Snow King proposes to build its own employee housing onsite

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Snow King Mountain Resort (SKMR) announced today an ambitious plan to build onsite seasonal employee housing as well as launch a pilot shuttle program for the summer to help alleviate traffic and provide additional housing.

Snow King plans to build onsite seasonal employee housing its own Vine Street property. General Manager Ryan Stanley said preliminary plans call for a dormitory-style building that could house as many as 50 employees. The final say would come from the town council’s approval of the master plan amendment. Building could begin in summer of 2020.

Property owned by Snow King on Vine where housing project is slated to go. (Teton County GIS)

Like most other tourism-dependent employers in the valley, seasonal workers are critical to Snow King’s summer and winter operations because the business operates approximately eight months per year. Currently, SKMR houses around 20 employees each season outside of the resort district.

Recognizing the need to retain good employees and provide them with onsite housing, as well as help address the community’s housing shortage, Snow King is proposing a multi-purpose building on their privately-owned property on Vine St that would provide storage for mountain operations and employee housing. That property is currently being used as a maintenance headquarters of sort.

By housing employees within the resort district, this will eliminate the need for employees to travel daily across town to and from work.  Also, the proximity to the START bus will allow them to travel quickly around town.

Maintenance shop could be converted to seasonal workforce housing.

“Snow King has been exploring opportunities to build onsite housing for several years, and if we can relocate our maintenance facilities to a better location at the base of the mountain, we will be able to create a visually appealing housing facility that will improve the look of Vine Street,” Stanley said. “We are looking forward to moving this proposed project forward as soon as possible and working to help solve our community’s housing problem.”

Snow King’s Activity Shuttle is a pilot program Snow King will be rolling out this year. The activity shuttle will drive a regular route to hotels and key locations around town and offer free transportation directly to Snow King. Snow King hopes this program will help reduce vehicular trips around town and traffic congestion during the summer months.

By coordinating with front desk staff at hotels, Snow King seeks to make the shuttle experience convenient, easy and hopefully a service that will catch on with visitors.

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