Season Underway at Targhee and More!

Grand Targhee Nordic Trails – Photo Credit: K Wimburg

Grand Targhee’s Grand Opening

The opening of Grand Targhee Resort means the start of grooming on their Nordic trails, as of Friday all Nordic, snowshoe and fat bike trails are open and groomed aside from the classic track set. Get out there and take advantage of these great early season trails.


Gearing Up for a Fun Week of Training at West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trails

The JH ski Club Nordic teams are heading over to West Yellowstone for the kick-off nordic ski week of training , asking , clinics, on-snow fun. Many locals from Jackson Hole and Teton Valley are heading over on Tuesday to join ski , wax, training clinics happening all week. Snow is expected Thursday into Friday, so check in on the latest trail conditions and program schedule at SkiRunBikeMT.com

 


Trail Creek Nordic Season Passes now available – Support the JH Ski Club Nordic Program

Trail Creek Nordic Center is home to the Jackson Hole Ski Club Nordic youth program, training over 120 local student-athletes from ages of 6 to 19. The Trail Creek Nordic Ski Trails are an amazing network of over 16 km for well-groomed trails, with professional grooming daily from early December to March. The trail network includes skate and classic Nordic tracks, running through open alpine meadows and into old growth conifer forests. Terrain includes a variety of levels, from easy, rolling terrain to steeper uphills & downhills in the forest – something for everyone.

Thanks to collaborative partnership between Trail Creek Ranch, the Seifert Family, the United States Forest Service, and the JH Ski Club, members of our community have the unique opportunity to use the Trail Creek Nordic Center.

Please support the grooming by purchasing a season pass from the JH Ski Club:

Individual $250 Family $450 JHHS Nordic Team $200

Your pass purchase helps to support the cost and upkeep of grooming and our youth Nordic programs. 

(For occasional use, skiers should pay the $15 daily trail pass fee (at the JH Ski Club Nordic cabin, fee box outside on the cabin wall))

For a trail map and elevation profile, see Trail Creek Nordic Trail. A printed trail map of Trail Creek is also available in most sports retail stores, hotels and visitor center in Teton County (JH Winter Trails and Pathways Map) A digital version of this map is on: JHNordic.com/Grooming
Trail Creek Nordic Trails are home to several major Nordic races, including the Betty Woolsey Classic, the Moose Chase, The sandbag Series final, the InterMountain Division HighSchool races, and local school and club races.
For questions:  JH Ski Club: 307-733-0296  -December – March

Teton Pines Nordic Open for Early Season Skate and Classic XC Skiing

Teton Pines Nordic opened on Friday Nov 8th with the first Nordic groomed skiing in Jackson Hole. Thanks to cold temps this week, snow and groomed track is holding on well, and will serve as a solid base for future grooming. Cody and Colleen Downard report there’s a 1 km loop for skate skiing around the Pines driving range loop. Stay tuned as the snow falls for regular grooming. Special pre-season pricing $5/day.

 


New JHNordic Neck Gaiter “Buff” Limited Edition “Season 3” “ Crust Cruising in Grand Teton National Park”
Announcing our photo image winner: Kathleen Neiley of Wilson WY.  Made by Avalon 7
The new “buff”, plus limited quantities of “Season 1 and 2” are available by donation at the upcoming Avalanche Awareness Night – Thurs Nov 29th at Center for the Arts -5:30-9:30pm.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Skinny Skis Annual Avalanche Awareness Night – Thurs Nov 29th – Center for the Arts – 5:30-9:30– JHNordic.com/Events

JH Nordic Alliance 3rd Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike, and Snowshoe Day @ Turpin Meadow Ranch- Sunday Jan 6th 10am – 3pm 

