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

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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

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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.

The First Taste of Snow Hits the Tetons

First Nordic Tracks in the Tetons

Cody and Colleen Downard, owner/operators of Teton Pines Nordic Center, got out for first nordic tracks with their dog on Sunday at Grand Targhee.  While the base is still thin, if you’re keen to get sliding & gliding on real snow, head up to Targhee. Too early to groom, but great to get out on snow. Keep watching for snow over 8000 ft, and we’ll soon have a minimal base to ski south off Teton Pass to Mt Elly, or around the summit of Togwotee Pass.


Grand Teton National Park Press Release – Moose Wilson Road Closure

The unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park will be temporarily closed for road grading beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 17 and will reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday, October 18. If the road maintenance work is not completed during this one night, the road will also be closed the following night during the same timeframe. Grading will improve the road surface and provide a better and safer experience for motorists and cyclists.

On Monday, October 22, the northern portion of the Moose-Wilson Road, between the Murie Ranch Junction and Death Canyon Junction, will close for the season due to construction of roadside pullouts. October 31 will be the final day the road is open to vehicle traffic for the season. Beginning November 1, walking and biking are allowed on the road until the status changes to over-snow access.

Roadwork schedules may change, or be delayed, due to weather conditions, equipment malfunction, or other extenuating circumstances.


Featured Trail
The CD Trail on Togwotee Pass – Check out the new fat bike & classic cross country ski trail added to JHNordic.com– perfect for pre-season mountain bike riding & training, the CD trail runs from near the BlackRock USFS station on Hwy 26 on the lower, western side of Togwotee Pass. In winter , the CD trail is part of the groomed snowmobile trail network groomed by the WY Trails Program. The trail is a wide forest service graded dirt road when not covered in snow, making it a fun, relatively easy year-round trail. The highlight are the wide views of the Tetons, overlooking the Buffalo Fork Valley. In winter, this trail is a favorite of Dave Hunger’s, Teton Mountain Bike Tours, for fat biking, with its easy access, parking, smooth groomed surface, big views and discovery of the northern Gros Ventre Mountains – near Mt Leidy.  Note: if you choose to ride the CD before winter, be sure to bring bear spray and a partner, as the bears have not yet gone into winter hibernation!
Don’t forget that you can also use JHNordic.com trail maps in the off season/pre-season, for a great way to discover hiking or mountain biking trails beyond the usual!

UPCOMING EVENTS


JH Ski & Snowboard Club Annual Ski Swap

Saturday, October 20th | Early bird: 7:30am
(drop off gear on Friday Oct 19th | Noon – 7pm)

Teton County Heritage Arena, Snow King Ave., Jackson

Clean out your closets, garage and storage, and upgrade to some new or lightly used Nordic gear – One of the biggest Ski Swaps in the Inter Mountain West, massive amount of new gear – Alpine, Nordic, BackCountry, boots skis, poles, clothes, goggles, accessories and more. Supports student Athlete programs at the JH Ski & Snowboard Club. Don’t miss this huge event! For more info or to volunteer, see JHSkiClub.org


 JH Nordic Alliance October Meeting

Tuesday Oct 23rd 5-6:15pm
Bridger-Teton USFS Office – 340 N. Cache St, Jackson

Join us to plan, share, get involved this winter’s Nordic ski, Fat Bike, and Winter Trails, activities, events, marketing/communications, fresh ideas. Contact Nancy at 
info@JHNordic.com


Skinny Skis Anniversary Pre-Season Ski Sale
Thursday, October 25-28
Skinny Skis – 65 W. Deloney St, Jackson
Plus Mark your calendar for the Skinny Skis hosted Avalanche Awareness Night on November 29th -5-10pm at the Jackson Center for the Arts.

Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop (WYSAW)

Saturday, October 27 | 8:30am
Center for the Arts, Jackson


Trail Creek Nordic Trail Forest Fall Clean-Up
Saturday, November 3 | 10am
Come out with friends and family to tidy up the Trail Creek Nordic tracks, get things in ski-ready shape. Sponsored by the JH Ski Club Nordic Program. Great way to take a walk at the base of Teton Pass, and help clear the trails!

