When the blades spin, skiers and snowboarders grin
We are fortunate to have Jackson Hole Mountain Resort playing such a prominent role in our community. They are as committed to the valley as they are to improving the ski area, and improving it they most certainly are! In recent years, not only have we witnessed the replacement of the Aerial Tram, but JHMR has added a number of new lifts, and their long-term vision for the ski area is equally ambitious.
With the construction of any new lift, this time the Sweetwater Gondola, comes a flurry of activity. Anyone who spent time in Teton Village over the Memorial Day Weekend noticed the gondola’s myriad of pieces and parts being hoisted one at a time, up the mountain, each dangling securely beneath a beautifully restored, retro-fitted, and liveried, Sikorski UH-60, more commonly known as a Blackhawk.
The helicopter, the first of its kind to be used for heavy-lift operations, belongs to Timberline Helicopters, out of Sandpoint, Idaho. They’re the same team you’ve seen hauling the infrastructure at JHMR during previous expansion operations, and if you’ve taken the time to get to know them, you’ll see how special it is to make a living doing what one loves to do. Their team consists of Pat Trask, who handles refueling duties, Brady Schaures, who ensures Timberline’s helicopters are meticulously maintained, and the guys who man the controls, Riki Moore, Co-Pilot, and Chief Pilot / Vice President, Brian Jorgensen.