Advanced Backcountry Skiing in the Tetons!

1 day
All ages
1–3 people

This course is booked through and operated by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

The Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, are synonymous with big skies and epic outdoor adventures year round.  As fall and winter approach plan now for an unmatched trip skiing in the Teton backcountry. No lift ticket is required and the powder is incredible.

Here’s where things get interesting in the backcountry! While the Tetons offer something for everyone, let us help you reach those harder to attain objectives. Our years of experience and intimate understanding of the mountains and their environments make us the best choice, all winter, to pursue that tick list goal. Think of it this way: backcountry skiing just got better.

Here’s what to expect

Ski some of the range’s famous couloirs and plush descents, such as the prominent Sliver Couloir on Nez Perce, the Spoon Couloir on Disappointment Peak, Albright Peak, the West Hourglass Couloir in Garnet Canyon, Shoot the Moon in Avalanche Canyon, or Banana Couloir off of Prospector Peak.  These tours are for advanced skiers and riders only. Expect to get in 3500-65000 vertical feet.  You can also expect these days to run about 7-9 hours in total beginning early at the JHMG office.

These days run about 7-9 hours in total, beginning early at the JHMG office.

After this class you’ll
  • Have skied in some beautiful, gorgeous powder
  • Be ready to try the next step, we’re happy to travel with you!
Prerequisites for backcountry skiing
  • All participants need to be advanced skiers on variable packed snow and untouched terrain. The days are long and the objectives demand a higher degree of fitness and experience.

This course is also great to take in conjunction with an Avalanche Level 2 or an AIARE Avalanche Rescue class (those are available, too).

Where we are
A word on travel and preparation
  • Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides’ office in Jackson, WY. The office is located at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104, and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes.
  • It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, arrive the day before and stop by the office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when you'll return to the trailhead.
  • Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are ample hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible.
  • The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (2 – 2.5 hour drive) and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are worth considering as well.



  • Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
  • Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pant
  • Socks: Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.


  • Gloves  3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair  Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cyclone Alpine Glove
  • Hat: medium weight ski hat
  • Hat: baseball or visor for sun
  • Buff/neck gaiter


Guides running this program

Doug Workman

Doug Workman began climbing in Converse All-Stars on Connecticut’s Traprock in 1988. Since then he has climbed and skied all over the world. He's been on expeditions to Pakistan, China, Alaska, and Antarctica. He's also climbed throughout Europe and North America—including a day trip up El Capitan’s Triple Direct and multiple trips up the Nose and Astroman in Yosemite. He began guiding for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in 2001. As a guide for JHMG, Doug has guided hundreds of guests up the Grand Teton and over a dozen brave souls down it on skis.
Doug also currently works for Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, High Mountain Heli Skiing, Ice Axe Expeditions and Jackson Hole Alpine Guides. He has guided skiers off the summit of Denali, guided 5 ski mountaineering trips to the Antarctic Peninsula, and led sail/ski trips to Iceland, Svalbard, and the Lyngen Alps of Norway. Past experience also includes rigging and safety work for National Geographic Television, Camp Four Collective, Chris Davenport Productions, Warren Miller Entertainment, and Teton Gravity Research.

Doug is the Snow and Avalanche Technical Representative for Mammut North America.




Izzy Lazarus

Izzy grew up in the heart of NYC but found a passion for climbing when she moved to Vermont for college. While balancing in-classroom education and outdoor adventure, Izzy started working for a local climbing gym and guiding service and for her college’s outdoor program. That road led her west to work for the Colorado Outward Bound School, teaching mountaineering, skiing and rock climbing programs year round. After several years of extended wilderness expeditions, she has found herself in the Tetons to take people on their high alpine adventures. Izzy has a passion for education, conversation, ecology and mountain adventures. In some circles she is known as TBM (Tiny But Mighty).


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