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Public Safety Message: Recreation on Snow King closed due to NorAm race prep

Public Safety Message: Recreation on Snow King closed due to NorAm race prep

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Effective immediately Snow King Mountain has announced temporary closures to uphill travel and base area recreation as we, along with the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, prepare to host the NorAm Slalom Series. Race training begins today and the competition will be held from Tuesday, November 24, through Friday November 27. For safety reasons, Snow King Mountain will remain temporarily closed to uphill travel and base area recreation until November 28th. This is a safety concern that should be taken seriously by any early-season enthusiasts who might attempt to skin up Slow Trail or hike the Bootpack, or any hikers or dog-owners attempting to recreate on the mountain. The ski runs around the Cougar lift where the JHSC trains and races are being prepped consistent with FIS World Cup race conditions, and are not navigable even for expert skiers. This is of special concern for anyone who might inadvertently travel on this area after hours as there will be no ski patrol to assist should an accident occur. “We’re asking the public to avoid the race training area for their own safety, the safety of the athletes, and of the crews working to prepare this world-class event,” Snow King Mountain Ski Patrol Director Jack McConnell said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Snow King Mountain and the town of Jackson,” McConnell continued. “Bridger and the crew at the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club have done an incredible amount of work to bring this event to our resort, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it." Race training for JHSC athletes and visiting teams begins today, November 19, and the races will be held from the 24 - 27. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on their hometown team as they compete in a field of close to 200 athletes from nine countries. Snow King Mountain will open the lifts to all skiers and snowboarders on December 5 at 10am. For info on the NorAm races, visit the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club website . *Feature Photo: h/t Snow King Mountain / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news