J4 – June Mountain, CA

Here’s another lift that was heavily modified in 1986, when Yan built a funitel, high-speed quad and four new fixed-grip terminals at June Mountain.
Height adjustable Yan return up top. Notice how lightly loaded some of those sheaves are with the bullwheel at its lowest position.
Look closely and you’ll notice this lift used to begin next to J2 and J3. The new loading point used to have loading in both directions.
Another view down the line with SLI chairs and Riblet clips.
Looking up the lift.
Yan towers and terminal at the bottom. Note the Riblet line gear.
Motor room.
Side view of the height adjustable new drive.
Loading area.
Lift overview.

7 thoughts on “J4 – June Mountain, CA

  1. xlr8r June 12, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Does anyone know why this lift was shortened?

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    • Carson August 8, 2021 / 8:39 pm

      I just guessing it was not needed after j6 was installed

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      • nvskier August 8, 2021 / 9:21 pm

        My best guess is that with Mammoth buying the resort in 1986 and spending all that money to upgrade most of the fixed grip terminals that year along with the installation of the new HSQ’s, it just made more sense to shorten and simplify J4 by eliminating the midstation. It originally ran to the top of J2 as the only way of accessing Rainbow Summit. J6 made that route somewhat obsolete so eliminating the midstation would save them money in the long run on operational costs (staffing, maintenance, etc.) while better serving that pod. I wasn’t there back then but I could imagine that having 3 lifts start or end at the top of J2 and J3 could make that area pretty congested so that may have been a factor as well.

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  2. ski man August 6, 2021 / 10:26 pm

    I don’t know it’s weird this lift used to go to the top of j3 and j2 maybe there was a problem

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  3. ski man January 13, 2022 / 11:05 am

    This lift is not acting like itself this year this lift is closed A lot now like it is a backup double like chair 20 at Mammoth but it is operating here sometimes

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  4. ski man May 25, 2022 / 4:40 pm

    Are All the towers on the lift Yan?

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    • Carson May 25, 2022 / 5:11 pm

      No besides the first two towers the rest are SLI

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