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White Pine Yesterday & Today

White Pine Ski Area is one of Wyoming’s oldest ski areas, located in the beautiful Wind River Mountains just 10 miles outside of historic Pinedale, Wyoming.  White Pine (originally named Surveyor Park Ski Area) opened to skiers in February 1940.  One of Wyoming’s first cable tows had been installed the previous Fall consisting of a 1/2-inch cable run around 2 drums powered by a gas-fired Chevy motor.  In 1961, the USFS issued a 20-year lease covering 76 acres on Fortification Mountain. Stocks were sold to cover the purchase of a lift which was purchased and shipped from France. The White Pine lift was the longest in Wyoming at the time, starting at 8,500 feet elevation and taking skiers an additional 1,000 feet to the top of Fortification Mountain.

Currently, White Pine Ski Area has 29 runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding and is adjacent to 35K of looping Nordic ski trails for all skill levels. Two lifts service groomed downhill runs and the terrain park offers jumps & slides. A third lift services a small fun tubing hill.  Fortification Mountain rises to an elevation of 9,600 feet and offers spectacular views of the Continental Divide, Wind River Mountains, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Fremont Lake, as well as the nearby Wyoming Mountain Range.

Year-round recreation (in addition to skiing & tubing) includes horseback riding, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and fishing.  Additionally, White Pine hosts weddings, parties, reunions, concerts, and more.  White Pine has an assortment of facilities for rent including cabin accommodations, and a campground with wall tents, tipis, RV spaces with water and electric hookups, and hot showers and flushing toilets.