A torchlight parade and fireworks on New Year’s Eve is a tradition in many ski towns, and Jackson is no exception! Snow King’s annual event began in the mid-1950s (1954 is our best guess) with Snow King General Manager and Owner Neil Rafferty. Originally it was just employees – the ski patrol, ski instructors and other employees, but at some point we began allowing members of the community to participate. Today, Snow King Mountain hosts one of the only parades in the country open to participants from the community and it’s become a serious local tradition!
Expert skiers 18 years or older (who are comfortable skiing steep terrain in the dark carrying fire) are invited to participate in the parade. Everyone is invited to enjoy the spectacle!
To participate in the parade, expert skiers should check in at the lodge room at 5:45 to sign a waiver and collect their torches. After a brief meeting, participants will be directed where to go.
We’ll begin loading the Summit lift at 6:15 and the fireworks will follow when all participants have reached the base. In previous years, the fireworks typically began around 7pm. There are generally two routes – an expert route that goes directly down Exhibition, and more moderate route that heads down Cougar.
PLEASE NOTE: Many participants have special “Torchlight Parade” clothing they wear year after year and have the burn holes to prove it! Carhartts, old skis and a ratty old jacket is the perfect TLP uniform.
The highly experienced volunteer pyrotechnics crew is led by long-time organizer Bob Hammond, and is paid for by Snow King and the Town of Jackson. They begin at the end of the torchlight – which is usually around 7pm.
Come join us to celebrate the beginning of 2018 at the King!!