Top reasons to go ski mountaineering in Grand Teton
Take in the grandeur of one of the most photographed peaks in the world
Test your luck on high-quality hero powder that skis like a dream
Get lost in the town of Jackson and enjoy its authentic cowboy flare
The Teton Mountain Range, spanning most of Grand Teton National Park, lives and breathes skiing. While its peaks may be a bit lower in altitude than the Colorado Rockies, they more than make up for it with their excellent dry and fluffy snow and wild adrenaline-inducing descents. From Snow King Mountain’s 400 acres of charming and laid-back skiing areas to Jackson Hole’s iconic deep snow, cliff drops, and steep lines, Grand Teton won’t leave anyone disappointed. This is why, year after year, entry-level mountaineers and experienced connoisseurs from all over the world head to the mountain range for its endless climbing and skiing possibilities. Fall in love with mountaineering or rekindle an old flame on the Teton Mountain Range. Find out more about ski mountaineering in Grand Teton from Viktor Marohnić, an all-round adventure junkie and founder of 57hours
December through April
Jackson, WY, is only ten minutes away
Choose how you spend your day
Teton Ski Mountaineering Day Tour
If you’re an expert ski mountaineer, then this day in the Teton is ideal for you. Your day will start early. You will meet your guide at the trailhead at around 5:00 AM. From there, you will strap on your headlamps and brave the brisk mountain air as you ascend. This tour is private, so your own interests and abilities (as well as, of course, snow and avalanche conditions) will dictate the choice of venue. Be prepared for a long day of conquering steep, technical, and sustained objectives under the watchful eye of an experienced guide!
Teton Ski & Split Mountaineering Camp
This three-day camp 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 and descend technical Teton lines with oversight and mentorship from an experienced ski or splitboard guide. All of this will take place while riding challenging, technical lines in Grand Teton National Park. You will walk away from this camp feeling more confident in your basic mountaineering and navigation skills.
Itinerary: Teton Ski and Split Mountaineering Camp
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.
Day 2 and 3
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.
Meet your guide
The Mountain Guides
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.
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!
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.
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!
Things to know
Covid measures in Grand Teton National Park, WY
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!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full 1-3 days of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering
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 high level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While the conditions, your interests, and abilities will dictate the choice of venue, this adventure’s ski mountaineering objectives are steep, technical, and sustained, and require ropes and technical climbing equipment knowledge to access. 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.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
The ski mountaineering camp is meant for experienced backcountry skiers and riders looking to try ski or split mountaineering, while the advanced ski mountaineering day tour is meant for expert ski mountaineers. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, explore our other beginner-friendly backcountry skiing options.
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 (can be rented):
- Boots – Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots (can be rented)
- Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots (can be rented)
- Ski poles (can be rented)
- Climbing Skins (fit to skis) (can be rented)
For the Ski Mountaineering Day Tour, in addition to the gear listed above, you will also need to bring:
- Helmet (can be rented)
- Ice Ax (can be rented)
- Crampons – Ski boot compatible (can be rented)
- Ski Crampons (can be rented)
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Long sleeve synthetic top
- 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
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Laptop or tablet — for the Ski and Split Mountaineering Camp
- 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 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. 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 the Ski & Split Mountaineering Camp, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1
- For Ski Mountaineering Tour, the max client to guide ratio is 1:1
- Cost is per person and doesn’t change as the group grows.
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.
Getting there and meeting location
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 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.