Snow King Mountain is the oldest ski area in Wyoming. Known by locals as the "Town Hill," in summer the ski resort transforms its base into a real community hub, offering a wide range of summer activities for all ages along with spectacular views of Jackson Hole and the Teton Mountain Range.
Daily activities at Snow King include scenic chairlift rides, the alpine slide, a "Cowboy Coaster" and Treetop Adventure ropes course—complete with zip lines—miniature golf course, paragliding, hiking, biking, bungee trampolines, a new interactive maze and a bouldering park. Play on!
What To Do
Snow King is amazing from top to bottom. Case in point: The 360-degree views from the top of the mountain are famous—you can stare back over the buildings in town below you and out over the buttes to the clear and jagged Teton Mountains just beyond. To reach the summit, hike or bike up on the 1,500-vertical extensive trail network—a great workout or place for a reflective walk. The main chairlift operates for 20-minute summer scenic rides if you prefer to ride to the top.
Down at the base, there is action aplenty, as well as a new way to save money on all the activities—the "Big King Pass" ($125 adults, $50 kids). The pass includes a single day of unlimited use of all activities including mini-golf, the Cowboy Coaster, alpine slide, Amaze'n Snow King maze, bungee trampoline and scenic chairlift, plus one tour on the Treetop Adventure Course. The evening Big King Pass is $75 for all ages from 5 to 8 p.m. It is good for unlimited use of all activities including the blue and green Treetop Adventure routes and zipline area, plus the kid's course, Flying Squirrel.
Below we highlight what's in store at "the King" for hours—or a full day—of mountain fun in the sun.
With course elements 12 to 80 feet off the ground, you'll quickly discover why this activity is called Treetop Adventure! Think Swiss Family Robinson meets X-Games. After a safety brief you’ll clip in and ride zip lines, shimmy over suspended bridges, scramble up nets, cross swinging logs and even ride an aerial skateboard. This adventure is essentially a high-flying tour of the forest! Kids under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $70 (ages 12 and up).
The Flying Squirrel Course is designed for kids ages 7 and up. Cables are 6 to 10 feet above the forest floor for all challenges except the zip line which gets as high as 20 feet off the ground. Cost: $40.
- Where? The intersection of Snow King Avenue and Cache Street. A few blocks south on Cache from the Town Square. Can't miss it.
- Ages: All!
- Cost: Lots of great free activities and various paid ones (ranging in price from $4-$70).
- Hours: The King's extended summer hours (starting June 17th) are as follows—10 a.m.-9 p.m. for Cowboy Coaster, Alpine Slide, Amaze'n Snow King maze, bungee trampoline, mini-golf, Summit and Rafferty lifts and King's Grill; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. for Treetop Adventure Course; and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Snow King Mountain Sports retail and rental shop.
- Rentals: Rent a pathway or mountain bicycle, Burley trailer, or a SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) at Snow King Sports.
- Duration: Stop by at any time of day for as long as you have.
- Intensity: Easy, but harder if you hike up for the views and exercise.
- Highlights: Views from the top!
- Phone: 307-201-KING (5464)
- Website: snowkingmountain.com
The unique—and uniquely fun!—Cowboy Coaster made its big summer debut in 2016. Jackson Hole's most exciting new attraction zips, twists and turns through nearly a mile of loops, curves and drops—some as high as four stories tall. The mountain coaster is also the only one in the state! Cost: $20 driver, $10 passenger. Five-trip packages are available from $40 to $80.
Insider tip: This is a thrill not to be missed! If you are a brave passenger, keep your hands up in the air going down and around the curves and hills, regular roller coaster-style. And after your ride, don't forget to check out the photo that is taken of you on the last turn; priceless!
Fore! This new state-of-the-art 18-hole miniature golf course features water challenges including a waterfall and a pond. The family-friendly course travels through multiple levels and is a great activity for kids of all ages. Plus, it's the only mini-golf spot in the Tetons! Cost: $12 adults; $6 kids age 6 and under.
New: Amaze'n Snow King!
Snow King Mountain has unveiled its new interactive maze for summer 2017: Amaze'n Snow King. It is themed with animals of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Maze runners are timed searching for different checkpoints in the structure, including interpretive elements related to eight animals that are hidden within. There is even a mini zipline! Cost: $10 for ages 6 and up; $5 under age 6. Re-runs through the maze are $5. The maze is included with all the other activities on the mountain with the Big King Passes.
One Jackson Hole experience not to be missed is the Snow King Alpine Slide that combines a scenic chairlift ride up with an exhilarating sled-like ride down the mountain. A Jackson Hole institution for 40 years, the slide takes you zooming across the mountain and down 350 feet over the half mile track at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Fly through twists and turns on one of two side-by-side tracks as you slide through banked turns and hairpin thrills at your own pace. Cost: $15 (7 years and older); $4 (ages 2-6).
The bungee trampoline isn't just for kids—even adults will marvel at how high they can get while perfecting flips (or belly flops!). Securely harnessed to the bungee cords, you can try flips and tricks without fear of falling. A 2-minute jump is $10.
At the base of Snow King lies a free bouldering park that features three large boulders/walls for all ages and skill levels. On Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., a "Town Pump" summer bouldering series competition is held. A youth division is available for climbers under age 14. This weekly event generates money for climbing holds for the boulder park.
Snow King Mountain Sports
Snow King Mountain Sports has gear and accessories to help you make the most of your time in Jackson Hole—bike and stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals, outdoor adventure clothing, swimwear and even souvenir T-shirts. Rent an adult pathway bike for $39 for a half day or a kid’s bike for $29 (helmet included in all bike rentals). Mountain bike rentals start at $49. There are also Trail-a-Bikes for kids not quite ready to bike on their own. SUP’s cost $40 a day to rent. To reserve, call 307-201-5096 or visit snowkingmountain.com.
Despite all the daily action at and around Snow King, what brings the town to the base most routinely are the fantastic summer concerts. JacksonHoleLive is a (nearly) free, all-ages, outdoor summer concert series at the base of Snow King Mountain; $5 for those age 18 and up/free age 17 and under. Hosting a series of big name concerts throughout the summer on different days of the week, these events have become big draws with local food, concession tents, activities for kids and great music through summer's beautiful twilight hour. Make sure to check out the schedule on the JacksonHoleLive website.
Slopeside and Mountain Top Dining
When spending part of a day at Snow King, we love that you can easily walk to the Town Square environs for a bite. To make things even easier, however, Snow King is host to two eateries located right at the base of the mountain and one at the summit. The King's Grill (pictured) is a family-friendly, All-American restaurant in the Rafferty Center, steps away from the Cowboy Coaster. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for lunch or dinner and frequently has specials on food and/or adult beverages. Kim's Corner Cafe in the Snow King Sports & Event Center is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and serves up authentic Korean specialties, as well as American classics. Also at the base of the hill is Lift, offering plenty of parking, outstanding views and some of the best rooftop dining in Jackson.
A new dining experience for summer 2017 is the Panorama House located at the summit of the mountain. Shuttered for many years, it is back with a bang featuring the most enviable view of the valley, bar none! It's open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from June 26 through August 24; the hours will be reduced after that date. Snacks, beer and wine are served, plus Slushies during happy hour (5 to 9 p.m.) (Slushies are adult beverages—think a Slurpee with alcohol.)
Don't Miss the View!
We can't say enough about the view, so don't miss a chance to take a scenic chairlift ride on the Summit Lift all the way to the top and be prepared to be astounded by the panorama of Jackson Hole—on a clear day you can even see Yellowstone! You can also take it all in from the top of the Rafferty chairlift, which is where you will start the Alpine Slide.
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