As snow begins to accumulate at June Lake, the resort town that was forced to sit out the 2012-2013 season will reopen for business Dec. 13 with a winter festival.
June Mountain, which is owned by Mammoth Mountain, has long been operating at a deficit, and the closure had â€śdevastating impactâ€ť on local residents and businesses, according to Connie Black, an owner of the Double Eagle Resort and Spa, which employs both full-time and seasonal staff, many of whom suffered layoffs.
It started with a quiet clatter and bit of a dust cloud down the road.
Within a few minutes, the mules came into view, framed by the scenic, snowcapped Sierra. Strung together in groups of 10, the caravan of 100 long-eared equines clip-clopped down the dirt road toward the Los Angeles Aqueduct Intake, on Friday, Oct. 18, where they would start a 27-day journey that will take them 240 miles from the heart of the Owens Valley to the bowls of Los Angeles.