Every year, the Wyoming resort known for its steep inbounds and technical backcountry terrain scores at or near the top of our Reader Resort Survey in the coveted Challenge category. Indeed, skiers looking to test themselves better have this destination resort on their list of places to visit.
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But if you think you know where to go to find Jackson Hole’s toughest trails, you might be surprised. Sure, Corbet’s Couloir is the standard-bearer, but it’s been done nearly to death. We rounded up six more runs to add to your to-do list if you really want to challenge your skills on these infamous slopes.
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Casper Bowl and the Crags
Lurking behind Rendezvous Restaurant off of the Bridger Gondola is a steep but fairly quick bootpack staircase along the Headwall that leads to Casper Bowl and the Crags. It’s a lung-buster, but the reward is the type of wide-open, steep, and deep that makes you feel like you’re in the backcountry without ever leaving the ropes.
At the junction of Lupine Way and Upper Gros Ventre, also off of the gondola, the Granny Chutes are set off to the skier’s right. This terrain is covered with stumpy trees and rocks, which makes it challenging enough in and of itself. Add in a good pitch and this is an expert skier’s obstacle course with occasional drop-offs and mandatory air.
Tower Three Chute
North-facing Tower Three Chute is steep, tight, and technical, with the added bonus of sitting right below the Thunder Chair, for those who really like an audience.
If you’ve ever heard of any of these on the list, it’s probably Alta Chutes. There are four chutes—3, 2, 1, and 0. Alta 1 is the most traveled as well as the most difficult (at least, of the three that are normally open). It’s narrow, steep, and enjoys an audience from the Sublette Chair overhead.
If you’re not feeling that, both Alta 2 and 3 are not quite as highly pitched nor narrow, but still a respectable challenge. Alta 0 is permanently closed thanks to a 40-foot cliff.
“In Plain Sight,” above, features athletes Jim Ryan, Forrest Jillson, Max Martin, Connery Lundin, Madison Rose Ostergren, and Veronica Paulsen absolutely crushing the Alta Chutes in late 2o20. Drool.
Like Corbet’s, you can see Hoops Gap from the lift—namely the Thunder Chair—in case you like to spy it before you buy it. Hoops Gap, also like Corbet’s, is a sustained steep pitch with a technical entry and is narrow enough in spots to make your butt cheeks clench. Just the way we like it.
One of the best things about the iconic yet not super well-known Central Couloir is its location, carving right down the center of Cody Peak. It’s the first line you see when you step off of the tram. The couloir itself is a 30-minute out-of-bounds hike from the top of Rendezvous Bowl. The entrance that’s rocky and often icy, so choose wisely. There’s also a mandatory exit air that can be downright daunting in lean snow years, so maybe don’t ski it during those.
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