Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
New aerial tram at summit in March 2010
New aerial tram at summit in March 2010
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in Wyoming
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Location in Wyoming
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is located in the United States
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (the United States)
LocationTeton Village, Wyoming, U.S.
Nearest major cityJackson - 12 miles (20 km)
Coordinates43°35′N 110°53′W / 43.59°N 110.89°W / 43.59; -110.89Coordinates: 43°35′N 110°53′W / 43.59°N 110.89°W / 43.59; -110.89
Vertical  continuous
  4,139 ft (1,262 m)
Top elevation10,450 ft (3,185 m)
Base elevation  6,311 ft (1,924 m)
Skiable area2,500 acres (10 km2)
inbounds
3,000 acres (12 km2)
backcountry
Runs116
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 10% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 40% more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 50% most difficult
Longest run4.5 miles (7.2 km)
Lift system1 tram - (100)
2 gondolas - (8)
11 chairlifts
- 4 high-speed quads
- 4 fixed-grip quads
- 1 fixed-grip triple
- 2 fixed-grip doubles
1 magic carpet
1 rope tow (halfpipe)
Lift capacity16,733 / hr
Terrain parks2
Snowfall459 inches (1,170 cm)
Snowmaking160 acres (0.65 km2)
Night skiingnone
Websitejacksonhole.com

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is a ski resort in the western United States, at Teton Village, Wyoming. In the Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains, it is located in Teton County, 12 miles (20 km) northwest of Jackson and due south of Grand Teton National Park. It is named after the historically significant Jackson Hole valley and is known for its steep terrain and large continuous vertical drop of 4,139 ft (1,262 m). JHMR appears frequently in the media as one of North America's most expensive ski resorts.[1]

Ski area information[edit]

The ski area partially covers Rendezvous and Apres Vous Mountains. It is known for its challenging terrain, including the infamous Corbet's Couloir. 50% of the terrain is rated expert, 40% intermediate, and only 10% beginner. The intermediate terrain is primarily on south-facing Apres Vous Mountain, while Rendezvous Mountain has Jackson Hole's more advanced terrain, including bowls, glades, and chutes. At over 4,000 vertical feet of skiing, Jackson Hole boasts one of the greatest continuous inbounds rises in the U.S, after nearby Big Sky, Montana, which has an overall vertical of 4,350 feet (1,330 m), but a continuous vertical 700 feet (210 m) less, and Snowmass in Colorado, which has the greatest lift-served vertical drop in the nation at 4,406 feet (1,343 m)). The slopes on Rendezvous mostly face southeast.

In addition to the skiable terrain in-bounds, there is an even larger area to be explored off-piste (out of bounds). These areas are accessed through marked gates by expert skiers/boarders who are equipped with avalanche safety gear.

Jackson Hole's original aerial tram was closed to the public in the spring of 2006 and replaced with a new tram that opened in 2008. The tram's vertical rise is 4,139 feet (1,262 m) to an elevation of 10,450 feet (3,185 m) above sea level. Construction on the new, 100-passenger Doppelmayr CTEC tram began the day after the Resort closed for the 2006-2007 ski season. service began on December 20, 2008. During the two seasons without a tram, a temporary double chairlift named East Ridge was built to service the runs at the top of Rendezvous Mountain. This lift was subsequently moved and renamed the Marmot Chair, which provides access from the base of the Thunder Lift to the Bridger Gondola summit.[2]

Other lifts include 2 eight passenger Gondola's, Bridger and Sweetwater. four high speed detachable quad chairlifts, and eight fixed grip chairlifts. Recent additions include the Marmot Double Chair (former East Ridge installed in 2006) in 2011 built by Doppelmayr CTEC, the Casper Detachable Quad in 2012 built by Leitner-Poma, and the Teton Detachable Quad in 2015 built by Doppelmayr (North America).

In the summer, the resort offers numerous activities such as mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, bungee tramopoline, ropes cource, rock climbing, and the Via forata in Casper bowl at the top of the Bridger gondola.

