The Special Olympics of Wyoming will return to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the 2005 Winter Games on February 8th – 10th. For over fifteen years the Wyoming Special Olympics Winter Games have been held in Jackson Hole and this year over 250 athletes from around the state will converge on Teton Village to compete in both alpine and nordic events.

The Olympics will kick-off with the Opening Ceremony at 7:30pm on February 8, 2005 at the Jackson Hole High School and competition will begin on Wednesday, February 9, 2005. Special Olympic winter events include ski and snowboard downhill and giant slalom competitions, snowshoe competitions and cross country competitions.

Skiing and snowboarding events will take place on runs off of the Teewinot and Casper chair lifts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, while all snowshoe and cross country skiing events will be held at the JHMR Nordic Center.

“I am so proud to be a part of the Special Olympics, the spirit of the games is unlike any other” said Olympic Gold Medalist and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Ambassador, Tommy Moe.

Only a half-day drive from Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort provides year-round adventure woven into the rustic Old West. Jackson Hole’s untamed landscape, nestled in the Teton Mountain Range, lets visitors get further away with high-mountain adventures on skis, snowboards, horseback, mountain bikes, canoes or on foot. For more information, visit www.jacksonhole.com