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, Teton Pines Nordic Center, Hole Hiking Experience, Hoback Sports, JH Ecotour Adventures, The Hub Bicycles, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Bridger-Teton US Forest Service, JH Ski Club.
Looking for volunteers to help at the event… Stay tuned for more details!

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. For more info, see event details here

The 16th annual Teton Ridge Classic presented by Madshus will be held on January 12th, 2019. This year’s race and future races will take place up at Grand Targhee Resort.  The Teton Ridge Ranch informed race organizers this summer that there will be no public access on the Teton Ridge Ranch property at any time.  This came as a surprise to us and disappointing news that we have all skied our last days at the Teton Ridge Ranch.

However, we are fortunate to have run the race up at Targhee last year to show many of you the future Teton Ridge Classic course.  If you did not have a chance to participate in last years race the course and venue was well received by participants.  There will not be any major changes to the course that was run for the 2018 race.

The website has been updated with information for this year’s race and the registration is open.  Register by December 15th for the early registration discount.

www.tetonridgeclassic.com


Jackson Hole Masters Nordic Program
Looking for expressions of interest! We want to hear from you! A number of Nordic skiers – both recreational and racers, classic cross country and skate – have expressed interest in starting up a new Nordic Masters Program or group activities.
Ideas proposed so far are having two different groups, one geared toward racing and the other toward more recreational excursions which would also include some instruction on technique.  We’re suggesting:
-Tuesdays for the race group
-Thursdays for the recreational group.
Meeting times would probably be 11am or noon. Locations could alternate weekly and coaches need to be recruited. If you would like to help us to organize this, we would welcome it.. The aim is to keep it simple, fun, improve our fitness and ski techniques!
Send us your ideas and preferences to Info@JHNordic.com

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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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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.

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

Biweekly grooming throughout the winter season in Grand Teton National Park is made possible by Grand Teton National Park Foundation. To support this community effort, visit www.gtnpf.org/donateand list “grooming” in the comments field.

Free Cross-country Ski and Fat Bike Day at Turpin Meadows -Monday Jan 18th -MLK Day

Turpin Meadow Ranch is hosting its 2nd Free Cross-Country Ski and Fat Bike trail day Monday Jan. 18th (Martin Luther King Day). No trail fees – BYO cross country or skate skiing gear or fat bike or rent at the Ranch.DSC07225

The snow is excellent, the 10+ miles of groomed trails, plus the Continental Divide trail. Check our the trail map and more info under: JHNordic/trails/TurpinMeadow trail page

DSC07270Lunch and hot drinks served in the newly renovate Ranch lodge.. only 1 1/4 hour drive from Jackson, with stunning views of the Tetons -make a day of it or spend the night.

Check out the herd of bison in Grand Teton National Park on your drive up or back

(See also our earlier post on Turpin Meadows fantastic Fat biking).

photo: R CaiazzoDirections: Drive north from Jackson on Hwy 89 to Moran Junction; Turn right onto Hwy 287/26 toward Togwotee Pass. After 3.4 miles, turn left onto Buffalo Valley Road, then 10 miles to Turpin Meadow Ranch ( end of plowed road) – total 44 miles from Jackson Town Square one way.

Questions? Call Turpin Meadow Ranch: 307.543.9147

 

photo: R Caiazzo

Cross-Country & skate skiing, fat biking open Winter 2015-16 in Jackson Hole & Teton Valley

Snow is falling in Jackson Hole, Teton Valley, the Tetons and surrounding mountains, providing a good early season base for cross-country and skate skiing (Nordic skiing) and fat biking.

Teton Canyon - Skate and Classic
Teton Canyon – Skate and Classic

Fat bikes have been spotted on the Old Pass Road (Teton Pass), Cache Creek, Teton Valley, as well as many of the bike paths around Jackson and Teton Co WY. On the west side of the Tetons, Teton Canyon has been groomed for the past week by TVTAP, and Grand Targhee has excellent snow for Nordic skiing and fat biking.

