By Michael Lanza

After upwards of 20 trips in Grand Teton National Park—backpacking, dayhiking, climbing, canoeing, backcountry skiing—I’ve yet to lose the sense of awe I get every time I look at these sharply angled peaks, which resemble the archetypal pictures of mountains shaped like upside-down V’s that we drew as children. But there’s definitely something unique and special about getting out here in winter, when the high country wears a thick mantle of white. And there’s something very special about traveling through these mountains on skis.

From a yurt high in the southern Teton Range, you can explore an area too remote for day trippers to access—and often find excellent powder skiing. Whether you’re a backcountry skier or just want to enjoy a skier’s perspective on some of America’s most spectacular peaks, check out the photo gallery below.

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Read my full story about this adventure, “Rediscovering a Sense of Wonder: Backcountry Skiing the Tetons,” for more photos and info on planning this trip yourself. And see menus of all of my stories about skiing and all of my stories about Grand Teton National Park at The Big Outside.


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