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EARLY WINTER UPDATE - DECEMBER 12, 2020

Winter has arrived in the Teton Range - 12.20.20 
The official start of winter is fast approaching and the Teton Range is starting to look the part.  After a couple of significant snow events in early and mid November things have been relatively dry of late and we are anxious to see more snow!  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 the outstanding GTNP Snowpack Discussions.
  • 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.    
  • Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  To obtain a permit to camp in the off-season please call the backcountry office at (307) 739-3309.
The Taggart Lake Parking Lot - 12.12.20
 Know the regulations and be prepared before you launch! 
  • Please be mindful of your choices while recreating this winter.  Staffing and resources throughout the area are limited and heavily taxed with the ongoing pandemic.  We ask everyone to do an honest self assessment of their knowledge, skills, and abilities before they venture out in the backcountry.
  KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
  • 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?

VISITOR CENTERS & TETON PARK ROAD CLOSING FOR SEASON - OCTOBER 31, 2020

 

Teton Range - 10.31.20
Happy Halloween!!!  As is the case each season, the Teton Park Road and the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose will be closed starting tomorrow, November 1st.  Camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  To obtain a permit to camp in the off-season please call the backcountry office at (307) 739-3309.  

As a reminder, this time of year brings with it subzero overnight temperatures and extremely short days.  Expect full winter conditions in the mountains above 8,000 feet.  Come prepared for these conditions if you plan to venture out into the backcountry in late fall and be sure to have adequate gear, clothing, and a headlamp.  Staffing in the Park is extremely limited this time of year.  Rescue response times will be dramatically longer than during peak summer season! 


  

FALL SEASON MEANS BIG CHANGES - SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

The Grand in typical fall conditions
 Fall is here and with its arrival there are many changes that climbers, hikers and backpackers need to be aware of:
1.  The nights are getting cold and the days are getting shorter. Be prepared for alpine conditions in the mountains which means snow and ice holding on shaded aspects and at higher elevations.  Be sure to leave the trail head with adequate gear, clothing, and a headlamp.
2.  Backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry and can be obtained at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose until October 31st.  Click here for current hours of operation.
3.  Staffing in the Park is extremely limited this time of year.  Rescue response times will be dramatically longer than during peak summer season! 

SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS - SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

The Range from the Teton Park Road on 9.9.20

Monday night's storm in the Tetons (which called for 2-4" on the Grand) exceeded the forecast significantly with over 5" of wet, heavy snow in areas around Jenny Lake in the valley. Despite sunny weather yesterday, temperatures were well below freezing in the valley last night and the mountains in Grand Teton remain coated in snow and ice. Climbers interested in summiting the Grand in the coming week should not expect to find favorable conditions. Although some lower elevation rock climbs on sunny aspects may dry out towards the weekend, expect anything up high to hold snow and ice for several days. North-facing aspects may provide alpine conditions for the remainder of the year depending on weather in the coming weeks.

The Jenny Lake Ranger station is now closed for the season. Permits are still required for any overnight stays in the backcountry. The permit offices at the Craig Thomas visitor center in Moose and the Colter Bay visitor center remain open from 9am-5pm daily.

As we enter the fall season in Grand Teton, the nights are getting cold and the days are getting shorter. Be prepared for alpine conditions in the mountains, and be sure to leave the trail head with adequate gear, clothing, and a headlamp.