4 tips for skiing and snowboarding Teton Pass

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Teton Pass is a popular destination for backcountry skiers and snowboarders looking to make some winter tracks outside of the traditional ski boundaries. “Teton Pass is increasingly recognized as one of the premier backcountry skiing and snowboarding areas in the nation and with the advances in ski and snowboard technology, the area has seen explosive growth over the last 20 years,” said Bridger-Teton National Forest Public Affairs Officer Mary Cernicek. According to Cernicek, the Bridger-Teton National Forest regularly patrols the pass area, enforcing the prohibition on snowmobile use in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and the snowmobile closure in the Old Pass Road area. Likewise, the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Teton County Sheriff’s Office are responsible for ensuring people are parking on Teton Pass in a manner that does not compromise highway safety. Here are four safety tips and regulations for recreating on Teton Pass this winter: *1. Avalanche Forecasts and Training* “The Bridger-Teton expects that all recreationists are aware of the daily avalanche forecast and understand the basics of backcountry safety. We highly recommend recreationists have formal Avalanche education,” said Cernicek. “Both the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forest have permitted outfitters that offer multiple levels of training and certification.American Avalanche Institute, Exum, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Teton Backcountry Guides are a few of the businesses approved by the Forest Service to operate in the area.” *2. Pet Safety* “The Forest also asked that all visitors with four-legged friends make use of the mutt-mitt stations installed on Teton Pass,” said Cernicek. “It is absolutely not appropriate to leave dogs running around a parking area while owners are trying to get their skis on as we have seen from the past that on more than one occasion, drivers have been distracted and pets have been run over.” *3. Access Points and Parking* “The winter access points on Teton Pass serve both highway traveler and recreation needs and can be critical for search and rescue and other emergency needs. To share limited space, lots of cooperation is needed. Parking is extremely limited and the most seasoned recreationists know the best thing to do is to carpool to the top of the pass making sure every available seat is full as wait times for a legal parking space can be long,” said Cernicek. *4. Questions? Ask the Winter Ambassador* “For almost 10-years, The Bridger-Teton National Forest has had a Teton Pass Winter Ambassador to help us visit with winter recreationists and get the word out about expected behaviors on Teton Pass,” said Cernicek. “With the ever increasing popularity of Teton Pass as an access point to the vast winter wild lands of the Forest, we have found the need to make sure that visitors are aware of the expectations regarding responsible winter use.” “With the increasing popularity of Teton Pass, being responsible for yourself, and being aware of the many uses on the Pass is the best way to preserve this incredible place well into the future,” Cernicek concluded. *Feature Photo: Skiers on Teton Pass / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news