The Greater Yellowstone Cycle Trail: A New Local Adventure

A new fat biking and Nordic adventure exists just a stone’s throw away from us! The Great Yellowstone Cycle Trail is racing towards completion and that means great things for local fat bike and Nordic enthusiasts!
Imagine if you will, 180 miles of trail stretching from West Yellowstone, MT, all the way to Jackson, WY. This invaluable pathway is a local resource of recreational opportunities and ways to explore the area through connections with other trails for biking and hiking. As it is, you can already ride from West Yellowstone to Victor, ID and what remains is the last section that connects the top of Teton Pass to Victor.
If you’re looking for some side trip variations, there is an extensive network of groomed snowmobile trails that do well for a fat bike, and depending on conditions, could also do well for Nordic skiing.

There are several highlights of this trail that we have already experienced, hence the excitement over this trail being completed! To name a few, consider the Ashton-Tetonia section, the Felt to Bitch Creek Bridge and the West Yellowstone to Reas Pass. In fact, the trail section of the old Yellowstone railroad through Tetonia and Ashton make for an excellent summer mountain biking tour and a superb winter fat-biking experience. The views are breathtaking from this 30-mile section.

If you are looking for a quiet, non-motorized section, we would recommend the West Yellowstone to Reas Pass 11 mile stretch. And the Felt to Bitch Creek Bridge makes for a nice relaxing XC ski tour that is a short drive away. Fat biking is already popular in the Island Park sections!There is a mix of options up in that region, with Harriman State Park area being best for skiing.

 

Wyoming Pathways is helping to encourage regional planning and coordination of this 180-mile tour and has already received some funding thus far from the Rails to Trails organization. New donations would be welcome to support the continued collaboration with the communities along the trail and of course, Wyoming Pathways is a non-profit organization.

The Greater Yellowstone Cycle Trail is a great way to see this area, both in the winter and in the summer. To learn more about this expansive trail, visit the Wyoming Pathways website for more information.

New Gear Review – Madshus Intelligrip Classic Skis (Winter 2017-18)

Reviewed by Scott O’Brien, Co-Owner of Skinny Skis

Madshus Intelligrip Classic skis

In the past few years almost every XC ski manufacturer has introduced a new kind of waxless classic ski to their line ups that provides remarkably good kick & glide without relying on “fischscales.”

An underfoot insert of nylon mohair takes the place of a typical mechanical waxless base or the need for kick wax. Similar to climbing skins used by backcountry skier the plush of the insert is directional with the hairs of the plush lift or grip when you kick and lay flat while gliding. An added benefit of the mohair is that unlike fischscale bases it’s quiet while skiing. Fishscales often create chatter especially on icy snow whereas the the soft mohair is silent.

. Madshus, the worlds oldest cross country ski company, created an affordable performance skis with the new mohair technology – the Madshus Terrasonic IGS. This is the perfect quiver ski for tricky wax conditions or a one-and-only ski for skiers that would rather not bother with kick wax but still want a lively performance ski to use at Teton Pines or on any of the groomed pathways.

When sized correctly with the appropriate flex and Terrasonic IGS feels remarkably like a well waxed skis. The most important factor is determining the right ski is skier weight with height as a secondary factor

The Madshus Terrasonic IGS classic skis can be purchased at Skinny Skis ($359.95) and will also be available to demo this winter. Please feel to call Skinny Skis with any questions. 307-733-6094

Nordic Ski Season Kickoff – Best Trails For Early Season

It’s getting to be that time of year, the snow has arrived in Jackson Hole and it’s time to brush the dust off of your nordic gear and hit some early season trails. Luckily for you JH Nordic has some great insight on the best trails to ski and fat bike while the winter is still young.

Without further ado, here, in no particular order, are our favorite trails to take advantage of this time of year:

 

Teton Pass – South to Mt. Elly – 3.3mi

This scenic trail is easily accessible right off of the top of the Teton pass on WY Highway 22 just west of Wilson.  With a starting elevation of 8500 ft this intermediate trail is an early season treasure as it receives and holds the early snow much better than most lower elevation trails.  Boasting views of Mt. Glory and central Jackson Hole in the valley below to the east, the snow and skiing are not the only attraction of this “out and back” trail.  The trail leads you to the summit of Mt. Elly where 360 degree views of the Snake River Range, Black Canyon and Mt. Glory can be soaked in.

