First time going to and skiing at Jackson Hole. Since it was mid-week there was not many people there even though it had just snowed 3-6 inches, depending where you were on the mountain. Excited to check out the open gates and side country, we asked the Guest Services what we should take with us. They only said that you needed a beacon. So, we headed up the mountain taking the chair lifts with our beacons. Each run heading to a gate to explore the side country. On several runs we were questioned by the other skiers of where our backpacks and probes were... Even harassed a bit. Humm, the attitude given to visitors.... gotta love it. Call us reckless and treat us like idiots. Well the avalanche rating was at low, we were skiing in areas close to the boundaries that have seen heavy traffic all year, we weren't concerned but understood how that could look to others. We understand the severity and danger of the backcountry and next time will bring the packs/probes/shovels. Plus it did look like you would want your pack to carry your skis out to the 'goods'.
There were some impressive backcountry tracks up higher on some really impressive terrain. You can really get after it there.
So if you are going to Jackson take all your gear and plan to go big!