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.


Early Tracks and Early Grooming

First Grooming in Jackson Hole!

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

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

(307) 733-1733

Teton Pass Update

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

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


Get Your Trail Conditions Report Where You Want It

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


Early Season Nordic in the Tetons Underway

Early Season Report Nordic Skiing in the Tetons

Targhee/Teton Pass

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


Weather Heading Our Way

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


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

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


New Winter 2018-19 Grooming Schedules Now Posted

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

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


Grand Targhee Nordic groomed trails open Nov 16th!

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


 

New Jackson Hole Winter 2018-19 Trails and Pathways Map

Online and print map – Just out!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

 



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

Teton County Heritage Arena, Snow King Ave., Jackson

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



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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.

 

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.
For complete Official Rules for the Sweepstakes, go to blog.JHNordic.com
Eligibility:
The Sweepstakes is offered and open to persons who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in the state where they reside, on the date of entry in this Sweepstakes. Employees, officers, directors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of the Sweepstakes Entity, its parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, advertising and promotion agencies, legal and financial advisors and any and all other companies and prize providers associated with the Sweepstakes are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes.
To Enter:
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.
Prize Drawing/Winner Notification/Odds:
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.