Remembering skiing legend Dave McCoy, by Andy Geisel

2-24-20  Reminder that a public memorial will be held at Mammoth Mountain Friday 2-28 .

A Day of Celebration in Honor of Dave McCoy

Friday, February 28 with a day of skiing and celebration in honor of Dave McCoy. This day is for everyone, focused on what Dave loved most – skiing.

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“Remembering skiing legend Dave McCoy, who passed away Saturday at age 104. His remarkable career in skiing started in 1942 with a simple rope tow and over the years he evolved it into Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, with some of the best all around terrain in the world.
In 2005, McCoy announced he was retiring after running the ski area for 68 years. He continued to ski until 2008, but stopped due to a knee replacement and his age. McCoy took up photography and used his keen eye to become quite a visual artist.

As of 2018, Dave and Roma McCoy have 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild – a total of 52 descendants.
McCoy turned 100 on August 24, 2015.
He was portrayed by Dabney Coleman in the 1975 movie, The Other Side of the Mountain. His life and career were documented in the coffee table book Tracks of Passion by Robin Morning.

I only met him once or twice, but skied for many years on Mammoth, including a few sets of turns of the run that bears his name.

Many said he’d never pull off putting a ski destination on Mammoth Mountain. McCoy was a visionary. He knew different. The results speak for themselves and are there for all to see … and ski.”

      Sierra Wave Media, thanks Andy Geisel for sharing his thoughts about Dave McCoy.

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4 Responses to Remembering skiing legend Dave McCoy, by Andy Geisel

  1. BLITZOBLOTTO February 24, 2020 at 9:57 am #

    No Hero of Mine , He Privatized what should have been free for all to use . Just another Land Grabbing , elite . Just be grateful he was not able to buy up all the Fishing Spots in Mono/Inyo counties , We would be paying a FEE to enter on top of the State License .

    • Really? February 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

      You do realize that there’s millions of acres that you’re more than welcome to go hike and ski, right?

      • Derek Chubb April 9, 2020 at 7:56 pm #

        Worked on lift crew for 2 seasons in the mid-70’s. Chair 12 one of my beats, used to see him + or Roma coupla times a week. Also, 2nd season lived in a dump just off the main drag with several other knuckleheads. My old VW bug got buried early and the thumb came out. Dave’s pickup could always be counted on, usually with a truckload of MM employees. If you were lucky you made inside but I took a few trips in the truck bed. Nice man, big smile, always respectful with me. Long life well lived. Vaya con Dios

  2. trout junky February 10, 2020 at 3:39 pm #


    RIP Mr. Mccoy


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