Snow King Sunnyside

A skier glides down to the Sunnyside lift at Snow King Mountain Resort in January as a snowmaker keeps everything covered. On Tuesday, locals from Teton County, Wyo., Teton County, Idaho, and Star Valley are invited to ski for free at Snow King, which unveiled terrain on its sunny backside and a new gondola this season.

Tomorrow, Feb. 8, Jacksonites and area locals with proof of residence can ski free at Snow King Mountain Resort.

“Bring your local ID from Teton County, WY, Teton Valley, ID, Star Valley, WY, or other proof you live or work in the area and your lift ticket is on us!” the resort posted on Facebook. About 100 are interested or going, according the event page.

Locals’ appreciation day kicks off at 9 a.m. and lifts will spin until 6:30 p.m. Sunnyside lifts close at 3 p.m. and the gondola stops at 4 p.m.

The town hill has an entirely new look this season, and locals’ day will give folks without a season pass (or a skinning setup) a chance to check it out. There is fresh beginner terrain on the summit, lift access on the sunny back side, and, of course, the azure gondola, which delivers Teton views in seconds and deposits riders at the summit in under five minutes.

The resort first unveiled its new gondola with free rides on Dec. 18, though none of the ski runs were open due to lack of snow.

The last free locals’ day was St. Patrick’s Day, 2021, when residents bid farewell to the old summit chairlift. The year before, Snow King offered free runs in early January.

In 2019, the resort celebrated its 80th anniversary with free lifts, s’mores and two-for-one tubing.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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