Jackson – Backcountry Zones: No Name Peak

Jackson – Backcountry Zones: No Name Peak


Jackson – Backcountry Zones: No Name Peak


No Name Peak really deserves to have a name. It’s not the first thing that people head to on a powder day but it usually gets skied pretty quickly. There are a few different variations on how to get there- depending on snow conditions, weather conditions, how rushed you are, and, how lazy you are. Here are the three main ones that come to mind. All are accessed by the Jackson Hole Tram and take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.

A skier schusses No Name face

Cody to Powder Eights boot pack to traverse- Ski a line off Cody Peak and follow (or put in) the Powder Eights boot pack that goes up the east flank of Cody Peak. Then, traverse beneath the south east face of Cody to the notch between Cody and No Name peaks. From there continue hiking to the base of the knuckle on No Name. The major disadvantage with this route is on warm days you’re traversing directly below a southeast facing aspect, leaving you susceptible to debris coming off of Cody’s steep southeast exposure. Also, you traverse directly across several major ski lines that descend the southeast face, causing more exposure issues.

No Name Peak (far right) from the top of the tram

Cody to Trail of Tears to the Notch- I’m not sure if anybody besides me calls it the “Trail of Tears” but this is essentially the traverse across the west face of Cody to the notch between Cody and No Name. I call it the “Trail of Tears” because it’s a pretty frustrating hike across loose and icy scree. From the notch continue hiking to No Name peak. This route limits your exposure as it’s so wind-swept there’s rarely (if ever) enough snow to slide and it’s not really steep enough to take a nasty tumble. Thus, while you may be more likely to slip and crack yourself, you’ll likely avoid any catastrophic injury.

Looking south at No Name through the notch

Southeast Cody to Traverse to the Notch- This is my ideal line. Ski “Once” or “Twice” and then hit the described traverse in the first route. It should be noted that descending any of the lines on the southeast face aren’t for the faint of heart. Also, given the exposure and steepness keep temperatures in mind when assessing snow quality.

Southeast face of Cody with the traverse at the base of the cliff bands

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