Jackson Hole Mountain Resort stakes its reputation on its steeps and iconic chutes like Corbet’s Couloir. Change is afoot. While the resort cherishes its advanced skiers, it has branched out to expand the ski and snowboard experience for intermediates.  

This fall, the resort swapped the old Casper triple lift installed in 1974 for a new, high-speed detachable quad. A helicopter flew 14 new towers into place earlier this month with ground crews bolting them down in a slightly different alignment from the old lift. The $5 million quad is expected to be ready for this winter season.

Check out this view of installing the new towers:

The new lift increases uphill capacity and the speed of travel. It can transport 2,000 riders per hour compared to about half that with the old lift. Skiers and snowboarders will see the real benefit in the ride time, chopped from 10 minutes down to 3.5 minutes.

In addition to upgrading the lift, some intermediate runs in the Casper area saw improvements over the summer. Among them, crews cut a new run called Sun Dog and created an easier access into Wide Open run.

For Casper skiers, the Casper Restaurant offers a place to stop and refuel. It is located on skier’s left just above the base of the lift. To accompany the new lift, the restaurant plans to introduce a new menu this winter that features hot gourmet sandwiches and specialties like made-to-order tacos. For those looking to spice up the afternoon, the restaurant will include a new margarita bar, but you can also buy beer and wine, too.