June Mountain is a local’s mountain that just happens to also have world-class riding. The resort, just southeast of Yosemite National Park, is celebrated as one of California’s best family-friendly resorts. With crowd-free beginner and intermediate runs, it’s the perfect ski hill to bring the whole family. Plus, children 12 and under ski for free.
Dakota Franklin, originally from upstate New York, stumbled across June Mountain by random happenstance. He was so in love with the area that he found a job online so he didn’t have to leave. Years later, Franklin has a family of his own, and they’re regulars of the mountain. His daughter Woodsley has even taken up the family trade and loves getting out to go snowboarding. She first learned in their backyard, but her riding went to the next level after long days spent on the hill at June. “The runs are wide and there’s not a lot of people there. You can really get a lot of room to ride. I think that the long runs have really enabled to become the little snowboarder that she is,” Dakota explained. On top of perfect runs for the kiddos, the resort has bonfires every Saturday night, and of course the ever-so-lovable Bucky. The deer is June’s mascot, and always happy to pose for a photo.
It’s mostly families that ride at the resort, which lends to a positive and welcoming atmosphere. But don’t let that laid-back casual vibe fool you. The resort is home to 1,500 accessible acres that get a generous amount of snow each winter. It’s also home to three terrain parks and has plenty of backcountry options for the hikers in the group.
June Meadows Chalet: Conveniently located at the top of Chair J1, this chalet is a local favorite for its welcoming atmosphere and variety of food options. It’s also the best place to snag a hot chocolate in between runs.
Stew Pots Slim’s: After a long day on the mountain, Stew Pots Slim’s has the best chili to fuel up on before hitting the road. The restaurant, located at the bottom of Chair J7, has a large deck for sitting back and soaking up the sun.
Antler Bar: If you’ve got a babysitter, be sure to check out the Antler Bar. With views overlooking the stunning Eastern Sierra, there’s no better spot at June Mountain to enjoy a post-ski cocktail.