Free skate, classic, BC Nordic ski demos, Free fat Bike demos, free Trail Pass, Free skate and Classic Ski lessons, Free Back-country Nordic Tours, Free Snow shoe ;Tours, Free Kids Corral with Sledding and XC skiing for little ones, Kates Bars and Trilipiderm “demo” samples , Food, drinks, Family friendly, dogs welcome (please bring a leash for lodge area); Free Town-to-Turpin shuttle van (RSVP essential – to info@JHNordic.com) – Great way to get out on the 1st Sunday of the New Year!
  (link to blog.JHNordic.com

-Winter Season Sandbag Race series, JH Ski Club Races (youth and community) on JHNordic.com/Events

Plan for your winter ahead, key races, events, dates.. check our our Events page -Send us your Events to get it on the Winter Trails Nordic and Fat bike community calendar.

 

 


Get Your Trail Conditions Report Where You Want It

Our Daily Trail Reports will now be available on the web at  blog.jhnordic.comFacebookInstagram  and in your e-mail inbox.


JH Nordic Alliance’s 3rd Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike, & Snowshoe Day

Photo Credit: Skinny Skis
Nordic Skiing, Fat Biking and Snowshoeing for all! Once again the JH Nordic Alliance will be heading up to Turpin Meadow Ranch for a day filled with winter activities, food, coffee and fun. The date has officially been set for Sunday, January 6th from 10am to 3pm at Turpin Meadow (24505 Buffalo Valley Rd. Moran WY).

With a free trail pass and free demos of innovative gear from local shops and suppliers this unique once a year event provides a great opportunity to try out Nordic skis, fat bikes, and snowshoes. This event is perfect for those interested in these winter sports and activities but not quite ready to buy, or if you simply want to experience the thrill of fat biking among the Tetons.

 

Aside from the demos, there will be free lessons for those new to classic and skate skiing, USFS winter nature talks, and snowshoe tours with Hole Hiking Experience. If you have never cross country skied, January 6th is the ideal day to try it out.

 

This Day Includes:

 

This is truly the best way to demo several different sports and maybe even try something new! Turpin Meadows is a short drive from Jackson Hole (about an hour) in Buffalo Valley. Both lunch and

Fat biking on snowy day
Photo Credit: Lindley Rust / Purple Orange PR

hot and cold drinks will be available for purchase in the Turpin Meadows Lodge. A limited number of cozy, elegantly classic log cabins are available for an overnight stay by reservation. (307) 543-2000. Or lots of lodging options in Jackson.

 

This is a free, community event open to all ages, visitors and locals alike and sponsored by the JH Nordic Alliance and generous support of the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board! Dogs are welcome too! Leashes will be required for dogs near the main lodge but they are free to roam the trails, just be sure to clean up after them. Do not miss your chance to play in the snow and try out a new sport (or two!). And all the while, you get incredible views of the Tetons and Bridger Teton National Forest! Bring your camera – you might spot some elk or bison herd en route in Grand Teton National Park!

     

Early Tracks and Early Grooming

First Grooming in Jackson Hole!

Thursday morning Cody Downard from Teton Pines Nordic got some early grooming in to build a well packed base.  Nice effort by Cody to get out and make early season amazing!! Colder temperatures should hopefully set the track up nicely.  Cody reports that currently classic skiing is really nice on wider touring skis!

Call to Teton Pines Nordic Center to check daily times and most up-to-date conditions.

(307) 733-1733

Teton Pass Update

Blizzard conditions around 4:30pm Tuesday. Snow is cold, light, base is slowly building. Road was super slick coming down the Pass. Time for snow tires if you’re skiing the Pass, Targhee, or Togwotee (where the snow is best).

Thursday afternoon – Happy to have a hood and wind shell on Teton Pass- a good 10 F cooler up there!


Get Your Trail Conditions Report Where You Want It

Our Daily Trail Reports will now be available on the web at  blog.jhnordic.comFacebookInstagram  and in your e-mail inbox.


