Gaper Day Ends With Fire At Jackson Hole

Gaper Day Ends With Fire At Jackson Hole


Gaper Day Ends With Fire At Jackson Hole


Fire at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

^Fire near Sundance trail at JHMR. Credit: Abby Schwamm/Jackson Hole News & Guide

Gaper Day is an annual holiday celebrated by wacky skiers and riders across the country.

Park City and Jackson Hole might be the most well-known for their Gaper Day festivities, and the latter’s day of weird ski costumes and excessive consumption of booze ended with a literal fire on the mountain.

Gaper Day gone wrong, fire now out at JHMR

^Another angle of the blaze. Credit: Buckrail

Jackson Hole News & Guide reported that a fire was spotted near the Sundance run at JHMR at 5:16 PM (MST) shortly after the lifts closed at the resort.

Resort employees responded to the small blaze, and reportedly had extinguished the fire by 5:23 PM (MST).


^Maybe somebody watched Benchetler’s Fire On The Mountain one too many times…

Details on the origins of the fire have not been released, but I’ll make some liberal guesses as to what happened based on the nature of Gaper Day festivities.

  1. Somebody listened to ‘Fire on The Mountain’ by The Grateful Dead too many times and actually lit a fire on the mountain
  2. A drunk/high pyromaniac got the confidence to start a fire that the ‘whole resort will see’
  3. Fireworks gone wrong

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