Late November through early April
Jackson Hole, WY, is twenty minutes away
Beginner to advanced
Ski deep snow and build community in this all-women ski camp
Hit the Grand Teton backcountry in this women-only ski camp and spend two days skiing some of the best snow on earth. Under the mentorship of women guides Betsy, Rebecca and Kailey, participants will be split into three groups of four, where you’ll be paired with other women of the same skill level to work together, socialize and have fun.
The goals of this camp are to help you refine your navigation, skin track setting and downhill travel skills while brushing up on your avalanche safety skills. You’ll also learn about the history of women in skiing while enjoying untracked powder and the incredible views of Grand Teton National Park. Come for the deep powder, but leave with lifelong ski touring buddies and lasting memories. Mentorship, comradery and community come together in this perfect ski weekend getaway.
Added bonus: The new fleet of DPS Pagoda touring skis, along with skins, boots and poles will also be on hand for participants to demo free of charge!
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All-Women Deep Powder Ski Camp in Grand Teton
Explore Grand Teton National Park with a group of women and enjoy two exciting days in the backcountry! Led by Betsy Manero and Rebecca Yaguda who guide with The Mountain Guides, you’ll learn about backcountry touring gear, avalanche safety, snow observations, decision making, uphill skinning techniques, route selection and more, while you ski the wonderful slopes of Teton. One online class and two days in the field will have you ready to take on bigger objectives, and the lessons and mentorship you’ll receive will last a lifetime. Build community, make friends and shred deep backcountry pow!
Pre-Ski Evening: Community Building
Prepare for your two-day skiing adventure with an insightful two-hour Zoom session.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Online Zoom Session
- Participant and Guide Introductions: Meet your ski touring group and your Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, Betsy, Rebecca and Kailey
- Virtual Gear Check: Go over your gear and make sure that you’re prepared for your big day on the slopes
- History of Women in Skiing: The session will provide a quick glimpse into the impressive track record of women’s skiing, including some of JHMG’s very own women ski guides, like Julia Niles and Lisa Van Sciver who were the first to make an all-female ski descent of Grand Teton in 2007. Become motivated and empowered by strong adventurous women who were among the first to professionally hit the slopes.
Field Day One: Foundational Ski Touring and Avalanche Safety Skills
Open to skiers of all skill levels, participants will be divided into three groups of similar experience and skill level to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their experience. The first day of your two-day ski camp will look like:
8:00 am – 10:00 am: Avalanche Rescue Practice
- Learn about beacon function and use
- Practice techniques for probing
- Guides will show you strategic shoveling techniques and you’ll put these skills to use, practicing real life scenarios in the field
10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Ski Touring in Grand Teton National Park
- Continue your avalanche education by learning about avalanche terrain identification
- Work on techniques for uphill travel
- Guides will go over considerations for downhill travel so that you can learn how to make smart choices and stay safe in the backcountry
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Evening Zoom Session on Tour Planning:
- After your exciting day in the backcountry, bring your favorite cocktail and get together online with your group of newfound friends and learn from your guides about how to interpret an avalanche bulletin and how to identify the routes that avoid avalanche terrain.
Field Day Two: Skills Development
The second day of your two-day ski camp will look like:
8:00 am – 3:30 pm: Ski Touring in Grand Teton National Park
- Spend your day touring and learning from the experts on how to improve your skiing skills. You’ll focus on snow observations and decision-making while skiing down deep powder slopes under the safety of your guides. You’ll learn how to effectively communicate in the field and through valuable mentorship, you will continue to gain new confidence and learn new techniques that will help you and your newly-made friends create unforgettable skiing memories!
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Course Close
- Guides will let you know how you can continue your backcountry education. Say goodbye to your group, exchange numbers with your new friends, and start planning your next adventure together!
Meet your guides
Betsy is an AMGA Apprentice Ski and Rock Guide and an AIARE Instructor working with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. She started skiing in Maine and New Hampshire at a young age and has been hooked on the mountains ever since. She started climbing in Vermont during college and moved to the Tetons in 2015 to pursue bigger mountains. When not guiding for JHMG, Betsy can be found skiing, touring or climbing in Grand Teton National park or exploring sandstone formations of Southern Utah.
