King pushing zip line

By Jim Stanford on November 12, 2012

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Tourist on a zip line in Texas. Snow King says such amenities are necessary to make the ski area more profitable.

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.

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9 Comments so far

  1. jd November 13, 2012 10:04 am

    how about fixing the stuff that’s already there? The lifts are old and falling apart and he wants to “expand mountain operations”? And as for the town asking for state $$ to construct a mid mountain building? I hope we learned our lesson with the ice rink he ran into the ground.

  2. PPL November 13, 2012 1:40 pm

    That’s his way…get someone else to foot the bill while he reaps the benefits…not to mention the fact that he never pays his bills on time and owes hundreds of thousands of back taxes to the IRS…Hopefully the good old boy network he is a part of is smart enough to avoid the nudge nudge wink wink deals he is famous for.

  3. jstorrs November 13, 2012 3:38 pm

    I say let them do it. I would love lift serviced mountain biking at the king. If anything it will help tourists spend more money in our town!

  4. js November 13, 2012 10:13 pm

    The meeting was so hastily arranged that three councilors could not attend, and without a quorum the issue was pushed to Monday’s regular council meeting. My main concern is giving citizens plenty of notice and time to give input. And I think we need a broader discussion regarding what sort of amenities the community desires on Snow King, associated development rights at the base and the proper level of continued public subsidy.
    The sudden call on a holiday for a special meeting the next morning gives the impression someone is trying to rush this through.

  5. Sam November 14, 2012 11:06 am

    Who wouldn’t love to hike the king and zip line down? It won’t be quite like that, but this is an essential part of any modern mountain resort, which is what Jackson is, like it or not. The town and the Village should be doing this. It will make for a lot of happy little tourists, too. It’s a no-lose idea (low cost to implement, really), and we’re wise to the ways of the owner, so the dealmakers should be intelligent enough to account for that. Just do it…

  6. Jeremy M November 14, 2012 6:15 pm

    We do not need lift accessed biking or a zip line on the king. Whats wrong with biking up or walking down?? There are already enough cheesy things to do over near the King so lets not add more.
    Go Heels!!

  7. snowtuber November 14, 2012 8:21 pm

    yay let’s crisscross the community of users with bike trails, horses, dogs off leashes, then add ziplines and a mountain coaster to go with the alpine slide. then theyll have enough money to build jumps out of snow, someday..
    we have a pretty darn authentic hill and community here, we shouldn’t need to copy what the poconos are doing. locals have begged for terrain/ lift improvements forever, but your town hill wants to gamble on the tourists instead. so speak up, and hopefully they will hear. if this proposal happens, Im going to call it a carnival, not a ski area, not the town hill.
    the ski area needs more community support than the jhsc to survive obviously, and it’s sad that they’ve lost out on a generation of users because they could never build a line of park features or even a meager halfpipe, or even tidy up a few acres of woods. not all of us are ski racers.
    there’s 1000 higher priorities on that hill. Thanks for getting the dialogue going Jim.
    I still want to buy a lifetime pass to Jackson Ridge and be a shareholder with everyone in the revival of the hill, but the window on that option is closing fast. the local media and town govt are hyped on buying a $10m 10 acre lot, and they probably could have bought the king for $1, who knows… otherwise I’d say fork it over to friends of pathways, they get stuff done and ski trails are paths too, and we could distract them from making your street like Redmond…

  8. js November 14, 2012 10:38 pm

    After further discussion, the zip line proposal has been put off until the new council is seated in January. Also put off till then are Snow King’s request for $1.5 million in town-sponsored state funds and Vertical Harvest’s request for $1.5 million in such funds.

  9. ransas November 20, 2012 8:04 pm

    Zip Line, all for it. Lift access biking, Yep! Panorama house improvements hells yeah. Mid mountain amphitheater, nah. The ski terrain is just fine on snow king, though the lifts could use safety bars on all the chairs.kinda sad how the visionless leaders of jackson relegate in town activity for the less then uberfit to shopping.

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