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Winter 2015


January 18, 2015

Winter climbing conditions prevail in the high peaks of the Teton Range. Climbing and backcountry travel will involve access through avalanche prone terrain. In order to have a safe and successful trip, it’s important to have good route finding and avalanche skills while traveling throughout the range. Be diligent when selecting a route, trail, or campsite in canyons or on peaks while remaining flexible to changing your plan or itinerary depending on the conditions. This information will not change until significant warming occurs in late Spring.

Please refer to the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center for recent postings of backcountry avalanche conditions, but be aware that this information only covers areas up to 10500 feet.

Lake Ice conditions:

All of the park lakes, including Jackson Lake, are frozen and will support skiers and snowshoers in most areas. There are still areas of thinner ice throughout Jackson Lake, be sure to monitor the changing ice conditions and change your route depending on the presence of water, slush, or unusual cracking.

NOVEMBER STORMS START THE SEASON OFF - DECEMBER 10, 2014

November and early December storms have deposited over a meter of snow at 9000',   Skiers have been out in the park to find good turns since the Thanksgiving Day storm dropped 45" of snow (20" of snow with 2.6" of water on Nov. 26th). 

Now it looks like a week of sunny weather is coming to an end as another wet and warm storm slams the coast.  Will this next  storm be adding more snow to this early season snowpack and how will it effect the snow stability? 
Before heading out into the mountains be sure to get a weather forecast mountainweather.com and check the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center,  jhavalanche.org for the latest avalanche forecast.   

WINTER CONDITIONS PERSIST IN HIGH COUNTRY - OCTOBER 11, 2014

Despite a week of warm weather in Jackson Hole, conditions remain snowy and icy in the high peaks.  The snow line has retreated to about 11,000' on south and east aspects, however, winter-like conditions prevail on mountain routes above this elevation.  North and west aspects are much worse, with snow and ice lingering below 10,000'.  Hiking trails and low elevation rock climbs remain mostly snow-free.

Ice and snow dominates in the high peaks above 10,000' - Photo taken 10/10/14

Climbers and hikers are reminded that fall brings changing conditions that they should be prepared to deal with, including:
  • Snow, ice and verglas in shaded areas, especially on north and west aspects above 9,000'
  • Freezing overnight temperatures
  • Shorter days - usable light only lasts until about 7:00 - 7:30 pm
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  Climbers and hikers can obtain backcountry camping permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose.

FOUR DAY STORM DEPOSITS SNOW ABOVE 9,500' - OCTOBER 2, 2014

The high peaks above 9,500' lie under a fresh, white blanket of snow after a four day long storm of nearly continuous rain and snow battered the Teton Range.  Travelers should expect deeply drifted snow in places above this elevation and climbing routes in the high peaks to be in full winter conditions!  Trail hiking and rock climbing at the lower elevations remains snow-free, however, be aware that heavy precipitation events can increase the rockfall hazard in the days that follow.

Storm clearing - 10/1/2014
The Teton Range after the storm - 10/2/2014
Climbers and hikers are reminded that fall brings changing conditions that they should be prepared to deal with, including:
  • Snow, ice and verglas in shaded areas, especially on north and west aspects above 9,000'
  • Freezing overnight temperatures
  • Shorter days - usable light only lasts until about 7:30 - 8:00 pm
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  Climbers and hikers can obtain backcountry camping permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose.


  

       

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Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. Permits are free and can be obtained year-round at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose and during the summer months at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Detailed information can be found in the links on the right.

All route condition information has been removed from this site for the winter season, however, the HOME PAGE will continue to provide periodic updates on general conditions in the Teton Range throughout the winter.

~The Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers