Trail Talk

Chuck Schneebeck hikes Snow King Mountain in 2014. Most trails in the Snow King area are dry and in good shape for hikers, bikers and horseback riding. If you encounter dead trees, contact the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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.

Geneva Chong is a research ecologist who served on the Jackson Planning Commission for 3 1/2 years and ran for mayor in 2014. She has lived in Jackson for 15 years. Guest Shots are solely the opinion of their authors.

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Judd Grossman

I agree. No clear cutting or road building outside current boundaries.

Town needs market rate compensation if ball field becomes gondola landing zone. I'm not yet convinced that Town should give up this incredibly valuable piece of property at the base of the mountain. It's hard to know what future use could be more important in the next 100 years.

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