Heavy snow conditions and an increased number of direct flights into the local airport are credited with bringing record-high visitation to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in December.
Resort spokeswoman Anna Cole declined to say how many people bought lift tickets or used season passes during the month, but she says it was the highest volume of visitors since the resort opened in 1966.
Cole says new direct flights into the valley from Newark and San Francisco made it easier for visitors to get to the resort, but she also says skiing conditions were exceptional during their busiest month.
“We saw above-average snowfall for the month of December, it snowed 25 days out of the 31 days in December. So we were really leading the industry in snowpack and snow conditions, so people chose Jackson Hole this holiday season.”
Cole says upgrades at the resort – including a large new high-speed chair lift and a tram – have equipped it to accommodate the influx of tourists.