Sweetwater Gondola June Update

Construction on Jackson Hole’s second gondola is ramping up as the last of the snow melts.  The new Sweetwater Gondola will run from the base of the Teewinot high speed quad to the Casper Restaurant with a mid-station unload, boosting out-of-base capacity and providing an improved experience for beginner skiers.  As the photos below show, the project is off to a solid start with awesome weather in the last few weeks after a very wet spring.

Tower and terminal components have begun arriving in Teton Village.
The mid-station will be located about dead center of this photo.  The old Sweetwater lift is headed to Pine Creek Ski Area near Cokeville, Wyoming.
The Doppelmayr crew used a spider excavator to dig holes for many of the 21 new towers.

To my knowledge this is the first time a UH-60 Black Hawk has been used in lift construction.  This bird is new to Timberline Helicopters of Sandpoint, ID.
The upper terminal location with rock blasting underway next to Casper Restaurant.
Back-filled tower footing almost ready for steel.
Tower 12 will be just above the Solitude mid-station.
Tower #13 is one of four depression towers.
Bottom terminal site, new lift shack, retaining wall and footings for towers 1-2.

3 thoughts on “Sweetwater Gondola June Update

  1. jaytrem June 6, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Nice update. Any idea what Pine Creek wants to do with Sweetwater? I guess they could use a beginner/novice lift.


    • Peter Landsman June 6, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      I’m not sure what the plan is at Pine Creek, hopefully he will actually install it. Casper is still sitting on the ground at Magic Mountain and Apres Vous is on a dirt road near Missoula…


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