After a winter with record snow, new gondola, great family programing and events, JHMR is pleased to continue to reenergize the winter experience for the upcoming 2017/2018 season.
The 2016/17 season finished with 593 inches of total snow, making it the deepest in JHMR’s 51 year history.
Next winter season dates: November 25th, 2017 through April 8th, 2018
Last winter was one for the record books in terms of historic snowfall. The 2016/17 season finished with 593 inches of total snow, and snow depths of 158 inches in Rendezvous Bowl, marking the deepest winter in the Resort’s 51-year history. Not all winters are as deep as last year, so in advance of the season, JHMR is spending significant capital into updating the snowmaking system and expanding the water capacity uphill, allowing approximately 30% increased capacity to the system. This expanded snowmaking will go all the way to the top of the Casper Lift and will allow for more efficient snowmaking in the early season.
The new Sweetwater Gondola, which opened in December 2016, was part of a broader and sustained capital investment strategy to continue to ensure a world-class experience for JHMR guests, specifically signaling a commitment to families and the next generation of skiers and riders. Last winter, the gondola was a very popular addition to the JHMR lift infrastructure which also allowed beginners to access the new covered carpet surface lift located just below the Solitude mid-station.
In the continuing effort to enhance the beginner skier and family experience at JHMR, Solitude Station is the next phase of capital investment surrounding the Sweetwater Gondola. Located at the Sweetwater mid-station, the Solitude Station facility will be 12,000 square feet of ski school, rental and dining facilities. This full service facility will be completed for the following year, winter 2018/19, and will bring to life a new center of learning for Jackson Hole’s beginner skiers and riders and families.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort knows through its extensive customer research that snowboarders and skiers alike, both local and destination visitors, value Jackson Hole’s entire mountain as their playground, and therefore JHMR will not be building a half-pipe next season.
JHMR President Jerry Blann commented, “it’s the iconic big-mountain experience that gets our customer’s emotions going. This coupled with our focus on snow making efficiency helped us take a decision to put our resources next season towards our popular on-mountain stash parks and looking to expand upon our goal of building out natural mountain features in the future. We are excited for the winter ahead, and pleased to offer a world class experience for our guests.” Blann goes on to state.