Top three reasons to go backcountry skiing in Grand Teton
Get lost in Grand Teton’s towering peaks and bottomless valleys
Glide into the world of backcountry skiing in world-class open powder
Dominate some of North America’s steepest and most challenging slopes
Grand Teton National Park is synonymous with big skies and epic backcountry skiing. There is something for everyone and every skill level here. You can ski backcountry tours through the glades on low-visibility days, or push yourself on high-angle couloir runs with scenic summits and high mountain traverses. Depending on your objective, you can expect anywhere from 2,500-6,500 feet in vertical gain! If skiing is in your blood, then this is where you need to be. 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 ten-minutes away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
A Full-Day of Basic Ski Touring in Grand Teton
New to the backcountry? Learn the basics of backcountry skiing or develop existing skills with a private guide. Those with some resort experience will find untracked powder and escape the crowds on an unforgettable day catered to your interest and ability level. Improve your skills while learning more about backcountry safety and let a guide show you some of the best lines in the park!
A Full-Day of Advanced Ski Touring in Grand Teton
Ready to ski some big lines in Grand Teton National Park? If you are an advanced skier, Grand Teton offers challenging long descents. Have an unforgettable day of skinning on hard snow, and then nothing but deep, super light, soft powder. Your guide will choose the best slopes for the conditions, and you’ll enjoy the incredible views of the Tetons before a 3,000+ foot descent to the valley floor!
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!
I just wanted to let you know what an inspired and safe experience your guide, Patrick McDermott, provided for our group. In our group, we had 2 skiers who had never been out skiing in the backcountry. One of them hadn’t even skied in over 6 years. Patrick knew exactly how to handle the more challenging moments of the climb up and provided encouragement for all of us. His demeanor couldn’t have been better and his instincts and knowledge of the park were impeccable. The beauty and serenity of climbing and skiing in Teton National Park is truly a one of a kind experience and left all of us wanting more. I cannot recommend Jackson Hole Mountain Guides more and encourage everyone to take advantage of this exceptional experience. It was a gift for us all and did wonders for the soul.
The JHMG team provided a top-shelf experience for our custom backcountry ski adventure. The guides reached out to provide a helpful introduction and trip planning assistance. Our guide Pat quickly discerned the different skill and strength levels of our group members, and then tailored our adventure to accommodate each team member. Pat remained level headed and patient in the face of challenges and helped instill confidence in our team. We had a fantastic experience with Pat and JHMG, and hope to join for another adventure.
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!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day 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 National Park, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on blue 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?
Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
- Boots – Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots (can be rented)
- Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots (can be rented)
- Skiing poles (can be rented)
- Climbing Skins (fit to skis) (can be rented)
- Basic avalanche safety gear (can be rented)
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Top – Long Sleeve Synthetic – medium to expedition weight long underwear
- Soft Shell or Fleece Jacket
- Shell Jacket with hood.
- Puffy Jacket – Hood Recommended
- Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms
- Shell Pants – full side zips and built-in gaiters
- Socks – Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.
- Gloves – 3 pairs – 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
- Hat – medium weight ski hat
- Hat – baseball or visor for sun
- Buff/neck gaiter
- Backpack – 30 to 40 Liter ski pack
- Water & Food – Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lots of snacks.
- Sunglasses w/ Case
- Ski Goggles
- Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lenses
- Sunscreen/Lip balm
- Headlamp – Extra batteries
- Laptop Computer
- 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 your guide or rental shops in Jackson Hole
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented locally from your guide or rental shops in Jackson Hole
- Splitboards can be rented locally from your guide or rental shops in Jackson Hole
Ski rental locations are in Jackson Hole 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. For advanced ski touring, the client to guide ratio is 3:1.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private lessons, 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 roughly 10 minutes from Jackson, WY. The Jackson Hole Airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (a 2 – 2.5 hour drive) and Salt Lake City Airport (4 – 5 hour drive) are also air travel options. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by our office for an equipment check.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The day usually starts early at the guide’s office and from there you will go through a quick gear check as well as a quick avalanche beacon refresher. From there the group will head out to Grand Teton National Park, where we will quickly get into touring mode and start stretching the legs for the uphill ascent.