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

 

Crust-Cruising in Grand Teton National Park

It’s 7:00AM. You are enjoying your first cup of joe, glancing out the window at the quiet, snow-filled forest that surrounds, pondering the day. Your morning playlist plays softly in the background. All the possibilities of Jackson Hole, what is it that you want to do today?

Checking the weather report at MountainWeather.com, your hopes are confirmed. Another beautiful spring day in Jackson Hole. You take another sip of coffee and a thought comes to mind. You quickly check your email for JH Nordic’s daily report of snow conditions in the Park, and it’s reaffirmed. BRILLIANT!!!! Time to go crust-cruising in Grand Teton National Park!

Knowing there’s a delicate balance to this short-timed sport, you quickly get dressed, finish your coffee and head out to the Park. After all, the upper layer of the snow needs to be warmed just gently to allow for a good corn snow glide and a 9-12 noon time-frame is all you have to enjoy this freedom. If you go too late, you lose the firmness of the snow base, and potentially sink into the snow and if you go to early, the glide may be too slick to truly enjoy it. If you time it just right though, WOW! Like gliding along on velvet!

Upon parking at Bradley and Taggart, you head out on the firm snow next to the Inner Park Road for a ways and you spot it….the open field that has your name written all over it. You could glide for hours (or at least until 11AM, maybe even noon!). You decide to commit and the excitement overtakes you. It’s time to go crust-cruising in Grand Teton National Park.

The sense of freedom feed you…there is nothing to stop you. Endless fields of snow. A sunny, blue-bird day. The Grand Teton towering above. All you can hear is your breath and the sound of the skis gently gliding over the snow. You are in the ZONE. Farther. Faster. Must keep going.

XC sean o’malley crust cruising

Crust-cruising in Grand Teton National Park is a perfect activity in any open meadow. Local’s favorites include starting at Taggart trailhead, heading north -then west up the meadows behind the Climber’s Ranch and Lucas Fabian cabins to Jenny lake, or north-east around Timbered Island and back. Other favorites are starting at the Signal Mountain (north end) of the Inner Park Road. Since the road is closed to vehicular traffic until May 1st, yet plowed after March 20th, you may need to walk down the pavement for a ½ mile until the snow opens up enough to ski. Or bring your bike, and bike into the wide open meadows heading south . Your efforts will be rewarded with wide open views of Mt Moran and the Teton Range.There are plenty of open fields to enjoy and you can easily access the groomed road if the crust gets too warm.

Don’t forget to bring a friend or two (and leave Fido at home)..

The 43rd Annual Rendezvous River Sports Karen Oatey Pole Pedal Paddle (PPP)

 

The five-leg race starts on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and finishes at Astoria Hot Springs Park in Snake River Canyon. The race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski/snowboard leg, a short running leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. The PPP is the third and final event in JHSC’s  Triple Crown Series and a one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.  JHSC, the town of Jackson’s oldest non-profit, is dedicated to providing attainable alpine, Nordic, and freeride (snowboard & freeski) programs to Jackson’s youth.

Teton Valley Trails and Pathways Spring Grooming Update

Don’t let the warm weather fool you, there is plenty of skiing to be had on the West side of the Tetons!

Nemo Trail, Photo: TVTAP

Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP), the nonprofit winter trail grooming organization in Teton Valley, will continue to maintain winter groomed trails as long as there is snow on the ground.  TVTAP wants to continue to provide you with quality ski trails in Teton Valley. Your support for our organization allows us to keep these trails groomed regularly and without fees. If you are enjoying any of our trails, please consider donating at https://tvtap.org/shop/.

This winter TVTAP has been machine grooming seven different trail areas throughout Teton Valley.  This includes about 10 miles of groomed singletrack fat bike/multi-use trails, and 25 miles of Nordic trail.  

TVTAP’s philosophy is that we will continue to groom till it doesn’t make sense.  This means as long as there is snow on the ground and the trails are getting used we will groom them.

