Jackson Hole Resort in Teton Village, WY is looking forward to some changes as they Board of Directors just approved plans to invest in a new high-speed 4-passenger detachable lift. The project, at completion will cost $5 million and will replace the Casper triple lift this summer.
The new lift will be almost three times as fast as the old one, built in 1974. What was once a 10-minute ride will now be just over three. To do the math, that saves you about seven minutes ofski time. Per ride.
In an effort to attract and retain more intermediate skiers and snowboarders, the largest segment of the United States skiing and riding population, the Casper trail network will be even further enhanced.
“The Casper area is the heart of our intermediate skiing. Not only are we installing a state of the art lift but we will be doing summer grooming and expanding existing trails to make them much more attractive to intermediate skiers,” stated Jerry Blann, President of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
“To grow winter visitation we need to appeal to more intermediates,” added Blann. This is not the only recent investment targeted for intermediates. The grooming fleet was upgraded and increased this past summer with the purchase of six new grooming vehicles, including another winch groomer. Future plans call for adding even more vehicles to the grooming fleet. Snowmaking over the past two years has been expanded and capabilities increased which has helped the resort open more terrain early in the season and also allows for more extensive grooming. Additionally, the new Marmot Lift, installed last summer, services intermediate terrain from the top of the Gondola to the base of the Thunder lift.
“This is an aggressive move by the resort and the Kemmerer Family and shows the continued willingness to invest in the resort,” continued Blann. ”Since taking ownership of the resort, the Family has invested over $124 million, $13 million of which has been invested since the installation of the new Tram, which was completed in December of 2008 at a cost of $31 million. ”These last investments were made in a down economy and shows the commitment and belief the Kemmerer’s have in Wyoming and the Jackson Hole region,” explained Blann. ”And all investments have been for on mountain services and improvements.”
The bottom of the new Casper lift will be in same place as the old, but top terminal will be moved northward to the opposite side of the Lift Line trail. See you there.