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Plan your Spring Break Ski Trip to Jackson, WY

Spend Spring Break 2012 at Jackson, Wyoming's Snow King Resort

Jackson Hole Spring Break Most colleges and universities take spring break in March, with the big weeks being March 5-23, 2012. Why go south and laze around on a beach when you can spend your spring break skiing or snowboarding some of the nation's best ski areas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Snow King Resort's Ski All 3 package makes it affordable to get luxury lodging and the opportunity to ski at the area's famous ski resorts. Skiing and snowboarding are healthy, alternative ways to spend your spring break. Downhill skiing and snowboarding burn about 400 calories per hour, give your legs a great workout and even have cardiovascular benefits. Read more about the benefits. And, well, it's just super fun!

Why Jackson?

Cowboy powder. Sick skiing. Friendly folks. Grand views. Clean mountain air. Fabulous night life. Excellent DJ scene. Real-live cowboys. There are too many good reasons that Jackson Hole (JH) is the perfect place for college students to spend spring break.
"I did the ski bum thing in Jackson Hole, slinging drinks by night at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar to finance billion-dollar-view skiing by day, and I lived through the nightlife and the c-c-cold days in cultured cowboy-ville to tell you Jackson is the best of the best ski towns around. And they welcome college students--believe it." -- Kathleen Crislip

Take advantage of the Snow King "Ski All 3 Package"

Snow King resort's Ski All 3 package is unique in Jackson Hole. It's like having an interchangeable lift ticket! This package allows you to choose, on a daily basis, which of Jackson Hole's three ski areas you would like to visit. Choose between Snow King Ski Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. Package includes Lodging at Snow King Resort, lift tickets at your chosen ski resort, daily breakfast buffet at the Atrium restaurant, skier shuttle to JHMR and Grand Targhee, and transfers between Jackson Hole Airport and Snow King Resort. Prices start at $257 per person per stay based on double occupancy in a standard hotel room staying for three nights and skiing two days.

Ski the "King": Snow King Ski Hill

Snow King Ski Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Lodging The town hill has a variety of ski and snowboard terrain, including one run, Upper Exhibition, rumored to be the steepest in-bounds run on the continent. Snow King is the only area resort open for night skiing (Tuesday through Saturday until 8 p.m.) and it's 2 for 1 on Tuesdays. If you're not a skier or snowboarder, check out the Snow Tubing on the Snow King hill. Read a review of Snow King. If you're lucky enough to be on spring break March 11-13, you can check out the Town Hill Ski Race that takes place annually at Snow King. Watch racers from kids to former Olympians duke it out on the steep slope.
Snow King offers a little bit of everything without being crowded." --Bill Briggs, founder of Snow King s Great American Ski School and the first person to ski the Grand Teton (in 1971).

Nightlife around the Town Square:

Ride "Big Red" to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR)

VC ShotSki If you're an expert skier or snowboarder, you can consider riding the newish, 100-person tram, aka "Big Red," to the summit at 10,450 ft. of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This will give you a 4000+ vertical ft. drop down some of the nation's gnarliest terrain. If you're a novice skier, stick with the right side of the mountain or mid-mountain runs. Take the gondola up to find challenging blue runs and/or a nice spot to have lunch overlooking the Jackson Hole Valley. If your spring break happens on April 1st you can take part in all the fun that is "Gaper Fool's Day." It's no joke, people dress up in costume to go skiing. Watch out for giant bunnys skiing double black diamonds, a plethora of 80's ski clothing and moves, colored wigs, and way too many old school one-piece suits. Too much fun.

Obligatory Apres:

  1. Start at the Village Cafe, or what locals call "the VC", for a slice of pizza and maybe a pass at the shot ski. Take it easy, though, because the high altitude increases alcohol's effects.
  2. Walk due south to the world-famous Mangy Moose Saloon for some truffle fries and maybe some live entertainment. Remember, dancing in ski boots is something everyone should do at least once a lifetime!
  3. Rinse and repeat.

Have a Taste of the "Best Powder on Earth" at Grand Targhee Resort

Fresh Powder at Grand Targhee Take the Snow King shuttle over the hill to Grand Targhee Resort, which is a more "Colorado-esque" resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley. It receives a ton of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and its lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise. Get going early and plan on spending the whole day over there.

