SierraFan- you gotta joking. Look at the several hundred people Rusty and company have laid off and hurt is numerous ways. Mammoth and June locals have not gained one thing with thier corporate bottom feeding ways.

  6. andrew March 29, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    Come clean Rusty.

  7. Trouble March 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    i won’t miss hearing more bolony from Rusty’s mouth.

  8. John Starts March 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Please, nice publicity block Sterlicht, put the rumors to bed beore it kills your deal! Vail is a public company folks, do you think Rusty is going to come out and say we have a deal in the works with Vail to manipulate their stock price? Love it how he was saying weeks ago we are not for sale to today saying we are not looking to sell, read between the lines, I say this is more than rumor and Steve H. ,your post is spot on!

  9. John Hernandez March 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Funny, I was driving down 395 a few weeks ago and noticed an SUV with a Vail resorts logo heading south from June Lake Junction toward Mammoth Lakes…I thought, that’s odd….

    • Benett Kessler March 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Another Vail note – the Vail area dog sled kennel tried to buy Mammoth Dog Teams this spring.

      • SierraFan March 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

        Nice piece of information Bennet! Interesting!!!

      • Dingo March 29, 2013 at 8:45 am #

        Tried? Were they not able to follow through with the purchase?

  10. ferdinand lopez March 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    have you been to vail?it is ridiculous,you think only the rich can afford mammoth now,just wait

  11. Steve H. March 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Uhh, hate to tell you but just because Rusty says its not happening right now doesn’t mean its not happening… Starwood promised its investors it would sell by a certain time frame, and that time is past. They are just waiting for a good EBIDA announcement keeping the price high for the mtn and then it will be sold. Vail is the logical conclusion and has the cash to make such a purchase. So no rumors have been put to bed, no one is going to tip their hat, as it would be illegal with letting insider info like that out with a publicly traded company (MTN).

    That said, Vail Resorts will finally do the house cleaning that has been needed for decades….

    • Curious March 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      So what is it if those in the know have made recent stock purchases?

  12. Curious March 28, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Thanks for putting these rumors to bed Benett..

  13. SPAZ March 28, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    We can hope, can’t we?

  14. ferdinand lopez March 28, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    it would sure be nice if the McCoys would buy it back


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