Backcountry Guide: Do-Its, Teton Pass

Backcountry Guide: Do-Its, Teton Pass

Rising to the southwest of Coal Creek Parking lot on Wyoming-22 lies what is known among locals as the “Do-Its.” The two slide paths, Do-it and Do-it Again, are one of the more straightforward tours available on the pass. Be prepared for a decent bit of climbing, but also a medium-steep and open powder field followed by a very fun gully run-out.

Avalanche Disclaimer:

Before starting any journey in the backcountry, be sure to check local avalanche conditions (available for Teton Pass at www.jhavalanche.org). Terrain on Teton Pass varies from upper intermediate to extreme and there is a plethora of avalanche danger terrain. The Pass’s avalanche conditions and forecast are updated each day at jhavalanche.org. Before venturing into avalanche terrain be sure to have the proper gear and knowledge should you face an emergency, and remember to use extreme caution.

The Start:

From Coal Creek parking lot, beneath the towering Mt. Taylor, head across the road. From this point, two skin tracks are available to you. Go left, and you head up Mail Cabin Creek, which opens up access to a couple powder fields and the back side of Edeilweiss bowl.

Go right, and you head towards the Do-Its. The skin track meanders up the ridgeline, eventually climbing somewhere around 1200 feet to the top of the ridge. You’ll know you’ve reach the top of Do-It, the first skiable path you will come across, because you’ll clearly see the open field beneath you complete with the eventual gully run out. Along the way there are a couple of other enticing snow fields but they are small and bottom out in hard-to-navigate (or ski) trees that are best avoided. The top is an excellent spot to stop for a snack break and take in the breathtaking views of Mt. Taylor and Glory.

do its

The Skiing:

The Do-Its offer two different approaches: Do-it and Do-it Again. The first path from the skin track is Do-it. Continue along the ridge, over the peak, and you come to the second skiable path, Do-it Again. Both areas offer similarly steep, open terrain at the top followed by a gully run out to the bottom (which is a lot of fun with good snow). Perhaps the best part about the Do-Its is that their north-facing exposure lends itself to wind-loading of snow and keeps the snow fresher until later in the day. The ease of access combined with the terrain and high quality snow make the Do-Its one of my favorite spots on the pass. Check out the video below for a full run off of “Do-it” (Do-it Again not recorded).

Another benefit of the Do-Its is that, due to the significant climbing required to reach them, they are trafficked less than the similar and easier accessed bowls near the top of the pass. They are a great option for anyone coming from the Idaho side of the pass and offer a slightly easier and, in my opinion, better alternative to Mount Oliver.

Both slides offer open, north facing terrain with moderate avalanche probability. As always, check avalanche conditions especially if there has been new snowfall.

Make a Day of It: As the names suggest, the most popular option is to ski the top of Do-it, down to the start of the gully, strap the skins back on, and head back to the top to ski Do-it Again.

Video of Do-It from top to bottom:

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