J1 – June Mountain, CA

Other than from 1986-1996, the J1 double chair has served as the sole access means to June Mountain since 1961.
The bottom terminal is a Yan retrofit, one of four on June Mountain’s double chairs.
The steep lift line up The Face.
Fixed top bullwheel unloading at the Chalet.
Side view of the top terminal. This also appears to have been modified by Yan.
The epic breakover.
This lift has 100 percent downloading capacity for summer visitors, low snow periods and beginner skiers.
Another look at the breakover.
Top return bullwheel.
Lower section of the lift line seen from the top of J5.
View up the line with original 1960 Riblet towers.
Yan crossarm on a Riblet tower.
Loading area at the drive.
Lift overview.

29 thoughts on “J1 – June Mountain, CA

  1. Random skier October 28, 2019 / 8:07 pm

    I think i can see the old QMC liftline here, wish they replace J1 w/ a gondola that either goes up the old QMC line or this lift’s line


  2. New England Chairlifts & Skiing February 6, 2020 / 12:34 pm

    What do they do if this thing ever breaks?


    • skiz February 6, 2020 / 1:20 pm

      one year, this thing never opened, so the whole ski resort was closed. this place looses money. they only keep it open for the people around, so they don’t care if it’s closed. mammoth is so close.


      • Eric G February 6, 2020 / 4:12 pm

        Skiz what you state is incorrect. J1 is not at all the reason why June Mountain was closed for a season. Mammoth decided to suspend operations at June Mountain for a season due to business volume and an uncertain future. The public and local businesses were very upset with the closure and after a lot of push back the decision was made to reopen the mountain. Along with the reopening Mammoth at the time did make a commitment to operate the mountain and explore some upgrades in the future.

        Prior to the acquisition by Alterra and the start of the IKON pass June Mountain was averaging about 70,000 skier visits a season. It’s possible there has been an increase in visitation from the IKON pass.

        However, one of the biggest issues is the lack of modern lodging and amenities within June Lake. Mammoth had attempted to develop a base village plan for June Mountain using the adjacent Rodeo Lot, but the development was fought by the locals. Tied to that development were improvements to the mountain.


        • julestheshiba March 8, 2021 / 7:05 pm

          I normally don’t like big developments, but I do see their merits in keeping things alive. It seems counterintuitive that the locals want their ski area to stay open but actively fight something that might keep their local area open.

          Liked by 1 person

  3. Donald Reif February 6, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    I definitely see the merits of building a gondola to replace J1, maybe with a high speed quad running alongside it.


    • Snow Boys February 16, 2020 / 6:57 pm

      I think a gondola along the QMC line.


  4. Somebody February 6, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    They should get a newer fixed grip (perhaps sunnyside from WP?) from another Alterra resort and install it on the QMC line, keeping the current chair as backup. This lift is only 3,000 feet long and serves fairly steep terrain, so it doesn’t warrant a detachable.


    • Skier February 16, 2020 / 6:11 pm

      Honestly with Chair 16 being replaced at Mammoth they should just move it to where the QMC was. It’s the first detachable being replaced at Mammoth and they run two other Yan/Doppelmayr quads at June already so it’s not anything different than what they’re already maintaining.

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      • Thomas Jett February 16, 2020 / 8:32 pm

        The problem is that there won’t be any Yan/Doppelmayr parts out there. 16 is too unreliable as is, and it’s going to get scrapped for parts for 1, J6, and J7.

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    • curtis March 30, 2021 / 5:33 pm

      they should build a gondola along the qmc line for all of the foot traffic to the chalet and beginner skiers, and keep this lift+run it a little faster since there is no more foot traffic


  5. Jodie Gargan February 15, 2020 / 6:18 pm

    What is the black piece that is coming from the middle of the lift chairs? Is that a bar that drops down or an extra handle?


    • Skier February 16, 2020 / 6:12 pm

      It’s a bar. Different than most chairs but it’s a bar.


    • Donald Reif February 24, 2021 / 3:01 pm

      It’s a bar, similar to what Mad River Glen’s Single Chair has.


  6. Courtney February 16, 2020 / 12:57 pm

    Does j1 lift have a bar that goes across for kids


    • Skier February 16, 2020 / 6:13 pm

      Yes it comes down from the middle rather than above your head.


  7. Danny Bryant October 5, 2020 / 1:05 pm

    I was looking at the Chalet webcam and it looks like J1 is getting new comm. lines installed.


  8. Henry T December 14, 2020 / 11:30 am

    Why was the funitel removed?


    • vons3 December 14, 2020 / 7:06 pm

      LE started having other major issues around the time the QMC was built and the lift had major technical issues that needed to be resolved to function reliably. I am guessing that no other manufacture would touch the lift to resolve the issues so it was better to remove it since from what I understand it was very unreliable.

      They need a gondola to replace this lift badly.


      • Utah Powder Skier December 14, 2020 / 7:47 pm

        Why would the resort not retrofit the QMC? They brought in Doppelmayr for J6 and J7. If it was just a grip problem on the QMC, Doppelmayr could have easily replaced the old grips. Being the main out of base lift on the mountain, I would think it would have gotten the priority over J6 and J7.


        • Calvin December 14, 2020 / 9:00 pm

          It’s my understanding the QMC was a prototype that never worked. So it was scrapped.


  9. wolf January 17, 2021 / 11:38 am

    This needs a gondola here badly (someone said Tremblant´s maybe) and for backup a fixed grip quad. Any thoughts?


  10. Kirk January 17, 2021 / 12:45 pm

    Don’t think June mtn. has ever made any money since Dave bought it back in the eighties. Mammoth seems to do the bare minimum over at June.


  11. Miles Gately March 15, 2021 / 3:54 pm

    Can you down hill load?


  12. Kirk March 15, 2021 / 4:35 pm

    Yes, on a Riblet center post double. Lift runs slow all the time due to foot and skies/rider traffic up and down hill.
    J-1 is one of the reasons some people with kids don’t like to go there.


  13. pnwrider March 24, 2021 / 5:25 pm

    June Mountain’s lift layout reminds me a little bit of Mission Ridge, Washington. Ya gotta take the old fixed grip Riblet double to get to the luxurious, high speed detachable chairlift!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. nvskier March 30, 2021 / 9:23 pm

    Not sure where Alterra really stands when it comes to lift replacements here but if they wanted to go with a somewhat budget replacement, I could see the Lenawee triple from A-Basin being a good fit either directly replacing this or in the QMC alignment. That lift is slated to be replaced with a detachable in 2022 and being installed new in 2001, it’s not very old for a fixed grip so it would be a major reliability upgrade. Obviously it would be more cost effective to just move a lift over from Mammoth and with Lenawee being in such good shape, I can’t imagine it would be the cheapest used lift on the market. It would also be the only Poma at June or Mammoth so maintenance may be tricky. But I think it would be a good idea if they installed that in the QMC alignment while leaving J1 for now. That way there’s redundancy in case one goes down and if they ever decided to splurge on a fancy new gondola, they could just replace J1 at a later date. This is assuming Lenawee will be for sale at all and A-Basin doesn’t already have other plans for it.


  15. Kirk March 31, 2021 / 8:05 am

    As stated before the cheap fix is for Mammoth to move Chair 25 (FGQ) to June in either J-1 or QMC alignment.

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