Snow King Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
01/05/2012 05:12 pm ET
Jan 05, 2012
The Huffington Post
Snow King Resort in Wyoming is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Snow King Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
Snow King Resort, in the middle of skiing country in Wyoming, is part of the Jackson Hole ski area. The Jackson Hole Airport, 10 miles away at the base of Snow King Mountain, offers convenient access to the resort. Snow King Resort is an all-season resort, which is a major draw to the location. The ski season runs from December through the middle of March.
The Snow King Resort has a base elevation of 6,237 feet and a summit elevation of 7,808 feet. The resort boasts a 1,571-foot vertical drop and 400 acres of area for skiing and snowboarding. Snow King Resort receives an average of 150 inches of snow each year and has a 50 percent snowmaking capability. Guests have access to several runs, the longest measuring 4,752 feet.
Trails And Lifts
Of the 31 trails at Snow King Resort, 15 percent of them are easy, 25 percent are designed for intermediate skiers and snowboarders and 60 percent are difficult. The resort does not have any double-black-diamond trails. Guests have access to the trails by one tubing lift, one rope tow, two double chairs and one triple chair lift. The resort offers additional skiing and snowboarding opportunities, including night skiing, a half-pipe and a terrain park.
In The News
Bill Briggs, the first person to ever ski in the Grand Teton area, which includes Jackson Hole, was inducted into the Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2008. Briggs is credited with starting the Great American Ski School at the park in 1967. The ski area hosts the annual Snow King Hill Climb, which features a snowmobile race up a 1,500-foot slope. More than 10,000 people gather to watch the exciting event.
A full-day adult ski pass is priced at $42. Children between the ages of 7 and 13, as well as seniors, can ski for the entire day for $36, whereas children 6 and younger ski for $5. Guests can also ski by the hour. Prices range between $22 and $25 for two hours and between $28 and $32 for three hours. An unlimited season pass to Snow King Resort is priced at $259. Children ages 6 and younger can get a season pass for $29. The Snow King Sports School offers lessons to adults and children with prices ranging from $50 to $140.
The Atrium is an on-site restaurant that features meat and fish entrees and offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The Lounge, another on-site establishment, has a nonsmoking bar area where guests can enjoy a drink after a day on the slopes. Guests might also enjoy pampering at Olga's Day Spa or a swim in the heated pool. Snow King Resort guests have access to additional activities, including dog sledding, sleigh rides, heli-skiing, ice-skating, museums and theaters.