As Jackson Hole Mountain Resort celebrates 50 years this upcoming season, there are a few upgrades to look forward to as well as some interesting changes on the horizon. This winter, the resort will add a new lift, expanded inbound terrain, new groomed runs and an on-mountain bistro. And while that's certainly a lot of new investment, the resort is not done: major projects in the ski area's master plan are moving toward becoming reality.
For the 2015-16 ski season, here's what's new:
• High-speed quad Teton Lift climbing 1,650 vertical feet (being unveiled Dec. 16)
• 200 acres of terrain, half of which was previously hike-to only, being accessed from Teton Lift
• Wide Open trail expanded to the top of Teton Lift
• Kemmerer Run, a steep, groomed trail from Teton Lift
• Crags Run, following the northern ridgeline
• 120-seat Piste Mountain Bistro at the top of Bridger Gondola
Work has also continued on pushing the resort's master plan items through the U.S. Forest Service process. Bridger-Teton National Forest, where Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sits, has given initial approval to a number of projects, including a new gondola. The proposed changes are now in a public review period.
Master plan items getting tentative approval:
• Building the 4,500-foot Sweetwater Gondola in one of two places
• Moving the Eagle's Rest Lift
• Remodeling and expanding Casper Restaurant
• Adding six climbing routes in the Rendezvous Mountain and Casper Bowl areas
• Installing a zip line from the Sweetwater Gondola to the ropes course
• Adding 5.7 miles of hiking trails and 7.9 miles of biking trails
And that's not even close to everything in the plan, which also includes numerous changes to runs and terrain as well as expanding snowmaking and avalanche control. When any of these items actually get built is still too far out to say, but every Forest Service OK brings them a little bit closer.
· Jackson Hole Mountain Resort [Official site]
· "We Don't Want to be Vail": Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Looks to Its 50th Ski Season [Curbed Ski]
· See How Jackson Hole Has Changed From 1969 to Today [Curbed Ski]
· Jackson Hole's Local Ski Hill To Get $9 Million in Upgrades [Curbed Ski]