Early Season Nordic in the Tetons Underway

Early Season Report Nordic Skiing in the Tetons

Targhee/Teton Pass

Skied Targhee on Tuesday and at the top of the pass Thursday. I was using classic touring skis (Madshus Lillihammer’s) and using Swix vr45 kick wax. Skiing was surprisingly good both days and even worked on some technique today once I skied in a track (go south towards Mount Elly and the skiing gets good after the initial climb near the set of powerlines). I hit just a few rocks but, be careful on the down hills as a hard snowplow will take you to dirt. – Scott Horn


Weather Heading Our Way

Over the next few days temperatures in the mountains are anticipated to be below freezing with a chance of snow every day. Keep an eye on the forecast, this weekend could be a good time to get your skis on! Aim for places with elevations above 8000 ft, such as Mt Elly trail south of Teton Pass and Grand Targhee (note -no grooming until Nov 16th).


UPCOMING EVENT
Trail Creek Nordic Trail Community Clean-Up
Saturday Nov 3rd 9am-2pm

Come out with gloves, shovel, warm clothes, a drink and a snack to join JH Ski Club families and friends to get Trail Creek Nordic ski trails in shape for the winter. Meet at the JH Ski Club’s Nordic Cabin, Trail Creek Road, just off Hwy 22 at the base of Teton pass, west of Wilson. Fun day to stay warm and making the trail perfect for winter!  For more info, contact Julie K at JH Ski Club: info@jhskiclub.org


New Winter 2018-19 Grooming Schedules Now Posted

With the nordic and fat biking season just around the corner, you might want to start planning your days on the groomed and plowed trails with friends and family – which day to go where for fresh groomed tracks!

The new grooming schedules are similar to last year, and now available on JHNordic.com/Grooming


Grand Targhee Nordic groomed trails open Nov 16th!

Head over to Grand Targhee on November 16th for their opening day and their 50th year of skiing and riding! Find Targhee Nordic reports here.


 

New Jackson Hole Winter 2018-19 Trails and Pathways Map

Online and print map – Just out!

The new 2018-19 JH Winter Trail and Pathways Map has just been published today on JHNordic.com/Grooming for viewing and download. Print maps will be available next week in visitor centers, guest services, hotels, retail, tour operators, Nordic centers, JHNordic Alliance members, related winter events (Avalanche Awareness night, Winter Trails day, JHNordic Annual Free event at Turpin Meadow).

Thanks to  Friends of Pathways, TC/J Community Pathways, JHNordic Alliance, Turpin Meadows Ranch, JH Ski Club, Teton Pines Nordic, TC/J Parks & Recreation, and the JH Travel & Tourism Board/Lodging Tax for support.


JH Nordic Alliance Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike and Snowshoe Day
Sunday, January 6 | 10am-3pm | Turpin Meadow Ranch

More demo Nordic skis, more fat bikes, Skate and Classic Cross country ski lessons, Snowshoe Tours, Back-country Nordic ski tours, Kids corral sledding, Free Trails Pass, Winter wildlife info, and great food! Free shuttle bus from Jackson. Fat Bike Raffle sponsored by the JH Travel & Tourism Board.

Event benefits Cache Creek winter trails access and trail ambassadors in Bridger-Teton US Forest Service.

A fantastic community Winter Trails day in northern Jackson Hole, open to all, families, kids, dogs (bring leash for lodge area).

Sponsored by the JH Nordic Alliance members: Turpin Meadow Ranch, Skinny Skis, JHNordic.com, JH Travel & Tourism Board- Lodging Tax, Friends of Pathways, Teton Mountain Bike Tours, Hole Hiking Experience, Hoback Sports, JH Ecotour Adventures, The Hub Bicycles, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Bridger-Teton US Forest Service, JH Ski Club, Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Recreation, Kate’s Real Food, Stio.

Looking for volunteers to help at the event… Stay tuned for more details!
Contact: info@jhnordic.com if you would like to volunteer, as well as RSVP for the Town-to-Turpin free shuttle.

