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With tons of untracked terrain, epic alpine views, and over 500 inches of snowfall every winter, backcountry ski camps in Grand Teton National Park never disappoint! The area’s iconic light and dry world-class powder covers a wide variety of routes, ranging from tree glade runs and low-angled powder bowls to steep mountain ridges and high-angle couloirs. Thanks to the excellent slope accessibility and impressive terrain diversity, it’s also the ideal classroom for anyone looking to up their ski touring game or push their avalanche safety skills to the next level. The Tetons’ steep and exposed slopes require quite a commitment, but the thrills and the scenery make it all worth it! Learn more about backcountry skiing in Grand Teton from Lily Krass, backcountry skier, mountain biker, hiker, and Jackson Hole local.

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  • Learn new skills

    Take your touring and safety to the next level with expert guides and instructors

  • Beginner-friendly

    Plenty of first-rate slopes for skiers of all skill levels

  • Exquisite snow conditions

    Phenomenal powder and unmatched terrain guarantee an epic touring experience

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Backcountry Ski Touring Essentials in Grand Teton National Park

Explore Grand Teton National Park with fellow women ski enthusiasts and enjoy an exciting and educational backcountry ski tour! During one online class and two field days, you’ll learn about backcountry touring gear, avalanche safety, snow observations, decision making, uphill skinning techniques, route selection, and more while skiing Teton’s iconic slopes. Build community, make friends, and shred deep backcountry pow!

  • Start your adventure with an introductory online Zoom session. Meet your guide and group, go over your gear and field preparations, and enjoy a quick glimpse into the impressive track record of women’s skiing. Get motivated and empowered by strong adventurous women who were among the first to professionally hit the slopes.

  • You’ll meet your guides at the winter trailhead at a time decided on by your guide. The first day, you will establish your group dynamic and refresh the skills necessary for touring including companion avalanche search and rescue, ascending with skins, transitions from up to down, and of course riding!

  • Your second day will be spent in magnificent Grand Teton National Park, ascending and descending some of the classic winter lines. Along the way you will be learning about route selection, track setting, snowpack assessment, weather assessment, and skiing in variable backcountry snow. The best part is that you will be learning with other women and non-binary folks while experiencing some of the best touring objectives in the Tetons.

SheJumps AIARE 1 Camp

This AIARE 1 Avalanche course takes advantage of the amazing Teton terrain to help jump start your backcountry career. Your guides use a hybrid course model to maximize your time in the mountains. The course starts with an online learning module that you gain access to one week prior to course start. Two days before your course starts, you’ll meet with your instructor for an evening of virtual learning using video chat. The course will officially begin in the field where you’ll spend two full days traveling through the mountains practicing techniques for managing avalanche hazard.

SheJumps AIARE 2 Camp

This AIARE 2 safety course will combine the best of online learning and two days spent in the backcountry. Before you enter the backcountry terrain, your guide will hold an evening session giving you a short welcome and intro to the course. Review the curriculum and learn about mountain weather, formation of new snow, layered snowpack and trip planning using local avalanche Bulletin.

On your first day in the backcountry, you'll learn how to interpret weather data, snow surface conditions, and snow profiles. Ger a hang of risk management for small groups, avalanche release, and snowpits before you go for a field session. Your second day in the field will include ski touring, beacon range checks, learning about group management, communication, and human factors. You will also learn more about terrain delection, travel techniques, gathering field obs, analyzing snow instability and avalanche hazard.

Three-Day DPS Backcountry Ski Camp in the Tetons

Over two days in the field and a meeting a day prior with your guide and DPS ambassadors, you will learn how to identify and travel through avalanche terrain, use safety gear and avalanche rescue techniques, assess snowpack and set skin tracks, as well as efficiently manage your equipment. With the help of a professional guide and the jaw-dropping backdrop provided by Grand Teton National Park, learning has never been so fun.

  • Arrive to Jackson Hole on time and check into your accommodation. Meet your guides and your group at 5 pm for orientation and a welcome. You’ll have your ski fitting and your guide will then talk about backpack essentials. You’ll also go through a snow safety briefing. Light refreshments and snacks are provided.

