Northern Tetons

For the purposes of this site, the Northern Tetons can be considered everything in the Teton Range to the North of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. It includes all of Grand Teton National Park. Steep & narrow couloirs, gigantic peaks, long hikes, and giant cliffs everywhere you turn are typical of this terrain.

This is a high-stakes zone, with a lot of technical mountaineering challenges, high avalanche risk, and low likelihood of being rescued on time if you get seriously injured. There is little to no chance of surviving an avalanche in most of these terrain features. Check the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center’s forecast here and remember that a low danger day can still be deadly.

All Mapped Areas are Approximations

A lot of people have died out here in deadly falls and in avalanches. Let’s honor them by staying safe and respecting the power of the mountains. Just because the avalanche forecast from the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center might happen to be low or moderate doesn’t mean you can’t trigger a slide while you’re ascending or descending anything steeper than about 25 degrees. If you don’t know exactly where you’re going (without the use of the information on this website) you shouldn’t be skiing out here. If you’re not an experienced ski mountaineer with first-hand knowledge of the area and of the condition of the snowpack, you shouldn’t be skiing out here. Even if you’ve checked off all those boxes, gotten your AIARE level 3 avalanche certification, double-checked the pressure levels on your avy airbag backpack, and skied the line you’re on 20 times before, it still might slide and kill you. You should remember that this is true of anywhere in the backcountry. But especially in the Tetons.

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