Snow King Mountain and the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club are celebrating their 80th anniversary this winter season, and it is amazing that our small community ski area has achieved this milestone. The King has played an important role in Jackson Hole, helping foster the ski and outdoor recreation culture in the valley we have today. Throughout this time it has seen many ups and downs, as various ownership and management teams have done their best to keep the lifts spinning against all odds.

For decades the King saw very few changes, with limited capital improvements and only the bare minimum in annual maintenance to keep things going. This lack of investment and change resulted in deferred maintenance of the ski area, and a mindset in the community that the ski resort can continue without change.

Ryan Stanley is the general manager of Snow King Mountain Resort. Guest Shots are solely the opinion of their authors.

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