Jackson Hole Wyoming Backcountry, Telemark Skiing

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Backcountry Skiing

Known for huge amounts of snow and epic terrain, backcountry skiing in Jackson is a popular and challenging activity. From Teton Pass to the sidecountry at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, options are endless. Just make sure you have the right gear, know how to use it, or have hired a guide to keep you safe.

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Where can I go backcountry skiing?

While the options are endless in the Jackson area, here are some of the most well known places to go backcountry skiing.

  • Teton Pass
    A very popular trailhead in the winter months, backcountry skiers can explore runs off of Mount Glory or along the South Pass.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Backcountry Access Gates
    While some hiking is still required, the 4,000 foot vertical tram ride at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort does most of the work for you. To explore the backcountry from the ski area, you must exit the resort through a specified backcountry gate.
  • Grand Teton National Park
    You’ll earn your turns with these long approaches and steep skin tracks. The peaks that make up Buck Mountain massif provide some of the most accessible backcountry ski lines. Try Mavericks, Whimpy’s, or 25 Short.

What sort of gear do I need?

Backcountry skiers and boarders should always carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe. A backpack, water, food, and extra clothing are advisable as well. But, if you are even asking this question, we recommend signing up for a basic avalanche awareness class. No time for a class? No problem. Hire an experienced backcountry ski guide to show you the ropes.

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