Pre-Winter Season in Jackson Hole -happenings with Wildlife & Nature

Cathy Shill from JH Nordic Alliance partner, Hole Hiking Experience, shared her observations of nature, and its beautiful evolution from fall into winter:

October and early November offer perfect temperatures, blue skies, bit of moisture, frosty morning and wildlife sightings.  Fall is an ideal time to look for animals. Moose are often seen along waterways. Elk graze in the meadows. Bison enjoy sage flats. Some bird migrate south , some gather seeds to prepare for the long winter ahead. Cool Fall temperatures keep them active.

Elk herd grazing at Dusk in the meadows by the Tetons in Jackson Hole

 

 

 

In our valley as daylight changes and days shorten, winter can begin at any time so animals are active and preparing for this change. Throughout this season of transition, it is great to visit mixed habitats to view wildlife as they move to winter territories. Since winter is a hard season for all species who rely on plants, you see Moose, Elk, and Deer actively foraging in the Fall. They gain weight to survive the lean season of winter

In October, I had the opportunity to spend a week in the mountains. I highly recommend a few days to replenish one’s spirit. To leave the phone and computer behind where all is quiet. As you allow yourself to settle, you begin to observe.  It is amazing to immerse oneself in nature. A large Mule Deer herd of does and fawns visited daily. The young fawns looked wide eyed with perked ears to smell and sense me. To be afraid or not? I would breath and send peace and love. They remained and realized that I wasn’t a threat. To be one with it all. A Moose family came to lick salt, forage, and rest in the shade of Lodgepole Pine. A wolf called at night. A fellow hiker saw a bear. Nature all around. Mountain Bluebirds caught my eye as they flitted about the sagebrush. Heading to southern territories with bursts of blue. A Short-eared Owl filled the night with its’ call. The Milky Way burst with stars and the tendril of infinite light. It was time for me. Time for oneself, alone time that benefits us all.

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Butterfly Photo: C Shill

During a sunny day this month, a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Butterfly and I shared a ray of sun. We both enjoyed the warmth. Both Milbert Tortoiseshell and Mourning Cloak butterflies overwinter in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The adult butterfly overwinters to emerge in Spring to mate. This period of dormancy is called diapause and it is a suspended period of development. Photoperiod or length of daylight spur the butterflies to seek refuge to survive the extremes of winter. Both are within the Brush-footed Butterfly family and all six species overwinter as adults. Look for the Milbert’s Tortoiseshell near moist locations and they are common in most of North America.

Daylight savings time begins.  The month ends with wintry weather. Rain/snow mix in the valley and snow in the high country.  During this season of change, it is nice to have a good book near to enjoy the wetter days and your hiking shoes nearby when the sun shines.

Tour Suggestion-
Upper elevations are white and some have taken the first ski turns of the season at Grand Targhee. Hiking still nice in the valley so the LSR preserve, Bearpaw/Trapper Lake near Leigh Lake, Bradley and Taggert. Trails will be muddy with the current freeze/thaw cycle.  Some valley roads close November 1 and parking is banned overnight on town streets.  Choose your activity based on the weather and don’t bypass the opportunity to relax on that cold rainy day.

Skinny Skis 44th Anniversary Sale!

The latest and greatest gear is all on sale at Skinny Skis now through thru Monday!

Head over to their shop right off the square on Deloney Ave. to get yourself ready for this winter before the sale ends.

 

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For those looking to potentially purchase some new actual skinny skis at the sale here is some info about what they have in stock at the moment:

 

Madshus IGS and Fischer Twin Skins

For performance and race minded XC types Skinny Skis offers a selection of “skin” skis from Madshus and Fischer.  Skin skis provide the performance of a waxable ski with the convenience of a waxless ski. The “skin” is similar to climbing skins used for backcountry skis – short synthetic hairs provide solid grip during kick phase and then lay flat while gliding

The Fischer Twin Skin Cruiser ($229.95) is ideal for the fitness minded skier looking for a “grab & go” performance ski. Perfect for a quick lunchtime ski workout or an all day outing on any groomed track system.  The Fischer Twin Skin Cruiser is a great choice for runners looking for winter cross-over sport or for anyone that wants an outdoor gym alternative.

