Having skied the GT via three different routes and descended the mountain on skis almost 20 times, Doug is uniquely qualified to evaluate your skiing ability and train you in preparation for a Grand descent.
Valdez Heli-Ski Guides is the premier location to train for steep, exposed skiing. VHSG veterans have the highest success rate on the Grand due to the amount of comfort quickly gained in exposed terrain after one week in the Chugach.
Proper training can also be accomplished both in the Tetons at Jackson Hole Mountain Guide’s Corbett High Camp and at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. At Corbett High Camp, aspiring Grand Teton skiers can test their edges on the Middle Teton’s East Face, Shea’s Chute, and the Ellingwood Coulior. At JHMR, guests can train on the many steep ski runs that Jackson Hole is famous for, both inside and outside the resort boundaries.
While locals frequently ski the Grand Teton in a day from the valley, we recommend a 4 day trip sometime during the end of May or early June. This schedule allows participants to spend the 1st day ascending over 4000’ vertical feet to Corbet High Camp. Day 2 is spent acclimatizing and practicing belayed skiing. Day 3 and day 4 are available for summit bids and ski descents of the Grand giving participants an extra day to ensure good weather, conditions, and time to acclimatize.
Throughout the winter Doug guides skiers off the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, off the helicopter at High Mountain Heli-Skiing, and by foot throughout the Tetons for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.