1:1 guest to guide ratio
The Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, are synonymous with big skies and epic outdoor adventures year round. No lift ticket is required for this one. Get ready for some classics.
Here’s where things get interesting in the backcountry. While the Tetons offer something for everyone, this mountaineering objective is for experts only. A couple goals may include Buck Mountain or the Apocalypse Couloir. Regardless, snow and avalanche conditions will determine the day’s objective, but rest assured, it will be unlike most anything you’ve done.
Here’s what to expect
The day is going to start early at the trailhead, around 5:00am. You’ll strap on your headlamp and brave the mountain air as you and your guide make your ascent. Expect a long day with big rewards. As you near your objective, ropes come out and helmets go on — you may even lash crampons to your boots to help manage any inconsistent snow and ice.
After this class you’ll
- Consider trying some multi-day ascents of the Grand Teton or Skillet Glacier
Prerequisites for backcountry skiing
- All participants need to be advanced skiers on variable packed snow and untouched terrain. The days are long and the objectives demand a higher degree of fitness and experience.
This course is operated by The Mountain Guides
Things you 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.
- Top Long Sleeve Synthetic: medium to expedition weight long underwear Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman 1/2 zip
- Soft Shell or Fleece Jacket Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Aosta Jacket
- Shell Jacket with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cloudseeker Jacket
- Puffy Jacket: Hood Recommended. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Dynotherm Jacket
- 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
- Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
- Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
- Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
- Ski Goggles
- Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens