Snow King celebrated its 75 anniversary as a ski hill in the 2013/2014 season, and while it is a lovely little ski hill, Jacksonites also really love the mountain come summer. As if using foot, bike, and ski travel weren't enough, you’ll then be able to travel over the mountain in the air after construction on the zip-line experience is completed.
What Makes It Great
No trip to Jackson is complete without at least one hike up Snow King. It should take between 30 and 60 minutes. It’s just under 2 miles and just over 1,500 vertical feet. From the top, enjoy panoramic views of the town of Jackson and also of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the entirety of the Teton Range. The best views of the Tetons aren’t in the Tetons. You have to be elsewhere in the valley—say, Snow King—to get range views. Hike up to the top with a picnic dinner in your pack and grab the picnic table just east of the top of the ski lift. This table sits in the middle of a big wooden deck with views stretching north for close to 100 miles on a clear day.
Who is Going to Love It
Trails for hiking, biking, and running criss-cross it. There are running and mountain biking races on it. There are horse trails and an alpine slide, too. As touristy as it is, the alpine slide is quite fun.
There’s also a free boulder park with set routes for all ability levels at the base of Snow King.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The main hiking trail up Snow King, the one that is the social hub of Jackson all summer long, starts at the parking lot on Snow King Avenue, just east of that street’s intersection with Cache Avenue. The ski lift all the way to the mountain’s top leaves from the same spot. (If you don’t have a hike up Snow King in you, you can take the lift both ways).
The Snow King chairlift is open daily from 9 until 6. Adults are $17 r/t . Seniors and kids between 5-13 are $12. Just want to ride down, that’s $5.
You can also access the Cache Creek area from Snow King. Sink or Swim cuts across the middle of Snow King and heads east to Cache Creek. The Hagen trails also hit Snow King. You can walk up the front side of Snow King, wrap around the backside and then descend to Cache Creek (or loop back to Snow King) on Ferrins.