Spring Grooming Plan

Teton Springs Trails:  We will stop grooming at the Springs once the golf course crew starts clearing the greens and tee boxes.  This won’t be till sometime in April. If the temperature remains below freezing at night we should be able to groom the Springs for a couple more weeks.
The singletrack trails are difficult to maintain with springtime melt/freeze cycles.  We will continue grooming these trails if fresh snow falls on them. Please use the trails in the morning when they are frozen and firm.  If you are leaving ruts or footprints you are damaging the trails.

Sherman Park Nordic and singletrack:  These trails will be the first to melt out on the South end of the valley.  Once the “bottom falls out”, meaning the compacted base turns to mush, we will stop grooming.  It’s not likely we will make it to April, but it’s possible.

Mike Harris Singletrack:  This area includes the Nemo trail and the Pole Canyon Connector trail.  Both these trails are in the trees and see less sunlight, so they should be good for a while.  Once they do start melting out please avoid using them when muddy. We recommend parking at Teton Springs and accessing these trails via the Sherman Springs (click here for map)

Teton Canyon:  Historically, we usually stop grooming the Canyon the first week in April.  If the weather stays cold, we will continue grooming till gravel starts showing.  

Alta Skate Track, CREDIT: David J Swift

Alta Nordic Trail:  There is not a lot of protection out there and the South-facing hills are already starting to show some thin spots.  Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of snow and conditions will be good for another couple weeks.

Driggs Nordic Trail:  We finally got enough snow to groom the whole trail last week, but it is melting fast.  Go enjoy before its gone.

Driggs singletrack:  This is located behind the Driggs skate park off of 5th street.  It’s only one mile long, but is a sweet loop and worth doing a few laps on.  We will continue maintaining this trail as long as there is snow on the ground and the night temperature are below freezing.

Springtime Trail Etiquette

TVTAP strives to constantly provide quality groomed trails for you to enjoy.  The weather this time of year provides a significant challenge with dramatic melt/freeze cycles, rain, and potentially heavy snowfall.  You can help us save some time and energy by not contributing to more trail damage.
Walkers- If you must walk on the groomed trail, please do so along the edge, not up the middle.  If your fat bike is leaving a rut or punching through the hard pack it will become a frozen rutted hazard that we will not likely be able to erase anytime soon.  Ride in the morning when the trails are firm.
Dogs- if you must poop on the trail, please tell your owner to clean it up.  This doesn’t mean putting it in a bag and leaving it trailside for someone else to deal with.  
Crust Cruising- Know where you are.  TVTAP has worked hard to establish access for our winter trail corridors.  Please avoid big game winter range areas (Teton Canyon off trail) and respect private property.  Many of our groomed trails are located on private property and skiing off trail could be considered trespassing.    

TVTAP wants to continue to provide you with quality ski trails in Teton Valley.  Your support for our organization allows us to keep these trails groomed regularly and without fees.  If you are enjoying any of our trails, please consider donating at https://tvtap.org/shop/.

Late February Wildlife Update From Ecotour Adventures

Urban Moose
Sometimes we don’t even need to leave town to see wildlife like this moose!

Moose continue to be the stars of the show in Grand Teton National Park.  Guide Mike Vanian’s video perfectly showcased the moose strutting under the beautiful view of the Tetons, you can check it out here.

A video of a moose in a snowstorm from last week by guide Laura Krusheski shows off the resilience of these beasts even through the blinding snow.

Finally, content for the week includes photos from a recent cross country ski tour (6 mile loop in the Granite Canyon area!), a snowy bison, and a moose walking through town.

 We’ve also been observing tons of bear sign all over trees on our cross country and snowshoe tours, check out the

Bear Signs
Bear Claw Marks on an Aspen Tree

photo of claw marks all the way up an aspen tree!  Though we usually don’t start seeing bears until April or May, it is possible some grizzlies could emerge if we get a warm spell in March.  

GTNP XC Ski Tour

March marks a shift towards spring in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, we can expect to start seeing our first returning songbirds like mountain bluebirds and redwing blackbirds.  Canada geese will be preparing to nest soon, and many bald eagles may already be nesting!

To read more from Ecotour Adventures, check out their latest blogs on their website here.

Nature Update From Hole Hiking Experience

Guide, Beverly Charette, loves to share her knowledge about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and each day is new and different! A client photographed this wolf walking down the Gros Ventre Road and what a sight it was!


