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Teton Ski Mountaineering Camp

Season Winter

Difficulty Difficult

Duration 3 Days

Overview

This three day camp is ideal for the experienced backcountry skier or rider who is looking to break into the world of ski or splitboard mountaineering. Participants will learn what it takes to ascend and descend technical Teton lines with oversight and mentorship from one of our experienced ski or splitboard guides. All of this will take place while riding steep, technical lines in Grand Teton National Park. Participants will walk away from this camp feeling more confident in their basic mountaineering and navigation skills.

 

Participants in this camp should be advanced skiers, comfortable with steep, ungroomed and treed terrain. Expect to hike uphill for 4000-6000 vertical feet each day.

Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

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Day 1

Meet in the classroom at 8:00 am to discuss clothing, equipment, packing and current snowpack conditions. We will transition to the field for the remainder of the day to review and introduce the following subjects:

  • Avalanche search and rescue
  • Ice axe techniques
  • Rope management
  • Snow anchors

Day 2 and 3

Meet in Grand Teton National Park to put our newly learned skills to use. Participants will have the opportunity to ascend and descend some of the most amazing ski mountaineering terrain that the Tetons have to offer. Participants will also go over the following subjects in the park:

  • Steep skiing and riding techniques
  • Booting and crampon use
  • Skintrack setting and pacing
  • Snowpack assessment
  • Navigation

Price: $950 per person 

 

March 19 – 21, 2021

April 2 – 4, 2021

 

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UPPER LAYERS

BOTTOM LAYERS

HEAD AND HANDS

ACCESSORIES

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 (optional)

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at 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.

 

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Testimonials

  • Great time in the Tetons for this 3 day camp! Our JHMG were great and helped get us into rope work and give us tools for safer and more competent alpine travel. In addition to new skills, I even took away little tricks and skills for the everyday things that I have been doing for years. I would highly recommend this camp for the advanced skier who wants to go further than they do now! It was also a ton of fun!

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

    — Dirk Friel
  • 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
  • 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

Trip Sponsors

Participants get test a ski from the Pagoda Tour Series at no cost. All we ask in exchange is that you take a few photos of the skis on the course and write a review.

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