Double Dog Leg

Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Hole

Hazardous and technical route finding, steep couloir skiing.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
1.4 km
Ascent
11 m
Descent
675 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
44˚
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Double Dog Leg Map

Description

Granite Canyon is comprised of numerous north facing couloirs, massive cliffs, technical terrain, and everything is steep. Each run ends abruptly as you collide into Granite Creek at the bottom of the canyon. GRANITE CANYON IS AVALANCHE TERRAIN. Runs in this area are highly consequential, cell service is spotty, and it’s a long way back to civilization. Please respect this area. It is optimal to ski with partners with experience in technical terrain and who know the area. Many lines appear to “go through,” but in fact, they close out with an enormous cliff drop. Likewise, Granite Canyon is popular with seasoned experts as well as first timers; following tracks blindly may put you somewhere you do not belong. Approach all terrain in Granite Canyon with extreme caution.

To exit Granite Canyon, follow the traverse paralleling the creek bottom heading east. 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, 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!

Double Dog leg is accessed via backcountry gate #6. After leaving the exit gate, head skier’s right along the rope/ridge line for a few hundred feet. Enter the slope, heading for what’s known as the “football field,” which is fall line above the Double Dog Leg. Ride the “football field” then slowly make your way to the entrance of Double Dog Leg. There is a steep rollover and frequent avalanche start zone to get into the chute, so tread carefully. Be aware that an avalanche would possibly take you over cliffs, due to the nature of the winding chute. Exit skier’s right along the Granite Traverse.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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