Skiing down Snow King

A skier leaves a frosty cloud of chunky snow behind at Snow King Mountain Resort last season. With snow in the forecast and free skiing for locals Friday, this could be you.

The Town Hill is open for business.

Well, actually it’s open for charity, because Friday is Locals Appreciation Day. For one day, everyone who lives in the region (loosely defined) can come ski the King for free.

The resort said in an announcement that anyone who lives in “Teton County, Teton Valley, Star Valley, or generally nearby” is welcome. The announcement also pointed out that 7 inches of new snow were forecast to fall on the hill by Friday.

The National Weather Service concurred with that prediction, saying that the top of Snow King Mountain could receive as much as 15 inches between Thursday afternoon and end of the day Friday. Steeps plus powder equals fun.

Locals Appreciation Day isn’t the only thing on tap Friday at Snow King. The Rafferty chair, which hasn’t carried anyone uphill yet this year, is slated to start up in the morning, opening new terrain for locals to enjoy.

The Kings Grill and Snow King Cafe will also open for the season Friday, so you’ll have a place to rest your legs when you realize you didn’t attend enough ski fitness classes this fall. If you’re not interested in skiing, you can still come out and play in the snow at the tubing hill and drink some hot cocoa.

If you can’t ski Friday because you have a job and your boss won’t let you play hooky, don’t fret. Locals Appreciation Day isn’t just a one-off. The next one is set for Jan. 10, so you don’t even have to wait very long for your next free ski day.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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