Tim Mason, who runs Mountain Operations for the resort said the most
exciting moment of the month came when 15 inches of new snow fell. Both
Mason and General Manager Tom Spangler agreed that December was a
slow-moving month for construction and that people were mostly
concentrated on skiing.
Indeed, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort recorded 107 inches of snowfall at their upper snow study plot during the month, which is 134% of normal. Forecasters reported that this was the seventh snowiest December in the past 41 seasons.
But, onto the construction:
1. At the Base:
A crew of 10 men spent about a week and a half pouring 60 cubic yards of concrete to form the base of the new clock tower.
Zaist Construction and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort crews erected a temporary building over the foundation for the new lower terminal building so they can work on the ground. They are also heating the ground so it doesn’t freeze during the winter. This site can be seen next to Nick Wilson’s.
“There is a gas unit over there with all these tubes and everything,” said Tom Spangler, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort general manager. “There’s a lot of work, but they’re plugging away. It’s a slow process.”
2. Tower Update
Tower 1 progressed steadily as well, with crews just starting to drill the foundation in December. Preparing for the foundation means drilling 4 by 4 by 50 feet holes.
“We thought they’d be done in two weeks and it’s taken eight days a hole instead,” Spangler said. “They’re supposed to go 50 feet down and they’ve been hitting huge boulders. They can do it, it just takes a long time.”
All the new towers are slated to be about 200 feet tall, about a 40-50 foot increase from the height of the old ones. “Tower 3, for example, is 140 feet now and it will be about 190,” Spangler said. We don’t need it until April, so they can take their time and get it done. They can drill all winter.”