News December 16, 2014

Forest Considers Extension to Rafferty Lift

by Jackson Hole. Media

Snow King-NFThe Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is proposing to authorize Snow King Mountain Resort to replace, extend and realign the existing Rafferty Lift and construct two associated intermediate ski trails at the resort. Under the plan, Snow King would extend the top terminal of the Rafferty Lift upslope approximately 1,000 linear feet, increasing the total length of the lift to approximately 3,000 linear feet – an increase of about 400 vertical feet. The lift would include a mid-load/unload station near the top of the existing Alpine Slide for better access to the Alpine Slide and to allow skiers to travel either east or west on beginner ski trails from that point. The existing lift was built in 1978 and is nearing the end of its life expectancy. While the bottom terminal of the lift is located on land owned by Snow King Mountain Resort, the top and the associated ski trails are on forest land and require a special use permit. Comments on the proposal are being sought prior to January 12th and should be sent to jackson@fs.fed.us.

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