I am a Snow King Mountain stakeholder. I pay town of Jackson taxes. I ride lifts, hike, bike and play on and around Snow King. I am an East Jackson neighbor, and my son is part of the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club. I love that Snow King Mountain is part of my town, my community and my life. I also served on the Snow King Stakeholder Group, for which I feel extremely thankful and responsible.
Throughout the stakeholder visioning process, I reminded myself that the Resort District zoning provides private entities the opportunity to profit through real estate development potential far greater than that on surrounding properties. The trade-off for me and my community is access to recreation on Snow King Mountain, which is meant to be financed in part through the Snow King Resort Master Association. Every property owner in the Resort District belongs to the association. I am happy to invest in Snow King Mountain as long as the private, for-profit entities — the master association — maintain their end of the deal regardless of who owns the mountain.