In 1966, The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram started taking people to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for skiing, holding 52 people and taking 10.5 minutes to reach the 10,450 foot summit. To this day, more than 50 years later, people from all over the world come to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to ski and experience some of the steepest terrain in all of North America. September 21, 2019 marked another day in the resort’s history–it is the first day that the aerial tram carted more than 150 mountain bikes and riders to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for the first ever mountain bike enduro race.
In true Jackson, Wyoming fashion, mother nature intervened, coating the top of the mountain with 8 inches of snow. The wind also contributed by adding drifts of up to 18 inches. Race officials didn’t panic, they went out with 25 pre-riders and made a decision. That decision was to move the first stage a little lower than the summit and RACE!