Winter Backcountry Safety

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Snow Covered Teton Range

Backcountry users are reminded that your safety is your responsibility. You must rely on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant awareness. You should be in good physical condition and stick to routes that are within your ability and comfort levels. Hypothermia and frostbite can set in quickly, and are difficult to care for while in the backcountry. Traveling alone can be especially dangerous. Always give friends or family a detailed itinerary and stick to that plan.

Avalanche Hazard

Avoid known avalanche paths. All skiers, snowboarders, and climbers traveling in avalanche terrain should be equipped with, and know how to use, an avalanche beacon, probe pole, and shovel. For the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center current weather forecast and avalanche hazard advisory call 307–733–2664 or check jhavalanche.org.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold and is aggravated by wind and wet clothing. Warning signs include: uncontrollable shivering, reduced coordination, and incoherent speech. Get the victim inside as soon as possible. If necessary, seek medical attention.

Backcountry Guides and Avalanche Courses

Exum Mountain Guides

307–733–2297 exumguides.com

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
800-239-7642 themountainguides.com

Teton Backcountry Guides
307–353–2900 tetonbackcountryguides.com

 

Know before you go...

 
Know before you go ...how to read a map  and use a GPS. ...how to use  a compass. ...to download the BackcountrySOS App. ...the plan for the day and let someone else know. ...to acknowledge your and your party's limits. ...what do in an avalanche  and how
 

WINTER ESSENTIALS

 
GEAR  Beacon Probe Shovel Food Water Headlamp First Aid Kit    Whistle Phone or Communication Device Fire Starter Sun Protection Repair Kit CLOTHING Proper Clothing for • Weather  • Location • Activity  Warm Layer   Helmet  Extra Gloves   Winter Hat
 

Backcountry Winter Camping

Overnight backcountry campers must obtain a free camping permit. Permits are available over the phone by calling park dispatch at 307-739-3301. Check the backcountry camping page for more information.

Areas Closed to Protect Wildlife

Muliple seasonal and temporary wildlife closures are necessary for protection of wintering wildlife including moose, elk, bighorn sheep and waterfowl during critical wintering or nesting periods. For the latest closures and maps check the Wildlife Closure page.

 
Clouds rise off of mountains.

Weather

Learn what weather to expect when you visit Grand Teton.

Elk herd in the snow.

Wildlife Closures

Know where to go and protect wildlife.

Visitors on wooden snowshoes with woman park ranger in front of dark green conifer trees.

Discover Snow in Grand Teton

Play in the snow! Ski, snowshoe, or go for a walk in this winter playground. Explore winter in Grand Teton National Park.

Last updated: December 17, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 170
Moose, WY 83012

Phone:

(307) 739-3399

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