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MORE DRY & COLD w/ WIND UP HIGH - JANUARY 17, 2013

Buck Mountain - 1/17/2013
A small storm system on January 10th & 11th, briefly broke the dry spell after the Holidays, before we moved right back into another period of high pressure and dry, cold days.  This second period of drought, however, has been accompanied by some stronger winds out of the north that have significantly impacted snow conditions above treeline.  Expect areas of wind slab, breakable crust, and sastrugi above 10,000 feet, and softer, less wind-affected snow, lower down.  The next chance of significant precipitation is expected the middle of next week. 
Looking towards Albright Peak from Peak 10,696 - 1/17/2013

COLD, DRY CONDITIONS PREVAIL! - JANUARY 5, 2013

Photo taken 1/5/13
After a period of regular snowfall throughout the month of December, the Teton Range is in the midst of a drought.  The last significant snowfall in the range occurred over the Christmas Holiday with virtually no snow since.  Strong high pressure has resulted in moderate to strong inversions, with frigid valley temperatures and mostly mild temperatures in the upper elevations.  Avalanche danger in the Teton Range is currently low, however, the dry, cold conditions have created a snowpack that is dominated by weak, faceted snow near the surface.  This will surely result in significantly elevated avalanche danger during and after the next storm.  For detailed information on the snowpack and avalanche danger in the Teton Range please visit the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center website.       

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Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. Permits are free and can be obtained year-round at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose and during the summer months at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Detailed information can be found in the links on the right.

All route condition information has been removed from this site for the winter season, however, the HOME PAGE will continue to provide periodic updates on general conditions in the Teton Range throughout the winter.

~The Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers