Yostmark Backcountry Tours

Yostmark offers professionally guided backcountry tours, avalanche courses, and instruction in Nordic, classic skate, and telemark skiing. Based in Driggs, Idaho, on the west side of the Teton Range, Yostmark Backcountry Tours offers excellent backcountry access to the best powder skiing in the West. Owner Rich Rinaldi and his professional guides and instructors cater to individual skier and boarder abilities. Not only can you enjoy some of the best powder skiing in the world, but you will also improve your skiing and snowboarding skills!

Pricing

$270 for a full day, $70 for each additional person

Backcountry: The Best of Teton Pass

Edelweiss Bowl

This is the classic Teton Pass tour! A gentle skin away from the pass take you to your first run and then off to the woods. Edelweiss Bowl is 800 feet of sweet powder skiing and provides easy access to many other bowls with similar pitch and terrain. At the end of the day, we’ll either ski back to the pass or follow gravity down to the highway at the base of the pass.

Intermediate skiing skills, basic skinning skills.

Mail Cabin Creek

This is a fantastic tour for skiers who want to explore further away from the traffic of Teton Pass. A flat, rolling tour into the canyon lands us at the bottom of 800’-1,000’ runs with amazing tree skiing hidden among the open shots.

Intermediate skiing skills and basic skinning skills required.

Mount Glory

A 1,600’ hike up the boot pack leads you to the summit. Skins are not required, so this tour is great for snowboarders or skiers who lack touring gear. You’ll want to have a backpack where you can strap your gear in. There are multiple descent options, many offering almost 3,000’ of turns down to Teton Pass where the shuttle will pick us up and take us back to the top of the pass.

Intermediate skiing skills required.

Mt. Oliver

Mt. Oliver is the local’s stash. A skin up through the forest leads to a huge variety of skiing options; including trees, open bowls, and easy access to a lot of turns. Even if we don’t go all the way to the summit, we will still find gentle tree skiing, long, steep runs, and everything in-between.

Intermediate skiing skills and basic skinning skills required.

Taylor Mountain

Taylor Mountain is a Teton Classic. The climb starts from the parking lot and goes for 3,000’ to the Taylor Summit. This is a challenging climb, but breaks are taken along the way to enjoy the incredible scenery. Once we break out of the trees, you’ll have spectacular views of Teton Valley and the entire Teton Range. The real payoff comes once we strip our skins and make turns in the biggest terrain of Teton Pass!

Advanced skiing and skiing skills required. Taylor Mountain tours need to follow an initial tour day with of Yostmark’s guides.

Noodle Ridge

This tour starts with a gentle skin from the top of the Sacajawea Lift to the top of Peaked Peak, where we will strip our skins and make turns down a beautiful powder run toward Teton Canyon. Depending on the group’s energy level, multiple laps on the Noodle can be made before skiing back to the top of Peaked for our re-entry to Grand Targhee Resort.

Intermediate skiing and basic skinning skill required.

Sidecountry: Peaked from Grand Targhee

Beyond Mary’s

This is a longer tour that accesses steeper terrain. We climb Mary’s via the boot pack and head out beyond the ski area boundaries, where a rolling skin takes us to multiple skiing options. If we’re feeling adventurous, we can ski 3,000’ to the bottom of Teton Canyon and then skin/skate three miles on a groomed track to the parking lot.
Advanced skiing and intermediate skinning skills required. Beyond Mary’s tour needs to follow an initial tour day with one of Yostmark’s guides.