As the days begin to get shorter and the nights a bit cooler we are starting to look ahead to winter with anticipation, especially as we recently received an update from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort President Mary Kate Buckley about the state of affairs of what winter might look like for the 20/21 season.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has done a stellar job of putting protocols in place to keep our community healthy and safe and have enabled adventurers to come back to the outdoors to safely experience hiking, mountain biking, and enjoy epic views at the top of the gondola at JHMR. If not for the presence of masks and other protocols in place, the joy and memories might seem like any other summer.
JHMR will be leveraging their learnings and the proven success of safe summer operations to the winter season. In the same way, they swiftly, proactively, and successfully addressed summer business, health, and safety this winter will remain paramount.
MARY HAS OUTLINED WAYS JHMR WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE THE MOUNTAINS AND THE JACKSON COMMUNITY AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE:
- We will comply with all health ordinances. On March 15 JHMR was closed per the direction of Wyoming Governor Gordon and in response to a health ordinance from the Wyoming State Health Officer; we will continue to follow any and all health ordinances this coming winter.
- Even under our most cautious scenario, we plan to operate the Resort for 137 days, opening on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020 through April 11, 2021.
- We will leverage our experiences and learnings from our summer operations and implement new operational safety protocols to protect our guests and employees from the transmission of COVID-19 for the upcoming winter. Our protocols are being developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Jackson’s St. John’s Health, Teton County Public Health, and the State of Wyoming.
- Guests will be advised to practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet away from other groups of people while standing in lines, inside buildings and structures or moving around the property. We will work to pre-fulfill ticket purchases so that our guests can arrive with tickets in hand to eliminate a stop in a guest service center. Restaurants, guest service centers, and retail/rental facilities will be arranged to ensure appropriate distancing. Lifts and gondolas will be loaded with groups traveling together or individually, with separate capacity considerations for the Aerial Tram. All capacity changes will be in alignment with State and County ordinances.