The spring-like weather that has pushed temperatures into the 50s this week has been welcome, aside from the rain and softening of the course on Snow King Mountain.
The Jackson Hole Ski Club has been preparing the slope for the 30th annual Town Downhill, aka the Mini-Hahnenkamm. Training runs Saturday may be a little soft, but the forecast is calling for colder weather and snow for Sunday’s racing.
“We’re doing everything we can to get it ready, and now we’re just hoping it freezes,” club director Carrie Boynton said.
The downhill is the centerpiece of a festive St. Patrick’s weekend at the King, with pond skimming on Saturday and the rock band Lazy Eyes performing Sunday. The rapid melt-off should make for excellent conditions for pond skimming. DJs Cut la Whut and Jeff Moran will spin tunes as skiers and riders — no doubt donning kelly green attire — point down the lower slope and try to skim across the water.