Dave McCoy, Founder of Mammoth Mountain, CA Has Died at 104-Years-Old

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Dave McCoy.

Dave McCoy, the founder of Mammoth Mountain, CA has died aged 104.

Dave founded Mammoth Mountain in 1942 and operated the ski resort for 68 years.

Dave skied until he was 92-years-old.

Dave was the California State Champion of skiing in at the age of 22.

Dave was an absolute legend.

Dave’s story is simply amazing.

Thank you, Dave.

Dave McCoy Timeline:

  • In 1936, Dave took a job as a hydrographer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a job that involved skiing up to 50 miles per day.
  • At age 22, Dave became the California State Champion at skiing.
  • In 1938, Dave got a permit to operate a rope tow on McGee Mountains, CA using parts from a Model “A” Ford truck.
  • In 1942, Dave installed a rope tow at Mammoth Mountain.
  • In 1953, the Forest Service gave Dave a permit to operate on Mammoth Mountain on the condition that he develop it into a ski resort.
  • In 1953, Dave built a ski lodge on Mammoth Mountain.
  • In 1955, Dave started Mammoth Mountain Ski Area incorporated.
  • In 1955, Dave installed the first chairlift at Mammoth Mountain:  Chair 1.
  • By 1973, Dave had grown Mammoth Mountain to 14 double-chairs, the Main Lodge, and a 2nd base lodge called Warming Hut II (renamed Canyon Lodge in the 2000s).
  • The growth of Mammoth Mountain led to the growth of the town Mammoth Lakes, CA, which incorporated in 1984.
  • In 2005, Dave retired after running the ski resort for 68 years.
  • Dave skied until 2008.
  • Dave and Roma McCoy have 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild – a total of 52 direct descendants.

Dave McCoy in the 1940s.
Mammoth Mountain, CA. Undated photo. image: dave mccoy
Dave McCoy.
Mammoth Lakes, CA. Undated photo. image: dave mccoy
Dave McCoy.

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2 thoughts on “Dave McCoy, Founder of Mammoth Mountain, CA Has Died at 104-Years-Old

  1. I lived in bishop 45mi south of mammoth in the late 70s and our school would take a school bus up to mammoth every Wednesday for a day of skiing. At a cost of $2.00 it included a lift ticket ski rental and the ride to mammoth. Dave was a giving person who took care of his community. Even in the late 70s that was a bargain price

    1. OMG, I experienced this same wonderful benefit growing up in Bishop. Dave McCoy made it possible for me to learn how to ski at a price my financially limited parents could manage. Thank you Dave McCoy!

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