 

Grand Targhee Nordic Trails – 8.8mi

“The Ghee” as some call it, has an extensive set of nordic trails that are made up of four separate loops and are accessible pre-season but they likely will not be groomed yet. These trails are perfect for nordic skiers of any skill level and are well kempt, with clearly marked trail junctions.  These trails tend to build up a decent base much earlier than the valley floor in Jackson.

 

Togwotee Pass

Togwotee Pass has plenty of trails that due to their higher elevation can make for great early season skiing.  These trails are tracked out by snowmobilers which make them easy to follow for the most part and a great one to take is the trail to Brooks Lake, where you can stop in at the lodge for a drink and a bite to eat before turning back.

Now that you have all you need to know about the places to be for nordic skiing this time of year, get out there and ski! WINTER IS HERE!

 

Yellowstone Ski Festival & West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trails

Aside from just these awesome local trails to hit with our first snows of the year, the Annual Yellowstone Ski festival kicks off on November 21st with the West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trails opening up to the public. The festival draws thousands of skiers from all over the US and Canada and is a great place to start off the season and brush up on your technique or attend a waxing clinic. Find out more about the festival on the official event page here.

Ski Swap 2017

Living in Jackson Hole can be tough on the wallet as is.  Add in the cost of new ski or snowboard gear and it can be even worse.  Luckily for those that stick around for the fall off-season there is hope! Thanks to the great people of the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club who put on the annual Ski & Gear Swap, low price, quality gear is available to all.

Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club’s Ski & Gear Swap 2017

On Saturday, October 21st, the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club’s Annual Ski & Gear Swap will have thousands of great deals on new and used gear for all ages, abilities and budgets so be sure to swing by the Heritage Arena (305 W. Snow King Ave).

Starting at 6:30 am there will be coffee from Elevated Grounds and burritos from Pica’s Mexican Taqueria for those who got in line early.  Don’t sleep in because the line can gets a few blocks long…  So remember to bundle up and huddle up with your neighbor!

The Early Bird Gets the Gear

To get your paws on the first pickings of the good stuff get in line early for the 7:30 am early bird opening ($10 or $5 with your green Club Membership Card). Memberships are $40 available online or at the Swap entrance and come with hundreds of dollars in savings around Jackson Hole.

Doors open at 8:15 am to the general public ($1 or free with your green Club Membership Card).  Admission fee for children under 12 attending with their parents is half off.

Shopping ends at 1pm sharp.

Gear Collecting Dust?

The Ski & Gear Swap is a great time to clean out your gear and make room for the new stuff. You can drop-off your alpine, Nordic, freeski and snowboard equipment and clothing on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Heritage Arena from 12-7PM.

On October 21st, check to see if your gear sold at jhskiclub.org.  If it does not sell, you can choose to donate it to the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club or pick it up between 2 and 4 on the day of the event at Heritage Arena. IMPORTANT: Items not picked up will be donated to other ski swaps and school programs as decided by the Club.  If you don’t pick up your unsold gear… it could be gone forever.  

Nordic Skiing in the Tetons -Jackson Hole Nordic

Whether you are looking for a mellow tour of Grand Teton National Park, high level racing, or a full blown backcountry Nordic adventure, Jackson Hole has it all. Find out more about the abundant Nordic opportunities in the area at JHNordic.com, get out and explore!

