That's an interesting thought - Dave buying June. OF all the possible 'players' his name alone would substantially ignite interest and improve attendance.
Magic Johnson was the big name in a group of investors who bought the Dodgers and everyone went nuts. It seems like in the skiing world (especially the area around Mammoth) Dave's name carries a lot more weight and excitement than even Magic Johnson does in LA.
Magic is window dressing for the Dodgers. The name in that deal that matters in terms of baseball expertise is Stan Kasten. Dave at 97 would be window dressing. If he thought he could still run a ski area day-to-day he would still have control at Mammoth. Anybody remember that L.A. Times picture of Dave in tears as he signed away control of MMSA in 2006?
It seems like pretty much if anything had been done differently over the last 25-ish years it would have likely had a better outcome than what was done.
If Dave doesn't buy June Mt. in 1986 it would have died long ago. Dave did what people want now in terms of facilities upgrades. The QMC was a classy way to get those beginners/families up the hill. Too bad it was a flawed technology and had to be taken down. At the time it was taken down it was the mid-1990's and Mammoth skier visits were down 1/3 from when Dave bought June. Thus back to the J1 and the reluctance of anyone to throw big $ at that lift access again.