Granite Canyon Traverse

Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Hole

The exit route out of Granite Canyon

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
6 km
Ascent
134 m
Descent
460 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
25˚
Granite Canyon Traverse Map

To exit Granite Canyon, contour the north facing aspect of Granite Canyon heading east just above the Granite Creek bottom. There is almost always a highly visible traverse already in place, but if not visible, a general rule of thumb is to stay between 50 and 100 yards above the creek bottom on the skier's righthand side. Gain height when possible (sidestepping, skating, and poling when necessary) until you round the corner of Apres Vous Mountain. From the corner, continue the traverse southward maintaining height, you should end up on a cat track leading through a housing development which will bring you back to the base of the resort. CAUTION: the traverse out of Granite Canyon will place you in the bottom of numerous avalanche paths. Be aware of overhead dangers, and choose resting spots wisely! Also, while not impossible, snowboarding this traverse can be extra tedious.

Description

This beast of a traverse will have your skis pointed in one direction; you might come out of it a bit cock-eyed.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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