Win the Jackson Hole Nordic Ski Trip of a Lifetime! Sweepstakes

Win a “Nordic Ski Trip of a Lifetime” – a 4 Day, 3 Night Cross-Country ski trip for 2 to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

Enter by signing up here by December 11, 2016 to win:

 

4 Day/ 3 Night Cross-Country ski trip for 2 – includes:

GTNP-SkateSki-scott&Liz-1840x700 – Version 2*US domestic airfare to Jackson Hole WY
*3 nights of lodging & breakfast at Spring Creek Ranch
*Dinner at Piste Restaurant – top of the Bridger Gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
*4 days of cross-country ski and boot rentals from Skinny Skis
*1 day of cross-country ski lessons at Teton Pines Nordic Center
*2 days of cross-country ski tours in Grand Teton National Park – by Jackson Hole Mountain Nordic Ski School and Hole Hiking Experience

 

photo: S O'Malley
photo: S O’Malley

The “Jackson Hole Nordic Ski Trip of a Lifetime” will showcase all of the incredible groomed and untracked cross-country trails and ski tours that Teton County and Grand Teton National Park have that makes Jackson Hole a unique, world-class Nordic ski destination. The JH Nordic Alliance and its member organizations and Teton County Parks & Recreation, contribute to groom both classic and skate cross-country trails in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and the town of Jackson. Check out JHNordic.com/trails to discover over 80 trails with GPS maps, elevation profiles, descriptions, snow condition types (groomed, skier-tracked, untracked), difficulty, and more.

 

The winner of “Nordic Ski Trip of a Lifetime” will be chosen by signing up on JHNordic.com. Winner will be announced via email on December 15, 2016. Note that blackout dates apply (see Official Rules below).

Sponsored by The Jackson Hole Nordic Alliance (JHNordic.com), the Jackson Hole-based community sponsored collaborative and online Nordic trails & GPS maps resource, in partnership with the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Other sponsors include: Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Nordic Ski School, Hole Hiking Experience, Teton Pines Nordic Center and Skinny Skis.

 

 


Jackson Hole Nordic Ski Trip of a Lifetime – Official Rules Sponsors: JH Nordic Alliance & Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corporation (“JHMR”) 3155 Teton Pines Drive, Wilson WY 83014 Sweepstakes Entities: JHMR, JHNordic Alliance Prize Providers: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Spring Creek Ranch, Skinny Skis, Hole Hiking Experience, Teton Pines Cross-Country Center. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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To enter this Sweepstakes fill out this form below or go to www.blog.JHNordic.com during the Promotion Period, complete the entry form and submit as instructed. Entrants must complete all required fields on the online entry form to be successfully entered in the random drawing.  Incomplete or inaccurate entries are void. One entry per person will be accepted regardless of method of entry. All entries submitted in accordance with these Official Rules shall be referred to hereafter as the “Eligible Entries”.
Promotion Period: The Promotion Period begins November 1, 2016 and goes through December 11, 2016 (the “Promotion Period”).
Prizes:
 One (1) Grand Prize: trip for 2 to Jackson, Wyoming with 3 nights lodging and breakfast at the Spring Creek Ranch, 3 days Nordic skiing, and round-trip airline tickets (must originate from the continental United States ONLY to JACKSON HOLE AIRPORT, (Sponsor is not responsible for any travel costs outside of continental US), cross-country classic or skate skis, boots, poles rentals from Skinny Skis, Nordic ski lesson and 1 day ski pass at Teton Pines Nordic Center, 1 day Nordic ski tour with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Nordic Ski School, 1 day Nordic ski tour with Hole Hiking Experience in Grand Teton National Park, and 1 JHMR $150 mountain money card valid at Piste Restaurant, top of the Bridger Gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the Grand Prize Winner and one guest. Trip must be completed by April 1, 2017. The Grand Prize Winner must book trip by January 30, 2017 or the prize will be void. Approximate Retail Value (”ARV”) of Grand Prize is $4500 U.S.D. If Grand Prize Winner cannot take the trip during dates specified by the Sponsor, the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Grand Prize winner. Prizes may not be transferred or redeemed for cash. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute some or all of a Prize for one of equal or greater value. Grand Prize winner is solely responsible for all applicable Federal, State and local taxes on the value of his/her Prize. Certain restrictions and blackout periods apply. Blackout dates for the Grand Prize winner and guest’s stay include December 17, 2016 through January 2, 2017, January 13-16 2017, and February 18th through February 26, 2017. Package must be booked 14 days prior to arrival.
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Potential Prize Winner will be randomly selected from all Eligible Entries received during the Promotion Period. Odds of winning the prize depends on the number of Eligible Entries received. The prize drawing will be conducted on or about December 15, 2016. Drawing will be conducted by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, an independent non-profit community organization whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.
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Think you know Grand Teton National Park? Discover a Whole New Winter World by Snowshoe

photo: Cathy Shill

Exhilarating and peaceful describe a snowshoe experience. You walk to increase your heart rate while enjoying winter and the solitude of Grand Teton Park.  Journeying into the backcountry away from crowds makes the most of your visit. You get to explore and tour beneath the majestic, granite pinnacles of the Teton Range.

