“We’ve been getting calls and emails probably since we announced that lift was going away, three or four months ago. And I’d say a lot of people have been interested for sure. You know I think some people may have thought the price might be a little cheaper. We did a little survey of recent ski lift sales and saw they sold for $2,500 apiece at Bogus Basin … in just the past year so we figured we were in the running.” Snow King GMRyan Stanley
As locals bid farewell to Snow King’s Mountain’s historic Summit Lift, which is being replaced this summer to make way for a new eight-passenger gondola, the Jackson Hole ski resort is offering 100 chairs at $1,500. Proceeds will help pay for improvements on the mountain this summer. Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the resort initially tried to find a new home for the entire Summit Lift at another ski resort, but two deals fell through and the resort, pressed for time, had to find another way to repurpose the old machine:
“We started off with this ski area in Michigan that seemed really interested and sent an engineer out here, indicated they were going to buy it, and then I guess they had a bad ski season, and they decided they couldn’t afford it. And so that one didn’t happen. And then we had another interested ski area actually in Wyoming that was kind of interested in taking it, but they didn’t have the Forest Service approvals already in hand to do so.”
10 to 15 of the chairs will likely stay at Snow King as outdoor seating and they hope to donate the remained to the a public bench collaboration project so that the history of the old Snow King hill will live on in Jackson.
“We’ve been in talks with the town of Jackson and Jackson Hole Public Art and the Chamber of Commerce, who have looked at applying for grants for the state of Wyoming to refurbish them into benches and swings that could be used around town and painted up nicely.”
Sale kicks off 10 a.m. Friday, May 28. You can purchase a chair by going to SnowKingMountain.com and clicking on the “Buy Now” button in the upper right corner. Snow King Mountain staff will be available to help load chairs during pickup from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 1-4. Good luck!