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.

Daily Trail Report | Rain, Snow and Wind

Grand Teton National Park
Taggart to Signal Mountain Inner Park Road

Last Updated: March 27, 2018 

Note: March 16th was the last day for grooming from Taggart to Signal

Skier Update!(3/27):  Found a really nice crust up in the Pacific Creek/Two Ocean Lake area this morning.  Skied up the Pacific Creek Road and then cut across to Two Ocean Lake and back to the car on wax-able classic skis.  There were about 7 or 8 bald eagles hanging out around Two Ocean Lake but couldn’t really see anything that would be attracting them. Got back to the car at 11:45 and the snow was still rock hard.

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Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec
Community Trails and Pathways

Last Updated: March 27, 2018

Done Grooming for the Season

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Teton Pines Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 20, 2018
Last Day of Grooming was March 20th

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Turpin Meadow Ranch Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 4, 2018

Groomer’s Comments – Turpin Meadow Ranch has closed for the winter season. Last trail grooming day was March 4th. 

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Grand Targhee Nordic Trails Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 30, 2018

Classic Track Set:     Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Hamster Loop:           Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Nordic Connector:  Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Quakie Ridge:            Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Rick’s Basin:                Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Snowdrift Loop:        Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday in the AM Based on current conditions

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Trail Creek Grooming Report
Last Updated: March 27, 2018

End of the Season!

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Shooting Star
Last Updated: March 31, 2018
Groomed Daily

Groomer’s Comments: Looks for spring conditions to remain today and along with a chance that wintery weather may develop, bringing rain & snow. Enjoy!  Reminder that the last day for grooming is Sunday, April 1st (TODAY!)

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Teton Springs Grooming Report

Last updated: March 24, 2018, 6:30am

Skating Track Conditions – Not Set

Classic Track Conditions – Not Set

Grooming Schedule – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Groomer’s Comments – Teton Springs course coverage is getting thin with a few spots down to the ground. Holding off today to groom with anticipation the storm coming will bring more coverage. Will address grooming for later today or tomorrow.

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/10) – Get out early while the temps are cooler.

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Teton Canyon Grooming Report

Last Updated: April 1, 2018, 6:53 am

Skating Track Conditions -Not Set

Classic Track Conditions -Not Set

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Groomer’s Comments – Looks like the Easter bunny brought a bluebird powder day! We’re coordinating efforts to get canyon groomed (spring break schedule challenges) and will try to get to it by this afternoon. Hope to be back on regular schedule for the coming week, weather and track conditions permitting.

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Alta Grooming Report

Last Updated: April 1, 2018, 05:41 am

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Groomer’s Comments –  I’m heading out this morning to groom out the new snow. I’ll report in when I finish.

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Driggs Grooming Report
Last Updated: March 21, 2018, 8:30 am

Skating Track Conditions -n/a

Classic Track Conditions – n/a

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomer’s Comments – Looks like the season is over. Partial snow cover, and firm.

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/18, 7:22pm) – Excellent. Laid down a sunset groom. Already fast and firm, should be bomber in the AM! Probably best to avoid midday if warm. Go ride!!!

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Sherman Park (previously called Pioneer Park)

Last updated: March 28, 2018, 2:30 pm

Skate Track Conditions: Not Set
Classic Track Conditions: Not Set

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomer’s Comments: No grooming today due to thin cover and a few bare patches. Still skiable for the hardy. Spring may be here.

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/20, 8:05 am): Fair, Getting Thin
 

A Note on Grooming in Grand Teton National Park

Community-supported grooming, with the support of the JH Nordic Alliance, GTNP Foundation, Skinny Skis, Dornan’s, Prugh 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.

Daily Trail Report | Cloudy with a Chance of Snowfall

Grand Teton National Park
Taggart to Signal Mountain Inner Park Road

Last Updated: March 20, 2018 

Note: March 16th was the last day for grooming from Taggart to Signal

Spring Road Clearing is Underway in GTNP Read More HERE. And depending on an overnight freeze, the crust has been skiing well. With Wednesday’s warm daytime temps, you may need to wait until we get 1-2 nights of temps in the 20s.

Webcam with views of the Taggart end of the trail and the Grand Teton are on JHNordic.com . Check out snow and road conditions for the spring!

