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Intro to Backcountry Ski Touring in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole | Wyoming
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Top three reasons to backcountry ski in Jackson Hole

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    Transition from resort conditions to off-piste terrain with ease

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    Learn the necessary tools to participate in backcountry tours

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    Fast-track your skills with a combination of classroom and field study

Jackson Hole boasts terrain suitable for all skill levels and some of the most epic out-of-bounds territory in the country, with plenty of options available for backcountry newcomers. In this intro camp, your professional guide will give you an overview of all the necessary equipment and skills for enjoying the backcountry and will help ease your transition from the resort to the backcountry. Spend one evening online planning your trip and discussing gear before heading out for a full day of learning and touring. See for yourself why so many people enjoy the peaceful and fun days in the backcountry paradise of Jackson Hole!

Season

December through February

Nearest city

Jackson, WY, is ten minutes away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

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Intro to Backcountry Ski Touring in Jackson Hole

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Grand Teton National Park offers many options for backcountry rookies looking to improve their skills and technique. Let your guide teach you all the necessary basics such as avalanche rescue, navigation, pacing and packing, so you could take on some bigger challenges on your own in the future. Although the transition from resort to off-piste can be intimidating to some, your experienced guide will make sure that everything goes swimmingly on the slopes!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Jackson Hole, 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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 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!

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 Telluride, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. 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?

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:

    • 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:

    • Helmet — optional
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses
    • Sunscreen/Lip balm
    • Headlamp with extra batteries
    • Hat
    • 3 pairs of gloves: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
    • Buff/neck gaiter
    • Soft shell or fleece jacket
    • Shell jacket with hood
    • Puffy jacket (hood recommended)
    • Synthetic or wool base layer (bottoms and long-sleeve top)
    • Shell pants: full side zips and built-in gaiters
    • Synthetic or wool socks. Sized for your boots and blister protection (liners recommended)
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on the go
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented from your guide 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 6:1
    • All pricing is per person and doesn’t change as your group size increases.

Ski touring in Jackson Hole 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 Jackson Hole is by taking a flight to Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, you are a 4-5 hour drive away to Jackson, WY, depending on the weather conditions. Renting a car is recommended, but air travel options to Jackson Hole Airport are also available. Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 10 minutes from Jackson, WY.

You will usually meet your guides at their Jackson, WY headquarters, after which you will take off for the trailhead in Grand Teton National Park. Your guide will choose the most appropriate terrain according to weather conditions and your skills.

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