Snow King to be hot topic next Monday

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Town of Jackson will be hosting a facilitated discussion on the future of Snow King Mountain and the surrounding base area encompassing both public and private lands next week. Ahead of the workshop, scheduled for Monday, the Conservation Alliance introduced its preferred vision for expansion at the Town Hill.

The two-hour interactive workshop will take place Monday, January 22, beginning at 6pm in the Grand View Lodge at Snow King Hotel. All members of the community are invited to participate by sharing their opinions and interests associated with the Snow King Mountain Special Use Permit boundary and the properties at the base area. The public is also encouraged to suggest specific elements that they would like to see included in scenarios outlining possible future development at Snow King.

Whatever is learned at the workshop will be used by the Snow King stakeholder working group.

Conservation Alliance weighs in

The Alliance has followed Snow King’s expansion process closely, calling for owners of the ski resort to update their master plan. “[We] want Snow King to succeed as our town hill, not an amusement park,” the Alliance stated in a release this week where it also outlined its vision for the resort.

“We believe Jackson Hole can be a national model of a strong community living in balance with nature, and Snow King can be the greatest example of this balance: a resort built on our community values of protecting wildlife and providing access to nature on our public lands,” the Alliance further stated.

The Alliance spent months in analysis and conversation with a broad range of community members—developers, elected representatives, planners, National Forest staff, neighbors, skiers, snowboarders, and naturalists, young and old—to produce its balanced vision for the town hill.

“Our goal was to show through a collaborative plan that Snow King can achieve the outcomes they desire without the negative impacts their new, massive plan currently requires,” Alliance executive director Skye Schell said. “The balanced vision we are presenting isn’t an ‘Alliance plan’ per se, but a collaborative concept we’re offering Snow King Mountain Resort that we think the community could support as appropriate and economically viable. Our community wants to see Snow King succeed, but no one wants to see a negative impact on our wildlife or community character. We believe we can work together to achieve both goals.”

Alliance board member Mike May added, “Make no mistake—we all want a viable Snow King mountain. It’s been part of the fabric of this community for over 75 years. That said, what we don’t want is the resort to become an amusement park, covered in roller coasters, top-to-bottom ziplines, and a massive restaurant complex on top of the mountain. Expansion of resort boundaries into critical wildlife habitat is also not acceptable, and it’s important that we strike a balance between resort operations and development, and the values that we hold so dear—namely wildlife, public access, and community character.”

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