January through March
Jackson, WY, is a ten-minutes away
Intermediate to advanced
Fast track your backcountry skiing skills in this two-day camp
This powder camp is ideal for any backcountry skier or rider that is looking to up their game in the backcountry or prepare for an AIARE 2. Over two days in Grand Teton National Park, learn how to refine your navigation, track setting and downhill travel skills. You’ll also learn about mitigating avalanche risk and avalanche rescue with practice in the field. With the help of a professional ski guide, you’ll experience some of the best classic descents in the Tetons while taking in amazing views in one of the best backcountry ski destinations in the world.
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Two-Day Backcountry Ski Camp in Grand Teton
Over two days in the field, participants will advance their skills with the help of their guide in the following areas: identifying and traveling through avalanche terrain, avalanche safety gear and avalanche rescue, snowpack assessment, navigation and route finding, track setting and pacing, layering and equipment maintenance and downhill travel techniques, all while ski touring in the incredible Grand Teton National Park.
This two-day course is packed with all the essentials that any intermediate to advanced skier needs to know to tour on their own in the backcountry. Covering everything from picking the right ski touring gear to route finding and avalanche safety, you will learn how to become a better skier or rider and leave this camp feeling confident that you can explore your new terrains safely. It is suggested that participants have taken an AIARE 1 before signing up for this camp.
Things you need 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!
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go backcountry skiing?
Nothing beats the rush you’ll get from laying down first tracks on an incredible route with nothing but endless terrain laying before you. Alpine peaks, open bowls, steep and secluded tree shots, cruisy, mellow runs — it’s all out there waiting to be explored in the backcountry. You’ll spend less time waiting in chairlift lines and more time skiing, so leave the crowded resort behind and head off-piste for some of the best powder you’ll ever experience!
What can I expect from skiing with a guide?
A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure. It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar 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 you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Two full days of backcountry skiing education in the field
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Trip insurance
How fit do I need to be?
You need to have a good level of fitness to participate in this two-day camp. You 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. You will be carrying a loaded daypack, skinning uphill, and need to manage technical descents in variable terrain.
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 locally from the guiding service
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.
What’s the itinerary?
Here is the itinerary for this two-day backcountry skiing camp:
- 8:00 am: Meet at the JHMG office for coffee, introductions and a safety briefing
- Before going out into the field, your guide will go over the following with you:
- Gear and strategic packing
- Avalanche safety gear
- Navigation and trailhead location
- In the field, your group will practice avalanche rescue before heading out for a full day of touring in Grand Teton National Park
- 8:00 am: Meet in Grand Teton National Park and conduct a morning briefing and beacon check before leaving for a full day of touring
- In the field, you will cover, identifying and traveling through avalanche terrain, snowpack assessment, navigation and route finding, track setting and pacing, layering and equipment maintenance and downhill travel techniques
What is the minimum age requirement?
- 18 is the minimum age to book this two-day backcountry skiing camp.
What about group sizes and pricing?
- For this two-day backcountry ski camp, the max group size is 6.
- The cost is per person.
What about bad weather?
Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your backcountry ski tour to a more favorable day.
If backcountry skiing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client will be charged full price.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
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.