Top Stories January 8, 2018

Snow King Launches Free Avalanche Beacon Park

by Jackson Hole. Media

Town Hill Partners with Teton County Search & Rescue, Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club & Teton Mountaineering to Improve Backcountry Safety 

With the aim of improving backcountry safety, Snow King Mountain Resort opened a new avalanche beacon park this past weekend to provide locals a free opportunity to practice with their transceivers and develop their avalanche rescue skills.

“For many Jackson residents, the opportunity to ski in the backcountry is what draws them to our community,” said Snow King Mountain Resort General Manager Ryan Stanley. “Snow King is committed to safety in the backcountry and this free beacon park allows us to do our part in keeping area residents and visitors safe.”

The beacon park is located just to the west of King Tubes snow tube park at the base of Snow King Mountain Resort. The park is free and open to the public daily from 7:00am-9:00pm.

Snow King partnered with Teton County Search and Rescue, the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Backcountry Program, and Teton Mountaineering to open the park. Proceeds from the sale of uphill passes are used to help fund the park.

“Backcountry Zero, a project of TCSAR Foundation, is focused on reducing fatalities and injuries in the backcountry and we recognize that the beacon park at Snow King is a great asset to our community,” said Executive Director of Teton County Search & Rescue Stephanie Thomas. “We can’t stress enough how important it is to get regular practice with your equipment and the Snow King Beacon Park makes that feasible for many people who live and work in town.”

The park features a Backcountry Access Wireless Beacon Training System designed to make it easier and more efficient to practice with avalanche transceivers. Eight waterproof transmit boxes are controlled wirelessly through a portable, weatherproof control panel. To change the scenario, participants flick the on/off switches on the control panel.

“JHSC is excited to launch a Backcountry Program serving our athletes and the community, and get on board with the national movement to increase awareness among youth and competitive snowsport athletes,” said Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Executive Director Brian Krill. “The Snow King beacon park is a great step in this direction and will help us get the word out about our backcountry initiatives, and serve the community with education and fun activities.”

“Teton Mountaineering has been proud to promote avalanche safety and education to the local skiing community for over 30 years,” said Teton Mountaineering Assistant Manager Mike Keating. “Although beacon training parks have been available in the Teton area for over a decade their locations limited the amount of use they received. Now that one is at the town hill there is no excuse not to practice regularly, especially with the way this winter’s snow pack is shaping up.”

“This park is using new wireless technology which eliminates the signal interference the previous ones had,” Keating continued. “It’s a great service to the local skiing community.”

In future years, the park will likely be located higher up on the mountain. For more information or for questions about the park, please email info@snowkingmountain.com.

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About Snow King Mountain Resort
Founded in 1939, Snow King Mountain Resort – just six blocks from Town Square in the heart of Jackson Hole – is Wyoming’s first ski resort. Since locals first began to ski the “Town Hill” in the 1920’s generations of Jackson locals and visitors have learned to ski on its iconic slopes via recreational skiing, racing, and the full-service mountain sports school.

Snow King Mountain offers 3 lifts, 32 ski runs on 400 acres, 1571 vertical rise, two terrain parks, two restaurants, and a full-service rental and ski tuning facility. For non-skiers and snowboarders, King Tubes snow tube park, the Cowboy Coaster, and the Summit Scenic Chairlift provide alternatives for every member of the family to enjoy the thrills of winter, and take in the best view in town with amazing views of downtown Jackson and the Tetons.

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