Hikers, bikers and others who find themselves midway up Snow King Mountain this summer can now pause for refreshments at the yet-to-be-named snack shack.
The new mountainside stopover opened earlier this month at the Rafferty Lift midstation, near the western edge of the Town Hill. With a wooden viewing deck overlooking the town, the National Elk Refuge and the Tetons, the shack makes for a good rest stop to admire Jackson Hole.
“It’s just a great spot to hike or bike up to and enjoy the view,” said Sue Muncaster, who runs the Treetop Adventure course just above the shack. “We’re hoping to have sort of a European-style experience.”
The shack serves some standard snacks and cold bottled drinks but leans heavily on goods from businesses in Teton County, Wyoming and Idaho.
It has ice cream sandwiches from Cream and Sugar, bars from Kate’s Real Food, treats from Persephone Bakery, meat sticks from Bovine and Swine, dried fruit from Naughty Fruit, as well as local kombucha and cold brew coffee.
“We’re trying to carry as many local products as possible,” Muncaster said.
For now it’s a simple grab-and-go operation. But Muncaster said that in the future they hope to expand to hold events and do catering at the shack. She said they’ve already hosted a couple of corporate groups there.
Muncaster said the shack is operating as an extension of the King’s Grill Restaurant until it becomes licensed as a separate entity.
The shack will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
On Friday, Snow King will kick off the summer uphill challenge at the shack, with a free beer for anyone who enters the competition for most vertical feet hiked or biked up the mountain.