Snow King Mountain Resort Turns 80

Snow King Mountain Resort - Jackson Hole

Snow King Mountain Resort was Wyoming’s first ski area and this year the King turns 80 years young. Join the celebration at Jackson’s Town Hill!


Thirty years before Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sprung onto the national ski scene, Snow King was the king of the hill, forever owning the distinction of being Wyoming’s first ski resort. Eight decades later, this octogenarian is as spry as ever.


In a celebratory effort to show off just how far it has come over 80 years, Snow King is hosting a special event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 22, called “Bringing Back the 80’s for the 80th.” Lift tickets will cost only $8 which is a deal no skier should pass up! The Town Hill will also be presenting totally tubular tubing from 5 to 7 p.m. with DJ Crisis playing 80’s favorites. You can aprés like it’s 1980 at Haydens Post from 6 to 9 p.m. with food and drinks specials.


In addition to being the oldest ski resort in the state—and in Jackson Hole—Snow King actually has the steepest ski racing course in the lower 48 states, which draws U.S. Ski Team members to train. There’s also a whole separate side of the mountain with blues and greens for beginners.


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. Acting as the winter sports hub here, The “Town Hill” is also home to activities like tubing, mountain roller coaster riding, and the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team.


Fun, Green Fact: Beginning this anniversary season, all lifts are running on renewable energy.


Cowboy Coaster - Snow King Mountain Resort - Jackson Hole

At $59 for a full day, lift tickets are about $100 less than the price of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Half-day (1 to 4 p.m.) tickets are $49 and night skiing (4 to 7 p.m.) is $30. Kids 5 and under ski free. [ See Pricing ]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.


Another brag-worthy fact for the King is that for 43 years it has been the home of the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb, a four-day event that attracts more than 10,000 spectators and participants from all over the country. This year it will be held March 21 through 24. The Hill Climb is a highlight of winter in Jackson Hole and one of the largest events hosted here in the Tetons.


Consider getting your 80’s vibe on for the Feb. 22 celebration of this gem of a ski area or anytime during its 80th anniversary.



Julie Butler

Julie Butler is the editor of Jackson Hole Traveler. She has been making a living for many moons as a journalist, newspaper and magazine editor, and national magazine copywriter. The mother of four adult children, she relocated from Connecticut to Jackson Hole in 2014, ago after being a loyal visitor for 20 years.

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