Snow King has withdrawn an application to amend its master plan, putting a formal pause on the resort’s contentious, far-reaching efforts to renovate the Town Hill.

The process has been plagued from the start by an awkward dance between the Town Council and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, both of which have jurisdiction over parts of the mountain, and both of which would prefer to have input from the other to inform their own review.

When councilors last discussed the matter in February, they settled their side of the master plan, which included a gondola in Phil Baux Park and an overhaul of the Snow King Resort Master Association — the much-scrutinized group composed of the owners of the resort proper, the Snow King Hotel and the condominiums within the resort district.

But the council decided to wait until the U.S. Forest Service completes its environmental assessment before giving official support to Snow King’s proposals for the national forest swath of the mountain, including a zip line, a new summit road and boundary expansion. Snow King officials warned they needed that assurance sooner, essentially calling it non-negotiable.

The Bridger-Teton should have a draft environmental impact statement prepared by summer, but the final statement likely won’t be ready until late this year or early next.

“It is very disappointing that we could not reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” wrote Ryan Stanley, the resort’s general manager, in a Feb. 26 letter to town Planning Director Tyler Sinclair.

“Nevertheless,” Stanley wrote, “we intend to incorporate feedback from staff, Town Council, and the community into a revised amendment to the Snow King Resort District Master Plan for consideration in the future.”

Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911, or @JHNGtown.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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