Post-Powder Play:

  1. Ski up to the Trap Bar and Grille for après and music.
  2. Head down the hill to Wildlife Brewing in Victor, ID for awesome beer and pizza.
  3. Once you get back over the Teton Pass, stop in Wilson at the Stagecoach. Get some free popcorn and shoot some pool at this "locals" bar. If it's Thursday, that means Disco Night: Dress up and boogie down. If it's Sunday night, that means "Church" or when the Stagecoach Band plays cowboy music and people enthusiastically western swing dance.
Check out more Jackson Hole activities and reviews from Unofficial Networks here.

What to Pack

Jackson Hole is the land of extremes. One minute it could be 30 degrees and the next 30 below. Plan and pack accordingly. Here are some suggestions of what to bring along. Don't worry if you forget something, Jackson has plenty of shopping to be had from super-swanky boutiques to equipped outdoor stores to the always-fun thrift shop, Browse n' Buy. If you don't have ski stuff, there are plenty of rental options.

Pack Properly:

  • Warm hat, ski gloves and ski socks
  • Water-resistant ski or snowboard jacket
  • Insulating layer, such as a down sweater or Polartec jacket
  • Mid-weight, synthetic or wool base layer
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Skis or snowboard
  • Ski poles
  • Ski helmet
  • Goggles
  • Snow boots
  • Casual clothing for going out
  • Sunscreen

Spring at the King Ski Pass Sale

Spring at the King Ski Passes on Sale for just $99!

Headed down Kelly's Alley There's still time to enjoy the sun and fun at Snow King Mountain for just $99. The Spring Season Pass is valid through March 25th, 2012 and Summer 2012. Conditions are looking good for a snowy spring and the ground hog predicted a longer winter, so you might as well enjoy it by skiing the King through spring! Um, $99 is like the price of one day of skiing at some ski resorts! If you buy the Spring Pass today and ski every day 'til closing on March 25th it will only cost you $3.80 per day. Not bad, indeed. To purchase a $99 spring ski pass for Snow King Mountain, please call the season pass office 307-734-3136.

Benefits of the Season Pass:

  • Two complimentary Alpine Slide tickets ($20 value)
  • Two complimentary King Tubes tickets ($30 value)
  • Unlimited complimentary scenic lift rides during Summer 2012
  • Discounts at King Tues Tubing Park
  • Discounts in the Atrium and Lounge
  • Discounts at the Alpine Slide and Alpine Golf
  • Lodging discount of 50% off the rack rate on hotel rooms at Snow King Resort (Through Mar. 21st, 2012)

Enjoy these Upcoming Events with the Spring at the King Pass:

  • Feb. 29th: Wednesday Night Lights #2
  • Mar. 2nd, 3rd: Wyoming State High School State Championships
  • Mar. 7th: Wednesday Night Lights #3
  • Mar. 9th: Margarita Cup Race 5
  • Mar. 10th: Club Series GS - Tentative
  • Mar. 14th: Wednesday Night Lights #4
  • Mar. 17th: Last Day of King Tubes
  • Mar. 17th: Kid's Carnival
  • Mar. 17th: Pond Skimming, Season Pass Holder Party
  • Mar. 18th: Town Downhill
  • Mar. 21st: Club Series Final Dual SL
  • Mar. 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th: World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb
  • Mar. 25th: Last Day of Operation for the 2011/2012 Winter Season
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Snow Bike Race at Snow King

Mountain Bike up Snow King

Snow King Bike Race Jonesing to race your bike? You don't have to wait 'til summer. Grab your snow mountain bike, or rent one (see below) and head over to the town hill February 11th at 4:45pm for the first Snow King Snow Bike race. There will be three different entry classes. One will ride just one lap, the second will ride two, and the third will be two laps done by teams of two, one lap each. The race course was gelled after consulting with snow bike experts Cary Smith and David Hunger, and it's FUN! Registration is on the day of the race, Feb. 11th from 3:35 pm to 4:30 pm. If you don't have the legs or lungs to conquer this extraordinary feat, come out and watch. There's an excellent opportunity for spectating on this course. Take some pictures and videos of your racing friends and, of course, cheer them on.