Rebecca “Guda” Yaguda is an AMGA Apprentice Ski, Rock and Alpine Guide, and an AIARE Instructor who originally hails from New Jersey and Vermont, where she utilized the world-class ice to develop herself as a State Champion and collegiate alpine ski racer. When she moved out west in 2010, she discovered rock climbing and powder skiing, and never looked back. She has worked in outdoor education for ten years, primarily as a rock climbing, winter camping, backcountry skiing and backpacking instructor at NOLS. When not guiding, Guda enjoys climbing on any rock formation she can find, riding her mountain bike, and exploring the incredible ski lines of the Tetons.
Kailey grew up in Maine, where she fell in love with skiing at an early age. After many years racing, she began backcountry skiing in 2011. After spending a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership Institute in the Rockies, Kailey moved to Durango, Colorado, where she explored the mountains and attended Fort Lewis College, earning her degree in Adventure Education. Currently, Kailey works as an avalanche instructor and backcountry ski guide for The Mountain Guides. She’s guided and instructed in Wyoming, Alaska, Colorado, and Utah.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Grand Teton
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 Grand Teton National Park, please refer to the Wyoming Department of Health 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:
- Three experienced JHMG ski guides with extensive knowledge of the area
- One online evening intro class
- Two days of backcountry ski touring
- Demo the new fleet of DPS Pagoda touring skis, along with skins, boots and poles
What’s not included:
- Avalanche safety gear (available to rent)
- Trip insurance
- Accommodations in Jackson Hole
- Transportation to and from Jackson Hole and to the meeting place on both mornings of the camp
How fit do I need to be?
You need to have a good level of fitness to participate in this two-day camp. You should be able to hike uphill for 4000 vertical feet for two days in a row and be comfortable in ungroomed, treed terrain. You will be carrying a loaded daypack, skinning uphill, and need to manage technical descents in variable terrain.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
This two-day camp is for beginner to advanced backcountry skiers looking to develop existing skills and build community with other like-minded women. Participants will be split into groups depending on experience level. You should be able to skin uphill for a few hours and have plenty of resort experience, feeling comfortable skiing in variable, ungroomed, treed terrain. It is suggested that participants have taken an AIARE 1 before signing up, but it is not a requirement.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
- Alpine touring skis, skins, boots, poles or splitboard with skins
- DPS has generously supplied its new fleet of DPS Pagoda touring skis, along with skins, boots and poles to be on hand for participants to demo free of charge!
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented from JHMG):
- 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 lens
- Sunscreen/lip balm
- Headlamp – extra batteries
- Gloves and hat
- Gloves – 3 pairs: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
- Buff/neck gaiter
- Top long sleeve synthetic: medium to expedition weight long underwear
- Soft shell or fleece jacket
- Shell jacket with hood
- Puffy jacket: hood recommended.
- Bottom synthetic or wool long underwear bottoms
- Shell pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters
- Socks: synthetic or wool. 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
- 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 if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
- Splitboards can be rented from Teton Backcountry Rentals
Added bonus! The new fleet of DPS Pagoda touring skis, along with skins, boots and poles will also be on hand for participants to demo free of charge!
If you need to rent avy gear or a splitboard, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
What can I expect from skiing with a guide?
Certified ski guides will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guides’ expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure.
It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
- For this two-day backcountry ski camp, the max group size is 12 with three guides
- The cost is per person
Open to skiers of all skill levels, participants will be divided into three groups of similar experience and skill level to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their experience.
What is the minimum age requirement?
Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
What about bad weather?
Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your backcountry ski tour to a more favorable day.
If backcountry skiing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client will be charged full price.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
Grand Teton National Park is located just a few miles from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls, around a two-hour drive away, is a cheaper option. Salt Lake City is another option for air travel, but it’s a four to five hour drive away. It is helpful to arrive a day or two prior to your adventure in order to acclimatize.
Jackson Hole has abundant options for accommodations. For this camp, JHMG have worked out a discounted rate at Homewood Suites in Jackson during the dates of this camp. If you’d like more details, let us know and we will be happy to help you out.
On the first day of backcountry ski camp, you will meet your guides in the field at 8:00 am at a location to be determined. From there, you’ll head out and begin your backcountry skiing adventure!
This camp is operated by
The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides have been taking skiers into the Teton backcountry since 1968 and set the industry standard within the professional guiding industry. Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), they run everything from ski mountaineering courses to introductory touring days.
Founded in 2005, with the vision to make perfect skis worthy of those who live and breathe the sport, DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis. For this camp, the new fleet of DPS Pagoda touring skis, along with skins, boots and poles will be on hand for participants to demo free of charge! On the Pagoda Tour skis, you’ll experience a level of downhill performance that has never been available in a ski this lightweight.