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Fresh snow on New Year's Day in the Tetons - 1.1.23
The Teton Range continued to benefit from fairly regular snowfall during the month of December and we are sitting above average for this time of year at most SNOTEL sites in the region.  Make sure to stay up to date on the latest avalanche forecast and snowpack information before you head out into the hills to enjoy the snow! 

Please help us protect our bighorn sheep population by abiding by winter wildlife closures and voluntarily avoiding critical habitat zones.  Click here for the latest closure map.

Backcountry camping permits for summer 2023 (May - October) will be available to reserve online through beginning Tuesday, January 10 at 8 a.m. (MST) .  More information can be found here.  Winter permits are available by phone by calling 307-739-3309 on weekdays and 307-739-3301 on weekends.



The valley and mountains are looking good! - Photo taken 12.3.22

Official winter is still almost three weeks away, but you wouldn't believe it the way things are looking!  November turned out to be a very snowy month with several large storms dropping feet of snow in the mountains and leaving the valley blanketed as well.  As we move into the winter season please be aware of a few reminders and some new things as well...
  • For up to date information on avalanche hazard and the state of the snowpack inside Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) please visit the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center website for the current Teton Area Avalanche Forecast and Snowpack Summary.
  • Backcountry permits are required year-round for any overnight travel inside Grand Teton National Park and are available and issued by phone during this time. See October 27, 2022 post for details.
  • All Park Visitor Centers and Campgrounds are closed for the winter season.  Camping is strictly prohibited in parking areas and pullouts.  Primitive dry camping with no available services is allowed for a small fee in the Colter Bay parking lot near the Colter Bay Visitor Center.
  • Does your group have the skills, knowledge and training to travel in avalanche terrain?
  • Are you carrying transceivers, shovels and probes?
  • Can you self-rescue? Do you have a plan?
  • Do you know the emergency number?
  • Have you checked the current avalanche forecast and weather forecast?
  • Have you checked out with someone?
  • Do you have any other route options?  



Recent storms deposited 12-20" of new snow at elevations above 9,000' - photo taken 10.27.22

It is not unusual in the Teton Range for the arrival of ghouls, ghosts, and goblins in the region to coincide with cooler, often snowy conditions.  Five days of stormy weather that ended last night have left their mark and "officially" plunged the high peaks of the range into winter conditions that are likely to remain.  The weather station at the Surprise Lake Meadows (9,580') is currently reading 15" of snow on the ground, and the Raymer Plot at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort recorded 20" of new snowfall from October 22-26.  Let's hope this will stick around and continue as we move in to winter!

Beginning November 1 and lasting through April, all Visitor Centers and Park Permit Offices will be closed for the winter. Backcountry permits are required year-round for any overnight travel inside Grand Teton National Park and will be available and issued by phone during this time.  Staffing is limited so please plan ahead:

WEEKDAYS:  Call 307-739-3309.  If no one answers, leave a message and your call will be returned within 1 business day.
WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS:  Call Park Dispatch during business hours at 307-739-3301 and you will be forwarded to an on-duty Ranger who can issue the permit.           


Owen-Spalding Route - Photo taken 9.28.22