Classic Teton Descents

Season WInter

Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced

Duration 3 Days

Overview

Join us for our Classic Teton Descent Experience and have the opportunity to ski and ride some of the classic lines in the Tetons!  This 3-Day program is for those who have gazed up at the Tetons in the winter and have dreamed of skiing some of the iconic peaks. We will cover topics like Risk Management, decision-making as well as overall mountain travel skills.  The best part is that you will be learning while experiencing some of the classic ski objectives the in the Tetons.  We really focus on getting folks into some of the bigger terrain on this program and want to see people push themselves and become comfortable in the winter alpine environment.  Some of the lines that we aim for during this program will include solid days around 6-8 hours as well as anywhere from 3500-5000 feet of vertical gain.  We strive to get people in a position to check off many of the dream lines in the Tetons over the course of the 3 Days.  Between the aesthetics of many of the classic descents as well as the skills that are taught by our guides, this is a full schedule with loads of enjoyment and amazing turns!  This program is for intermediate/advanced backcountry skiers/boarder, who are Level III skiers, in good physical condition.

Season WInter

Minimum Age 18

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In this 3-Day program we will cover topics like Risk Management, decision-making as well as overall mountain travel skills.    We really focus on getting folks into some of the bigger terrain on this program and want to see people push themselves and become comfortable in the winter alpine environment.

Participants should expect days to last between 6-8 hours and folks should be ready to climb and ski  between 3500-5000 feet of vertical gain each day.  We strive to get people in a position to check off many of the dream lines in the Tetons over the course of the 3 days, however, weather and snow conditions may dictate what we are able to accomplish.

Between the aesthetics of many of the classic descents as well as the skills that are taught by our guides, this is a full schedule with loads of enjoyment and amazing turns!  This program is for intermediate/advanced backcountry skiers/boarder, who are Level III skiers, in good physical condition.

Price: $1150 per participant

Backcountry touring equipment and avalanche safety equipment are available for rent from JHMG.

*Please inquire about our 2017/2018 winter dates*

Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from our Jackson, WY headquarters. Our Jackson office is located in the south part of Jackson at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104 and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Our phone number is (800) 239-7642 or (307) 733-4979. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (a 2 – 2.5 hour drive) is a cheaper option and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are also air travel options. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by our office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when we will return to the trailhead. Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are a plethora of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. Accommodations near our office make your transitions convenient. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible. Lodging recommendations and many more details can be found in the downloadable document below.

 

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Sitting on the eastern edge of the Great Basin, the north-south-trending Tetons rise dramatically from the floor of Jackson Hole without any foothills along an active fault-block mountain front system. Because it forms one of the first tall barriers to moisture sweeping eastward from the Pacific Ocean, much of the range’s precipitation falls as snow during winter and spring, but summers and fall are generally dry and pleasant, with the always-present possibility of thunderstorms.

The local climate is semi-arid with a yearly extreme high of 93 °F and extreme low of -46 °F. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Grand Teton National Park was -63 °F, and snow often blankets the landscape from early November to late April. Jackson Hole has long, cold winters. The first heavy snows fall by the beginning of November and continue through March. Snow and frost are possible during any month. By May and June, mild days and cool nights alternate with rain and occasional snow. Valley trails are snow covered until late May. Warm days and cool nights prevail during July and August, with afternoon thundershowers common. In autumn, sunny days and cold nights alternate with rain and occasional snow storms.

UPPER LAYERS

BOTTOM LAYERS

  • Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms
  • Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters
  • Socks: (1 to 2 pairs) synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.

HEAD AND HANDS

  • Gloves 2 to 3 pair: 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
  • Hat: medium weight ski hat
  • Hat: baseball or visor for sun
  • Balacava/neck gaiter

ACCESSORIES

  • Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
  • Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
  • Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
  • Ski Goggles
  • Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm
  • Headlamp-Extra batteries
  • First Aid: minimal-blister kit

SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)

  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet
  • Ice Ax
  • Crampons (ski boot compatible)
  • Ski Crampons
  • Harness
  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)

 

 

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Testimonials

  • Top notch guide service with enormous experience. I love the educational aspect as well. I always learn a ton.

    — Dirk Friel
  • Words cannot convey the experience of a winter day out with a JHMG guide taking you on a safe tour of the Tetons. Slow and steady up for a few hours rewards you with an exquisite view of the Tetons in all their majesty. Then, instead of an exhausting, bone-jarring hike back down, take the skins off your skis and ride down in powder that is almost impossible to find in a ski resort. Even a week after the last snowfall, you will still find good snow to ride down on. Even if it’s not a clear and sunny day, it’s a wonderful day out and you’ll want to keep going back until you are rewarded with those magnificent views. If the price for a ride on the Virgin Galactic rocket is $200,000, I’d say a day in the Tetons with a JHMG guide is the most undervalued ticket you can buy!

    — Victor Haghani
  • This is our third trip here to backcountry ski.  We love our guide and always request him.  The experience each year is always different and amazing.  This is the perfect escape for a few executives and we are already planning next year’s trip.

    — Paul Ellingson
  • Amazing Back Country Ski day with JHMG. Our Guide knew exactly where to find the best pow! I wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    — Rob Barton

Trip Sponsors

Participants will get to test the newest in Fischer's backcountry line for no charge. Boots, poles and Fischer's new line of backcountry skis the Hannibal. This plus the knowledge that you have skied some of the freshest lines the Tetons have to offer on the best gear you can get make this 3-Day camp an experience you won't soon forget.

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