Ski tracks up the Moose-Wilson Road from Granite Canyon trailhead (north of Teton Village) into Grand Teton National Park have just enough base to ski out to LSR Preserve.

Grooming begins on Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec trails and pathways on December 15th. Grooming in Grand Teton National Park Inner Park Road also starts mid December..

 

Fat biking -Tetons (photo: G.Markowa
Fat biking -Tetons (photo: G.Markowa)

XC Skiing to Jenny Lake -Grand Teton National Park

Search for “fat bike” trails, “skate ski” trails, or by region on JHNordic.com/trails. Other search criteria include trail length, difficulty, dog-friendly, snowshoe and more – to find new trails, check the elevation profile, check out the GPS map.

Send us your early season favorite trails and photos…

XC Skiing to Jenny Lake -Grand Teton National Park

Fat (Snow) Biking at Turpin Meadow Ranch

-by Rose Caiazzo
Guide for Teton Mountain Bike Tours since 2008
Winter is usually synonymous with skiing and snowboarding in a mountain town.  But, for me?  It’s now all about snow biking.  Or, as it’s more affectionately known these days as “fat biking.”
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I am a proud owner of a fat bike.  Yes, people ohhh and ahhh over it everywhere I go in town, as it still seems to be a novelty – but, I’ve always known what’s it’s like to bike in winter.  Especially in winters when the snow blows sideways and the temps drop to well below zero.  See, I was one of those people that biked in winter when no one else did.  I used to bike around Jackson using my mountain bike with studs.  And, being a woman biking around town in winter brought even more stares…
 
I moved to Jackson Hole back in 2007, and fell in love with the way of life here in the Tetons.  I even sold my car and lived a life of biking for two years before I purchased another car.  But now?   Others have joined this way of life with their fat bikes.  And, suddenly – everyone that has one, has become “one of my people.”  
 
My boyfriend Nate has been a mountain bike racer for over 20 years.  When I finally got him on a fat bike last winter, I could tell by his face there was no turning back for him.  We bought our snow bikes this winter and have been having SO much fun with them!  Mostly riding the Cache Creek trails as fast as we can, but also trying our luck at Munger and other areas that will allow snow bikes too.
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  This past weekend Nate and I went to Turpin Meadow Ranch and explored almost   ALL of the pristine places they have in their groomed trail system.  When we checked in and the woman behind the desk gave us a map, we knew we were hooked.  Of course I tend to think my boyfriend only heard her say, “the hilly trails are behind the lodge” and he took off going that way to start.  This is natural to him, being from the mountainous hills of Big Bear in California.
 
I begrudgingly followed him straight up a hill (Charlie Brown Lane), but soon had a big smile on my face.  The trails were tough, but totally doable.  And, groomed to perfection!  Most people marvel that a bike can get up those hills with such ease.  People still look at us a bit warily on bikes, but always wave to you as you pass them doing traditional Nordic (sometimes the skate skiers are faster than the bikes though)!  We know that sharing the trails and being respectful is important.4
 
Nate and I also enjoy the quiet solitude of the forest.  We loved that all the trails at Turpin winded around through the quiet woods, and had some serious up and down to them.  We explored the Snoopy Loop, Mule Loop (3 times!), Nancy’s Loop and The Riverside Loop.  All were amazing to do, especially on a sunny, winter day.  
 
When we finished a few hours later, we settled into the lodge for a cocktail and an awesome view of the Tetons.  Not for long though, as a snowstorm blew in and clouded our view completely.  But, as it usually is (if you’re watching the weather), we were at the right place, at the right time and the pictures tell the rest of the story…
 
If you’re a snow biker, just know that a day at Turpin is a total joy.  The trails are mostly untouched and there’s lots of ground to cover with a fat bike.  All in all, we love that Turpin Meadow gets quite a bit of snow to ride on and welcomes bikes on the trails.  Nate and I are planning our next visit up that way to enjoy another glorious day on our fat bikes very soon.
 
A big thank you goes out to Turpin Meadow Ranch (and the manufacturer of our bikes — Surly!) for making our every winter bike dream come true!