Rusty shares employee memo information

rustygregory1Rusty Gregory’s statement this week that he would soon not be running the Ski Area caused concern and questions by many. We asked Gregory if he could comment further. Though out of town, Gregory emailed us the memo he sent to all Ski Area employees Thursday. The memo does offer some further explanation about the big change. It says this:

“The communities of Mammoth and June continue to struggle with the hardships and disillusionment of the last seven years that saw a global financial meltdown, two years of recession, and four years of the worst drought in our region’s history. Jobs were lost, businesses disappeared, a town went bankrupt and a ski area was closed.

As locals moved away, and others were making plans to follow, the world began to change. Business began to improve, jobs were created, new employees hired, home prices began to rise, companies and individuals began to invest. These improving circumstances have been imperceptible to most, but they exist, they are real, and they are harbingers of a bright future ahead.

Our company and our community will not realize the opportunities of the future by employing solutions of the past. It is time for new vision and bold action. It is time to pass the baton to a new generation of leaders who dare to have this vision and possess the audacity to take the big risk, the guts to change the old ways and the energy to do the hard work to transform the opportunities of the future into realities.

While I intend to be your CEO for some time, I am stepping away from ski area operations and business duties that I have been my responsibility since 1995 to make way for a new six member leadership team, including a Chief Operating Officer of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. I will turn my focus on attracting and deploying the considerable resources required for the company and the community to realize its full potential. I am excited to introduce you to this new leadership team and to have you hear the vision for our future and our plans to get there.

Please make arrangements to attend a Mammoth Mountain Ski Area employee meeting at 3pm on June 19, 2013 in MCC.”

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21 Responses to Rusty shares employee memo information

  1. Climate change and skiing June 10, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Stemming carbon dioxide emissions and forestalling global warming is a huge priority for ski resorts, which rely on a consistent climate and steady snowfall for their livelihood. It is predicted that climate change will drastically affect the ski industry over the next 50 years, reducing snowfall, raising the snowline and increasing needs for snow-making operations.

    Consequently, U.S. ski areas are lobbying Congress for a mandatory CO2 cap to slow global warming. In addition to lobbying activities, ski resorts are taking an active role in greening their own industry, investing in renewable energy credits and implementing recycling programs.

    According to the National Ski Areas Association, more than 60 resorts across the country are investing in renewable energy credits to offset the energy used in their operations and their CO2 output. Resorts are also instituting recycling programs (which often present challenges to resorts in remote areas without recycling facilities), and many participate in the “Sustainable Slopes” program, championed by the NSAA.

    • Ken Warner June 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      That’s all good and proper and I’m glad the ski industry is doing what they can. But it’s way too little and way too late.

      Even if all anthropomorphic CO2 was stopped from being released, the current levels of CO2 will remain for hundreds of years. And we are actually increasing the rates of CO2 emissions. B

      Buy property on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. It will be a beach resort someday.

      • Tourbillon June 11, 2013 at 8:38 am #

        I’m confident that as a man of your convictions you will follow through and head north. Hope you make a killing in the tundra. We’re going to miss ya buddy. But bundle up, it’s still pretty cold up there even with all the sizzling global warming.

      • Mark June 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

        You want beach property buy in Palmdale. When the West coast falls into the ocean you’ll have your beach front property and it will probably happen before the ice caps melt.

  2. sierragrl June 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    4 years of drought? Only the last two have been below average. 3 years ago was a record breaking winter of snow fall…not sure what he’s talking about on this one

    • weather trends June 10, 2013 at 6:46 am #

      Global warming trend: Like it or not – it appears to exist.

    • Ken Warner June 10, 2013 at 9:19 am #

      I’m not sure either but he may be talking about the West in general which has been in drought conditions for years.

      You are thinking about our own weather with is not an accurate model of larger areas.

      IEA chief Maria van der Hoeven said the report shows that the path we are currently on is more likely to result in a temperature increase of between 3.6 degrees Celsius and 5.3 degrees Celsius.

  3. ferdinand lopez June 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    meet the new boss,same as the old boss

  4. Changintimes June 7, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Rusty’s greasy, stained fingerprints will continue to be found on every MMSA move.

  5. ferdinand lopez June 7, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    if this guys so mart,and knows exactly what the town needs to “grow and prosper”why does it suck so bad right now

    • Benett Kessler June 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      Because Rusty is not in control of global and national finances.

      • Give credit where credit is due June 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

        He may not be in control of global and national finances, but more than a mere few of our reliable sources who have been around a long, long time, will tell you Rusty Gregory was/is definitely in control of the town of Mammoth Lakes.

      • Keeping It Real June 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

        How is it a tool like Gregory can reek havoc on a community like Mammoth and get away with it?
        His actions have devastated Mammoth’s familys and friends.
        His characteristic way of “doing business” is not grounded or centered in community.
        We are no longer the warm and fuzzy environment that invites visitors to town and brings them back.
        It’s not the economy or the weather.
        It’s the final product that his business model has morphed into that pushes people towards other resorts.
        We cheered with the crowd in the Council meeting when he announced his exodus.
        Too bad it was a fake out.

        • Mark June 10, 2013 at 9:54 am #

          fake out is right, he’ll still be pulling all the strings.

      • Steve June 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

        Your right Bennett he is not in control of global/national finances, but have you consider the other resorts that did not lay people off during this downturn such as Vail Resorts and actually doing well given the difficulties over the last 5 years.

        If you don’t think he has an over weighted influence over the Town then I’m the King of Siam and I’m late for my space ship that will take me to Mars.

      • Bret June 8, 2013 at 8:56 am #

        Did he buy advertising from you?

        • Benett Kessler June 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

          The only thing that has ever captured my soul is the Truth. There is a big wall between the advertising department and the news department.
          Benett Kessler

  6. Pinky And The Brain June 7, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Actually, the town never went bankrupt.
    It was all a hoax.
    It had way too much assets and cash.
    Although, it would have been a whole hell of a lot better for Mammoth and the ppl who live here.
    As for Rusty leaving, I knew this was to good to be true.
    He will stick around and bleed every dime he can from Mammoth.

  7. Mammoth local June 7, 2013 at 9:38 am #


    I guess we will all wait and see how this will pan out. I will hope for the best.
    New blood and new ideas are all not that bad. It is said often insanity is that if you keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result . We need a different result I hope this is the correct direction. I hope that everything these new folks touch turns to gold and we all get to participate.

  8. Eastern Sierra Local June 7, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    The only reason “a town went bankrupt” was simply because the Town was hell bent on developing condos at the airport during the housing bubble of the early 2000’s, despite a flawed environmental document and local opposition. Many locals saw this coming and warned the Town then but the “group think” and blinders of the Town’s City Council created this mess and the bankruptcy was destined to happen regardless of the nation’s economic downturn.

    • Mammoth local June 7, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      ESL ,
      Agreed fully,
      In my mind I fully believe that this town of ours would have been in a much better place had the greediness over the Airport and adjacent properties from the beginning dealt with properly.

      i think were are taking a path that will tax us out of existence.


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