Overview of Snow King Resort, Wyoming
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
When you visit Jackson Wyoming, you should ski Snow King just to complete the Teton Trifecta. Snow King is, after all, the original Jackson Wyoming ski resort, started in 1939 – decades before Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. This humble but steep hill is located right in the town of Jackson, just six blocks from Town Square and the Elk Arches. Skiing down Snow King’s slopes is akin to Aspen or Telluride with the town view at your ski tips.
Snow King is nothing fancy, but the fall-line is serious – a continuous 40% grade. Locals call Snow King the most eastern ski area in the west, and it is the steepest ski area in the country. Snow King is primarily a race hill for locals with its north facing slopes and pitch. The beauty of Snow King is the summit trails which hardly get skied (the racers stays on the lower part) so the snow stays soft, untracked and unbelievably sweet. Snow King’s five black diamond trails from 7,808’, like Bearcat and Grizzly, live up to their names, steep and deep.
Snow King’s hours are 10-6:30 with lighted evening skiing. You can ski Snow King for two hours for $25, the best ski deal in the Teton Valley. Mind you, Snow King’s lifts are retro - an old double chair gets you 1,571’ vertical and accesses the 400 acres of trails plus additional backcountry – but don’t go too far into the elk refuge. Snow King has a very generous winter hiking policy – you can climb up, as long as you aren’t on the groomed trails, and ski down free of charge. For the $25, we recommend the steady chair lifts, saving your energy for Exhibition – the butt kicking lift line trail of pure vertical in powder, or pounding bumps.
Snow King Resort has condo and hotel lodging at the base, very family oriented and friendly, and you can walk to the town of Jackson. Parents might enjoy letting the kids ski, ice skate and snow tube at Snow King while dining at the on mountain Snow King Hotel with views of the slopes lit up in the evening.
For great lodging in the town of Jackson, The White Buffalo Club is luxurious and convenient. For a posh private setting with grand views of the Tetons and Snow King, Amangani is just a short drive outside of Jackson.