This 2-day camp is for those who have gazed up at the Tetons in the winter and have dreamed of skiing some of the iconic peaks. Come learn how professional ski guides approach the terrain they are skiing. JHMG’s Deep Pow Camp is the perfect venue for the backcountry skier who wants to improve their understanding of terrain and snowpack assessment, route selection, companion search and rescue, and backcountry travel techniques. Both days are spent in magnificent GTNP, 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 while experiencing some of the best skiing objectives in the Tetons. The participant of this camp should be capable of hiking uphill 4000’/day, have backcountry ski experience, and an advanced level skier to participate. This camp is for those who want to improve their understanding of backcountry travel. This camp would be a great prep for our avy 2 course. This program is for intermediate/advanced backcountry skiers/boarder, who are Level III skiers, in good physical condition. All equipment can be provided by JHMG.
In this 2-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.
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.
2018 2 -Day BC Ski Camp Itinerary
Risk management discussion
Planning and prep
Seasonal snowpack discussion
Terrain options based on conditions and snowpack
- Travelling in avalanche terrain
- Open/closed terrain concept
- Snowpack assessment (on ski tour)
Intro to avalanche search and rescue
Backcountry travel techniques
- Route finding
- Track setting
Multiple backcountry ski tours in GTNP
Going forward discussion
Price: $550 per participant
Backcountry touring equipment and avalanche safety equipment are available for rent from JHMG.
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.
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.
- Top Long Sleeve Synthetic or Wool: medium to expedition weight long underwear Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman 1/2 zip
- Soft Shell or Fleece Jacket Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear A-therm Jacket
- Shell Jacket with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cloudseeker Jacket
- Puffy Jacket: Hood Recommended. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Dynotherm Hooded Jacket
- Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
- Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pants
- Socks: Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.
HEAD AND HANDS
- Gloves 3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cyclone Alpine Glove
- Hat: medium weight ski hat
- Hat: baseball or visor for sun
- Buff/neck gaiter
- 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
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
- Ice Ax
- Crampons (ski boot compatible)
- Ski Crampons
- Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)
- Transceiver Guide Pick:Mammut Element Barryvox
- Shovel Guide Pick: Mammut Alugator Twist shove
- Probe Guide Pick: Mammut Fastlock Probe 240
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 2-Day camp an experience you won't soon forget. Fischer Skis is providing this opportunity because they want your feedback and review of their product. We ask that anyone who takes advantage of this fill out the review form after their trip.
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Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.