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On opening day, the lifties hand out colored beads, skiers scavenge the woods for a stuffed woolly mammoth (and a season pass), and at noon, owner Dave McCoy makes a champagne toast on the sundeck.
End of McCoy era for Eastern Sierra Resort
Modern trends save trees but kill the entrepreneurial spirit. In 1936, Union Pacific Railroad president Averell Harriman created Sun Valley, Idaho, because he had enjoyed skiing in St. Anton, Austria.
Since 1997, Mammoth and co-owner Intrawest have pumped $75 million into on-mountain improvements at this big, brawny destination beloved by Southern Californians. "I'd gladly drive six hours for a slice of heaven," comments one Angeleno.
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