ski area sign removed from village

The old sign after the season’s first snowfall, October 2007.

A few weeks ago I stopped in at Teton Village and noticed a change. The “Jackson Hole Ski Resort” sign had been removed from the old entrance road.

Call me a stodgy traditionalist, but I always use the old road to enter the village. And there was something welcoming about that wooden sign, a throwback to another era when ski resorts were guests on public land.

After some investigating, I found that the sign was removed at the behest of the Forest Service, whose new supervisor, Jacque Buchanan, reportedly felt it was out of date. “It was not good representation of the forest,” Bridger-Teton spokeswoman Mary Cernicek said. “It was in a pretty poor state.”

The sign may have been the original entrance greeting to the village. It dates at least prior to 1973, when the Bridger and Teton forests were combined. I have been unable to reach former ski school meister Pepi Stiegler to verify its age.

Built in 1965, the resort was known as the Jackson Hole Ski Area until about 1998, when, in an effort to broaden year-round appeal, it was renamed Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The Forest Service plans to install a new sign with the full “Bridger-Teton National Forest” insignia, possibly as early as this summer, Cernicek said. No word yet on the cost or what the design will look like.

The old sign sits in a maintenance yard at the resort. Snow King Ski Area used to have a similar marker, but it, too, was removed.

The old entrance road to the village is slated to fade into history soon as well, said Sue Bybee, president of Teton Village Association. A new road will be built slightly north, providing direct entrance to the Ranch Lot; the current layout sits on land slated for development, she said.

My use of the old road is rooted in nostalgia, for it was where I went on my first night in Jackson Hole (on the way to the Sojourner Pub), and utility, as it is the easiest route to free short-term parking in front of the hotels and the discounted Ranch Lot.

Despite all the upscale additions, I can’t help but pine for the old Teton Village.

(Photo via JHMR)

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7 Comments so far

  1. JFish June 29, 2012 5:26 pm

    what happened to the Jackson Hole sign at the top of the pass?Nothing there but 2 poles now.

  2. peon999 July 1, 2012 5:33 pm

    The Snow King sign is in a shed. It got repainted. It might be ready to go by 2058. However, it would have represented SK well if it was all chipped up and falling over.
    Maybe check Jacque’s house for the sign that was on the pass.

  3. gringo July 2, 2012 10:17 am

    i hope the old sign at least ends up in some bar and can at least serve as ‘atmosphere’ for the tourists and ‘remember back when…’ icon for the rest of us.
    would be a pity if they just burn or scrap it.

  4. Brad July 2, 2012 2:03 pm

    I don’t buy this “it was in a pretty poor state” stuff. The brown paint they use on those signs is nuke-proof, and for a good reason given the rough seasons around here. Those signs can be, and have been, refurbished stayed in other places for years.

  5. JMowow July 5, 2012 5:37 am

    Perhaps JHMR can sell the sign to some trustafarian in town and use the money to buy waterproof uniforms ?

  6. Scott Ballew July 7, 2012 6:45 am

    That is sad. A true icon of JHMR roots. Like others, I hope it appears in a way that it still can be enjoyed.

  7. Evan July 7, 2012 10:41 am

    Noticed they also took down the “That bull is some cows beau” signs on the way into the park. What gives? Maybe they saw the saws as a distraction from looking out for said cows and bulls??

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