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Wyoming Ski Area To Retire Well-Known Steep And High Lift

WY-Chair Chuck Melichar locks up at the base of Snow King's Summit lift Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Jackson, Wyo. the last day the lift was in operation before being retired. Snow King officials plan to replace the 40-year-old lift with a gondola before next winter. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Kristine Harris walked from her home to Snow King recently for a last dash up the Summit Lift. She and her husband, Adam, wanted to pay tribute to the lift one last time.

“It was important to us because it is such an iconic chairlift,” she said. “Not only is Snow King the first ski resort ever in the state of Wyoming, it’s the steep and deep. That is the chairlift not for the weak of heart.”

The only lift from the base of Snow King to the top, the Summit Lift double chair rises — quite slowly, by today’s standards — 1,400 feet through a narrow cut of trees to the summit. Since 1947 it (and its single-chair predecessor) carried Olympians, residents and tourists in winter and summer, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports.

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