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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Sign up for Daily or Once a Week JH Nordic Trail Condtion Reports to know what’s groomed, what’s happening first thing every morning – or just Saturdays

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.

Think you know Grand Teton National Park? Discover a Whole New Winter World by Snowshoe

photo: Cathy Shill

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

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Moose-spotting on snowshoe- off Taggart trail

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

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

 

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

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

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

Jackson Hole’s Nordic Alliance launches Daily Trails Report

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

Daily Nordic Trail Conditions Report

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


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

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

Grooming Thursday

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

Teton Valley ID
Grand Targhee Nordic Trails

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

Teton Valley Trails & Pathways

Alta Grooming Report

Last Updated February 11, 2016, 12:16 am

Skating Track Conditions – Excellent

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun

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


Pioneer Park Grooming Report

Last Updated February 10, 2016, 8:22 pm

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Not Set

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

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

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


Driggs Grooming Report

Last Updated February 10, 2016, 6:55 am

Skating Track Conditions – Good

Classic Track Conditions – Good

Grooming Schedule – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

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


Trail Creek Nordic Center – Feb. 10th

Fantastic Frost!

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

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

Groomer’s choice for today is Homesite.


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

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

JHMR Nordic Ambassadors Don & Gwen Wadsworth held their weekly Free Tips on Technique event – held Saturdays and Sundays at the Stilson lot, 10am – 2pm.Thursday, Feb. 18
Skate Ski Wax Clinic at Skinny Skis

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

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

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

A Note On Grooming in Grand Teton National Park

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.