By Jim Stanford on November 12, 2012
The Jackson Town Council will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday to discuss a possible zip line on Snow King.
The meeting was announced this afternoon. As of 5 p.m., no agenda or documents were posted on the town website. The purpose is to discuss “expanded mountain operations” on Snow King, states a town release.
Town Administrator Bob McLaurin said the meeting will pertain to Snow King’s lease with the town for land at the bottom of the mountain. The resort is seeking to build a zip line that lands on town property near the base of the Cougar chairlift. Snow King reportedly leases this land from the town for $1 a year.
McLaurin said his understanding is that the meeting will be the “beginning of the discussion” about the zip line, which has been a topic of concern among some residents and neighbors.
Immediately following the meeting, the council will convene in a closed executive session to discuss a purchase of real estate. McLaurin said the site is unrelated to the zip line.
Snow King proposed the zip line in May as part of a new package of recreational amenities. Since then, the resort sold the hotel to former San Diego Padres owner John Moores’ JMI Realty but retained the ski area and other land and development rights at the base.
In recent months Manuel Lopez, president of Snow King Holdings, which runs the ski area, has contacted at least one landowner about landing the zip line on the north side of Snow King Avenue, across the street from the mountain.
Lopez also has asked the town to apply for $1.5 million in state funds to construct a new building at mid-mountain, which the town would lease to Snow King Holdings. The company would put up the remaining $385,000, the News&Guide reported.