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.