    Grand Teton peaks and skis.
  • Have a hearty breakfast because you have a long day ahead of you. Meet for a morning meeting with your group, where you’ll review ski conditions and avalanche problems.

    Head to the field in Grand Teton at 9 am—you can expect a transceiver check, intermediate ski touring, snow assessment tools, and terrain analysis. You’ll end your skiing day at around 4 pm. Get back to town and your accommodation, get some rest for tomorrow!

    Backcountry skiers in Grand Teton.
  • Have breakfast on your own before heading out to the field at 9 am. Once again, you’ll spend the whole day touring the Tetons along with your trusted guide, who will help you reach your objectives.

    Once again, you’ll go through a transceiver check, do some ski touring, as well as cover snow assessment tools and terrain analysis. After approximately 7 hours in the field, the tour comes to an end. Catch your flight back home or feel free to stay a bit longer and explore the area—just ask your guides for some tips!

    Steep slope in Grand Teton and a backcountry skier.
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Meet your guides

Lisa Van Sciver
Lisa Van Sciver
Senior Guide
Lisa began climbing in 1996 and skiing at a young age in the 80’s. Her first few years out of college she recreated avidly and completed achievements like the first all-female ski descent of The Grand Teton and five Alaskan expeditions. Lisa began guiding for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in 2009. When she is not working Lisa can be found climbing desert towers, ski traversing the Wind Rivers or having a good time exploring the closest wild mountain range.
Izzy Lazarus
Izzy Lazarus
AMGA Apprentice Rock, Alpine Guide, Splitboard Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, WFR...
AMGA Apprentice Rock, Alpine Guide, Splitboard Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, WFR...
Originally from NYC, Izzy found a passion for climbing when she moved to Vermont for college. She started working for a local climbing gym and guiding service, and ever since then she’s been hooked on the outdoors. After several years of extended wilderness expeditions, she has found herself in the Tetons. She’s an AMGA Apprentice Rock, Alpine Guide, and Splitboard Guide, AMGA-certified Single pitch Instructor, she took avalanche level 1 & 2, and she’s a Wilderness First Responder.
Rebecca Yaguda
Rebecca Yaguda
AMGA Apprentice Ski, Rock and Alpine Guide
AMGA Apprentice Ski, Rock and Alpine Guide
Rebecca “Guda” Yaguda discovered rock climbing and powder skiing in 2010, and never looked back. She has worked in outdoor education for ten years, and is also a freelance writer and reviews outdoor gear for Switchback Travel. When not guiding or writing, Guda enjoys climbing on any rock formation she can find, riding her mountain bike, and exploring the incredible ski lines of the Tetons.
The Mountain Guides
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.

Things to know

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • An introductory evening Zoom class
      • Two days of backcountry ski touring and field education
      • Backcountry permits

    What’s not included:

      • Avalanche safety equipment
      • Transportation
      • Accommodations
      • Food and snacks
  • To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 5-7 hours a day for 2 full days, covering 6-10 miles (10-15km) of terrain every day and hiking uphill for 4,000 vertical feet (1,200 m). 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. You should be able to skin uphill for a few hours and have plenty of resort experience, feeling comfortable skiing in ungroomed and treed terrain.

    It is recommended that participants have taken an AIARE 1 avalanche safety course prior to signing up, but it’s not a requirement.

  • This two-day camp is meant for both beginner and advanced backcountry skiers looking to develop new skills or upgrade their existing ones with a group of like-minded outdoorsy women. Participants will be split into groups depending on their experience level.

  • For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

      • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (provided by DPS Skis)
      • Touring boots and poles (provided by DPS Skis)
      • 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
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Light, medium, and heavy gloves
      • Warm hat
      • Buff or neck gaiter
      • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Puffy jacket with hood
      • Shell pants with full side zips and built-in gaiters (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • Sock liners — optional, but 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
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

    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 pricing:

      • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, with a max group size of 12 participants.
      • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
      • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

    Ski touring in Grand Teton National Park can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • This adventure is meant for skiers over the age of 18.
  • To get to Grand Teton National Park, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport 5.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car, take a bus, or take a local flight to Jackson, WY.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

  • 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, WY, please refer to Wyoming’s COVID-19 information and guidelines.

    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!

  • 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.
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