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Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec
Community Trails and Pathways

Last Updated: March 23, 2018

Only Cache and Game Creek will be groomed Saturday. (Last day of Grooming)

 

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Teton Pines Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 20, 2018

Last Day of Grooming was March 20th

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Turpin Meadow Ranch Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 4, 2018

Groomer’s Comments – Turpin Meadow Ranch has closed for the winter season. Last trail grooming day was March 4th. The trails are open to skiers, fat bikes, and snowshoes, however, there will be no grooming, so expect to break trail. Some trail may continue to be packed by passing snowmobiles.

The TMR Lodge is closed until late spring.
See you this summer or next winter!

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Grand Targhee Nordic Trails Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 20, 2018

Classic Track Set:     Open: No | Groomed: Yes
Hamster Loop:           Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Nordic Connector:  Open: Yes | Groomed: No
Quakie Ridge:            Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Rick’s Basin:                Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes
Snowdrift Loop:        Open: Yes | Groomed: Yes

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday in the AM Based on current conditions

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Trail Creek Grooming Report
Last Updated: March 23, 2018

Next Grooming Saturday.

 
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Shooting Star
Last Updated: March 19, 2018
Groomed Daily

Groomer’s Comments: Conditions continue to provide excellent Nordic skiing. Look for light snow to fall over the next several days which should make for an enjoyable outing. Another update will be sent once conditions change. Enjoy! 

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Teton Springs Grooming Report

Last updated: March 20, 2018, 6:32am

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Groomer’s Comments – Tuesday morning: An inch of new, cold, snow, allowed both classic and skate tracks to groom out well this morning.

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/10) – Get out early while the temps are cooler.

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Teton Canyon Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 21, 2018, 6:52 am

Skating Track Conditions -Good

Classic Track Conditions -Good

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Groomer’s Comments – Wednesday morning: Plan to reset both classic and skate tracks this morning. Should finish by 10am 

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Alta Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 21, 2018, 11:12 pm

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Groomer’s Comments – Groomed skate lanes and set classic track late Wednesday night. Temps were still above freezing so it’s a little soft but should firm up by morning. Track is still 100%. Go get it while we still got it!

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Driggs Grooming Report
Last Updated: March 21, 2018, 8:30 am

Skating Track Conditions -n/a

Classic Track Conditions – n/a

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomer’s Comments – Looks like the season is over. Partial snow cover, and firm, not to sat icy.

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/18, 7:22pm) – Excellent. Laid down a sunset groom. Already fast and firm, should be bomber in the AM! Probably best to avoid midday if warm. Go ride!!!

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Sherman Park (previously called Pioneer Park)

Last updated: March 21, 2018, 10:47 am

Skate Track Conditions: Fair

Classic Track Conditions: Not Set

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomer’s Comments: It’s a bit warm and soft but pretty good for spring

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/20, 8:05 am): Fair, Getting Thin
 

March 24
Karen Oatey Pole Peddle Paddle Annual Event
JHMR to Astoria, Snake River Canyon, Jackson, WY
Benefits Ski Club Scholarships.
JHSkiClub.org/Events

A Note on Grooming in Grand Teton National Park

Community-supported grooming, with the support of the JH Nordic Alliance, GTNP Foundation, Skinny Skis, Dornan’s, Prugh 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.

Daily Trail Report | Seize the Season While it Lasts. Spring Skiing Blog From Friends @ TVTAP.

Grand Teton National Park
Taggart to Signal Mountain Inner Park Road

Last Updated: March 20, 2018 

Spring Road Clearing is Underway in GTNP Read More HERE. And depending on an overnight freeze, the crust has been skiing well. With Wednesday’s warm daytime temps, you may need to wait until we get 1-2 nights of temps in the 20s.

Note: March 16th was the last day for grooming from Taggart to Signal

Webcam with views of the Taggart end of the trail and the Grand Teton are on JHNordic.com . Check out snow and road conditions for the spring!

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Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec
Community Trails and Pathways

Last Updated: March 21, 2018

Groomer’s Comments: 7:15am: I am currently grooming the levee and it’s turning out really well. I should be done around 7:45am.

9:20am: Bonus day at Stilson! I swung in expecting to see the worst but to my surprise I am able to get out and groom it. It’s turning out pretty well and I should be done around 10:30am

Teton County/Jackson Parks & Rec will extend our grooming season for Cache Creek and Game Creek until Saturday, March 24. Grooming will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, March 20-March 24.

