Backcountry Portal

TBCA’s Backcountry Portal includes key web links to information, resources, and organizations relevant to winter backcountry travel in the Tetons. If you know of other links that should be added, please let us know by writing

* resources with mobile apps are designated with a star

Avalanche, Safety, Weather:

Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Forecast  The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center provides daily and nightly avalanche forecasts for the Togwotee Pass, Teton, and Greys River regions. Refer to this resource regularly for avalanche forecasts, event reports, and other field observations and data.

* Backcountry Zero  A project of the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, Backcountry Zero provides year-round educational safety resources to the Jackson Hole community.

* Backcountry SOS Download this mobile app to quickly and accurately provide your status and location to first-responders in a backcountry emergency.

Teton County Search and Rescue  Teton County Search and Rescue works around the clock to rescue recreationists in emergency situations.

Inter-group BCA Radio Channels in the Teton Area Common BCA radio channels have been established in many regions of the US in order to facilitate inter-group communications. Click this link to learn more about the new inter-group channels in the Tetons.

MountainWeather  Mountain Weather is a Jackson-based forecasting service which provides information valuable to outdoor enthusiasts.

Backcountry Snow and Safety Report is produced by the Teton Backcountry Alliance in cooperation with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center, Teton Search and Rescue, and KHOL radio.



Regional Webcams and Road Conditions:

Wyoming Department of Transportation, Teton Pass Webcams  See this link for the official WYDOT webcams located at the summit of Teton Pass.

Togwotee Mountain Lodge Webcam  See this link for the live webcam located at Togwotee Mountain Lodge.

Wildlife Closures:

Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance: Don’t Poach the Powder  Refer to this link for information on winter wildlife habitat, and for maps showing closures to winter backcountry travel. The site is maintained by the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, a non-profit organization that seeks to protect wildlife and wild places in the Jackson area.

Grand Teton National Park Wildlife Closure Map See this map for seasonal and temporary closures, including wildlife closures, within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park.

Teton Conservation District Winter Wildlife Closures Map This KMZ map shows not only wildlife closures in USFS lands, it also shows motorized closures and designated travel routes. Import the file into GoogleEarth or your GaiaGPS phone app. In GoogleEarth, double-click on a polygon for restriction specifics. This map is a must-have for any backcountry user in our area.

Maps and Map Programs:

Map of Teton Pass Avalanche Paths  See this link for a topographic map labeled with common avalanche zones on Teton Pass.

* Gaia GPS  GaiaGPS is a handy mapping service that allows recreationists to add a variety of layers to topographic maps and make a backcountry plan.

* CalTopo Map  CalTopo Map is a software that allows recreationists to analyze slope angle, exposure, and more, in order to create personalized backcountry travel maps.

Public Lands Maps and Information:

Bridger-Teton National Forest Maps and Publications  The official Bridger-Teton National Forest website, where winter recreationists can find a variety of maps and publications. These include motor vehicle maps, trail and USGS maps, and winter closures for the Jackson and Greys River Ranger Districts.

Caribou-Targhee National Forest Maps and Publications  The official Caribou-Targhee National Forest website, where winter recreationists can find motor vehicle maps, tail and USGS maps, and forest management plan documents.

Grand Teton National Park Maps The official National Park Service website, where park visitors can find access to area maps and navigation resources.


Teton Backcountry Alliance  Teton Backcountry Alliance (TBCA) is a grassroots organization that seeks to promote safety, community, and stewardship among winter recreationists in order to maintain access to Teton-area resources.

JH Nordic  JH Nordic provides frequently updated trail information on Nordic skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing opportunities in the Teton area. See this resource for trail maps, grooming reports and schedules, and upcoming events.

Wyoming Trails Program: Snowmobiles  The Wyoming Trails Program website, run by the State of Wyoming, houses useful information for snowmobilers. See this link for snow and road reports, snowmobile permits and regulations, and safety and etiquette information.

Advocates for Multi-Use of Public Lands Advocates for Multi-Use of Public Lands (AMPL) facilitates cooperation between motorized and non-motorized user groups, educates users about recreation etiquette, and promotes stewardship of public lands.

Wyoming Wilderness Association Through education and advocacy, the Wyoming Wilderness Association seeks to protect Wyoming’s wild places under the Wilderness Act. Current projects include the Palisades Wilderness Study Area, located to the South of Teton Pass.

