twbjacksonBy David Schissler
(September 2012) Long known as one of the most challenging mountains in North America Jackson Hole was sometimes criticized for its’ lack of intermediate terrain. Blue square lovers were often relegated to the Apres-Vous lift or some trails off of the Bridger Gondola. No more. A new, $5 Million high speed, four passenger detachable chair has been installed at mid mountain, replacing the Casper Bowl triple chair. Along with the new lift, Jackson has improved the intermediate trail network it services by expanding and improving the classic blue terrain.
“The Casper area is the heart of our intermediate skiing. Not only are we installing a state of the art lift but we will be doing summer grooming and expanding existing trails to make them much more attractive to intermediate skiers,” stated Jerry Blann, President of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders are the largest segment of the United States skiing and riding population. “To grow winter visitation we need to appeal to more intermediates,” added Blann.
The base of the new Casper lift will be in the same location as the current lift, however the top terminal will move northward to the opposite side of the Lift Line trail. The new lift can transport 2,000 people per hour, has a 1,050 vertical rise and takes only 3.5 minutes, a vast improvement over the old Casper Bowl triple’s 10 minute ride.

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