June Mountain has been losing money for the past six or seven years, according to MMSA CEO Rusty Gregory.

Citizens and officials of June Lake continue to work on ideas to keep the economy afloat in the face of June Mountain Ski Area’s closure.

A new group called June Lake Revitalization Committee has expanded the effort from a way to keep the Mountain open to many ways to expand recreation and the economy in June Lake without the Mountain.

Supervisor-Elect for the June Lake area, Tim Alpers, said a $100,000 grant from Mono County will go to the Mono Tourism Commission and on to the community of June Lake to help with a number of economic development efforts.

Alpers said that the Revitalization Committee met Sunday and broke into four sub-committees. One, he said, will deal with research into a new operator or buyer for June Mountain. Another committee will look into development of new activities in June Lake. A third committee will focus on work to make the new recreation opportunities function. The fourth committee will concentrate on improving the appearance of the town. All of the sub-committees will report to Patty Heinrich, the main committee co-chair.

Alpers said some of the new recreation possibilities are a groomed cross-country ski trail connecting to Forest Service trails, new snow play areas and a snowmobile concession.

Meanwhile, the Mono Supervisors were expected to consider a letter to Rusty Gregory confirming his willingness to help June Lake by possibly providing a number of things including shuttle bus service from June to Mammoth Lakes, lift ticket packages for June Lake lodging, use of the Chair 5 area for snow play and sledding, a snow cat to groom cross-country ski trails, and use of the June Mountain parking lot for events.

The Mono Supervisors will ask Gregory to meet with them for a more detailed discussion.

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