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Snow King Snowmaking System Stricken

December 18, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Frozen water pipes are a problem for homeowners during the kind of hard freeze Jackson Hole has just experienced – but it can be even worse for a ski area when those pipes supply snow-making equipment.  Yet, that’s just what has happened at Snow King Ski Area.  Mountain Manager Adam Shanklin says a new system had been installed on the Elk side of the mountain, but the old system remained on the Rafferty side.  That latter system developed a break in the pipe this week causing problems for snow-making to cover the return trail there.  However, Shanklin says the system on Elk is still pumping out the snow and the trails there are open.  He says resort officials are trying to come up with a solution to carry them through the winter.  Still, he quickly adds that the good news is that the mountain is already in extremely good shape and even the affected Rafferty side of the mountain will be able to open after one more, good storm.

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