Wyoming’s [R191R, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort] is wrapping up its ski and snowboard season, but the resort has plans to lure more intermediate skiers and riders to the slopes. A lift reconstruction project this summer is intended to enhance lift riding and runs for intermediates.

Jackson Hole celebrates its annual Mountain Festival March 31 to April 1, the signal that one week remains of the season. The resort has scheduled its final day for skiing and snowboarding as April 8. But the slopes will not be quiet in the off-season.

This year, Jackson Hole has planned a lift upgrade to benefit intermediate skiers and riders. In a $5 million project, the resort will remove the old Casper fixed grip triple chair and replace it with a new high-speed detachable quad. Part of the project includes work to widen and remove obstacles from several trails serviced by the Casper lift.

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The new Casper lift will have a slightly different alignment on the slope than the old triple. Map courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Jackson Hole has long held a reputation for steep terrain. But the resort wants to lure more intermediate skiers and snowboarders with its Casper area upgrades. Future plans include also adding more grooming vehicles to expand intermediate options. This coming summer’s Casper work complements the Marmot Lift installed last summer. Marmot services intermediates with runs that go from the top of the Bridger Gondola to the bottom of the Thunder Lift.

The new Casper high-speed quad from Leitner-Poma will run only 30 feet further and four vertical feet higher than the old Casper triple and along a slightly different alignment. But it will move much faster. Instead of a 10-minute ride, skiers and snowboarders will get to the top in 3.5 minutes.