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HOT & DRY IN THE TETONS - JULY 29,2016

The dog days of summer have hit. It's hot, dry and lots of people are crawling around in the hills. Arriving with a plan A and B is recommended for those seeking overnight permits in the Park.

Snow has melted out of most areas, with just a few stubborn patches lingering here and there.

JULY SNOW STORM! - JULY 10-11,2016

4" of new snow reported at the Lower Saddle along with 50-70mph gusts.  The fixed lines and watering hole were encased in ice - similar to current conditions up high in the mountains.  Expect "alpine" conditions for the next number of days, particularly in the east to north to west facing terrain as well as the sheltered terrain and ledges of the southerly terrain.

TRANSITIONAL TIME IN THE TETONS - JULY 2, 2016

The snow is melting fast in the high country.  An axe and crampons are still recommended to access the Lower Saddle as well as some of the high alpine sheltered terrain.  Expect snow/ice/verglas in the shady nooks and crannies and dry conditions on the sunny, exposed ridges.  Ice axes are still useful in negotiating some of the passes along the Teton Crest.  See the links for each area for more information.