Teton Valley Great Snow Fest

Published online: Jan 17, 2017 East Idaho Outdoors, Events, Family Fun Guide
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The 6th annual Teton Valley Great Snow Fest will be hosted on January 19-22 by the Teton Valley Foundation and the Teton Regional Economic Coalition. The Great Snow Fest will be presented in and around Teton Valley Idaho.

The Great Snow Fest showcases diverse winter activities, art, food, and entertainment all with the theme of celebrating snow and the Teton Range.

This year’s Great Snow Fest was made possible by the non-profit Teton Valley Foundation, Teton Regional Economic Coalition, the Cities of Victor, Driggs, Tetonia, and many local businesses and organizations.

Due to safety concerns for both horses and humans, ski joring has been suspended for this year’s Great Snow Fest. Other concerns leading to this decision included the unpredictability of weather and logistical challenges associated with building the course, but the Teton Valley Foundation hopes to reopen this event next year.

Other events included in the Great Snow Fest include fat bike races in Driggs, Idaho and Alta, Wyoming, snow sculptors in Driggs City Center, and the Snow Rally & Exhibition at the Ruby Carson City Park in Tetonia. There are also two fat bike races to compete in as well as avalanche and ski clinics, powder camps and a cross-country wildlife tour.

“Our goal is to connect our community and celebrate the wonder of snow. What better way to do this than to try your hand at riding a fat bike, take in a movie at the film festival, or head to Victor or up to Targhee to ride in a fat bike race,” said Erica Linnell, the executive director of the Teton Valley Foundation. “And don’t miss the Stomper’s Happy Hour or the chance to dance the night away at the 6th annual Snow Ball!”

Below is a list of a few specific events and media contacts.


  • Backcountry Skiing Film Festival: Hosted by Teton Valley Trails and Pathways and NOLS, the film festival is scheduled to take place Thursday, January 19, 2017 as the official kick-off event for the Great Snow Fest. Where: Wildwood Room, Victor, Idaho. When: 6 p.m. doors open/ 7 p.m. films begin. Cost: $5 door entry. More info: www.tvtap.org. Contact Nick Beatty, TVTAP at 208-201-1622.
  •    Snowscapes Snow Sculpting: This event is set to take place from January 13 (Snow Stomping Part) – January 22 in front of the Driggs City Center. This event is presented by the Downtown Driggs Community Association and Teton Arts. This juried national competition showcases snow sculpting teams who create beautiful sculptures for public viewing and cash prizes. Cost: Free Info: www.driggssnowscapes.org or email: info@downtowndriggs.org.
  • Kotler Cutthroat Classic Pond Hockey Tournament: The tournament, hosted by Teton Valley Foundation, will take place Friday through Sunday, January 20-22 at the Kotler Ice Arena in Victor, Idaho. This tournament will include teams from around the region. Cost: Teams $450/team, Spectators free. More info: http://tetonvalleyfoundation.org/greatsnowfest/
  • Knotty Pine Party: Celebrate the Great Snow Fest on Friday, January 21 with an evening of community, food, and libations. Music will be provided by local favorites, One Ton Pig in Victor. Contact Amy Fradley, Program Manager, Teton Valley Foundation, amy@tetonvalleyfoundation.org, 208-399-2884.
  • Snow Ball VI: This event takes place from 7-11 p.m. at the Driggs Community Center. Music will be provided by Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings. Tickets are $15 ($8 for 12 and under) and are available for purchase at the door. For more information, visit www.downtowndriggs.org or email: info@downtowndriggs.org
  • The Dale Robson Memorial Snow Plane Rally & Exhibition: Snow planes are a rich part of Teton Valley History and predate even the snowmobile. This event will take place on Saturday, January 21, at Ruby Carson Memorial Park from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snow plane rides will be offered for free, and donations will be accepted. More info: Email Tetonia City Mayor Gloria Hoopes at gloria5852@silverstar.com.



Amy Fradley, Program Manager, Teton Valley Foundation




Erica D. Linnell, Executive Director, Teton Valley Foundation





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