After some 250 people logged hundreds of thousands of vertical feet in Snow King’s Uphill Challenge this winter, the resort decided to adapt the competition for summer.
The challenge starts Monday, with a couple of new features. For one, hikers can still go it alone, but they can also form teams of up to 10. And this time around it’s a fundraiser for the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, so individuals or groups can pledge donations to the nonprofit based on how many vertical feet they climb.
“They’re a key partner of ours,” said Ryan Stanley, Snow King general manager. “We want to try and help their cause and get more people involved.”
Essentially, participants have the option to pledge a certain amount of money per thousand feet climbed. Teams can split the cost, individuals can shoulder it solo, or businesses and nonprofits can cover the donation for employees.
As in the winter challenge, people will track their progress using an RFID scanning system. Scanners will be located at the base — on the west side of the summit lift pump house and above the Rafferty lift across from the Grand View Lodge — as well as at the Panorama House, on the ridge of the final switchback from the top, and at the pump house to skier’s right of the top of the Cougar lift.
Winter season passes from 2018-19 and 2019-20 will both work, as will the $80 summer scenic lift pass. But the winter uphill pass is not valid.
On Oct. 15, the individual and team with the most vertical feet will win prizes from Stio, which is again sponsoring the challenge. But each month between now and then there will be prizes for other categories, like most laps in a day, and still others will be raffled off for participation.
“Hopefully it can be a long-term thing for more people to get into climbing the King,” Stanley said.
To sign up, email email@example.com.