MAMMOTH LAKES — One of the nation's largest ski areas will become much larger if the hopes of the management are realized.
"Our biggest hope and biggest push is toward development of San Joaquin Ridge, the area between Mammoth and June mountains," said Pam Murphy, spokeswoman for Mammoth/June Ski Resort.
"Everything we are doing at Mammoth and June today is geared toward connection of the two ski areas."
But Murphy emphasized in an interview that the aim is not to bring in more skiers, but rather to spread them over a wider area, providing a better skiing experience. Once public input is received and Forest Service approval is obtained, it will take an estimated five to 10 years to connect the two areas, she said.
Murphy said the connection could be made with eight lifts, each with skiable runs, rather than any single people mover. Plans are for three base facilities, at Mammoth, June and Hartley Springs.