With the slogan “California’s Family Mountain”, June Mountain in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, has long drawn Southern California families and backcountry skiers.
The smaller sister resort near Mammoth Mountain is famous for an absence of lift lines and some of the best lift-accessed backcountry in North America. June Mountain also offers no-strings-attached free skiing and snowboarding for kids 12 and under.
The 1,500 acres of skiable terrain comprises two mountains: the resort’s namesake, June Mountain, with a summit elevation of 10,090 feet and a vertical drop of 2,590 feet; and Rainbow Mountain, with a summit elevation of 10,040 feet. There are 41 trails and seven lifts – two quads, four doubles and one carpet – for an uphill capacity of 10,000 rides an hour. The longest run is the 2-mile Silverado. June Mountain gets about 250 inches of snowfall annually, with limited snowmaking.
Lifts also allow access to varied backcountry terrain that would usually require a full day of hiking. In zones like the Devil’s Slide, Carson Creek and the San Joaquin Ridge, 5,000-foot descents are common with a 2,000-foot climb. The resort also offers backcountry skiing tours that include lunch. There are also two terrain parks at June Mountain, with a 22-foot superpipe. There is no night skiing at June Mountain, and the closest ice skating and tubing hill is 20 minutes away in Mammoth.
There is a ski and snowboard school at June Mountain, with group and private lessons for both adults and children. There are also ski and snowboard rentals at June Mountain. There is no lift and rental package available, but the resort does offer lesson packages that include rentals as well as a lift ticket. June Mountain is an Ikon Pass destination.
June Mountain does have slope-side dining, though there is no on-site lodging. Close accommodation can be found in the town of June Lake or at nearby Mammoth Mountain.
June Mountain is open from December to April. While January to March generally bring prime skiing conditions – and June Mountain is notable for being a little more sheltered than Mammoth Mountain during storms – the area is also known for having fantastic spring conditions in late March, with a high number of sunny days.
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There is no slopeside lodging at June Mountain, but there are a number of lodging options within a few miles of the resort. The June Lake Pines in June Lake village offers one- to three-bedroom cottages with kitchens and views of the mountains (some also have fireplaces, and and pet-friendly accommodations are available).
Once a 1930s movie location, the Bavarian-style Heidelberg Inn has one- and two-bedroom condos with outdoor hot tubs and a game room. At the base of Carson Peak, the Four Seasons June Lake Cabins has five cabins, each with a wood-burning stove, a sun deck and enormous windows to take in the views of pine-covered ridges.
June Mountain Resort has several places to grab a bite to eat during a morning and afternoon on the slopes. Located at the top of Chair J1, the June Meadows Chalet has a sundeck and outdoor grill where you can enjoy a sandwich or their famous “mountain muffin” with a coffee. Nearby, the World Famous Antler Bar boasts what many describe as the best view in the Eastern Sierra, which you can enjoy while you sip a cocktail.
In June Lake village, the Tiger Bar is rumored to have the oldest liquor license in California, serving up hearty bar food like chicken fried steak, burgers, and fish and chips alongside their famous bloody Marys.
The closest airport to the June Mountain Resort is the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, located less than 30 minutes away by car. Daily flights are available from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver. June Mountain is a five-hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
There is a shuttle service that services the region; however, having a car will provide you with more freedom to travel to and from the resort. There are several taxi companies that operate out of Mammoth Lakes that also serve the June Lake and June Mountain area.