New Snow King zipline now open

Before riding the final section of the Snow King zip line Friday afternoon, April Gasper talks with her husband Paul Agrodny about the 2,820-foot descent they had just made from the top of Snow King. The Las Vegas couple was celebrating their three-year wedding anniversary with their first trip to Jackson.

Carabiners clipped and fear only somewhat assuaged, the world starts to fall away as you plummet toward the valley floor.

In the distance, the Tetons slip back behind the veil of East Gros Ventre Butte, and the whir of the wire that suspends you ramps to a higher pitch. Pulling down on the handlebar you zoom past the rider next to you, legs pirouetting slightly in the mounting breeze.

New Snow King zipline now open

A Snow King zip line crew member takes off, beginning a 2,820-foot descent Friday during the first tour open to the public. After nearly a decade of negotiations and a year of building, Snow King Mountain Resort finally opened its newest attraction — a multi-pitch zip line dubbed the steepest in the U.S.

While on assignment covering the opening of Snow King's newest attraction, "the steepest zip line in North America," News&Guide staffers Evan Robinson-Johnson, the schools and health reporter, and Kathryn Ziesig, photographer, got to experience the ride first-hand.

New Snow King zipline now open

April Gasper lets go of the zip line handlebar after coming to a complete stop about halfway down the final section of Snow King’s newest attraction Friday afternoon. The Las Vegas native and her husband Paul Agrodny were the first members of the public to ride the zip line, but their adventure was not all smooth sailing for the couple. Staff members prepared to make a mid-line rescue, but after about 10 minutes, Gasper was able to reach up to the handle and swing herself forward with enough momentum to carry her to the platform.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

Kathryn Ziesig is a Nashville native who first came to the News&Guide in 2019 as a multimedia intern and returned to the newsroom full-time in 2021. Ziesig lives in town with her dog, Elivra, and a small forest of house plants.

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