Jackson Hole, Wy., October 3, 2002) Following the successful decision to open the backcountry gates at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 1999, skiers and snowboarders will now get to experience a backcountry yurt as a place to rest, relax and recharge.

Located in lower Rock Springs Canyon, south of the Resort, the Rock Springs Yurt will be completed in time for Winter 2002/2003 season. The backcountry location will allow for guided groups to stop, have lunch or even spend a night in the yurt. Guests will be offered the chance to reserve lunch with their guide and these will be packed in and out of the yurt daily. Overnight trips will be reserved through the Nordic center and will be offered to those who are prepared to snowshoe or backcountry ski to the location, approximately 2 miles from Teton Village with about 1000 vertical feet gain. The yurt will have 9 beds, a wood burning stove, a deck and an outhouse.

“It has been our owner’s vision at the Resort to offer guests an experience like nowhere else in America. Based on European guiding programs we want skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the day or night in an alpine environment away from a commercial base,” commented Anna Olson, Communications Director, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Even with all the improvements, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort remains committed to preserving the Old West. The same old-fashioned hospitality that welcomed yesterday’s mavericks and outlaws, still welcomes today’s skiers, snowboarders and vacationers. For more information about the Resort, visit the web site at www.jacksonhole.com