For the racer types the Madshus Redline IGS ($774.95) and Nanosonic IGS ($599.95) classic skis should be a consideration for any race-day “quiver”. The skins on these skis are shorter with lower profile hairs to provide a grip wax-like kick. Combined with the Move Switch binding system the skis can be fine-tuned to provide the ideal combination of grip and glide for tricky snow conditions. Just like all race skis the Madhsus IGS skis come in a variety flexes so you can be certain of proper fit and performance.

These Skis are currently in stock and demo’s should be available at the Turpin Free Ski Day event. Skis are priced without bindings and no special boots for these, multiple classic or touring boots will work.

The First Taste of Snow Hits the Tetons

First Nordic Tracks in the Tetons

Cody and Colleen Downard, owner/operators of Teton Pines Nordic Center, got out for first nordic tracks with their dog on Sunday at Grand Targhee.  While the base is still thin, if you’re keen to get sliding & gliding on real snow, head up to Targhee. Too early to groom, but great to get out on snow. Keep watching for snow over 8000 ft, and we’ll soon have a minimal base to ski south off Teton Pass to Mt Elly, or around the summit of Togwotee Pass.


Grand Teton National Park Press Release – Moose Wilson Road Closure

The unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park will be temporarily closed for road grading beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 17 and will reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday, October 18. If the road maintenance work is not completed during this one night, the road will also be closed the following night during the same timeframe. Grading will improve the road surface and provide a better and safer experience for motorists and cyclists.

On Monday, October 22, the northern portion of the Moose-Wilson Road, between the Murie Ranch Junction and Death Canyon Junction, will close for the season due to construction of roadside pullouts. October 31 will be the final day the road is open to vehicle traffic for the season. Beginning November 1, walking and biking are allowed on the road until the status changes to over-snow access.

Roadwork schedules may change, or be delayed, due to weather conditions, equipment malfunction, or other extenuating circumstances.


Featured Trail
The CD Trail on Togwotee Pass – Check out the new fat bike & classic cross country ski trail added to JHNordic.com– perfect for pre-season mountain bike riding & training, the CD trail runs from near the BlackRock USFS station on Hwy 26 on the lower, western side of Togwotee Pass. In winter , the CD trail is part of the groomed snowmobile trail network groomed by the WY Trails Program. The trail is a wide forest service graded dirt road when not covered in snow, making it a fun, relatively easy year-round trail. The highlight are the wide views of the Tetons, overlooking the Buffalo Fork Valley. In winter, this trail is a favorite of Dave Hunger’s, Teton Mountain Bike Tours, for fat biking, with its easy access, parking, smooth groomed surface, big views and discovery of the northern Gros Ventre Mountains – near Mt Leidy.  Note: if you choose to ride the CD before winter, be sure to bring bear spray and a partner, as the bears have not yet gone into winter hibernation!
Don’t forget that you can also use JHNordic.com trail maps in the off season/pre-season, for a great way to discover hiking or mountain biking trails beyond the usual!

UPCOMING EVENTS


JH Ski & Snowboard Club Annual Ski Swap

Saturday, October 20th | Early bird: 7:30am
(drop off gear on Friday Oct 19th | Noon – 7pm)

Teton County Heritage Arena, Snow King Ave., Jackson

Clean out your closets, garage and storage, and upgrade to some new or lightly used Nordic gear – One of the biggest Ski Swaps in the Inter Mountain West, massive amount of new gear – Alpine, Nordic, BackCountry, boots skis, poles, clothes, goggles, accessories and more. Supports student Athlete programs at the JH Ski & Snowboard Club. Don’t miss this huge event! For more info or to volunteer, see JHSkiClub.org


