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Gear for 1st trip to Jackson Hole

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New member here (so be kind).

 

Headed out to Jackson Hole the first week of March with a group of friends (staying near the Moosecreek lift). We're all advanced level skiers and have been various places out west (most recently Park City/Canyons area last year), however we're not too experienced with backcountry skiing. We hiked a bowl in Park City, but think Jackson Hole poses a much more difficult challenge in their vast acreage of BC skiing.

 

Anyway, I've been reading up on safety equipment and wanted to see what people opinions were for what was some mandatory gear we needed. (avalung? ABS packs? tools? beacons? walkie talkies? other?) I figure we'll do about 5 skiing days out there with about 25% being backcountry, more if we love it, but a majority being on-piste. Obviously the more gear we have the better but our budgets are limited; we just want to make sure we're safe and get the minimum needed to ensure this. I wouldn't say we'd be doing any hardcore BC stuff, but we definitely want to dabble and challenge ourselves.

 

 

On another note, can anyone suggest the best shop to rent skis from. I'm mainly concerned with having a good selection of skis to rent.

 

Thanks and any other comments on suggestions for JH are welcome!

 

Mike

post #2 of 8

I would'nt go wandering around the JH backcountry without some local knowledge AND BC skills.

You can hire guides for big $ or just offer a local some beer(maybe). People have literally died within 3 minutes of leaving the gate.

 

I would also recommend the book "staying alive in avalanche terrain" by Bruce Tremper

 

Also I am sure your going to get blasted with advice to take an avalanche course before you do anything. It's very important

to know how to use a beacon well before you actually need it.

 

Anyway, if you do go back there and have a death wish, go to Granite Canyon and let me know what its like!

or hike out to the North Shore for some serious thrills.

post #3 of 8

Ah, memories: (http://www.epicski.com/t/45719/jh-backcountry-questions)

 
 
i do have some basic avalanche knowledge back from a catskiing trip i did in BC so i think i'm good there, if i indeed end up skiing the backcountry at JH it will be with 3 friedns 2 skiers one boarder. All of us have reccos on our jackets. 
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Thanks both.

 

Thinking through it we'll probably just get a guide through the resort since they will be able to know where we should go based on conditions and will have all the necessary equipment. 

 

anyone have any experience with the guides at JH?

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Thanks both.

 

Thinking through it we'll probably just get a guide through the resort since they will be able to know where we should go based on conditions and will have all the necessary equipment. 

 

anyone have any experience with the guides at JH?

 

I know most of them.  They are all very good.  You will be safe and have a great time.

post #6 of 8

You can do 5 days at JH without going backcountry and still scare the sheet out of yourself.

post #7 of 8
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Good to know. I think we wanted to dabble in BC just for the experience and to see if we want to start doing it more often. We've also decided on a day long tour of yellowstone via snow mobile, so its going to be a quite adventurous trip.

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Good to know. I think we wanted to dabble in BC just for the experience and to see if we want to start doing it more often. We've also decided on a day long tour of yellowstone via snow mobile, so its going to be a quite adventurous trip.

 

Sounds great, have a great time!

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