A Jackson Hole staple since 1970, the iconic Thunder lift has been serving skiers over 1,400 vertical feet of epic groomers, luscious pillows, Hollywood cliff hits and the infamous Tower 3 inbounds couloir for nearly half a decade. For the last 28 years, the same fixed lift has been ushering snow sliders up this sought-after terrain, and as well as it has served, the resort knew it was time for an update.
All summer and fall JHMR was hard at work replacing the old Thunder lift with a new high-speed quad. With the ability to carry skiers at 1,000 feet per minute, the new Thunder runs twice as fast as the former lift, which will ultimately cut down on lines and get you to the goods in half the time. I hope you’ve been doing your squats and wall sits because even Jim Ryan believes you’ll be able to lap this lift to your quads’ content.
The lift officially opened to the public on December 10 but the resort plans to do a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony at the base of the lift on Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. Complete with a live performance from the Tram Jam, it’s going to be a guaranteed ripping good time, especially since the mountain has already received 180 inches of snow this year.