The Do Its, Tetons
Location: The Do Its, West Side of Teton Pass, Teton Range, Wyoming
Trailhead: Coal Creek Parking Area
Distance: 2.75 miles
Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Top Elevation: 8800 ft
Vertical: 1830 ft
USGS Maps: Rendezvous Peak, Victor
Over the course of a few days, Nick Warndorf, Spencer Hennigan, and I had skied Taylor Mountain near Teton Pass and the Four Hour Couloir in GTNP. Today we chose to take it easy and ski the Do It’s on the west side of Teton Pass near Victor.
The Do Its are located just east of Victor, west of Teton Pass, just south of Taylor Mountain, and just to the south east of the Coal Creek Parking Area on Highway 22. After eyeballing the Do It’s on our ascent up the south ridge of Taylor, it seemed like a quick, fun, north facing line that would hold good snow.
Nick, Spencer, and I left Victor armed with breakfast sandwiches and coffee and headed to the always popular Coal Creek Parking Area. I threw on my Scarpa Maestrale RS boots and after we crossed Highway 22, I clicked into my Dynastar Cham HM 107s ready to do some skinning and skiing in the Tetons.
We quickly found a safe creek crossing and the ascent began. The skin track was well established and we made fast time through the trees. Eventually we hit the ridge and had stunning views to the south of Windy Ridge, Super Bowl, and Lone Pine in the West Mail Cabin Creek drainage. To the north stood Taylor Mountain and to the east was Mount Glory and Teton Pass. So much skiing in this zone!
You can see all of these lines in the Jackson Hole Ski Atlas. A book of aerial photos that’s highly recommended for anyone heading to the Tetons.
We worked up the mellow and safe ridge toward the top of The Do Its. As we passed Do It Again, the soft snow looked inviting, but we pushed on to the top to ski The Do Its. We had covered about 1625 feet of vertical when we arrived at the top. We quickly ripped skins and got ready to ski.
The Do Its had seen its fair share of tracks, but proper turn selection offered up billowing, loud, untouched turns through crystalized surface hoar and untracked powder. It was a blast. We regrouped a couple of times and made good time down the 1600 foot run.
Due to some time constraints, we only made one lap, but were tempted to ski more. At the bottom, we crossed the creek again, clicked our touring boots into walk mode, and booted our way eastbound on Highway 22 back to the Coal Creek Parking Area.
In total we covered 1830 feet of vertical and 2.75 miles in just over 1.5 hours. It was a blast. This was my last mission in the Tetons for this trip. I packed up the Tacoma and hit the road back to SW MT.
I made good time skirting the western flanks of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and arrived in plenty of time to attend Mia’s Montana Living party in Big Sky. What a great day!
Here are a few more images from skiing The Do Its on Teton Pass:
See the route on Hillmap.
The Do Its were skied on January 14, 2015.