It's winter in Grand Teton National Park. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

MOOSE, Wyo. — With winter in full swing, the National Park Service (NPS) is reminding park users of some general safety tips before they head out on a hiking endeavor this season.

“Hiking in winter can be a beautiful thing, there’s nothing like the hush that falls while snow blankets a forest,” said NPS. “But remember when you head outdoors you leave behind the established comforts of home: food and water; shelter from the sun, wind and weather; and easy access to emergency services.”

Keep the following tips in mind before heading out in winter weather conditions:

  • Snowshoes and traction devices are recommended on ice and snow.
  • In winter, some trails are not marked or maintained. Route-finding skills are important, don’t rely on others’ tracks which can lead you astray.
  • Know your route. Snow-covered landscapes look very different than in summer. Snow can be deep once you are off-trail.
  • Keep off ice. Streams and lakes can have thin ice and be very dangerous.
  • Be avalanche aware. Check with your park for the latest safety information and avalanche forecast.
  • Always be willing to turn around. Weather and trails conditions can change quickly as snow falls and melts.
  • Watch for wildlife. Always keep your distance and practice safe wildlife viewing practices.
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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.