JACKSON HOLE, WYO – When the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opens for the 2018-19 winter season on Saturday, November 24, Teton Village Association (TVA) will also begin paid parking operations. One of the purposes of creating TVA was to help reduce traffic on Highway 390. Keeping the Village Road two lanes is good for wildlife, good for our neighbors, and lightens the Village’s environmental footprint.
TVA partners with START Bus and pays for additional shuttles to provide frequent and free service from the Teton Village Transit Center (Stilson) at the corner of Highways 390 and 22. START Bus offers nearly 100 daily trips between the Town of Jackson and Teton Village all winter, and most stop at Stilson. TVA contracts for 10 additional shuttle runs that offer free, express service between Stilson and Teton Village between 6-8:15am and 3:30-5:3pm.
In order to encourage employees and skiers to ride the bus to Teton Village, TVA is required to charge for winter parking at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village as part of the resort’s travel demand management program.
And by the way, it’s working. Paid parking in all Village lots and the expansion of START Bus service to Teton Village in the winter have actually decreased average peak hour traffic volumes since 2000, while the average daily skier numbers have increased.
Winter daily parking rates are $20 for the close-in parking lots and $10 for the Ranch lot, where carpools with three or more passengers park free. Parking is free at Stilson. Teton Village Association is implementing peak parking pricing to further reduce traffic from December 22 to January 6, 2019; and weekends thereafter until March 17. Peak parking rates will be $30 for the close-in parking lots and $15 for the Ranch parking lot.
Season parking passes are on sale now at Teton Village Sports and at Hoback Sports. Passes and five-day and ten-day punch cards are also available online. Punch cards will also be sold at all Village parking booths.
In keeping with a stated goal of reducing traffic, all Teton Village employees receive START Bus passes from their employer, and are not to park in the Village. The money collected from paid parking in Teton Village supports efforts to reduce cars on our roads, including parking management, the Stilson transit center, data monitoring, and free shuttles to and within Teton Village.
“In striving to achieve Teton County’s vision to preserve and protect the ecosystem, Teton Village is proud of our work to reduce traffic,” TVA’s executive director Melissa Turley said. “As a result of less cars, there are fewer wildlife-vehicle collisions, lower carbon emissions, and less vehicle congestion, which helps add up to a higher quality of life overall for our Teton County community.”