If you’re an avid skier, chances are you already know that there are many different types of skiing. (Cross-country, alpine, downhill, etc.) But if you’re looking to try something new and exciting, we recommend backcountry skiing in Jackson Hole! This unique sport explores unmarked or unpatrolled areas of a ski resort’s boundaries. Here in Wyoming, backcountry skiing gives you the chance to discover untracked slopes, secret runs, and some of the best out-of-bounds terrain in the nation. Here’s how you can get out there.
Learn more about backcountry skiing in Jackson Hole and other winter activities when you download our free Vacation Guide! It’s full of recommendations for fun things to do during your stay at the Bentwood Inn.
Experience Backcountry Skiing in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened up its backcountry gates for the first time in 1999, and the sport has grown in popularity ever since. Each year, countless locals and visitors flock to Rendezvous Mountain to savor the best snow conditions in Jackson Hole. Feel free to explore bowls, steeps, chutes, and alpine peaks during your backcountry adventure.
If you’re new to backcountry skiing, we recommend heading out with a guide. Exum Mountain Guides offers the ultimate backcountry experience, and each tour includes expert instruction, tips, and tricks. You can even attend one of the resort’s Backcountry Camps for additional practice.
Grand Teton National Park
Another great place to explore is Grand Teton National Park. Just a short drive from our Inn, the park offers a number of unique routes for skiers and snowboarders. One of our favorites is 25 Short, a backcountry peak that measures in at 9,975 feet – just 25 feet short of 10,000. Another popular descent is Mt. Albright. Along with 25 Short, this peak has one of the simplest approaches available within the park. It’s also a great place to find fresh tracks.
Want to work on your deep powder technique? Head to Teton Pass. Here you’ll find large open bowls and long ridges that provide ample opportunity to hone your skills. Plus, this high mountain pass offers something for everyone: a tour on the south side offers low-angled slopes for novices, and advanced skiers can take on Mail Cabin Canyon. If you’re an expert, try climbing the steep descents off of Mt. Taylor for a truly unforgettable backcountry experience.
Tips for Your Trip
Like most winter sports, backcountry skiing in Jackson Hole has its dangers – one of which is avalanches. Before venturing out, make sure you have the appropriate skills, knowledge, and equipment to tackle risky avalanche terrain. You can also check the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center‘s forecast for advisories and incident reports.
Come Home to the Bentwood Inn
After an incredible adventure, head back to our bed and breakfast and unwind! Our lodge has everything you need to relax and restore, including comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities. We even offer an exclusive ski package for guests! Our package includes either four nights at the inn plus substantially discounted ski passes, airfare, car rentals, and more. Packages start at just $1,099 per person. Hurry to our rooms page to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations! We look forward to having you.
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