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Moose-spotting on snowshoe- off Taggart trail

During the winter  months, fewer visitors come to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Grand Teton National Park. Nature enters the season of dormancy. You hear your breath in the crisp morning air. You hear everything. You easily put on the snowshoes and walk. You explore. You are free to discover. No trail. It’s just you, the mountains, and wild nature.  Can’t be beat!

With endless options, you can walk in the valley or journey up some hills. It’s a sport that doesn’t require experience. Using poles helps with balance. You just have to dress to be outdoors so warm and dry with a waterproof outer layer and wear good, warm boots.

 

Jackson offers endless options which are low in elevation. Since we have wild nature, you do need to be aware of wildlife and snow conditions. It’s always fun to go with others or a guide to stay safe and learn along the way.

Grans Teton National Park - near Taggart and Cottonwood Creek
Grand Teton National Park – Cottonwood Creek

A guide shares nature so the experience becomes engaging and vibrant. You learn about winter, the animals, their tracks, their survival skills. You connect to the landscape so you enhance your time immersed in nature. You end the journey with a connection to the natural world and new insight. Your heart is happy.

Jackson Hole’s Nordic Alliance launches Daily Trails Report

Many of  you have asked for a regular info source with all the daily grooming for cross-country trails and fat biking around Jackson Hole and Teton Valley. Thanks to support from the JH Travel & Tourism Board, The Jackson Hole Nordic Alliance now offers a daily email with all the latest grooming, events and programs.
Check out a sample Daily Trails Report below. Sign-up on the Home Page.
And as always, your feedback is most welcome!!
Stay in touch from near and far with the latest trail report!
Go to JH Nordic to sign up for the Daily Trails Report
Please forward this along to any nordic enthusiasts that might enjoy a daily local update.
They can sign up by clicking on the button above.

Daily Nordic Trail Conditions Report

Off trail adventure – Phelps Lake, Grand Teton National Park
Today’s Report


It appears that the inversion is hanging around in the valley still, keeping snow cold until the afternoon sun warms it up. Skiers at Skinny Skis reported excellent skiing at Turpin Meadows and Shooting Star yesterday. Teton County Parks and Rec will be grooming around town in Jackson today, a perfect day to get in a few laps on your lunch break!

Today’s Forecast
Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Then, patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. South wind 7 to 9 mph.

Grooming Thursday

Jackson Hole WY
Cache CreekGame CreekMay Park – JacksonSchool Trail Loop – Jackson, Shooting Star Nordic TrackTeton Pines Nordic CenterTrail Creek Nordic CenterTurpin Meadow Ranch

Teton Valley ID
Grand Targhee Nordic Trails

For more trails (groomed other days, skier-tracked, untracked),
see JHNordic.com/Trails

Teton Valley Trails & Pathways

Alta Grooming Report

Last Updated February 11, 2016, 12:16 am

Skating Track Conditions – Excellent

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun

Groomers Comments – Groomed the skate lanes late Wednesday night. Did not reset the classic track. It is ok but I will try to reset it in the morning. We are experimenting with the new tracked ATV for a week or so. There might be a bit of a learning curve here so please have patience while we work out the kinks.


Pioneer Park Grooming Report

Last Updated February 10, 2016, 8:22 pm

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Not Set

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomers Comments – Heading out to roll the potatoes now (3:55 – Wednesday). Let it set up before using and it is sure to be in great shape when it does.

Update: I made 3 passes. It was actually a bit more firm then I anticipated. All is good. Enjoy the track!


