Meet Snow King Mountain, the "Town Hill" and oldest ski area in Wyoming. The 2018-19 ski season marks the King's 80th anniversary! In winter, Snow King Mountain Resort is the place for skiing, snow tubing and ski instruction right in the town of Jackson. You can even take a roller coaster ride up and down the snow-covered mountain!
Fun, Green Fact: Snow King announced that beginning this season (2018-19) all its lifts will be running on renewable energy!
- 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: Anyone who can ski or snowboard or wants to learn
- Cost: At $59 for a full day, lift tickets are about $100 less than the price of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Half-day (1-4 p.m.) tickets are $49 and night skiing (4-7 p.m.) is $30. Kids 5 and under ski free.
- Activity packages include a Coaster/King Tubes combo package that combines one Cowboy Coaster ride with one hour of tubing for $30, and a Winter Big King Pass which includes unlimited skiing or snowboarding, Cowboy Coaster rides and tubing for $90.
- Rentals: Ski packages (skis, boots, poles) start at $27.50 for kids and $50 adults
- Duration: The big draw of Snow King is that you can buy lift tickets for part of the day only. Usually, this means morning, afternoon, night (until 7 p.m.), or all three.
- Intensity: Snow King actually has the steepest ski racing course in the lower 48 states, which draws U.S. Ski Team members to train. On the other hand, there's a whole separate side of the mountain with blues and greens for beginners.
- Highlights: Night skiing under the lights Monday-Saturday! And on New Year's Eve there is a torch light parade from the top of the mountain, followed by fireworks; a magnificent and memorable sight to behold.
- Phone: 307-201-KING (5464)
- Website: snowkingmountain.com
Snow King first established Jackson’s reputation as a ski town in the 1930s and holds the crown as Wyoming’s first ski area. With 400 skiable acres, a terrain park, three lifts and 32 runs, Snow King is a world-class ski resort right in the heart of Jackson. Open seven days a week —from 9 a.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. weekdays—the “King” also offers night skiing under the lights until 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Skiing-wise, Snow King is much smaller than its big brother Jackson Hole Mountain Resort down the road in Teton Village, but that doesn't mean it's any less steep or fun. We love Snow King for the easy access, no lift lines, family-friendly atmosphere and ability to ski at night.
Best of all, Snow King is just blocks from Jackson's Town Square and literally looms over Jackson for a classic Western ski town experience. It's a great place to ski if you are staying in town and want to walk (or join the locals on the START Bus) for a more casual day or just a few runs. It also offers the only night skiing in Jackson Hole, perfect for if you spent the day doing something else but need to get those turns in!
Get lift ticket prices, hours and other details on the Snow King Mountain website.
Acting as the winter sports hub right in the town of Jackson, Snow King is also home to activities like tubing, mountain roller coaster riding and the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team. Come enjoy a day off from the bigger slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, or an evening of post-skiing activities.
King Tubes is a guaranteed hit for the whole family and real excitement under the lights until 7 p.m. There are three smooth, groomed lanes; a rope tow takes you up the hill. You'll find the long chutes and giant backstop of the tubing area right at the base of Snow King. Kids must be at least 42″ tall to ride and there’s only one person per tube allowed.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 2–7 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost for one hour of tubing: Adults (age 15 and up) $20; kids 14 and under $15; $5 for an additional hour
Locals Tip: One of the tubing lanes is usually slicker than the other, so take a few test runs before those high stakes inter-family races begin!
Jackson Hole's most exciting attraction, the Cowboy Coaster, zips, twists and turns through nearly a mile of loops, curves and drops—some as high as four stories tall. Open year-round, wind screens are installed on every cart in winter for added protection against the typical seasonal elements. Cost: $20 driver, $10 passenger. With the purchase of an all-day ski lift ticket, you get one ride on the coaster for free. This is a thrill not to be missed!
Locals tip: 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!
Snow King has enhanced its terrain parks.
- Old Man’s Flats Park: This slope-style park has intermediate and advanced features including ramps and jumps. It is located on the Old Man’s Flats trail off of the Cougar lift.
- Base Area Rail Park: The base area rail park has a variety of rails, jumps and slides to test your skills. Terrain Park access is included with a lift ticket.
Jackson Hole Moose Hockey
Jackson Hole Moose Hockey, now in its 22nd full season, brings hard-hitting, full-check hockey to the Snow King Sports and Events Center on many Friday and Saturday nights throughout the winter season. With a hefty home schedule, Moose Hockey is a great way to get out on the town with the whole family for a night of fun! Go Moose!
Snow King is host to two eateries located right at the base of the mountain. The King's Grill is a family-friendly, All-American restaurant in the Rafferty Center, steps away from the Cowboy Coaster. It is open daily for lunch or dinner and frequently has specials on food and/or adult beverages. Hayden’s Post, located within Snow King Resort Hotel, features authentic Western cuisine and has an expansive deck with heat lamps—perfect for watching your fellow skiers and 'boarders on the slopes.
Make sure not to stay out too late if there's snow falling. Someone's going to be up early for those first tracks—it should probably be you!
The Last Word
Come ski at "The King" in the winter and you'll marvel at the laid back environment. After-school local race programs seem to take over the lower front-side racing area, which can make for pretty fun spectating. Our favorite time to go to Snow King is after taking the morning off or showing up for the unique experience of skiing under the lights in the evening. An hour of pell mell family tubing before dinner is also a great way to blow off steam.
Locals tip: Snow King hosts a spectacular New Year's Eve celebration with a torchlight parade down from the summit, followed by fireworks. It's one of the longest running citizen torchlight parades in the country! Don't miss it if you are here for the holiday season.
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