Recent temperatures are great for touring! This latest cold snap has solidified the snowpack so we are able to easily xc ski or snowshoe.  New snow has helped refresh the landscape so check out the tour suggestions at JH Nordic!
– Cathy, nature guide, www.holehike.com

Snowmobiles Up Cache Creek vs Skiers, Fat Bikers, Walkers, Dogs, Wildlife? Q& A With Bridger-Teton US Forest Service

JHNordic received a question regarding multi-use on the popular trail, Cache Creek:

 

“Question on Cache Creek- it seems that the few snowmobiles that head up Cache Creek trail do significant damage to the trail that’s groomed for skiing- In the past I have responded to the Forest Service surveys, asking them to ban snowmobiles there, as it is a short, dead end road, with huge conflicts with skiers, walkers, wildlife. Today, one of the trail ambassadors there, wearing a forest service coat, informed me that snowmobiles are allowed there because they fund the grooming there- is this true? If so, I wonder if we can request they forgo that funding, and find a way for FOP and Pathways to groom without their help.

 

The terrain there is fantastic, and it’s such a short trail for snowmobiling, I can’t imagine it has a huge following, like Granite Creek, or the Gros Ventre, much less Togwotee.   E.W.

 

What is your understanding of the situation there?”

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Reply by L. Merigliano –Bridger-Teton USFS Manager:

 

Alert moose on trail

Indeed this is a frequent question and one that I did explore quite a bit last winter.

 

First, the requirement to obtain a snowmobile permit is a State regulation. The Forest Service receives no direct funding. Permit funds go back to the State and are used for the production of maps, grooming (e.g. Togwotee area, Granite Creek, Gros Ventre), plowing, and winter patrollers (e.g. for the Togwotee area and Greys River road).

 

Teton County Parks and Recreation Department is authorized by the Forest Service to groom the Cache Creek and Game Creek trails. Funding for this effort comes from a combination of “Recreation Trail Program” funds supplemental with some County funds. The RTP program funds come from the gas tax administered by the Federal Highway Administration (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/ ). The funds are distributed to the States and are available via a competitive grant program. Teton County applies for these funds each year and has always received some funding. The grant requires a match which the Forest Service provides (we fund plowing of the Cache Creek road and trailhead, plus funding for 2 winter patrollers which facilitates the ambassador program, restroom maintenance, plus design and production of area signing). All of the Forest funding comes through the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act, which authorizes us to retain outfitter-guide fees and reinvest these funds back into visitor services and facility maintenance. I could provide much more info about trends in the FS budget but suffice it to say that wildfire suppression costs are now consuming most of the budget leaving little funding available for any other programs. 

 

Andy Erskine, Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation, oversees the grooming program and I did ask him how dependent the County was on RTP funding. He said that the RTP funding covers more than 80% of program costs and they would not be able to continue the program without these funds. The State maintains that they will ONLY provide the grooming funds if these trails remain open to both snowmobile and non-motorized uses. Last year, the County almost lost the funding because the State was hearing comments that their role was not acknowledged and snowmobile access might be eliminated. You may have seen the new sign at beginning of the Cache Creek trail (where grooming info is posted) that talks about Wyoming State Trails – this is direct result of the conversations last year. 

Practice Shared Use
Practice Shared Use – Click to Enlarge

The Forest Service has and will continue to do all it can to make the Cache Creek trail work for everyone. We recognize that the conditions may not be ideal for skate skiing but the upside is that there are no fees and it provides access for a wide variety of uses. We did restrict snowmobile use to the first mile of the groomed trail in a 2015 decision to prevent the incidents that occurred in the past with snowmobile use in the trailhead and lower Putt-Putt area.

We continue to focus on education efforts to promote responsible shared use. As for the future, there is always the possibility of re-visiting winter recreation on the National Forest and this will certainly occur as part of Forest Plan revision and subsequent winter travel planning. But, in the spirit of ensuring sustainable recreation, funding will need to be a key part of the equation. There are lots of models out there to look at including the nearby Teton Valley Trails & Pathways (TVTAP) and Sun Valley that generate funds either through active donation program or required trail fees.

