Teton Pass: Teton Pass has long been a popular backcountry ski destination, but recently has begun to attract large numbers of both national and international visitors. A 2018-19 counter at the north and south trailheads of Teton Pass found that the total traffic entering and exiting the Teton Pass backcountry from November 21, 2018 to January 13, 2019 was 11,709 people, with the highest single day of use tallying 611 people on December 12. We estimate that skiers and boarders currently take about 150,000 runs on Teton Pass each winter season. Given the growing interest in backcountry skiing and riding, we anticipate that winter recreational use of Teton Pass will continue to increase in the future. Several key issues have emerged as a results increase recreational use. These include:
- skier/boarder triggered avalanches off Mount Glory endangering commuters and other recreationists;
- parking congestion and road foot traffic,
- the management of dogs and dog poop
To help address these issues, TBCA initiated several activities:
- Public meetings: TBCA held public meetings in Wilson and Victor in the winter of 2018-19 to raise awareness of Teton Pass issues. The meeting were well attended and generated a lot of constructive discussion.
- On-line Survey: TBCA administered an on-line survey to document winter recreationists’ concerns and solutions to current issues on Teton Pass. The survey drew 1020 participants. For full details, click here.
- Teton Pass Volunteer Ambassador Program TBCA is launching a Teton Pass Volunteer Ambassador program to complement the work of our current ambassador, Jay Pistono. Volunteer Ambassadors will greet visitors, help share information, and help to manage the parking at the top of the pass
- People of the Pass film. TBCA is working with Stio to produce a film on responsible use of the Teton Pass BC.
- Free Shuttles / Pass Bash events: As an experiment to test the interest and need for a Teton Pass shuttle service, TBCA is organizing several “Winter Pass Bashes” this winter that will provide free shuttle transportation up the Pass from Wilson. Stay tuned for dates and details.
- AED Defibrillator: TBCA is installing an AED defibrillator on Teton Pass for use in the case of an accident.
- Working with Agencies TBCA is meeting with management agencies, such as WYDOT and BTNF, to help with signage and to voice users’ concerns and needs in agency decision making. As a part of this process, TBCA is requesting that a hitchhiker/chain-up lane be constructed below Trail Creek Road and that pedestrian caution signs be posted at the summit of the pass. It is also participating in the recently launched BTNF Planning Process.