It was a somber day last week for the Committee for a Viable June Mountain, as the Mono County supervisors unanimously signed a letter to California congressmen that supported Mammoth Mountain's land swap with the Forest Service. The Committee has had major concerns that Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory will not follow through on the upgrades he's promised to make at June Mountain, which include a new high-speed lift and new snowmaking equipment, and wanted to wait six months to see if Gregory followed through, which Congressman Cook was apparently willing to do.
But the board, who see the potential development at the base of Mammoth Mountain as the keystone of Mammoth 3.0, wanted to jumpstart the land swap, which has been mired in debate and controversy, and a supervisor defended the sending of the letter as something "to hang over Rusty [Gregory]'s head" as Gregory seeks to rebuild trust in the community by reopening June Mountain and improving its facilities and marketing clout. Still, the group from June remained "discouraged" by the supervisors' actions, and most of the group was unwilling to show up. The Committee for a Viable June Mountain's Alice Suszynski reiterated the group's position. "Rusty Gregory can change his mind tomorrow," she said. "Endorsing the letter means you have nothing to make him do it [reopen and improve June Mountain]."