On An Iconic Wyoming Peak, Ski Mountaineers See A Test
Many people dream, talk and plan of skiing Grand Teton for years, only to be forced by poor conditions to start their wait all over. But the obsession never fades.
Riley Soderquist has skied down Andean volcanoes in South America, traveled to the Alaska Range and made a first descent of the steep north face of Capitol Peak in Colorado’s Elk Mountains. But year after year, one ski mountaineering jewel has eluded him: Grand Teton.
On one of his three attempts between 2018 and 2021, high winds blew so fiercely that Soderquist turned back. On another trip to nearby Jackson, Wyo., conditions were so poor he didn’t even try.
But his goal of skiing down the Grand remains within sight.
“It kind of seems like something that I’ve been training my whole life to do,” Soderquist said. “I’m kind of looking for that last iconic piece.”