Solitoga bike trail

A biker cruises along the new Solitoga downhill trail last month at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, one of four new trails off the Sweetwater Gondola that opened to the public this summer.

After a soft opening a few weeks ago, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is opening for the summer season this weekend, though it will cut back evening hours for the Bridger Gondola and close the restaurant, patio and building at the top of the gondola on Saturdays, primarily for private events.

The resort also has changed its mask policy slightly.

The climbing wall, Via Ferrata, and the resort’s newly expanded bike park will open Saturday.

The Teewinot lift and Sweetwater Gondola, which help people access the bike park without pedaling, are set to open then as well, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours through 6 p.m. on Fridays.

The gondola also moved to summer hours Friday, generally running from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. It is free to ride after 5 p.m.

The Deck, the patio eatery at the top of the Bridger Gondola, is set to open for the season June 18, and other restaurants are set to open this weekend. The only food and beverage service available atop the gondola until then will be Piste Mountain Bistro, the more formal restaurant. Piste requires a reservation.

Among things that guests should expect for the summer is a change to how late the Bridger Gondola will run. In years past, adventurers getting in a quick hike or climb after work may have been able to sneak onto a later gondola. But Bridger will stop spinning for the public at 8:30 p.m. this year, certainly earlier than the latest this reporter has managed to download in the past.

Anna Cole, spokeswoman for the resort, confirmed that is an earlier close than in past years.

“We haven’t had a regular schedule for the evening gondola service, so now we have decided for consistency we are going to close that gondola every night [at] 8:30 p.m. so that people who are recreating can get off the mountain,” she told the Jackson Hole Daily. “We’ve cut back the hours a bit but made it more consistent.”

The Deck, along with Piste Mountain Bistro and Rendezvous Lodge — the restaurant and building at the top of Bridger — will be closed Saturday evenings until Sept. 4, though people will still be able to download the Bridger Gondola until 8:30 p.m. on nights when they are closed.

The resort’s website says The Deck, which generally opens at 4:30 p.m., will also be closed June 25, July 8 and 13, and Aug. 16, 20 and 27. Cole encouraged people to check the resort’s website when they’re making plans. She said private events are the reason for the closures, in part because a lot of people are getting married as the United States makes its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resort is changing its mask policy. While it has been requiring masks indoors, but not outdoors, the Big One will now not require masks indoors for guests who have been vaccinated.

The original version of this article incorrectly stated when The Deck is slated to open. It is set to June 18. The only food and beverage service available atop the gondola until then will be Piste.— Eds.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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