Top reasons to upgrade your skills in Grand Teton NP
Take your touring to the next level in the legendary Grand Teton National Park
Plenty of first-rate slopes for skiers of all skill levels
Phenomenal powder and unmatched terrain guarantee an epic touring experience
With tons of untracked terrain, epic alpine views, and over 500 inches of snowfall every winter, ski touring in Grand Teton National Park never disappoints! The area’s iconic light and dry 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.
Jackson Hole, WY, is 20 minutes away from Grand Teton NP
Beginner to advanced
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Backcountry Ski Touring 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!
Itinerary and learning outcomes
Day 0: Evening Zoom Meeting
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.
Day 1: Foundational Ski Touring and Avalanche Safety Skills
Start the morning with some avalanche rescue practice. You will learn about beacon function and use, practice techniques for probing, and your guides will show you strategic shoveling techniques. You’ll then put these skills to use, practicing with real-life scenarios in the field.
Spend the rest of the day learning about avalanche terrain identification, working on techniques for uphill travel, and going over downhill travel considerations. Wrap up day 1 with a Zoom class about interpreting avalanche bulletins and identifying routes that avoid avalanche terrain.
Day 2: Developing New Skills
Spend Day 2 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 watchful eye of your guide. After a productive day, your guides will instruct you on how you can further your backcountry education. Say goodbye to your group, exchange numbers with your new friends, and start planning your next adventure together!
Meet your guide
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
Things to know
Covid measures in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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!
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
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
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.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
This two-day camp is meant for both beginner and advanced backcountry skiers looking to develop new skills or upgrade their existing ones. Participants will be split into groups depending on their experience level.
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 (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:
- 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
- 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:
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 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.
Getting there and meeting location
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.