The Tetons hide the ski lines contained in every backcountry skier’s dreams. But these lofty peaks in the Grand Teton NP rise abruptly from the Jackson Hole Valley—up to 7,000 ft reaching +13,000-ft heights above sea level. So how does one scale these humbling altitudes in search of ski rides of a lifetime? The answer is ski mountaineering and the expert mountain guides leading you through the process of getting to the top of these long, powdery thrill rides. During this Tetons ski mountaineering camp, you will learn the ropes of this adrenaline-inducing discipline in one of the most scenic places in the US, walking away more confident in your mountaineering and general backcountry skills. Find out more about ski mountaineering in Grand Teton from Viktor Marohnić, an all-round adventure junkie and founder of 57hours. 

  • Take in the grandeur of some of the world’s most photographed peaks

  • Test your luck on powdery high-angle couloirs

  • Get lost in the town of Jackson and enjoy its authentic cowboy flare

Itinerary

This Tetons guided tour is ideal for the experienced backcountry skier or rider who is looking to break into the world of ski or splitboard mountaineering. You will learn what it takes to ascend to the top of and and descend challenging and technical, yet rewarding and electrifying Teton lines with oversight and mentorship from an experienced ski or splitboard guide. You will walk away from this guided adventure in the Tetons feeling more confident in your basic mountaineering and navigation skills.

  • Meet your guides on Zoom at 8:00 am to discuss clothing, equipment, packing, and current snowpack conditions. The remainder of the day will be spent in the field, reviewing and learning about avalanche search and rescue, proper ice ax techniques, rope management, and setting up snow anchors.

    A group of ski mountaineers learning how to build anchors during a ski mountaineering day in the Tetons.
  • Meet your guides in Grand Teton National Park to put your newly learned skills to use. Experience the opportunity to ascend and descend some of the most amazing ski mountaineering terrain that the Tetons have to offer. Your guide will teach you steep skiing and riding techniques, booting and crampon use, as well as skintrack setting and pacing. You will also get the opportunity to learn snowpack assessment and navigation techniques. You can expect early starts (between 5 and 6 am) and long climbs (8 to 10 hours), gaining between 4 and 6 thousand (1,220 – 1,830 meters) vertical feet in altitude and shredding top-notch powder on steep technical ski lines. Spend the rest of the day according to your interests in Jackson. 

    A ski mountaineer is making turns down a powdery couloir ski line in the Tetons.

Meet your guide

The Mountain Guides
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The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides have been leading mountain adventurers in the Western US since 1968. With some of the most experienced mountain guides in the country, TMG leads hundreds of people every year in the mountain ranges of Wyoming and Montana, the canyons and towers of Utah, on Cody’s South Fork ice falls, the cliffs and crags of Boulder, Colorado, in Red Rock, Nevada, and City of Rocks, Idaho.
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Victor Haghani about The Mountain Guides on the guide’s web

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 a day in the Tetons with a JHMG guide is the most undervalued ticket you can buy!

Paul E. about The Mountain Guides on the guide’s web

This is our third trip here to backcountry ski.  We love our guide and always request him.  The experience each year is always different and amazing.  This is the perfect escape for a few executives and we are already planning next year’s trip.

Kathi O. about The Mountain Guides on the guide’s web

It was an amazing trip, with professional, fun & hilarious guides (Aimee, Steve, Erica & Lisa)!  The experience was one that I will remember for a lifetime, and the skills I learned will be utilized on many upcoming adventures! Thanks, JHMG, for a wonderful adventure!

Ben H. about The Mountain Guides on the guide’s web

Great time in the Tetons for this 3-day camp! Our JHMG guide was great and helped get us into rope work and give us tools for safer and more competent alpine travel. In addition to new skills, I even took away little tricks and skills for the everyday things that I have been doing for years. I would highly recommend this camp for the advanced skier who wants to go further than they do now! It was also a ton of fun.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified ski mountaineering guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 3 days of ski mountaineering in the Grand Teton National Park
      • Backcountry permits

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment (can be rented)
      • Transportation
      • Food and snacks
      • Accommodations
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To enjoy this Tetons ski mountaineering trip, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 10 to 12 hours two days in a row gaining between 4 and 6 thousand feet in altitude. You will need to manage controlled ski descents in variable conditions, including high-angle couloirs. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and have some experience with backcountry skiing in steep, ungroomed and treed terrain. Participants should be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning and climbing variable degrees of terrain. Keep in mind that your guide will take great care of you, prioritize your safety at all times, answer any questions, observe your technique, and most importantly, provide you with instruction on everything you need to know before going to the field. 

  • To participate in this Tetons ski mountaineering tour, you need to have previous backcountry skiing and be comfortable with steep, ungroomed, and treed terrain. Ski mountaineering experience is not necessary, but you should have great stamina in order to handle long climbs with altitude gains between 4 and 6 thousand feet and manage long high-angle ski runs. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on glaciated terrain for up to 12 hours a day, two days in a row. 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 day of beginner-friendly guided backcountry skiing in Jackson Hole.

  • 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:

      • Long sleeve synthetic top
      • Helmet — optional
      • Medium to expedition weight long underwear
      • Soft shell or fleece jacket 
      • Shell jacket with hood
      • Puffy jacket with a hood — optional, but 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 — optional, but recommended
      • Gloves — 3 pairs: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair  
      • Hat — medium weight ski hat
      • Baseball or visor for sun
      • Buff/neck gaiter
      • Backpack — 30 to 40L ski pack
      • Water bottle — thermos or insulated water bottles are best
      • Lots of snacks
      • Sunglasses w/ case
      • Ski goggles
      • Toiletries 
      • Headlamp  with extra batteries
      • Laptop or tablet — for the Ski and Split Mountaineering Camp
      • Camera — optional
  • 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, can be rented from your guide
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from your guide
      • Splitboards can be rented from your guide

    Ski rental locations are in Jackson, WY, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. There are numerous other rental companies in Jackson you can get your gear from, such as Teton Backcountry Rentals. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. 
      • The cost is per person and doesn’t decrease as the group grows. 

    Ski mountaineering in the Grand Teton National Park 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.

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund, less a $50 processing fee. 
      • For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
  • The simplest way to reach Grand Teton National Park is by taking a flight to Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, it’s a 4-5 hour drive to Jackson, WY, depending on the weather conditions. Renting a car is recommended, but air travel options to the Jackson Hole Airport are also available. Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 10 minutes from Jackson, WY. 

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your Tetons ski mountaineering guide will suggest the best place to meet. You will usually meet your guides at their headquarters in Jackson, WY, from where you’ll head to the trailhead. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.

    It is recommended that you arrive in Jackson one or two days before the camp starts to give yourself a chance to acclimatize and leave yourself one or two rest days in Jackson upon the completion of the camp.

  • 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 Teton National Park, please refer to the Wyoming Department of Health’s official 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!

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