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Snow King expansion approved by forest

JACKSON (WNE) — Snow King Mountain Resort now has a signed decision in hand authorizing the most extensive overhaul and expansion in the small ski area’s 82-year history.

Much of the construction work is just weeks or months away.

On Tuesday, in tandem with the Bridger-Teton National Forest releasing its decision approving Snow King’s lengthy list of planned buildings, new terrain and amenities, the ski area also publicized its 2021 construction plans.

The list runs long. Snow King will be installing a new eight-passenger gondola in place of the Summit Lift, a new four-person lift on the backside and a new 2-mile-long road that will run along a new alignment from town up to the mountain’s 7,808-foot summit.

Also planned for 2021 are a new beginner ski zone with two “magic carpet”-style conveyors, a 3,200-foot-long zip line, plus a new ski patrol and gondola maintenance building at the summit that’s a precursor to a restaurant. To make way for the gondola, the base of the Cougar lift will also be relocated upslope about 250 feet.

“It is anticipated that all of these improvements will be ready for the 2021-2022 winter season,” Snow King announced in a press release. “In order to get a timely start on projects the grooming team will be removing snow from mountain roads and the base of the mountain this week.”