Nature News From Cathy Shill

Our friend Cathy Shill from Hole Hiking Experience which happens to be one of the awesome JH Nordic Alliance Members, writes amazing monthly recaps of the weather, wildlife, and trails here in the valley. Her latest “Nature News” monthly recap of January discusses the mild winter we are having in contrast to the record winter of last year and how this has impacted the wildlife and their behavior.  The wildlife has been able to graze freely throughout the mountains, as warm temps give way to melting snow and exposed vegetation. Cathy goes on to mention that although it may seem good for some wildlife, it is negatively impacting others, and we as humans across the state, nation and world must do our due diligence to limit our own impact on the environment.

Cathy breaks down some of the specifics of moose and bison activity being observed this time of year as well as some notable sightings of different species and where they were seen throughout the area.

Hole Hiking Experience recommended ski/snowshoe tour:
Shadow Mountain


Check out Cathy’s Latest Nature News article Here to learn more about the weather, wildlife, trails and more.

Sandbag Standings & 15th Annual Spud Chase Results

Here are your Sandbag Standings so far after Five Races:

Sandbag Series Standings

# races handicap
Eric Balog 2 1.70
Dan Streubel 4 3.13
Davey Mitchell 2 4.40
Scott Obrien 2 13.45
Elijah Weenig 2 14.75
Melissa Streubel 2 15.65
Bridger Stiles 2 16.00
Steve Mandella 3 19.87
Forest Dramis 3 20.43
Michael Lutz 2 20.85
David King 2 21.10
Rachel Wigglesworth 3 21.57
Derek Hoff 2 21.75
Scott Horn 2 22.90
Desmond Concannon 2 23.60
Jack Love 2 23.90
Matthew Watters 2 24.25
Nate Streubel 4 25.15
Regan Kohlhardt 2 25.85
Rob Murphy 2 29.20
Peter Concannon 3 30.60
Asher Jacoby 3 31.43
Arden Jacoby 2 32.50
Mason Wheeler 2 33.20
Jane Linville 2 41.80
Finn Eidem 4 42.85
Liam Peterson 2 43.65
Natalie Obrien 3 44.43
Aurora Stiles 3 44.53
Bob Stevenson 2 45.55
Sydney Wilmot 2 48.15
Lucas Wilmot 2 48.85
Janet Conway 2 50.90
Jacob Collins 4 51.23
Tom Kohlhardt 2 52.35
Chloe Stines 2 52.65
Sara Olerud 2 53.15
Aly Courtemanch 2 53.20
Nico Yeomans 3 54.93
Kim Springer 2 55.00
Sam Sinclair 2 57.90
Dave Adams 5 58.32
Noah Pruzan 2 59.40
Hayden Poduska 3 65.20
Ruby Milligan 2 70.25
Buck Milligan 2 70.70
Davis Behrens 3 73.53
Cecily Ross 3 73.80
Hailey Stines 2 73.80
Gavin Behrens 3 78.60
Daisha Jacoby 2 78.90
Elise Hall 2 79.70
Caleb Bender 2 81.05
Beo Charette 3 82.37
Lena Poduska 2 88.05
Joe DiPrisco 2 91.75
Heinz Walter 4 92.05
Salim Jacoby 2 95.20

 

…and the results are in for the 15th annual Spud Chase!

Congratulations to all of the racers, and thank you to all who came out to support our local Nordic Skiers.

