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.
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
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:
- 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
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.