McCoy opened the first chairlift at Mammoth on Thanksgiving Day, 1955, he spent five decades—never once taking a vacation—making his mountain a great place to ski.
It was 1937 when McCoy started the project that would become the largest ski resort in Central California. He was 22 years old. Tall with broad shoulders, McCoy had been offered a number of scholarships to play college football, but he turned them down. He wanted to ski.
To read our profile on Dave McCoy, published in 2015 to celebrate his 100th birthday, continue here.
This article originally appeared on Powder.com and was republished with permission.
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