Photo: Courtesy Ryan Connor

JACKSON, Wyo. —  One of our readers snapped this photo of a Snow King chairlift pole being removed to allow construction of an eight-person gondola which is expected to be completed by next winter season. The gondola will be replacing the popular Summit Chair Lift which has been spinning since its last update in the ’80s.

“We’re making some progress towards the gondola, mainly on removal/relocation of the lifts at the base,” Ryan Stanely, General Manager of Snow King, said. “We will start putting together weekly construction updates soon. They will be available to inform people of what is going on the mountain from a safety and trails perspective.”

The lift pole pictured above belongs to the Cougar lift, and the placement of the gondola loading platform will result in the relocation of the base portion of the Cougar Lift, which will be moved uphill some 250 feet.

Liftless chairlifts lead up Snow King Mountain as construction workers prep to install a new eight-person gondola. Photo: Jacob Gore // Buckrail

As far as old chairlifts go, Snow King plans to sell them to another ski resort.

“We are still working on selling the entire chairlift to another ski resort but will get the word out if that changes toward the end of May,” Stanely said.

Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.