The Jackson Hole Town Council just approved a new gondola for Snow King Ski Resort. Max Ritter photo.
Snow King Ski Resort in Jackson just got the green light to start building a new gondola. The new gondola is one aspect of a much bigger expansion plan put forth by the ski resort, which also includes a zip line, a summit observatory and complex for events and weddings, a new snowmaking pump house, and new ticketing facility. For now, the Jackson Hole Town Council gave the gondola the stamp of approval at a special meeting on Monday. Construction is set to begin at the Phil Baux Park with the Gondola’s loading station. The gondola will go in place of the resort’s pre-existing cougar lift, which is set to be relocated 250 feet uphill. The town council hopes that the installation of the new gondola will help support the snow sports community and winter recreation at the King.
As for the rest of Snow King’s master plan, the council decided to wait until August 3rd to vote on the controversial new zip line. The zip line has garnered significant complaints from local Snow King neighbors, citing an additional noise nuisance. Despite the controversy, the zip line was already approved in the Snow King’s master plan, so town council members will focus the discussion on finding the best operating hours for Snow King and the community.
Nelson went missing just below the summit after skiing off the top on September 26. Separately on Monday, a large avalanche killed a climber and buried scores of others between camp three and four at around 7,450 meters. Three helicopters were mobilized to assist in rescue operations on the mountain. Nelson was one of the most prolific ski mountaineers of her generation, with over 40 expeditions and dozens of first descents including the first ski descent of Lhotse in 2018 and several other
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