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November 04, 2005

The End of An Era at Jackson, WY

This is not new news as it was announced in June, but is certainly worth writing about. From Jackson Hole, WY:

JHMR owners, the Kemmerer Family, in conjunction with Resort Management have decided that, while experts assess the aerial tram would be operable for multiple years, it should be decommissioned before any safety concerns arise. As a result, the Aerial Tram will close September 2006 after 40 years of incredible service.

I was born just on the other side of Yellowstone from Jackson in Powell, Wyoming. I still consider the northern Wyoming-southern Montana area home, despite living in Phoenix for almost 20 years. The Tram was an icon. Not just for skiers, but for all visitors to Jackson. It ran year round and provided some of the most breath-taking views you will ever get of the Tetons.

Although we went to Jackson several times in the Summer, we never ventured there to ski it. This year will be my first time at Jackson, but whether it is your first time riding the tram or possibly your last, it is well worth the trip. Several friends make a yearly trip there to ski and they all say the same thing--it will humble you. Jackson is one of the most challenging places to ski around and over 4,000 ft. of Vertical just off the tram will test the skills of even the best skiers.

Posted by Justin at November 4, 2005 11:37 AM