Snowboarder Encounters "Longest Lift Line I've Ever Seen" At Jackson Hole During Powder Day

Correction: All of lifts JHMR's lifts didn't open at 9 A.M. on Sunday as previously noted in this article. They opened at 11 A.M. after most of the mountain was closed on Saturday, likely causing the build-up seen in David Muther's video.

This past Sunday, snowboarder and YouTuber David Muther—known by his online alias "Half Cab King"—encountered the longest lift line he's ever seen at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming.

The line captured by Muther stretches from the base of the Eagle Rest's chairlift into JHMR's base area, which is choked with crowds of skiers presumably queuing up for the Bridger, Sweetwater, and Teewinot gondola and lift offerings.

On Sunday morning, JHMR announced on Twitter that 66 inches of snow had fallen in the past six days, with a 24-hour six-inch refresh.

The resort, which started the season slowly, saw 135 inches of snowfall this past month, making it the fourth snowiest February on record.

And, when the snow starts to stack up, the crowds sometimes do, too.

JHMR, which limits day ticket sales and mega pass reservations, has received multiple positive notes from ski media—including a mention in an article from POWDER this season—about its ability to control crowds without enormous lift lines.

But Muther's video painted a different picture.

Here's what happened: A closure on Saturday, combined with a later opening on Sunday—11 A.M.—likely was the primary cause behind the large build-up. Pent up demand and lift access bottlenecks don't get along particularly well together.

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