Backcountry

Backcountry Warning

The ski area assumes no responsibility for skiers or riders going beyond the ski area boundary. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Avalanches, unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards exist. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, will be costly and may take time.

Grand Targhee Backcountry Access Policy

Backcountry is defined by any area outside of the ski resort’s boundary Grand Targhee Resort has a Closed Boundary/Open Gate Backcountry Access Policy. Access in lift served terrain is permitted through our Backcountry Access Gates, but it is not permitted through our roped ski area boundaries. When open, Targhee’s Peaked and Mary’s Nipple terrain has an open boundary policy. Our Peaked and Mary’s Boundary is designated by a boundary sign line.

The Scotty’s Backcountry Gate

Grand Targhee neither encourages nor discourages backcountry touring. Backcountry users are essentially “on their own”, and accept their own risks. Make sure you read all signs before entering. Backcountry users need to make their own decisions about avalanche conditions and if the terrain is skiable. Once riders leave this boundary, it is not patrolled. When leaving resort boundaries skiers and snowboarders enter the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and the Caribou/Targhee National Forest where there is no Avalanche Hazard Reduction and the only rescue is through Teton County, WY Sheriff and Search and Rescue. That rescue could be delayed hours, or into the next day.

Backcountry Skiing

Grand Targhee Resort neither encourages nor discourages backcountry touring. Skiers/snowboarders crossing out of the Grand Targhee Resort boundaries do so at their own risk. Read the posted signs at the designated access gates before proceeding. Call the Bridger-Teton National Forest Backcountry Avalanche Hazard & Weather Forecast at 307.733.2664 for more information or contact the Activities Center to schedule a guided backcountry experience with Yostmark Mountain Guides 1 307.353.2300 ext.1355.

Warning: Risk of Avalanche

Know Before You GO – Check current Teton Avalanche Conditions – JHAvalanche.org!

While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at ski areas, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries. Avalanches are inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and its application on steep mountain terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness. Visit avalanche.org or contact Grand Targhee ski patrol for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death.

Avalanche Terrain

The backcountry surrounding Grand Targhee Resort is extreme terrain and contains numerous avalanche paths, cornices and cliff areas. In the backcountry you are at high risk of avalanche, lost, stuck, cliffed-out and/or injury. Most avalanche fatalities occur in the backcountry. Outside the boundary, avalanches are not created by ski patrol with explosives; they are created naturally and by people. Be Aware of the Hazard and read the Bridger Teton Avalanche Hazard Advisory before venturing into the backcountry. Even taking all of the precautions, your safety in the backcountry is not guaranteed! Backcountry Access Gates will be equipped with a BCA Beacon Checker. Make sure you have fresh batteries and are transmitting. Look for these signs to find the solar powered BCA Beacon Checker. Stop by Ski Patrol to ask any questions you have about our Backcountry Access Policy, or if you need further information. Patrol will periodically host Avalanche Awareness Sessions during the winter season. Please participate in an Avalanche class from American Avalanche Institute at American Avalanche Institute in Victor www.americanavalancheinstitute.com if you plan on going into the backcountry.

This advisory is posted at the Scotty’s Gate and at both patrol stations. It is also available online at www.jhavalanche.org or call 307-733-2664

Always ski one at a time with a partner and have the proper equipment (Beacon, Shovel and Probe). Make sure you and your partner know how to use and practice with your equipment. In the event of an avalanche your partner is your best chance of survival.

Backcountry Access Gates will be equipped with a BCA Beacon Checker. Make sure you have fresh batteries and are transmitting. Look for these signs to find the solar powered BCA Beacon Checker. Stop by Ski Patrol to ask any questions you have about our Backcountry Access Policy, or if you need further information. Patrol will periodically host Avalanche Awareness Sessions during the winter season.

Please participate in an Avalanche class from American Avalanche Institute at American Avalanche Institute in Victor www.americanavalancheinstitute.com if you plan on going into the backcountry.