Driggs Grooming Report

Last Updated February 10, 2016, 6:55 am

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomers Comments – I plan to groom skate track this morning, classic track is still in good shape from previous groom, should finish by 10am. Left single track as is but it looks good.


Trail Creek Nordic Center – Feb. 10th

Fantastic Frost!

While the sun is doing its best to beat back the morning’s frost, the battle has not yet been won.  As of 10:45 AM the temperature was still a somewhat cool -11ºC/12ºF and even though the sky is definitely brightening, one would say that fog still prevails.  While one might say that the fog would bring a lugubrious nature to today’s Nordic outing, if the fantastical nature of the winter wonderland created by the outstanding frost formations  is considered, then one’s ski journey would surely be a festive event and a great reason to come on out to Trail Creek today.

Today’s grooming was a single pass with the Pisten Bully of the Moose Chase course.  While most of the grooming focused on the skate lanes, the classic tracks were touched up in a few places.  Some of the skate lanes were best lined while in some of the more open areas the focus was on widening the trails in preparation for the race.  While the snow is becoming a bit tired, all in all it is holding well and skiing is good.

Groomer’s choice for today is Homesite.


Grand Teton National Park – Feb. 9th
Park Road groomed this morning! Skiing reported to be very good as of Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, Feb. 11
TC/J Parks & Rec – Adult Skate Ski Refresher Classes (improve your technique) -2 lessons – Tues Feb 9th and Thurs 11th- $30 for 2 classes – BYO ski equipment
www.tetonparksandrec.orgSaturday, Feb. 13
Final FREE TRAILS DAY and FREE FAT BIKE DEMO
Turpin Meadows Ranch on Sat Feb 13 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Teton Mountain Bike Tours – Guided Bike Tours and Bike Rentals in the
Greater Jackson Hole/Teton Area
www.tetonmtbike.com or info@tetonmtbike.com or 307-733-0712Saturday, Feb. 13, & Sunday Feb. 14
Free Tips on Technique event

JHMR Nordic Ambassadors Don & Gwen Wadsworth held their weekly Free Tips on Technique event – held Saturdays and Sundays at the Stilson lot, 10am – 2pm.

Thursday, Feb. 18
Skate Ski Wax Clinic at Skinny Skis

FREE – Thursday Feb 18 5:30 – 6:30pm with Toko Wax Tech Rep. Erich Wilbrecht.
Erich will cover proper base prep and wax application for XC ski racing with a focus on getting skis ready for the Moose Chase marathon Saturday Feb 20. Erich was a member of the ’92 Winter Olympic team in biathlon and knows his stuff when it comes to making skis fast!
Please sign up for this clinic at Skinny Skis, call 307-733.6094
or email scott@skinnyskis.com with any questions.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Moose Chase – 30, 15, 5, 3, 2K Fr *

The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is proud to present the 24th Annual Moose Chase Nordic ski race at the Trail Creek Nordic Center.  This premier Nordic race includes a 30k (that skis like a 50k), a 15k, 5k, 3k and a free 1/2k.   Athletes can skate or classic ski the course.
jhskiclub.org/moosechase

A Note On Grooming in Grand Teton National Park

Community-supported grooming, with the support of the JH Nordic AllianceGTNP FoundationSkinny SkisDornan’sPrugh Real Estate, and many generous donors help to make this grooming possible. GTNP Groomers will add an extra day each week, based on available resources.

Women’s Skate Ski workshop – learn to skate ski or improve yr technique – Sat Jan 23rd – Stilson 9:30-12noon

Skate skiing offers a new dimension to classic cross-country skiing, with it’s skating technique, aerobic workout, and fun way to glide along groomed trails and crust-cruising in the spring.
Learning to Skate Ski
Join us Saturday January 23rd, for a special Women’s Skate Ski Clinic – geared for beginner/advanced beginners –sponsored by Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec & Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
JHMR Nordic Instruction at Stilson
location: Wilson Centennial Groomed Trail, Stilson Ranch parking area -9:30am-12noon -$35 course # 9611 – Register online at TetonParksandRec.org
Skinny Skis skate ski rentals:   50% off for workshop – call: 733-6094 or stop by the skinny Skis store: 65 W. Deloney St, Jackson