JACKSON, Wyo. -- Plenty of Jackson locals enjoy having Snow King Resort just a few blocks from where they work so they can make a couple quick ski runs over their lunch breaks.
Such loyalty and ample snow over the past couple winters haven't kept ski operations at the resort from losing between $500,000 and $1 million a year. Now, after a nonprofit community group tried but failed to step in and run Snow King, the 72-year-old resort is up for sale.
Locals are left wondering what will become of Wyoming's first ski area. For many, it's not only the ski spot closest to home, but the one nearest their hearts, despite existing for decades in the shadow of the vacation destinations Jackson Hole Mountain Resort across the valley and Grand Targhee Resort across the Teton Range.
"It's in town. It's affordable. It's a great place to learn to ski for young kids and expose kids to skiing, a great place for families. It really to me is the center of the recreational community in Jackson," said Steve Sullivan, president of the nonprofit Friends of Snow King.