 JH Nordic Alliance October Meeting

Tuesday Oct 23rd 5-6:15pm
Bridger-Teton USFS Office – 340 N. Cache St, Jackson

Join us to plan, share, get involved this winter’s Nordic ski, Fat Bike, and Winter Trails, activities, events, marketing/communications, fresh ideas. Contact Nancy at 
info@JHNordic.com


Skinny Skis Anniversary Pre-Season Ski Sale
Thursday, October 25-28
Skinny Skis – 65 W. Deloney St, Jackson
Plus Mark your calendar for the Skinny Skis hosted Avalanche Awareness Night on November 29th -5-10pm at the Jackson Center for the Arts.

Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop (WYSAW)

Saturday, October 27 | 8:30am
Center for the Arts, Jackson


Trail Creek Nordic Trail Forest Fall Clean-Up
Saturday, November 3 | 10am
Come out with friends and family to tidy up the Trail Creek Nordic tracks, get things in ski-ready shape. Sponsored by the JH Ski Club Nordic Program. Great way to take a walk at the base of Teton Pass, and help clear the trails!

JH Nordic Alliance Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike and Snowshoe Day
Sunday, January 6 | 10am-3pm | Turpin Meadow Ranch
More demo Nordic skis, More fat bikes, Skate and Classic Cross country ski lessons, Snowshoe Tours, Back-country Nordic ski tours, Kids corral sledding, Free Trails Pass, Winter wildlife info, and great food! Free shuttle bus from Jackson. Fat Bike Raffle sponsored by the JH Travel & Tourism Board.
Event benefits Cache Creek winter trails access and trail ambassadors in Bridger-Teton US Forest Service.
A fantastic community Winter Trails day in northern Jackson Hole, open to all, families, kids, dogs (bring leash for lodge area). Sponsored by the JH Nordic Alliance members: Turpin Meadow Ranch, Skinny Skis, JHNordic.com, JH Travel & Tourism Board Lodging Tax, Friends of Pathways, Teton Mountain Bike Tours, Teton Pines Nordic Center, Hole Hiking Experience, Hoback Sports, JH Ecotour Adventures, The Hub Bicycles, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Bridger-Teton US Forest Service, JH Ski Club.
Looking for volunteers to help at the event… Stay tuned for more details!

Early Ski Season Kick-off at West Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Fest

Thanksgiving week

For many Jackson Hole -Teton Valley Nordic skiers, the first opportunity to get on groomed snow-covered trails is during the Annual West Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Festival. Youth Ski Cubs, Masters, enthusiasts from across the West ( and even midwest!) descent on West Yellowstone beginning Tuesday Nov 20th- Saturday Nov 24th. Come for a day, 2 days or all week. The town is full of Nordic skiers, a full program of training, clinics , groomed trail, watch the biathlon teams train… Close to Jackson Hole (2 hours drive). Be sure to book your hotel early. For more info, see event details here

The 16th annual Teton Ridge Classic presented by Madshus will be held on January 12th, 2019. This year’s race and future races will take place up at Grand Targhee Resort.  The Teton Ridge Ranch informed race organizers this summer that there will be no public access on the Teton Ridge Ranch property at any time.  This came as a surprise to us and disappointing news that we have all skied our last days at the Teton Ridge Ranch.

However, we are fortunate to have run the race up at Targhee last year to show many of you the future Teton Ridge Classic course.  If you did not have a chance to participate in last years race the course and venue was well received by participants.  There will not be any major changes to the course that was run for the 2018 race.

