By Jim Stanford on January 22, 2013
Today the Jackson Town Council will consider a request by operators of the Snow King Ski Area to build a zip line on town land at the bottom of the mountain.
This clip, apparently a promotional video made by the manufacturer, illustrates how the zip line would operate. Snow King has provided little information about the design, other than a diagram showing the proposed location.
The zip line would be 700 feet long, constructed east of the Cougar chairlift and west of the ice rink. The top and bottom stations would be on two parcels of land owned by the Town of Jackson. Snow King owns the parcel in between.
As reported in today’s Daily, Snow King pays the town $100 a month to lease this land for the ski area. Operators began digging the foundation for the top station of the zip line last fall without permission.
At issue is whether the council should expand the permitted uses of the ski area “to include ziplines, mountain bike trails, and other outdoor amenities that may from time to time be approved by resolution of the Town Council.”
The zip line is the first in a series of projects Snow King Resort Holdings is planning for the mountain, including a network of downhill mountain bike trails, expanded snowmaking to the summit, construction of a pond atop the mountain to hold water for snowmaking and firefighting, and an alpine coaster. Operators will discuss these plans today as well.
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The workshop begins at 2 p.m. The zip line proposal is expected to come up around 2:30 and last an hour.