Spud Chase Race Results

24K Results
Place First Last Town State Gender Age Race Time
1 Dan Streubel Driggs ID M 46 1:11:22
2 Eric Balog Wilson WY M 44 1:12:30
3 Scott O’Brien Wilson WY M 55 1:16:37
4 Brent Peacock Jackson WY M 56 1:19:56
5 Roger Smith Jackson WY M 60 1:20:53
6 Melisa Streubel Driggs ID F 46 1:21:02
7 Michael Lutz Jackson WY M 30 1:21:02
8 Forest Dramis Jackson WY M 43 1:21:08
9 Rachel Wigglesworth Jackson WY F 49 1:21:28
10 Staney Edwards Driggs ID M 48 1:21:43
11 Chase Beninga Jackson WY M 42 1:28:48
12 Kevin Hinkley Victor ID M 58 1:30:54
13 Jane Linville Driggs ID F 60 1:33:31
14 Dave Adams Teton Village WY M 65 1:43:16
15 Janet Conway Alta WY F 67 1:45:16
16 Monroe Rosenthal Wilson WY M 70 1:45:18
17 Heinz Walter Jackson WY M 79 2:05:11
12K Results
Place First Last Town State Gender Age Race Time
1 Derek Hoff Salt Lake CIty UT M 45 0:39:11
2 Rob Murphy Wilson WY M 61 0:39:58
3 Barb Lindquist Alta WY F 48 0:40:22
4 Steve Mandella Driggs ID M 58 0:40:29
5 Cody Downard Victor ID M 44 0:41:46
6 Jeff Hancock Rexburg ID M 45 0:44:33
7 Bob Stevenson Victor ID M 72 0:50:07
8 Thomas Mikelsen Jackson WY M 38 0:51:17
9 Alyson Courtemanch Jackson WY F 36 0:58:15
6K Results
Place First Last Town State Gender Age Race Time
1 Nate Streubel Driggs ID M 10 0:19:19 0:38:38 1:17:16
2 Finn Eidem Tetonia ID M 12 0:21:01 0:42:02 1:24:04
3 Liam Peterson Driggs ID M 12 0:21:20 0:42:40 1:25:20
4 Zane Lindquist Alta WY M 11 0:23:13 0:46:26 1:32:52
5 Sara Olerud Driggs ID F 15 0:23:15 0:46:30 1:33:00
6 Cameron Edwards Driggs ID M 14 0:26:33 0:53:06 1:46:12
7 Gavin Behrens Victor ID M 14 0:27:46 0:55:32 1:51:04
2.5K Results
Place First Last Town State Gender Age Race Time
1 Jacob Collins Victor ID M 11 0:09:31
2 Bjorn Lindquist Alta WY M 11 0:09:43
3 Davis Behrens Victor ID M 12 0:10:39
4 Caleb Bender Victor ID M 10 0:10:56
5 Sam Bender Victor ID M 8 0:11:32
6 Beo Charette Victor ID M 10 0:12:26
1K Results
Place First Last Town State Gender Age Race Time
1 Emmy Bender Victor ID F 6 0:06:50
2 Trey Behrens Victor ID M 8 0:06:59

Best Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trips in Grand Teton National Park

 

A skier explores Grand Teton National Park near the Lucas-Fabian Homestead at Dawn

 

Winter has come to Jackson Hole.  The breathtaking peaks of the Teton Range are covered with a deepening snowpack, to the delight of downhill skiers and snowboarders at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  Grizzly and black bears are hibernating beneath the snow, and herds of elk, bison, and mule deer are retreating to the southern end of the Jackson Hole valley, seeking out winter habitat.  

 

As snow covers the valley of Grand Teton National Park, a winter wonderland has emerged, providing ample opportunities for exploration on cross country ski or snowshoes.  The guides at Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures have been out exploring the park on ski and snowshoe tours, here are some of our favorite spots!

 

  1. Hermitage Point

 

Time: 3-6 hrs.

Distance 1-7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing

Snowshoers on a tour with Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures explore the Hermitage Point Area on a sunny day in Grand Teton National Park

Hermitage Point is at the end of a long peninsula on Jackson Lake, offering stunning views of Mount Moran and the northern Teton Range.  The point is 3.5 miles one way from the parking lot at Colter Bay but opportunities exist for shorter loops to explore Heron and/or Swan Lakes.  We enjoy looking for track and sign from foxes, coyotes, American martin, red pine squirrel, otter, and beavers along the way.

 

  1. Teton Park Road

Time: 1-8 hrs

Distance 1 mile to 25 miles round trip, you choose the distance!

Difficulty Easy – Strenuous

Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing

Grand Teton National Parks inner loop road, is closed to vehicles in winter time, but, thanks to a grant from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, is groomed for some of the most scenic Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in North America.  From the start of the seasonal road closure at the Bradley/Taggart Trailhead, follow the groomed track of the Teton Park Road as far as Signal Mountain, some 12.5 miles to the North!  Explore this groomed trail for as long or short of a distance as you like, the nordic track and relatively flat gradient makes for perfect beginner skiing.  

