Grand Teton National Park

Intro to Backcountry Skiing in the Tetons!

Price range

from $215

Skill level

Any level

Group size

1 - 4 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.

Ski backcountry tours in tree glades skiing on low visibility days and check out scenic summits and high mountain traverses. There's something for everyone and every skill level. Let your guide treat you to the best skiing the area has to offer.

Here's what to expect

The day starts early with your guide at your determined meeting place. Each participant will go through a gear check as well as an avalanche beacon refresher. Next, the group will head out to Grand Teton National Park or Teton Pass, where we'll get into touring mode and start stretching the legs for the uphill ascent.

With sustained efforts up Olive Oil, Wimpy’s Knob, 25 Short, Maverick or Shadow Peak, you'll earn thousands of feet of pristine snow in the heart of the Tetons before you drop to the valley floor. Expect to get in 2500-5000 vertical feet.

These days run about 6-8 hours in total,

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 have some experience on variable packed snow and untouched terrain. The days are longer and the objectives demand a good degree of fitness and experience.

This course is also great to take in conjunction with an Avalanche Level 1 or an AIARE Avalanche Rescue class (those are available, too).

Need to know

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.

Equipment

UPPER LAYERS

BOTTOM LAYERS

  • 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.

HEAD AND HANDS

  • 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

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