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.

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.