Teton County touts that it is the richest in the nation. It is also one of the most beautiful. It seems like with the citizens’ money plus love of mountains at least one of the residents could build a recycling plant to process all of our recyclables, here in the U.S., I mean for the love of nature, c’mon.
God save the King
As 2020 approaches, many people will think about the last decade and the decade ahead, hoping for what will become and reflecting on the past years.
For Snow King the last decade saw many changes, and people in our community might forget how close Snow King Mountain’s recreation was to shutting down, to the lifts no longer spinning. Several entities looked into buying Snow King — a group of community members, the town of Jackson and other private individuals, to no avail. Mostly this was because Snow King’s winter operations lost money. At the 11th hour an investor stepped in to keep the lifts running.
In the last several years investors have sunk over $20 million dollars into Snow King Mountain, including a new Rafferty lift, Rafferty Center, Cowboy Coaster, new mini golf, and continued to keep the 40-plus-year-old Summit lift running.
There is no doubt that this past decade has seen Snow King struggling to become sustainable and working many, many years to update the master plan. It is no secret that Snow King Mountain and SKRMA have gone through an unprecedented outreach process. From a stakeholder group to many, many open houses and opportunities for public comment — the community is ready to see this process move forward.
These decisions are not easy. However, Snow King has operated in these discussions in good faith and have made concessions and agreed to suggestions in order to move this opportunity forward.
Snow King is a resource the kids of this town need, and in order for it to thrive it needs support in infrastructure improvements. Snow King is at the heart of winter culture, especially for local kids and their families, and these decisions will impact their programs and ability to interact with the outdoors.
It is time to move forward. With a 1% SKRMA fee in place, additional affordable and workforce housing requirements and 57 other agreed-to conditions, Snow King and the community have worked hard to get to this place and it is time to support the Master Plan.
As a local who learned to ski on Snow King and whose daughter is currently skiing there, my hope for the next decade is a sustainable, thriving Snow King.