Top three reasons to go backcountry skiing in Grand Teton
Fast track your skiing skills on spacious slopes and glistening glades all around
Grand Teton’s deep and light snow is a backcountry skier’s dream
Endless supply of untouched out-of-bounds terrain
Are you a backcountry skier looking to up your game in the backcountry or prepare for an AIARE 2? Then this two-day Teton powder camp will rock your world. Improve your navigation, track-setting and downhill travel skills while learning how to mitigate avalanche risk through hand-on practice. With the help of a professional ski guide, you’ll get to experience some of the heart-pounding classic descents in the Tetons as you take in the unforgettable views in one of the best backcountry ski destinations in the world. Find out more about backcountry skiing in Grand Teton from Lily Krass, backcountry skier, mountain biker, hiker, and Jackson Hole local.
December through March
Jackson, WY, is a ten-minutes away
Intermediate to advanced
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Two-Day Backcountry Ski Camp in Grand Teton
Over two days in the field, you will learn how to identify and travel through avalanche terrain, use safety gear and avalanche rescue techniques, assess snowpack and set skin tracks, as well as efficiently manage your equipment. With the help of a professional guide and the jaw-dropping backdrop provided by Grand Teton National Park, learning has never been so fun!
Taking an AIARE 1 beforehand is warmly recommended.
Meet your guide
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
Words cannot convey the experience of a winter day out with a JHMG guide taking you on a safe tour of the Tetons. Slow and steady up for a few hours rewards you with an exquisite view of the Tetons in all their majesty. Then, instead of an exhausting, bone-jarring hike back down, take the skins off your skis and ride down in powder that is almost impossible to find in a ski resort. Even a week after the last snowfall, you will still find good snow to ride down on. Even if it’s not a clear and sunny day, it’s a wonderful day out and you’ll want to keep going back until you are rewarded with those magnificent views. If the price for a ride on the Virgin Galactic rocket is $200,000, I’d say that a day in the Tetons with a JHMG guide is the most undervalued ticket you can buy!
Things to know
Covid measures in Grand Teton National Park
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Grand Teton National Park, please refer to the Wyoming Department of Health website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
hat you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full two days of backcountry ski touring
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While there is terrain for all skill levels in Grand Teton, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
This two-day camp is for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders. Participants should be able to hike uphill for 4000 vertical feet for multiple days and be advanced skiers or riders who are comfortable in ungroomed, treed terrain. It is suggested that participants have taken an AIARE 1 before signing up.
If you’re new to backcountry skiing, there are still plenty of options for you in Grand Teton National Park. We suggest booking a day of backcountry skiing basics with a private guide to get you started. If you have some experience, but aren’t quite ready for this course, a customized day of ski touring in Grand Teton is your best bet.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
- Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
- Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- 3 pair of gloves: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
- Medium weight ski hat
- Soft shell or fleece jacket
- Puffy jacket
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-tex recommended)
- Shell pants with built in gaiters (Gore-tex recommended)
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- First-aid kit
- Ski touring pack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe locally from the guiding service
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented locally from the guiding service
- Splitboards can be rented from Teton Backcountry Rentals
If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements. All gear should be picked up the day prior to your adventure to ensure there are no snags on the day-of.
Group sizes and age requirements
- For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to backcountry ski with friends and family.
Ski touring in Grand Teton can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Grand Teton National Park is located just a few miles from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls, around a two-hour drive away, is a cheaper option. Salt Lake City is another option for air travel, but it’s a four to five hour drive away. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your adventure in order to acclimatize.
On the first day of your backcountry ski camp, you will meet your guide at the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides office at 8:00 am.