Mountain News: Mammoth’s Dave McCoy looking forward to age 92 

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 walking 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.

Tourism economy up 41 per cent in Revelstoke

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – If hotel and motel revenues are a barometer of tourism in Revelstoke, tourism business has increased 41 percent in the last several years. The Revelstoke Times Review says that tourism officials credit the surge to creation of a formal marketing organization, with the responsibility of promoting the city. In winter, Revelstoke is considered a destination, with snow being the draw. It is perhaps the most noted place for helicopter skiing in North America. In summer, the city depends upon drive-through traffic on the TransCanada Highway. It is located about four hours west of Calgary, between the Purcell and Monashee mountain ranges.


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