Winter has arrived a little early in the Tetons. A recent storm system has dropped 1-2 feet of snow in the upper elevations above 9,000 feet. With only 4-6 inches of snow below this elevation, travel off trail can be pretty treacherous, especially when attempting to negotiate boulder fields and scree. Ice climbs, including the Black Ice Couloir, are not in at this time. Winter travel in the Teton backcountry is not to be taken lightly. Avalanche conditions change and travelers should have a good sense for travelling in avalanche terrain. Please consult the Bridger Teton Avalanche website at: http://www.jhavalanche.org/
Recent warm weather has made for great autumn climbing conditions, but don't be lulled into thinking that this could be a long trend. Ice and snow is still lingering in shaded areas above 10,000 feet. Cold mornings and shorter days have not allowed for melting in these areas and any new storms will most likely compound existing winter conditions. This is not a good time of year to attempt long climbs for the first time. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather patterns.
A recent storm system has deposited snow above the 9,000 foot level. Clear skies and warmer temperatures over the weekend have melted much of the snow, but expect snow and ice to linger for quite some time above 10,000 feet, especially in shaded areas.