California ski resort legend moving forward at 92 |

California ski resort legend moving forward at 92

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – At age 92, Dave McCoy is no longer operating the ski area that he founded and had begun skiing even before World War II.

Mammoth Mountain is now owned by Intrawest, which in turn was swallowed by a bigger fish yet, Fortress Investment Group.

But McCoy is still sharp as a cactus needle, reticent to the point of stubborn, and always forward looking, reports Jack Lunch of The Sheet after a day out-and-about with the living legend.

Actually, it was mostly riding around, as McCoy has trouble walking ” the result of a downhill ski crash when he was in his 20s, exacerbated by a fall off a horse when he was 89.

Like many of his generation, McCoy tolerated the Forest Service supervisors that overlooked his shoulder.

“Every one of them came in with their own set of ideas,” he said.

“So how’d you deal with it?”

“I just adapted to ’em.”

“Overall, were they pretty decent guys?”

“Yeah, they were decent guys. Just ask ’em.”

McCoy was also asked if he regretted selling out to Intrawest.

“It wasn’t my idea,” he answered.

“Would you like to elaborate on that?

“No,” he answered.

His wife in the early years of Mammoth rounded up quarters to pay for gasoline, which was used to operate the lifts. Existence was that thin. The couple have been married 67 years.

To achieve the same record of matrimony, said the reporter, a newlywed in his 30s, he’d have to live to 106.

“Why not live to 106?” answered McCoy. “Why not live to 120?”

For the record, after discussing global warming, McCoy decided it was time to “green” up his house, to make it more energy efficient.

GRAND LAKE, Colorado ” It looked like the meeting might get stinky: Grand Lake town officials were planning to begin burning slash from 6,000 acres of trees killed by mountain bark beetles.

Expediting the burning is to be a Dumpster-like machine that can burn an average of two tractor-trailer loads per hour, while leaving little ash. But neighbors were not happy to have the smoky incinerator in their neighborhood.

The Sky-Hi Daily News explains that the $250,000 budgeted this year allows the town to cut down every infected tree that is 4 inches in diameter or larger.

The controversy dissolved, says the newspaper, after the neighbors had an opportunity to vent, heard the town’s rationale, and then discovered that they could also dispose of their own slash in the burner.

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