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Mammoth Mountain Ski Area lays off 101 employees

January 29, 2009 |  1:00 pm

Winter enthusiasts get a lift near Juniper Springs.

Sad but not unexpected news for employees at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area: job cuts.

CEO Rusty Gregory, in an interview with KSRW radio, or Sierra Wave, confirmed that 101 employees have been fired and other cost-cutting measures were enacted to make up for a sharp drop in skier-visits.

Revenue at the Eastern Sierra resort, which offers some of the world's finest skiing and snowboarding, is down 21% from preseason projections. And the projected number of skier visits for this season has been reduced from 1.4 million to 1.1 million.

Gregory said 10 senior managers received 5% pay cuts. Vacation time has been shortened and gas allowances have been eliminated. Gregory, however, assured that none of the cuts will jeopardize the safety of visitors.

Meanwhile, snow conditions remain outstanding and lift lines are ridiculously short. I won't say that's  a good thing, because it isn't.

On a related note: Nearby June Mountain, which is under the same ownership, probably will remain open at least through February, thanks to advance bookings.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Winter enthusiasts get a lift near Juniper Springs. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

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