Wyoming Ski Roundup
|Snow King, Wyoming's first ski resort|
If you are looking for a smaller mountain or if, after a full day of skiing at Jackson or Grand Targhee, you still want more, Jackson's town hill, and the first ski resort in Wyoming, Snow King, offers day and night skiing. Wooden skis and woolen clothes were the standard of the day when Snow King opened in downtown Jackson in 1939. Now, three lifts and one surface tow service 400 acres, a 1,571-foot vertical drop and nearly twenty runs. At 55 degrees, Upper Exhibition is rumored to be the steepest inbounds run in North America. Two lifts and the surface tow are open for night skiing from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday each week. Bill Briggs, the man who first skied the Grand Teton, heads Snow King's ski school.
Although the biggest resorts are in the Teton Range, skiing in Wyoming is not limited to that small corner of the state. White Pine, newly opened 80 miles south of Jackson in Pinedale, has a base elevation of 8,400 feet, higher than the summit of any mountain on the East Coast! 370 skiable acres offer 1,100 feet of vertical, 20% beginner terrain, 60% intermediate and 20% advanced. All of the beginner and intermediate slopes are groomed.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication