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.

14 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.


  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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  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.


  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.


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