The website has been updated with information for this year’s race and the registration is open.  Register by December 15th for the early registration discount.

www.tetonridgeclassic.com


Jackson Hole Masters Nordic Program
Looking for expressions of interest! We want to hear from you! A number of Nordic skiers – both recreational and racers, classic cross country and skate – have expressed interest in starting up a new Nordic Masters Program or group activities.
Ideas proposed so far are having two different groups, one geared toward racing and the other toward more recreational excursions which would also include some instruction on technique.  We’re suggesting:
-Tuesdays for the race group
-Thursdays for the recreational group.
Meeting times would probably be 11am or noon. Locations could alternate weekly and coaches need to be recruited. If you would like to help us to organize this, we would welcome it.. The aim is to keep it simple, fun, improve our fitness and ski techniques!
Send us your ideas and preferences to Info@JHNordic.com

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Sign up for Daily or Once a Week JH Nordic Trail Condtion Reports to know what’s groomed, what’s happening first thing every morning – or just Saturdays

Get ready for early snow on Teton Pass & Events you won’t want to Miss

Weather Forecast – Snow above 8000 ft
Possibility for early season Nordic skiing on Teton Pass/Mt-Elly Trail (watch your base!)

Fall is a time, when the early storms come through, and as long as freezing is well below 8500 ft, we often begin to get a base of snow, allowing some early adventure on XC skis on Teton Pass. It’s always fun to get out on skis for the first time, feeling the anticipation of winter to come. Weather forecast hints that next Thursday – we may have snow on Teton Pass. JHNordic will be out looking for a chance to put skinny skis on! Other early season options (thanks to elevations above 8000 ft include Grand Targhee and Togwotee Pass). Remember, the base is non-existent, no grooming, you’re on your own!


Black Tie Blue Jean Ski Ball
Saturday, Sept 29th – 5-10pm – Top of the Bridger Gondola, JHMR
There are still a few tickets left to attend this super, fun-filled gala night – Buy tickets.

Can’t make it to the Ski Ball? Bid on the huge Silent Auction here.
Amazing things, trips, experiences, concert tickets to bid on! Benefits the JH Ski & Snowboard Club youth ski programs.

 

 



JH Ski & Snowboard Club Annual Ski Swap
Saturday, October 20th (drop off gear on Friday Oct 19th)

Teton County Heritage Arena, Snow King Ave., Jackson

Good time to give your ski gear and clothing a pre-season clean-out, and sell your gear or buy new and good condition used gear through one of the largest Ski Swaps in the InterMountain West. Benefiting the JH Ski & Snowboard Club youth programs, this year welcomes outside vendors bringing in new gear as well as great deals on used gear and clothes from our community. Sign up for early-bird access to get in early. jhskiclub.org or call 307 733 6433



Save the Date – JH Nordic Alliance Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike, and Snowshoe Events
Sunday 6th January – 10am-3pm – Turpin Meadow Ranch

Mark your calendar for one of JH’s favorite Winter events – demo the latest skate and classic cross-country skis and boots, take a fat bike for a spin, freshen your technique with a free ski lesson on Skate or Classic cross country skis, take a wilderness tour on snowshoes or Nordic skis, free trail access, yummy food and drinks, winter trail info from USFS, more bikes and skis then ever. Family friendly, dog friendly (bring a leash for area around the lodge), Free shuttles from Jackson-Turpin (RSVP for shuttle to Info@JHNordic.comJHNordic.com/Events


Early Ski Season Kick-off at West Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Fest
Thanksgiving week

For many Jackson Hole -Teton Valley Nordic skiers, the first opportunity to get on groomed snow-covered trails is during the Annual West Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Festival. Youth Ski Cubs, Masters, enthusiasts from across the West ( and even midwest!) descent on West Yellowstone beginning Tuesday Nov 20th- Saturday Nov 24th. Come for a day, 2 days or all week. The town is full of Nordic skiers, a full program of training, clinics , groomed trail, watch the biathlon teams train… Close to Jackson Hole (2 hours drive). Be sure to book your hotel early.


