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If you're looking to add a dash of history to your downhill run, consider a visit to the Snow King Resort in Jackson. Founded in 1939, Snow King was Wyoming's first established ski area. Ever since, avid winter sports enthusiasts have flocked here for a taste of Jackson powder. The resort boasts more than 400 acres of skiable terrain – 110 acres of which can be used for night skiing – and 1,571 feet of vertical drop. Novice skiers take note: only 50 percent of Snow King runs cater to beginners and intermediates. For easier skiing terrain, consider visiting Grand Targhee instead. Also located within Snow King are several areas reserved for snowboarding and tubing, as well as an ice rink and lodgings that cater to moderate budgets.
Many recent travelers agreed that the property is a bit dated for a resort but appreciated the close proximity to the town of Jackson (less than a mile and accessible via the Start bus) in comparison to the other hot spots in the area. Visitors recommended taking a ride up the ski lift for amazing views of the mountain. And if you're here during the summer, don't leave without a ride on the alpine slide, especially if you've got kids in tow.
Located on Snow King Avenue in southern Jackson, the Snow King Resort welcomes skiers from late November to late March. The runs open at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday (9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday) and stay open until 7 p.m. every evening except Sunday when they close at 4 p.m. You'll find that full-day access to the slopes is cheaper here than at other Jackson Hole ski areas. It's $59 for adults, and guests at the resort lodge are offered a hefty discount. For more information, check out the Snow King website.
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