New lift for iconic Jackson Hole

18th May 2015, by Abi Butcher

The Kemmerer run (pictured) in Jackson Hole will be extended with the new Teton Lift

The Kemmerer run (pictured) in Jackson Hole will be extended with the new Teton Lift

A new lift will open in the iconic ski resort of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, giving skiers access to an area previously accessible only by hiking.

The completion of the new high-speed quad Teton Lift, after three years of work, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the resort in the heart of the Teton Mountains.

When it opens on 19 December 2015, the lift will carry 2,000 skiers and riders per hour up 1,650 vertical feet (495m) to a 200-acrea area called The Crags, half of which was hike-to-only terrain. Three new groomed runs from the summit will be open this winter, and extensive glading, too. “Wide Open” will be expanded to the top of the Teton Lift, providing more intermediate skiing along with “Crags Run”. The “Kemmerer Run” will be classic steep Jackson Hole skiing.

The installation of the Doppelmayr lift signals the first new terrain expansion inbounds in the resort since the addition of the Bridger Gondola in 1998.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been long known for its extreme skiing, and evolved from a remote and rugged Wyoming outpost. Its slogan “Born to be Wild” is as true today as it was 50 years ago when it was founded by two passionate skiers, Paul McCollister and Alex Morley.

A series of events and parties are planned throughout the 2015-16 season to celebrate Jackson Hole‘s 50th anniversary.

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