Gondola – Snow King Mountain, WY

In 2021, Snow King Mountain replaced the Summit double with a gondola and moved the base of the Cougar chair uphill.
This is the first Leitner-Poma lift at Snow King.
Capacity on the gondola is relatively low at 1,000 people per hour.
The lower terminal sits in a city park next to a playground and ballfield.
View up the steep upper lift line.
Cabins on the line.
Upper part of the line.
A Sigma Diamond 8 cabin.
Tower with combination assemblies.
Lower part of the lift line.
View down the middle part of the line.
The first 7 towers.
The top terminal will eventually feature indoor cabin parking.
Unloading area at the summit.
Terminal underskin.
LPA drive terminal.
This lift has a huge breakover with 4 towers combined into one structure with 64 sheaves.
Towers 9-12 utilizing only two tubes.
Drive terminal end.
Control pedestal.
The top terminal with parking facility under construction.
Side view of the breakover.
Temporary top operator house by Skytrac.
Another view of the summit station.
Looking up at the top tower.
View down from the summit.
Looking up towards the top terminal.
View down at tower 8.
The highest numbered cabin – 24.
LPA grip.
Cabins passing above the town of Jackson.
Ski racks.
Tower 8.
Another view down the lift line.
The final 5 towers.
Cabins 12 and 15.
Another view of the Sigma cabins.
Base area.
Lower terminal and tower 1.
View up the line.
Side view of the return terminal.
Return station overview.
Loading area.
At any given time 18 of the lift’s 24 cabins are out on the line.

19 thoughts on “Gondola – Snow King Mountain, WY

  1. vons3 November 27, 2021 / 4:31 pm

    Snow King may want to get patrol to trim the anchor bolts on the old Summit double foundations soon, could become quite a hazard as the old CTEC foundation bolts stick out like 14in.

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    • Random Skier May 14, 2022 / 10:13 am

      That’s not good… but how would they do that?

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  2. Carson November 27, 2021 / 8:54 pm

    Does anyone know what happened to the observation deck? 43.463352, -110.762536

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    • Charles von Stade III November 28, 2021 / 10:53 pm

      The deck was removed as the terminal sits right up hill of it, the old deck foundations are visible in the pictures of the multry tower and top terminal along with old foundations of the double chair.

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  3. Henry T March 9, 2022 / 11:57 am

    Could they theoretically put all 24 cabins on the line if they needed to increase capacity?

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    • Evilcamels March 9, 2022 / 4:01 pm

      I think you are misunderstanding the caption. 18 cabins are between the terminals at 1 point, the other 6 cabins are in the terminals loading/unloading

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      • Henry T March 9, 2022 / 4:40 pm

        Oh ok, now I get it, thanks!

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  4. 199412valvecummins March 27, 2022 / 4:05 pm

    Why is there a single pink gondola on the line? I’m hearing rumors that the towers will be extended higher off the ground for the rmshaw snowmobile hillclimbs this summer, only rumor not for sure.

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    • 199412valvecummins March 27, 2022 / 4:11 pm

      I have to say after riding this lift the ski racks on the gondolas are a pain. My skis are fairly wide and they fight me trying to pull them out.

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      • Ryan Murphy March 27, 2022 / 4:19 pm

        Never had an issue with 114 underfoot skis. Can always bring them in the cabin though.

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        • 199412valvecummins March 27, 2022 / 4:51 pm

          That’s what I started doing after they shut down the gondola to pull them out. My skis are line blend. Just putting one ski in one of the holes they still fight me out. The ones at snowbasin (my home ski area) are much better.

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    • vons3 March 27, 2022 / 4:17 pm

      The Pink wrapped gondola is I think is for a breast cancer awareness promotion.

      Kind doubt that they would do such an expensive lift change as the lift profile was approved by the resort before manufacturing the gondola, I am guessing the new hillclimb course location is because SK doesn’t want tumbling snowmobiles colliding into their new multi-million dollar gondola towers.

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      • 199412valvecummins March 27, 2022 / 4:45 pm

        They were more worried about rocks being thrown in the air and hitting a gondola. Although a 300-400 pound machine won’t do too good against a lift tower. They could always add more protection which will expensive. Snowking didn’t really think about the hillclimbs during construction. The hillclimbs bring lots of money to the town of Jackson.

        The gondola towers really only need extensions to raise the lift off the ground higher. But jackson hole is Jackson hole someone will complain. I also think ground clearance is gonna become a issue during high snow levels especially at the top terminal.

        Snowking should of left one of the old lift towers for the snowmobile catch net. The catchnet was attached to a lift tower and a tree.

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        • vons3 March 27, 2022 / 5:36 pm

          It’s not “complaints” that are the issue the engineering required to raise the line to get the clearance required would likely require a complete rebuild of the line from the foundations up. Taller towers would require bigger foundations and possibly larger base sections or heavier wall tube in the lower tower sections to resist the bending forces exerted by the taller tower, this expense could be prohibitive. I would suggest that once the cabin garage is built they look at possibly reducing the number of cabins on line during the event or removing the cabins from the line during the event.

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        • 199412valvecummims March 27, 2022 / 6:32 pm

          You have a good point there about the towers.

          The Jackson hillclimb won’t be the same without some kind of access to the top of the mountain other than a snowmobile so the gondola is needed. People watch the race from the finish line too.

          If possible any amount of tower extension is needed. The old snowmobile hillclimb was much better as you can watch the entire race from old double chair. Now they are running the race course up a different ski run which you can’t see from the gondola.

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  5. Kirk March 27, 2022 / 6:20 pm

    It’s always easy to criticize anything when your not writing the check for project.
    I rode the Gondola last week. it’s a pretty clean machine, in the machine room and in the cabins.
    Remember what was there. That old double chair was a worn out scary old lift!!

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    • 199412valvecummins March 27, 2022 / 6:36 pm

      Agreed, the old double was a slow pig especially with foot passengers. No 100% downloading so there was a very long line to get back down.

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