Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has announced capacity limits for gondola lifts and the Aerial Tram, and has suspended pass sales for the upcoming season as part of a slate of operational changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The big red ski resort on the east side of the Tetons has halted season pass sales for the upcoming winter season. 

The portal to purchase season passes showed Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's decision Wednesday morning. 

"Season passes are currently off sale," the resort wrote on its season pass page. "We intend to resume selling public pass products on October 5, noting that 7- and 10-day pass products will no longer be offered."

The page was updated as the resort announced a slate of operational changes due to COVID-19, which included limiting capacity at the mountain by capping on the number of tickets that can be purchased daily. The resort's recently published "Winter FAQs" page did not say what that cap was or how many season passes had already been sold. The resort's summer sale ended Aug. 31.

"Our priority is to create an environment that protects the health and safety of our guests and employees with the baseline requirements to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing," the FAQ page reads. "We are adopting the best practices and direction from the National Ski Areas Association, the CDC, Wyoming Department of Health, Teton County Health Department and St. John's Health."

Those who have purchased a season pass will not be required to make a reservation, as passholders at Vail's resorts will.

"Anyone who has already purchased any Season Pass from JHMR will have full mountain access without limitations this winter per the terms under which their pass was purchased," the FAQ page reads.

That page also shows the resort will sanitize Aerial Tram cabins and the Bridger and Sweetwater Gondola cars multiple times daily, placing thermal imaging cameras "in certain areas" to detect fevers among skiers, and limiting capacity on the tram. All lifts will run "as weather, conditions and guidelines permit" and will be loaded "according to groups traveling together, households or individuals," though the resort said "self-identified mixed groups and singles may load on the same chair."

Maze configurations could also look a little different, signage and distancing reminders will be placed in lines, and masks will be mandatory while people are standing in line and riding the lifts.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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.

(1) comment

Zach Jones

With all the tourism to JH, I’m sure there have been many deaths from covid.

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