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HAPPY NEW YEAR - JAN 2, 2018

Happy New Year's from Grand Teton! Snow conditions continue to be challenging since our last significant snowfall, with a number of small to moderate avalanches reported within the park, so please check the local avalanche forecast if you're venturing into the backcountry. Bridger Teton Avalanche Forecast
See the video below of our rangers conducting a stability test in popular backcountry skiing terrain:

This test was conducted on Dec 27, on the North Ridge of 25 Short, above Pesticide Gulch. Though nearly a week ago, the active weak layer seen here continues to be a major concern to backcountry travelers. Please keep this in mind and make appropriate terrain and travel choices.

If you're looking for an alternative to the backcountry, the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake to Signal Mountain is groomed and open for Nordic skiing.

All visitor centers and campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park are closed for the winter.  Camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry.  Backcountry camping permits can be obtained Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:30 pm) at the front desk in the Park Headquarters Building.  To obtain a permit on weekends please contact Park Dispatch at (307) 739-3301.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! - DECEMBER 22, 2017

Winter finally made an appearance in Jackson Hole this morning!  We awoke to heavy snowfall and a few inches of light density snow on the ground.  Snow remains in the forecast on and off for the next few days.  As winter ramps up remember to consult the avalanche forecast before venturing out into the mountains.  Please help our local wildlife survive the harsh winter by respecting winter closures that protect critical habitat.

A fresh blanket of snow on the Climber's Ranch - 12.22.17
All visitor centers and campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park are closed for the winter.  Camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry.  Backcountry camping permits can be obtained Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:30 pm) at the front desk in the Park Headquarters Building.  To obtain a permit on weekends please contact Park Dispatch at (307) 739-3301.

DRY FALL CONDITIONS PREVAIL & WINTER CLOSURE INFO - DECEMBER 12, 2017

Since the last update nearly two months ago, a little bit of snow came, but then the snow went!  The valley floor in the southern half of the park remains, essentially, snow-free due to some unseasonably warm temperatures in November and extremely dry conditions in December.  In the mountains above 9,000' snow depths range from 3-5 feet but the ground remains mostly bare below 7,000.'  Temperatures are now seasonable and we are anxious to get some more snow to go with them!

As a reminder, winter wildlife closures went into effect on December 1st to protect critical winter wildlife habitat - see map.

All visitor centers and campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park are closed for the winter.  Camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry.  Backcountry camping permits can be obtained Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:30 pm) at the front desk in the Park Headquarters Building.  To obtain a permit on weekends please contact Park Dispatch at (307) 739-3301.  

HAPPY HALLOWEEN - OCTOBER 31, 2017

The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center (Moose) is now closed for the season.  All visitor centers and campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park are closed for the winter.  Camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry.  Backcountry camping permits can be obtained Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:30 pm) at the front desk in the Park Headquarters Building.  To obtain a permit on weekends please contact Park Dispatch at (307) 739-3301.

Conditions have changed very little since the last update but that will likely change very soon as future precipitation events leave snow behind that does not melt.  Fall updates will continue on a limited basis only when conditions change significantly.  Updates will be more frequent during the winter season.