 

  1. Jenny Lake
Thick ice on Jenny Lake can allow for fun skate skiing especially in the spring.

Time 4-6 hrs

Distance: 12 miles round trip

Difficulty Moderate – Strenuous

Cross Country Skiing recommended

For those wanting to a longer ski tour to one of Grand Teton National Parks most scenic locations, Jenny Lake is the spot!  In the summer it is one of the parks most popular areas but in winter you just might have it to yourself.  Lake ice can be thin especially in early winter but eventually the lake freezes over with a thick supportable sheet of ice.  Travel at your own risk.  

 

  1. Lucas-Fabian Homestead
Sunrise at the Lucas-Fabian Homestead in Grand Teton National Park.

Time: 4 hours

Distance: 4 miles round trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Cross Country Skiing Recommended, Snowshoeing possible

A shorter option from the Bradley-Taggart Trailhead is a visit to the beautiful Lucas-Fabian Homestead.  Located two miles from the parking lot along the stunning Cottonwood Creek, this homestead could have become a subdivision if not for the work of Harold Fabian, Vice President of the Snake River Land Company.  Throughout the 1920’s, Philanthropist John D Rockefeller JR. used his fortune to purchase homesteads in the Jackson Hole Valley which were later added to Jackson Hole National Monument, which in 1950 was added to Grand Teton National Park.  Read our blog post on the battle to save Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park here.

Video of Lucas Fabian Ski Tour: https://www.facebook.com/jacksonholeecotours/videos/10155252980739103/

 

http://www.jhecotouradventures.com/insights/page/what-is-the-value-of-a-national-monument

 

  1. Granite Canyon

Time: 4 hours

Distance: 1-3 miles  

Difficulty: Easy

Cross Country Skiing, or Snowshoeing

Looking for easy access to Grand Teton National Park from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort?  Check out Granite Canyon and the Moose Wilson Road!  Numerous loop and out and back options exist, we like winding trail to the mouth of Granite Canyon in particular.  Along the trail you will pass through aspen forests, sagebrush meadows, mixed conifer forests, and cross the riparian area along Granite Creek, four of the five plant communities found in Grand Teton National Park.  Look for track and sign from moose and elk, to foxes, coyotes, or even an elusive great gray owl, the largest owl in North America.  Check out JHNordic.com for more options from the Granite Canyon Trailhead.  

 

  1. Moose Wilson Road

Time: 4-6 hours

Distance: 4 miles round trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing

Closed to motor vehicles in winter, the Moose-Wilson road is an ideal trail for beginner to advanced cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Start from the south at the Granite Canyon Trailhead or from the North end at the Death Canyon Trailhead.  The snow packed road winds through conifer forest with plenty of options for loops and out and back treks.  We like combining a ski up the road with a loop over to the mouth of Granite Canyon and back to the Trailhead, about 4 miles.

 

  1. Two Ocean Lake

Time: 4-6 hours

Distance: 4 miles round trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing

This quiet corner of Grand Teton National Park offers opportunities for solitude, you might even be breaking your own trail through the powder snow!  From a pullout on Pacific Creek Road, follow the Two Ocean Lake Road to the lake and views of the Northern Range of the Tetons.  We like looking for tracks and exploring the woods around the lakes on tours.  For a longer adventure, make the ski a loop and visit Emma Matilda Lake on the return trip.  

Snowshoers head toward Two Ocean Lake in northern Grand Teton National Park

 

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoe Opportunities Abound in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park

These are some of our favorite trips in the Park, many more trip ideas exist from on www.jhnordic.com.  Please let us know if we can help with guiding your next adventure in Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks by calling us 307-690-9533 or emailing info@jhecotouradventures.com.  Visit our website and click “Book Here” to see live availability on all of our tours.  We’ll give you 10% off if you use the code “Winter18” at checkout.  

 

Now in their 11th year of operation, Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures leads wildlife safaris, cross country skiing tours, and snowshoe tours in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks 365 days a year. contact: 307-690-9533 or info@jhecotouradventures.com.