Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary in December which will coincide with the opening of new terrain and a shiny high speed quad called Teton. JHMR’s first Doppelmayr detachable will serve three new runs in the area formerly known as the Crags. This project is part of a major lift upgrade that included the new Casper detachable quad and will also include a second gondola.
The new lift will serve approximately 1,800 vertical feet of terrain between the Casper and Apres Vous lifts. With a steep profile, Teton’s ride time will be under six minutes. Having four detachable quads on the north side of the mountain will hopefully take some pressure off the aerial tram.
The top terminal site is perched on the edge of Granite Canyon and Grand Teton National Park. Three new runs – Upper Kemmerer, Upper Wide Open and Ridge Run are cut and in the process of being graded.
Most of the lift is already in the Ranch parking lot except the terminal skins, operator houses and drive unit. There are 15 towers including three that are tall enough to be separated into multiple sections. The lift will have 80 EJ-model chairs that match Thunder’s from back in 1994. Even though the lift line is mostly sheltered by trees, the chairs have slats instead of a backrest for wind resistance.
I will be sure to post updates on this project throughout the summer and fall.