WYOMING | UNITED STATES
Wyoming's backcountry skiing is only limited by one's imagination. From the main ranges of the Tetons, Wind Rivers, and Big Horns, to its lesser known, Gros Ventre, Snowy, and others, there are many opportunities for the avid ski mountaineer or newbie. And since there are only 5 people in the entire state of Wyoming, backcountry skiing fresh untracked powder is more natural than Natural Light.
With asthetic breccia cliffs, the Absarokas can produce some stellar skiing that is uniquely beautiful.
Often overlooked from its Teton neighbors from across the valley, the Gros Ventre offers many backcountry lines just as worthy. The main problem is access in midwinter. Most of the Gros Ventre routes are better accessed during spring when roads open up as much of the range is Wilderness and snowmobile access is limited.
The Snowy Range offers a wide variety of skiing in the winter, but be prepared to compete with the thousands of snowmobilers who visit the area each year. Snowy Range Ski Area sits just below the road closure and offers a great place to learn for the beginning skier. Don't expect to find great sidecountry skiing here, but some good skiing can be found at these lower elevations off the Green Rock trailhead (Libby Creek area), Corner Mountain area, and Centennial Ridge (good luck finding access without a cranky old rancher pointing a shotgun in your direction).
Highway 130 is closed from approximately November 1st through Memorial Day. During this time, the best way to access the high peaks is, unfortunately, by snowmobile. You can skin in the seven or so miles, of course, but be prepared to breathe 2-stroke exhaust the whole way. On high avy danger days, good skiing can be found near the lakes away from the high peaks.
Possibly the most fun time to ski in the Snowies is after the road opens and allows easy access to the many steep couloirs in the Range. The highest road in Wyoming offers a short ten minute walk/skin from the car that takes you to the base of the finest steep couloir skiing in southern Wyoming. There are over a dozen to choose from, 500-1500 ft and one can boot from the bottom or walk around to the top and ski several lines in a day.
A range that needs no introduction... This is technically part of the Tetons. Home of American Ski Mountaineering, this range has jagged granite peaks with an astounding number couloirs and ski mountaineering objectives. The Tetons rise abruptly out of Jackson Hole and are known for their incredible beauty. Skier's paradise! This part of the Tetons contains most of the famous peakes including Teewinot, Owen, The Grand, The Middle, The South, Nez Perce, and Buck among others.
The "Big One". Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boasts some of the best lift-accessed backcountry terrain in North America. Located in the middle of NW Wyoming's Teton Range JHMR has long been a backcountry rider's paradise.
The less traveled part of the Tetons offers some of the range's best ski descents including the Skillet Glacier on Mount Moran, Thor Peak, and others.
Although technically part of the Grand Tetons, the Southern Tetons start right around Rendezvous Mountain(the resort) and extend to their southern boundary. This area includes all the area classics accessed via Teton Pass.
Backcountry skiing is dangerous. Use our online backcountry skiing guide at your own risk.