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Snow King: Worth an afternoon?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I just booked a flight to JH for a trip going the 19th-26th of January. I get in at 11:18 am on Saturday and I was wondering if Snowking was worth the time to hit up for a few hours in the afternoon before the rest of my crew arrives. I know that it is super cheap and probably worth it but I wanted to hear what other people's experiences have been there as far as what they thought of the typical surface conditions and the terrain. I have previously skied JH and Targhee and I'm the type of skier who will ski anything at JH but Corbet's Coulier.

So what have your experiences been with Snowking?
post #2 of 18
Definitely worth it. Although it can get icy.
post #3 of 18
I wouldn't bother!

We spent a few days there when my older boy raced in Western region Junior Olympics.

Small are somewhat steep but very limited and mostly if not all groomers.
post #4 of 18
Depends on the conditions. As mentioned it can be icy. We went there once for a few hours when we first arrived at Jackson, mostly to get our ski legs back in action. It is small with a bit of steep. If your expectations are low, and you want to just spend a couple of hours skiing, it is fine. It was a great warm-up for us. From the top, a great view of the Jackson at night.
post #5 of 18
Isn't any ski area worth an afternoon??

Why not??
post #6 of 18
Personally, I've never been but I find it intrigueing (..how the heck do you spell that, anyway?). The bus goes right quite close to Snow King, and you can see the liights on the runs.

If I had a car, I'd give it a go. Using shuttles/public transport, I guess I wouldn't. But it was tempting.
post #7 of 18
A couple years ago, I stayed at the Snow King resort. I think a half day lift ticket was $14. I thought what the heck. There were maybe 3 people on the whole mountain and I was making fresh powder turns slopeside. Hard to beat that.
I also used to do some races here, back in the mid 80's. They race here frequently. Sometimes they leave the gates up. Lurk in the trees and wait, then start bashing gates, yell things like Attack! and Avec speed! They gate masters will leave you alone usually.
post #8 of 18
When we went to JH, we were able to trade in our boarding passes for a free half-day lift ticket. (I think our plane got there at about noon.) Is this program still going? I think we traded them at JH Sports in the Bridger Center.

It was nice because it was our first visit there, and we were able to get the lay of the land quickly. We started on one side of the mountain and made it all the way to Hobacks for our last run.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
Isn't any ski area worth an afternoon??

Why not??
Not when you are 10 minutes from a World Class Resort!:
post #10 of 18
Yeah, you've gotta factor in night skiing for it to make sense.
post #11 of 18
it's not unusual for JH to close part or all of the lifts because of wind; Snow King and Targhee are not affected.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys,

I'm thinking that Snow King will be well worth a few hours of skiing after I land in JH.
post #13 of 18
Definately worth it...course the better the skier you are the better you will be able to experience it's greatness...except for Old Man Flats...it's a steep little bugger.

If you bomb it and the cars at the bottom are parked just right and Cache St is icy you might make it all the way to the Jackson Town Square
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post
Thanks guys,

I'm thinking that Snow King will be well worth a few hours of skiing after I land in JH.
You don't mention where you ski most of the time, but I think Snow King is definitely worth it. If you're arriving at the JH airport any time after noon, it's very hard to collect your luggage, ride to Teton Village, get a ticket, get geared up, and get in more than an hour or so of skiing.

Snow King, on the other hand, lets you ski all afternoon and into the evening.

I love it. :
post #15 of 18
One posts a question about JH and patiently waits for BP to respond. Hot tip from JHrefugee on skiing into town! I've never skied SK, but these guys have.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
One posts a question about JH and patiently waits for BP to respond. Hot tip from JHrefugee on skiing into town! I've never skied SK, but these guys have.


Sorry for the slow response time. I'm in Switzerland and was a little off the grid for the last ten days or so.

I also want to apologize to the OP for not fully reading the post. If you get in at 11:18, it's POSSIBLE that you could be skiing at Teton Village by about 1:30. I guess I'd make the call on Village versus Snow King based on the conditions that day - if it's snowing like crazy it would probably be fun to ski either one. If not, I'd go to the King.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post
I just booked a flight to JH for a trip going the 19th-26th of January. I get in at 11:18 am on Saturday and I was wondering if Snowking was worth the time to hit up for a few hours in the afternoon before the rest of my crew arrives. I know that it is super cheap and probably worth it but I wanted to hear what other people's experiences have been there as far as what they thought of the typical surface conditions and the terrain. I have previously skied JH and Targhee and I'm the type of skier who will ski anything at JH but Corbet's Coulier.

So what have your experiences been with Snowking?

Absolutely positively wonderful. In some cases, I like it better than JH. Besides, its the safe harbor for high winds conditions at JH.
post #18 of 18
Thought my first post which started with
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Definately worth it!
pretty much answered the question to a tee.

I was kinda kidding about skiing to the Jackson Town Square but we always talked about it but figured being a semi busy street with lots of side streets you would probably get run over and killed whether you had the speed and ice needed to make it or not.

Just a suggestion if your renting a condo.....it's always good to get there first so you can get the best bedroom.
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