Why did I think you lived in San Diego? I grew up in Ventura I wish I could move back. I love that place. Have you thought about getting passes/condo in Mammoth? It's probably just as far but a lot, LOT better. And the season pass is about the same. Condo rental might be more tho.
I did a shared season rental for mammoth this year and even with the not so great snow I still rode 50+ days and made a lot of progress in my riding. Not as much as I would have likes but hey....if that is all that I can complain about life is good eh?
Vicki, you would L O V E June Mountain. It would be the perfect place for you--I was there yesterday, on a Saturday, after 2 feet of fresh snow dumped and it still wasn't crowded or filled with douches.
It's like the old people/local mountain. Just a mellow relaxed vibe
p,.s. Not calling you old. I'm old!
Wow, you're from Ventura - what a small world!!!! A friend of my son's has talked about June Mountain but I heard they had a lot of narrow cat tracks. We went to Mammoth first time last year and I really did not have a great time - we took the Gondola up to the top and I could not get down the mountain in the blizzard we were in. Tried to go down the easier blue trail but that narrow cat track scared the crap out of me and I had to walk down the whole run and nothing was groomed and just exhausting. I need to stay clear of those black runs there. But I would like to try June some year - maybe next year. It takes us about 6 hours to get to Mammoth which is twice as long for us than going to Summit. Hard to get up there in the driving time schedule we have - see post above.
We really love Copper Mountain and that is the trip we will take next year besides our leased Condo at Snow Summit next winter.