Pre-season training
Train, have fun, lift your ski season performance!
Great time to keep on yr bike, hit the roller skis, do some trail running, and get into those pre-season Ski Fitness workouts and classes. We love TRX, yoga, Ski Fitness at Wright Training, spin class, and even though PT workouts from last year are good… whatever works for you, grab a friend or family member and keep at it.. You’ll be happy you did once the snow is here!

JHNordic was inspired by the USSA Nordic Certification Course training hosted by the JH Ski Club Nordic program, and the presentation on the latest in athlete development for world class – Olympic level Nordic Ski training and development. Bryan Fish, USSA Cross Country Ski Development Manager presented how the USSA and regional ski clubs work to develop best in class Nordic ski racers such as USA Gold Medalists, Jessie Diggins and Kikka Randall. Read more.


TVTAP’S 20th Anniversary
October 6th – 3pm Hike at Southern Valley Trail,  Mike Harris Trail, Victor

 5-8pm BBQ Dinner at the Knotty Pine, Main St., Victor
Start the afternoon with a walk or ride in Southern Valley- learn about the project work we’ve been doing with our partners and plans for year-round recreation. Program Director Nick will lead a short bike ride and Executive Director will take you on a hike.

Follow with a BBQ celebration at the Knotty Pine, Main St., Victor – Learn more here.


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Fish on Promoting the U.S. Nordic Skiing Development ‘Pathway’ vs. the ‘Pipeline’

Last month, Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) Cross Country Sport Development Manager, visited to Jackson Hole, hosted by the Jackson Hole Ski Club Nordic Program, to deliver a presentation titled “Strides of Success – The Key Factors in USA XC Ski Development Success” on Sept. 15th at Snow King.  

Fasterskier.com wrote an informative article about his plans moving forward, how local Ski clubs and the USSA develop and train Nordic athletes into National and Olympic heroes. 

One of the main points he emphasized was that the growth of the sport and the ski programs across the country are crucial to the U.S. team’s success. We at JH Nordic happen to agree, even if it isn’t going to drive home a gold medal, seeing more folks interested in the sport is always great, whether it is for leisure or for glory.

Here is an excerpt from the article in which Fish is emphasizing the continuity and importance of youth development across all regions of the country:

 

“One of the things I’ve been trying to focus on … is taking a deeper look at those steps from what I’ll say, cradle to grave, or from youth all the way to elite, and we’re continuing to recognize and understand that there are gaps in areas, but most importantly, it’s really important that we divide and conquer,” he said. “What I mean by that is that we’re working with our divisions, we’re working with our regions, because they do a lot of the junior racing and youth development, and we do a lot of the national and above. It’s really making sure that we have affiliation agreements with each division and I’ve been looking through those as well and making sure that there’s a clear path and opportunities for junior athletes.”

 

Read more about Fish’s plan to boost the nation’s XC skiing programs in the full article here: https://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/fish-on-promoting-the-u-s-development-pathway-vs-the-pipeline/

JH Nordic Neck Gaiter (“Buff”) Photo Contest

The JH Nordic Alliance is looking for a Jackson Hole -Teton iconic image for next season’s neck gaiter (a.k.a. “buff) design

We’re running a competition – open until May 1st. You may submit as many images as you like… ideally, with a Nordic skier, fat biker, and/or iconic mountain (i.e. Grand Teton (east or west side), Sleeping Indian, Mtn Moran) – photos or illustrations are welcome.

 

Email your image(s) to: info@jhnordic.com (with your name, email, contact tel.) by May 1st.

You must be the owner of the image.

Winners will have their image featured on the JHNordic 2018-2019 neck gaiter, manufactured by local company Avalon 7. The final image will be selected by the JH Nordic Alliance, and may be graphically enhanced to add to a creative look.

Winner will receive 10 of the new 2018-19 neck gaiters (value $200), and gives the JH Nordic Alliance full rights to use this image.

Questions? Contact info@JHNordic.com

Examples of our 2017 and 2018 season Buffs:

2016-17 Season Neck Gaiter/Buff
2017-18 Neck Gaiter/Buff