Snow King's 70th Opening Day
This season is special for the Snow King Ski Area. Snow King celebrated its 70th opening day in style with a cake cutting ceremony attended by many of the long time locals. Bill Briggs even managed to stop by for some early morning music and yodeling. Mayor Mark Barron was on hand to recite a proclamation highlighting the importance of Snow King Mountain to Jackson Hole, youth athletics and the ski community in general. Jim Sullivan, long time Snow King Ski Area Manager, gave a quick speech on the history of Snow King and how not only home grown athletes, but those who come to train at Snow King have a history of Olympic competition success. But, history wasn't the only good thing going on this morning.
Although Mother Nature has been stingy with the real stuff this early season, cold temperatures and high tech snow making equipment made it possible for Snow King to open with great skiing. The "Town Hill" had solid coverage on the open runs this morning and those who came out to enjoy the steepest continuous vertical drop of any ski area in North America were treated to excellent conditions. This is especially exciting news for the Jackson Hole Ski Club which is hosting the Western FIS Race next week at the Snow King Ski Area. With more terrain scheduled to open this week, it should be a great event.