Ringing in the New Year and adding to the celebration of our 75th ski and snowboard season was a great bonus.
Check out the article for the full story and some great photos.
Snow King Ski Area and Mountain Resort is a ski area in Jackson, Wyoming celebrating its 75th ski season in 2013. "The King" is often referred to as Jackson Hole's community Ski Area, opening in 1936. The ski hill, located on the southeast edge of the city. It was the first ski area in the state of Wyoming. Locals sometimes refer to Snow King as "The Town Hill." The ski area offers three-hour and night skiing.
On Friday Jan. 10th, Jackson Hole Broncs Boys took 1st through 4th places with Skyler Everitts finishing in 1st Place, followed by Cade Hawks, Chris Bancroft and Cole Hammond.
Jackson Hole Broncs Girls were 1st, 2nd and 4th, led by a 1st Place finish from Jamie Pardee, followed by Megan Grassell 2nd and Brooke Terkovich in 4th.
On Saturday Jan. 11th, the Girls Alpine Team was led to a 1st Place finish by Megan Grassell, followed by Alana DeMuro in 2nd, Jamie Pardee 4th, Brooke Terkovich 5th and Anika Hanson in 6th.
The Boys Alpine Team took 1st, 2nd and 4th led once again by Skyler Everitts, Cade Hawks and Cole Hammond skiing to a 4th Place Finish.
Snow King is proud to be the home ski hill for this outstanding group of Alpine skiers. WAY TO GO!!!!
- Snow King Ski AreaMarketing, 1936 - presentAs Jackson Hole's first ski area, we've been providing skiers, snowboarders and outdoor recreational enthusiasts with a unique mountain experience right in the town of Jackson Hole.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
P.O. Box SKI 100 East Snow King Ave. Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001-0SKI
In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed a horse and hiking trail to the top of Snow King for the Forest Service, thus making the first of many physical changes to the hill to facilitate its use for ecreation. The CCC trail became the first “official” ski run on the mountain.The following year, mountaineer and skier Fred Brown helped to form the Jackson Hole Ski Association which launched a national campaign to promote skiing in Jackson Hole. Among the events promoted by Brown and his colleagues were a demonstration of the latest techniques and equipment by the Dartmouth College ski team, and “ski circuses” – entertainment on skis put on by a local group called the “Hoback Boys” who performed in cowboy garb. Brown also became the first president of the Jackson Hole Ski Club,which was organized that same year to develop ski activities, including a racing program, for the local community.
Neil Rafferty, who came to Jackson in 1930 and was one of the town’s early ski promoters, was instrumental in developing and running the ski area at Snow King for 35 years, earning the moniker “Father of Snow King.”His first few years of skiing involved hiking up to Old Man’s Flats and skiing down. However, in 1939 he competed for and won a contract with the Jackson Hole Club, an early chamber of commerce,to build an “uphill” facility on Snow King. In exchange for building the cable tow, he was given a lease on the town land. He secured a permit from the Forest Service to run the lift, and a new ski era in Jackson Hole began. The cable, bought used from an oil drilling company in Casper, Wyoming, ran through a narrow cut in the forest up the west side of the ski area. It was powered by an old Ford tractor.
Rafferty was well known for developing a good relationship with the Forest Service. Snow King was one of the first ski areas to be permitted on Forest Service land, and its success laid the foundation for later development of other Forest Service ski areas
Rafferty ran the Snow King ski operation on his own, as a part-time job, from 1939 until 1946. That year a new corporation, the Jackson Hole Winter Sports Association, was formed with its immediate purpose being to take advantage of the post-war boom in the ski industry nationwide by installing a chairlift to the top of Snow King. The association raised $40,000 from local investors, bought an old tramway which had been used in a gold mining operation near Salida, Colorado,and hired a Denver contractor to construct a lift from it. Included in the purchase were structural beams for the top and bottom terminals, bullwheels, cables, towers and carriers. The ore buckets that originally hung from the carriers were replaced with single chairs. The lift was installed in 1946-1947 and was an instant sensation; in its first full year of operation more than 8,500 people rode the lift to the top of the mountain. Rafferty was hired as the association’s full-time director, and continued to manage the ski operations until his retirement in 1974.
By the late 1950s, the single chairlift was decidedly outdated and the Winter Sports Association began making plans to upgrade it to a double chair. Work began in fall 1958. The old cable was replaced with an 8,800-pound track cable and a new break-over tower was constructed at the top of the lift for unloading the double chairs. The new lift opened in 1959.
In 1971, Western Standard Corporation of Riverton, Wyoming,purchased the Snow King ski area operation along with 60 acres at the base of the mountain. The corporation’s main interest was developing a resort hotel and convention center. At the time of purchase, Western Standard also secured a lease from the town of Jackson on 27 contiguous acres on the mountain, and a 20-year Forest Service lease on the Snow King ski and recreational area (approximately 375 acres). Western Standard built the current Snow King Hotel, which opened as the Ramada Snow King Inn in 1976. In 1979, the operations and property development of Western Standard in Jackson Hole, including the Snow King Inn and Snow King Ski Area, were consolidated under Snow King Resort, with Manuel Lopez as general manager. In 1978 the 2,500 ft.Alpine Slide was installed to bring in summer tourists. In September 2012, the Snow King Hotel and Grand View Lodge properties were sold to JMI Equity, leaving the Snow King Ski Area and Mountain Resort as its own business entity.
- Steep and DeepTurns, 1936 - presentJackson Hole's 1st ski area.