(Teton Village, Wyoming, September, 2005) Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) officials are pleased to announce continued commitment to improving the on and off mountain experience for guests this winter.
New Lift To Mid-Mountain:
JHMR is installing a new triple chair “Sweetwater” that will directly link the beginner terrain to low intermediate terrain at mid-mountain. The base terminal will be reached by riding either of the beginner lifts and the top terminal will be situated upslope from Casper Restaurant and Casper Lift.
“With steep slopes and lifts that rise over 4200 vertical feet, beginners through low intermediates have historically struggled here. This new lift will dramatically improve their experience and our teaching environment by allowing gradual transition from green slopes to the gentle blues of Casper,” commented Brian Maguire, JHMR Mountain Sports School Director.
Upgraded Base Facilities:
In addition to this new lift, Teton Village will see a new 72 seat indoor café open at the base of the Bridger Gondola offering a quick and tasty menu selection. The Mountain Sports School and Private Guide desks will also be moved into the Bridger Center to improve customer service and expedite registration processes.
Daily Non Stop Jet from Dallas:
JH AIR continues to improve air travel options into Jackson by confirming a new daily, non-stop flight from Dallas to Jackson on American Airlines in addition to the 5 other daily cities; Minneapolis (NWA), Chicago (AA), Denver (UAL), Salt Lake City (DL), and Boise (Big Sky Air). Weekend non-stop DL service is also available from Atlanta and Cincinnati.
Aerial Tram to Close October 2006–Planning for Replacement Lift in Full Swing. The June 2005 decision to close the Aerial Tram next October (2006) was made following 18 months of unprecedented evaluation into all facets of Tram operations by leading industry engineers. The results required JHMR to make a decision regarding ongoing tram operations. Minimizing potential safety concerns over a planned period of time was the sensible conclusion and the driving force behind this decision. The owners and JHMR Board of Directors decided to be proactive and not allow the Tram to operate for an indefinite period. Although tough and emotional news, JHMR is now focusing its attention on the future.
Two design alternatives including a tram replacement (JHMR’s preferred option) or a combination of 2 high speed lifts have surfaced as a long term solution. In tandem with this analysis, discussions are being held with Wyoming State officials regarding financial support for this massive project.
For this winter, 2005/06 lift operations will be normal. See below for events.
For the following winter (2006/07) during new lift construction, JHMR is committed to keeping Rendezvous Bowl and the terrain from the summit open as they are a critical part of the unique appeal of Jackson Hole. It is anticipated that JHMR will announce exact operational details for the short term by late Fall 2005.
JHMR officials are planning on an announcement regarding the long term tram solution in Spring/Summer 2006, following the conclusion of in-depth engineering analysis, internal financial planning alternatives and funding mechanisms.
Meanwhile for Winter 2005/06 there are plenty of plans being hatched, the following is just a taste. The Aerial Tram will get a new look. JHMR Passholders who ride the Tram over 100 days will be recognized with a gift and the ability to ski an extra day after closing day. The tram will run extra hours at the end of the season and the old $2 tram surcharge coupons will once again be valid–for beer this time! For the last 10 days of the season Teton Village will be a non-stop festival with daily live music acts culminating in a free outdoor concert. It will be a celebration like no other at the Resort. Throughout the winter other specific tram events will take place.
Last Tram Package: Come experience the original Jackson Hole aerial tram during its’ final winter season with 5 night’s lodging in a two bedroom/two bath condominium in Teton Village and 4 day lift ticket at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. For the ultimate experience, the Last Tram Package includes a one day private lesson for up to 4 people. This day will be tailored to your needs and desires, so you can learn at your own pace and achieve your goals while discovering the secrets of skiing or snowboarding at Jackson Hole. Private Lessons include lift line privileges. Price starts at $589 per person based on quad occupancy. Valid: 12/2-12/20/05, 1/7- 2/15/06 and 3/22-4/2/06. Please call (800) 443-8613 or visit www.jhrl.com for complete details.
While making 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 JHMR information including aerial tram updates and winter events please go to www.jacksonhole.com.