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Teton Pines Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 20, 2018

Last Day of Grooming was March 20th

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Turpin Meadow Ranch Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 4, 2018

Groomer’s Comments – Turpin Meadow Ranch has closed for the winter season. Last trail grooming day was March 4th. The trails are open to skiers, fat bikes, and snowshoes, however, there will be no grooming, so expect to break trail. Some trail may continue to be packed by passing snowmobiles.

The TMR Lodge is closed until late spring.
See you this summer or next winter!

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Grand Targhee Nordic Trails Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 20, 2018

Classic Track Set:     Open: No | Groomed: No
Hamster Loop:           Open: Yes | Groomed: No
Nordic Connector:  Open: Yes | Groomed: No
Quakie Ridge:            Open: Yes | Groomed: No
Rick’s Basin:                Open: Yes | Groomed: No
Snowdrift Loop:        Open: Yes | Groomed: No

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday in the AM Based on current conditions

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Trail Creek Grooming Report
Last Updated: March 18, 2018

Groomer Dreaming!

Back in reality in Wyoming we are having some really good skiing on this first day of spring.  While there wasn’t quite enough snow for fresh classic tracks, the Ginzu Groomer made two passes of the entire network resulting in some pretty nice skate lanes.  Classic skiers will be able to either utilize pretty good tracks with an inch of light snow or just jump on the skate lanes.
The elk have been having quite a party in the Woolsey Woods area, while they are definitely more wary of Nordic skiers than moose, they have relaxed a bit over the winter and you might catch a glimpse if you head that way.
Look for grooming Thursday and Saturday morning with grooming to be determined depending on weather and skier traffic after that.  11:15 AM conditions are cloudy, a light breeze, and a temperature of -1ºC/30ºF.
Groomer’s Choice for today is the East Fields.

 
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Shooting Star
Last Updated: March 19, 2018
Groomed Daily

Groomer’s Comments: Conditions continue to provide excellent Nordic skiing. Look for light snow to fall over the next several days which should make for an enjoyable outing. Another update will be sent once conditions change. Enjoy! 

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Teton Springs Grooming Report

Last updated: March 20, 2018, 6:32am

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Groomer’s Comments – Tuesday morning: An inch of new, cold, snow, allowed both classic and skate tracks to groom out well this morning.

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/10) – Get out early while the temps are cooler.

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Teton Canyon Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 21, 2018, 6:52 am

Skating Track Conditions -Good

Classic Track Conditions -Good

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Groomer’s Comments – Wednesday morning: Plan to reset both classic and skate tracks this morning. Should finish by 10am 

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Alta Grooming Report

Last Updated: March 20, 2018, 10:58 am

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – fair

Grooming Schedule – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Groomer’s Comments – Groomed skate lanes and reset classic tracks. Skate lanes are good to excellent. Classic tracks are fair to good.

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Driggs Grooming Report
Last Updated: March 21, 2018, 8:30 am

Skating Track Conditions -n/a

Classic Track Conditions – n/a

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomer’s Comments – Looks like the season is over. Partial snow cover, and firm, not to sat icy.

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/18, 7:22pm) – Excellent. Laid down a sunset groom. Already fast and firm, should be bomber in the AM! Probably best to avoid midday if warm. Go ride!!!

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Sherman Park (previously called Pioneer Park)

Last updated: March 21, 2018, 10:47 am

Skate Track Conditions: Fair

Classic Track Conditions: Not Set

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Groomer’s Comments: It’s a bit warm and soft but pretty good for spring

Single Track Conditions (Updated 3/20, 8:05 am): Fair, Getting Thin
 

March 21
An inside look at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Skinny Skis, 65 W. Deloney, Jackson; 6pm
Local Photographer Cody Downard ( Photo Editor for Cross Country Skier Magazine) presents first hand viewing: slideshow, Q&A, and light refreshments
http://skinnyskis.com/event/inside-2018-winter-olympics/

March 22
JH Nordic Alliance March Meeting
Bridger-Teton USFS Building Conference Room 5-6pm
Open to all Nordic enthusiasts – join us to craft plans for next winter.

March 24
Karen Oatey Pole Peddle Paddle Annual Event
JHMR to Astoria, Snake River Canyon, Jackson, WY
Benefits Ski Club Scholarships.
JHSkiClub.org/Events

A Note on Grooming in Grand Teton National Park

Community-supported grooming, with the support of the JH Nordic Alliance, GTNP Foundation, Skinny Skis, Dornan’s, Prugh 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.