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!

     

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.

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

 

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