The Teton Climbers’ Coalition  The Teton Climbers’ Coalition is a new grassroots organization. This site provides information on rock climbing and mountaineering in the Tetons.

Educational Resources:

The Avalanche Review Published by the American Avalanche Association, The Avalanche Review is a scientific journal covering topics from forecasting and research to accident reports and equipment reviews.

Backcountry Access Transceiver Training Videos Backcountry Access provides users with a library of videos which demonstrate avalanche beacon search techniques under varying circumstances.

Beacon Parks in the Teton AreaClick here to view a list of the beacon parks in Jackson and Teton Valley, where you can hone your beacon search skills and become a safer backcountry partner.

Responsible Recreation Videos Jackson Hole’s Travel and Tourism board partnered with Friends of the Bridger-Teton and several local nonprofits to produce a series of videos about responsible recreation on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Watch the short film about backcountry skiing below and click the links to watch the other short films about snowmobiling, nordic skiing, recreating with dogs, and respecting wildlife closures.

Guide Services and Training:

American Avalanche Institute  The American Avalanche Institute is an avalanche research and education organization, founded in 1974. See this website for avalanche courses, from Avalanche Level 1 to Professional Rescue, to Winter Weather Forecasting.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides  The Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (JHMG) specialize in avalanche education and guided backcountry skiing and mountaineering trips. Visit the JHMG website to learn more about course listings and guide service opportunities.

Exum Mountain Guides  The Exum Guide Service has over 90 years of experience guiding climbing and mountaineering in the Teton Range, and has the most AMGA-accredited guides in the industry.

Teton Backcountry Guides  Teton Backcountry Guides offers a wide range of services, from backcountry tours, clinics, and camps, to rentable yurts located in the Teton backcountry.

Yöstmark Backcountry Tours  Yöstmark Backcountry Tours and Nordic Ski School is based out of Driggs, Idaho. See this link for more information about hiring a backcountry guide or taking a nordic or backcountry ski lesson.

National Outdoor Leadership School NOLS offers wilderness expeditions, wilderness medicine courses, and risk management training in locations across the globe.

Regional Guidebooks:

Jackson Hole Ski Atlas The Jackson Hole Ski Atlas, originally published in 1995 and updated in 2010, is a collection of photographs depicting popular backcountry ski and splitboard terrain in the Teton Range. This link tells you where to purchase a hard copy of the Atlas, and provides a free digital version.

* Rakkup for Teton Pass  Rakkup is a mobile app designed to work in conjunction with purchased, digital guidebooks. At this link find information about Jamie Weeks’s Teton Pass Decents, and learn how to view the content of this guidebook on your mobile device.

Select Peaks Publishing  Select Peaks Publishing is home to Thomas Turiano’s array of publications about the Teton backcountry. Use this link to order Turiano’s Teton Pass Backcountry Guide, Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier’s Guide: South, Teton Skiing: A History and Guide to the Teton Range, and more.

TetonAT  TetonAT was founded by Steve Romeo, a passionate backcountry skier and mountaineer with a special affinity for the Tetons. Romeo passed away in an avalanche accident in 2012, but his legacy lives on through his detailed documentation of trip reports, gear recommendations, and humorous blog posts.


Skinny Skis  Skinny Skis is one of Jackson’s most well-known specialty outdoor retailers, offering everything from nordic and mountaineering equipment to socks and backcountry snacks.

Wilson Backcountry Sports  Wilson Backcountry Sports specializes in cycling and skiing. Conveniently located at the base of Teton Pass, Wilson Backcountry Sports is not only a retail store but a resource for rentals, local maps, and reports.

Headwall Sports  The Jackson branch of Headwall Sports, located in the Kmart Plaza off Broadway, specializes in donation and consignment retail sales. If you’re searching for outdoor gear on a budget, make this your first stop!

Hoback Sports  Hoback Sports, founded in 1976 and now associated with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, specializes in cycling and skiing sales and service.

Jackson Hole Sports  Jackson Hole Sports is a ski shop located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. JHS offers bootfitting, rentals, tunes, and a large array of equipment.

Teton Village Sports  Teton Village Sports, a Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski shop located in Teton Village, provides a large quiver of ski rentals, tuning services, bootfitting, and clothing.

Teton Mountaineering Teton Mountaineering, located several blocks north of Jackson’s town square, has served the community since 1971. The store offers basic outdoor gear and clothing as well as technical equipment for avid recreationists.


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