The resort and region is served by the Jackson Hole Airport KJAC, 11 miles north east of Teton Village

History[edit]

The JHMR tram
(Pre-2006) in the summer.
A view looking south from the top of Rendezvous Bowl
(March 2008)

Before 1961, the area of the future resort was the Crystal Springs Girl Scout Ranch. Paul McCollister purchased the ranch and formed the Jackson Hole Ski Corporation in 1963 with partners Alex Morley and Gordon Graham. Construction began a year later, and Apres Vous mountain opened to the public the 1965-66 winter with 3 double chairlifts. Eagles rest, Teewinot, and Apres Vous. The original tram on Rendezvous opened on July 31, 1966; with capacity for 62 people and 1 conductor. It took between 8-12 minutes, depending on speed set, to reach the summit of Rendezous Mountain at 10,450 ft. The Aerial Tram officially opened to the skiing public Winter Season 1966/67. The Resort opened winter of 1965/66 and reigning Olympic gold medalist Josef "Pepi" Stiegler of Austria was hired that same year as ski school director. In 1992, McCollister sold his interests in the resort to John Kemmerer III. from there, the Kemmerer Family made multiple new changes to the resort, including new lifts, hotels, and new ski runs.

Jackson Hole hosted World Cup ski races in the inaugural 1967 season, and again in 1970 and 1975. The most recent races in 1975 were downhills, won by Franz Klammer and Marie-Theres Nadig.[3][4]

The first national Powder 8 Championship was held at Jackson Hole in 1970.

Avalanches[edit]

Jackson Hole was the site of two in-bounds avalanches in late 2008, first on December 27 and another two days later on December 29. The first avalanche resulted in the death of skier David Nodine, one of three in-bound deaths in the American West in the 2008-09 ski season, the most since three skiers were killed at Alpine Meadows in 1976.[5] The second avalanche occurred in the Headwall area and buried part of the Bridger Restaurant but resulted in no injuries.[6] Visitors are not permitted to go outside of the boundaries for their own safety.

An in-bounds avalanche swept a longtime member of the ski patrol, Mark Wolling (known as Big Wally), off a cliff on January 6, 2010. Although he was rescued, he later died from his injuries.[7] A double-black-diamond run in Cheyenne Bowl was named after Big Wally. It is marked on the trail map as Wally World. A set of flags lying on the run's fall line indicates where he was found.

Current Lifts, Terrain[edit]

  • 13 Total
    • 1 100-passenger Aerial Tram (Doppelmayr Garaventa, 2008)
    • 2 8-passenger Detachable Gondola's
      • Bridger Gondola (Poma, 1997)
      • Sweetwater Gondola (Doppelmayr, 2016)
    • 5 Detachable Quads
      • Apres Vous (Poma, 1999)
      • Teewinot (Poma, 1996)
      • Casper (Leitner-Poma, 2012)
      • Teton (Doppelmayr, 2015)
      • Eagles rest ( Skytrack, 2019)
    • 4 Fixed Grip Quads
      • Moose Creek (Garaventa CTEC, 2000)
      • Sublette (Poma, 1987)
      • Thunder (Doppelmayr, 1994)
      • Union Pass (Garaventa CTEC, 2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loudenback, Tanza. "16 of the most luxurious ski resorts to visit this winter". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  2. ^ https://www.tetongravity.com/story/ski/News-Marmot-Chair-In-Place-At-Jackson-Hole-Mountain-Resort-5500021#:~:text=The%20lift%2C%20called%20the%20Marmot,and%20mid%2Dmountain%20demo%20shop.
  3. ^ "Klammer skis to record". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. March 10, 1975. p. 33.
  4. ^ "Swiss gal captures downhill". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. March 12, 1975. p. 26.
  5. ^ Erb, Christina (January 9, 2009). "Fatal Avalanches Rattle Ski Country in the West". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  6. ^ "Avalanche strikes restaurant at Wyoming's Jackson Hole ski resort". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. 2008-12-29. Archived from the original on September 20, 2012. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  7. ^ "Another In Bounds Tragedy at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort". Skiing the Backcountry. Skyfire Studio. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-06.

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