Northwest Wyoming is home to one of the youngest ranges in the Rocky Mountains, the Tetons. The relatively new range is special for its towering 7,000-foot rock wall faces that haven’t yet eroded enough to generate much life-giving soil. As a result, you rise quickly through aspen glades and conifer forests to confront the walls of granite and ice that entice the world’s top mountaineers.
On the Cody side of Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka Range of the Shoshone National Forest has the highest concentration of waterfalls in the lower 48 states, which means that November through April the frozen falls transform the area into venerable ice climbing Mecca.
Teton Ice Park, at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, allows climbers to access ice climbing with the convenience of food, lodging and training in this man-made training park. The park has 40-foot vertical cliffs for advanced climbers with several gentler slopes for beginners. Day passes are $20, plus you can find classes and experienced instructors on site.