Details on the Snow King Snow Bike Race

  • Registration: Day of race 3:35 to 4:30 in the Snow King Lobby. $5 per person registration fee.
  • The course is about three miles long, 824 feet vertical gain.
  • Sign up for one, two or three laps, or race up to three with a team.
  • Snow Bike Demos by local shops from noon-4pm.
  • Contacts: Adam Shankland at 307-730-8906 or Dave Hunger at 307-690-0712

About Snow Biking

Snow Bike Experts Cary Smith and David Hunger Snow biking most likely started when the Iditabike race started in 1987 using the same route of the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. Like these arduous races, snow biking is definitely tough, but it's gaining in popularity nevertheless. According to Simon Rankower from in Alaska, snow biking is "more interesting and fun than riding on the dirt. And talk about power riding--wait until you go on your first ride in about four to six inches of powder. Riding in the snow is hard and technical. 10 miles in the snow is like 20 miles on a dirt trail." It's great way to stay in shape for your summer mountain biking and may even improve your bike handling skills. Snow biking also generates a lot of heat since it's so strenuous. Like all cardio winter sports, dress in layers! Start with a wool or synthetic base layer, top that with a lightweight insulation layer like a Nano Puff vest, and cover those with a waterproof shell or riding jacket, depending on the temperatures. Heavy tights made out of Polartec or something similar are a must to keep your legs, and especially your knees, warm. Cloudveil "Run Don't Walk" tights are a good example. Lobster gloves or ski gloves will keep your hands warm, but will have enough dexterity for shifting gears and braking.
"Riding in the snow is hard and technical. 10 miles in the snow is like 20 miles on a dirt trail." -- Simon Rankower

Tips on Winter Riding from

Salsa Snow Bike
  • "Pedal smoothly and relax your upper body, especially on ice and soft snow.
  • When the bike starts going sideways, make small corrections rather than over steering and weaving down the trail. Practice riding in a straight line when the trail is good so it's easier under bad conditions.
  • On some soft trails, higher speeds take less effort than lower speeds, because your tires sink into the snow less at higher speed.
  • Snow machines leave the center of the trail soft. Their best tracks are left by their skis, if you can ride straight enough to use them.
  • Road ice can provide lots of traction or very little. Learn how the different types look and sound. Try not to brake hard on the slippery sort, or if you must, use only your rear brake. Watch for dry patches where you can do your braking or turning."

Where to Snow Bike in the Jackson Hole Area

There are plenty of places to ride your snow bike in the Jackson Hole area. Groomed Nordic trails, snowmobile groomed trails, snowmobile singletrack, and winter roads are good choices. In Jackson, Cache Creek is a great place to start since it's groomed twice weekly and has a pretty gentle grade. The Hagen Trail, which can be accessed at the Cache Creek trail head can be a good if there isn't too much snow and is a bit more climbing. Check the Jackson Hole Community Pathways Winter Trail Map for more ideas on where to go and info on grooming/plowing days and times. Snow King hill, of course, is a great place to ride, but the grade is, well, not-so-gentle. Ride the jeep road up after the resort closes or on Monday's for an epic challenge. Drive over the Teton Pass to Teton Valley for numerous winter biking options. Teton and Horseshoe Canyons are obvious picks for beginners as they are groomed and offer gentle grades. Grand Targhee Resort features more advanced trails. Check out this blog post, Experts in the FAT since 2007, on Fitzgerald's website for more info about where to ride and great trail etiquette tips.
"Now the greater Teton area has become a mecca for Winter Fat Biking and the people rejoice as their legs are prepared for the Spring riding like never before and the lack of a powder day offers a wondrous opportunity to explore new lands." -- Scott Fitzgerald

Where to Buy or Rent Snow Bikes in the Jackson Hole Area

Snow Bikes for rent or sale at the Hub Bicycles A short bike ride from Snow King Resort, The Hub Bicycles offers snow Surly Pugsley snow bikes for sale or rent. To have one for your very own, it's going to set you back about $1650. Email or call them at 307-200-6144 to reserve a Surly Pugsley (in the appropriately named color, "snowblind") and ride it over to the King. Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Victor, ID sells the Salsa Mukluk 3 for $1599 or demos it for $35/day or $50 for the weekend. Call the shop to reserve one or for more info: 208-787-2453