Backcountry on demand. A series of short hikes up boot-packed trails leads to big-mountain ski descents directly from the parking area at the top of Teton Pass, (elevation 8,400 feet). Mt. Glory is one of the most desired and easily obtainable objectives, with several thousand feet of vertical drop possible from its 10,086-foot high summit down the iconic Glory Bowl.
Arrive early on big powder days to beat the crowds. Weekdays are less crowded, but big storms can bring hundreds of powder fiends out in search of the fresh and deep.
Todd Ligare skiing in the [R191R, Jackson Hole] backcountry of Teton Pass. Photo by Greg Vondoersten.
Generally, the crowds tend to dissipate the farther away from the pass one tours. While the majority target Glory Bowl, go farther north and ski the Great White Hump or Unskiabowl, or head south of the pass and dip into Lone Pine or Moose Brush, among many others.
Classic longer tours from the top of Teton Pass include the Edelweiss and Columbia Bowls circuit (beginner/intermediate), Mail Cabin Canyon (intermediate/advanced) and Mt. Taylor (advanced/expert).
Many descents lead down to Hwy 22 where you either have to hike back to the parking area, have a shuttle ready or hitch a ride.
Teton Pass accesses raw, uncontrolled backcountry terrain with high avalanche risk. Take all necessary precautions.
Drive westbound on Wyoming Hwy 22 from Jackson, Wyo. or eastbound on Idaho Hwy 33 from Victor, Idaho, to the top of the pass. Note: big snowstorms will frequently close the pass.
MORE BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES:
- Mt. Baker, Washington
- Berthoud Pass, Central Colorado
- Tenmile Range/Summit County, North-central Colorado
- Mt. Lassen, California
- Wasatch Range, Utah
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho
- Teton Pass, Wyoming
- Mount Greylock, Western Massachusetts
- Bolton Valley Backcountry, Northern Vermont
- Cardigan Ski Reservation, Western New Hampshire