Crews at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are finishing up work on the new Marmot Lift just in time for the mountain's opening day on Nov. 26. The new lift is one piece of $4.5 million in upgrades at the resort this winter. Others improvements include a redesigned Kids Ranch, increased snowmaking and the addition of a dedicated terrain park grooming machine.
The new Marmot Lift was installed to improve the flow of skiers and snowboarders across the mountain. The double lift runs 1,200 vertical feet, starting from the South Pass Traverse and topping out at the Bridger Gondola summit.
“From the skier’s point of view, it connects the mountain from left to right,” Spokesperson Zahan Billimoria said. “It’ll be ready by the time we open.”
The new lift, which had the chairs hung last week, links intermediate and advanced terrain in the upper mountain. It will allow for skiers and riders to move across the slopes without dropping all the way to the base area or taking laps on the Bridger Gondola.
The lift was moved from its position as the East Ridge Chair, which serviced the summit of Rendezvous Mountain during the new Tram installation. In its new location, it is twice as long.
The new Marmot Lift at Jackson Hole runs from the South Pass Traverse to the Bridger Gondola summit. Map courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Families arriving for the opening weekend will find a renovated Kids Ranch. The reconstruction project increased the square footage for the building, enlarging the lounge area to make the check-in process quicker and smoother.
“The internal redesign should help with the flow,” Billimoria said. “It also fits better with the revolving needs of kids.”
More slopes should be opening sooner this winter, thanks to upgrades to the resort’s snowmaking capacity. The snowmaking expansion will allow for machine-made snow to supplement natural snow on additional slopes.
“As of a week ago, we had already blown snow top-to-bottom on Apres Vous and Teewinot,” Billimoria said. “Now, with increased capacity, we can expand into Easy Does It and Buck Run.”
Returning terrain park fans should see an improvement in the grooming of features. The resort purchased a new Pisten Bully pipe cutter with all the gadgets for building parks and pipes. This marks the first time the resort has a dedicated grooming machine just for its terrain parks.
Opening day for skiing and riding this season is scheduled for Nov. 26. First chairs load at 9 a.m. Check here for details on the opening.