Jackson’s Snow King Opens Ice Climbing ParkBy Michael Frank on January 17th, 2013
Ouray’s ice climbing gorge is better known, but it’s plenty cold enough in Jackson Hole to keep ice fresh all winter, so why not have an ice climbing center in town? Now, there is one. The new Teton Ice Park, a 40-foot-high wall at Snow King, the town ski area, was built in part by Jackson-based guiding outfit Aerial Boundaries, who came back from Ouray green with envy. That led Aerial Boundaries to Grand Targhee, where they ran a manufactured ice wall from 2009 to 2011, and last summer Snow King approached the guide service about setting up one in Jackson. It brings this town of mountaineers something they haven’t had: Good ice nearby. Ice climbing in the Tetons is difficult — access is tough, routes are remote, and many of the lines are in avalanche paths. Not exactly friendly. The new park is geared for everyone from beginners to seasoned vets, and all top-roped. Via Deseret News.
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