Top three reasons to go backcountry skiing in Grand Targhee
The wide selection of different slopes guarantees you’ll find your ideal line
Take in the phenomenal views of the Teton Range and Wyoming’s vast wilderness
Experience Grand Teton National Park’s backcountry without the overwhelming crowds
From powder to corn and everything in between, the Grand Targhee Resort’s backcountry has enough varied conditions to keep backcountry skiers of all tastes and ability levels enthralled. Nestled near the Wyoming-Idaho border, Grand Targhee has a solid base by the middle of November, getting just as much snow as Jackson’s classic slopes, but without the crowds and lines. The mountain has 2,602 acres of skiable terrain with an amazing vertical drop of 2,270 ft (692 m). While it doesn’t have the steepness of its famous neighbor, it boasts fewer crowds, deep powder, moderate slopes, and plenty of routes ideal for die-hard skiers, too. Hiking out of bounds from the resort lifts gives you access to thousands of acres of gladed bowls you won’t want to miss on a powder day. Find out why the best backcountry skiers ski in Jackson Hole’s Grand Targhee from Lily Krass, backcountry skier, mountain biker, hiker, and Jackson Hole local.
Mid-November to April
Jackson, WY, is an hour away from Grand Targhee
Intermediate to advanced
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A Customized Day of Backcountry Skiing With a Guide
Leave the lifts behind for a full day of quality skiing in the Grand Targhee’s backcountry! Grand Targhee’s north-facing powder and south-facing corn offer a myriad of options for intermediate to advanced backcountry enthusiasts looking to upgrade their skills or just shred some epic slopes. Your experienced local guide will help you choose the right route and keep you safe in Targhee’s beautiful backcountry. And when you need to take a break, enjoy the spectacular views of the stunning Teton Range!
Meet your guide
Teton Backcountry Guides
Jeff was awesome. Because of him, we overcame our fears and were able to accomplish more than we thought we could. They provided all the equipment and a delicious lunch. We recommend them without hesitation. We had an amazing day! Lots of fun and lots of snow! Peter and Jeff were great guides! I would highly recommend.
Things to know
Covid measures in Grand Targhee, Wyoming
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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Grand Targhee, Wyoming, please refer to Wyoming’s COVID-19 Travel Safety Information 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!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A day of backcountry skiing
- A deli lunch, hot drinks, snack bars, and water
- Avalanche safety equipment
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
How fit do I need to be?
To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for a full day, ascending slopes and managing 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.
For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
To participate in this tour, you need to have previous powder skiing experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on glaciated terrain for 7+ hours. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, we suggest joining a guide for a private intro to backcountry skiing in Jackson Hole or a full-day of basic ski touring in Grand Teton National Park.
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 (provided by your guide):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Gloves and hat
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear, and socks
- One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
- Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
- First aid kit
- Daypack 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:
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from Peaked Sports
- The avalanche safety pack, including the beacon, shovel, and probe, will be provided by your guide.
Ski rental locations are in Driggs, ID, 20 minutes away from Grand Targhee, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and pricing:
- For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. All prices are per person.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ski with friends and family.
Backcountry skiing in Grand Targhee 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 your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Grand Targhee Resort, most people fly into Bozeman International Airport 4 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a local flight to Jackson, WY, which is a short bus or shuttle ride away from the resort.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at the gates of the Grand Targhee Resort. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.