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.


Pre-Winter Season in Jackson Hole -happenings with Wildlife & Nature

Cathy Shill from JH Nordic Alliance partner, Hole Hiking Experience, shared her observations of nature, and its beautiful evolution from fall into winter:

October and early November offer perfect temperatures, blue skies, bit of moisture, frosty morning and wildlife sightings.  Fall is an ideal time to look for animals. Moose are often seen along waterways. Elk graze in the meadows. Bison enjoy sage flats. Some bird migrate south , some gather seeds to prepare for the long winter ahead. Cool Fall temperatures keep them active.

Elk herd grazing at Dusk in the meadows by the Tetons in Jackson Hole

 

 

 

In our valley as daylight changes and days shorten, winter can begin at any time so animals are active and preparing for this change. Throughout this season of transition, it is great to visit mixed habitats to view wildlife as they move to winter territories. Since winter is a hard season for all species who rely on plants, you see Moose, Elk, and Deer actively foraging in the Fall. They gain weight to survive the lean season of winter

In October, I had the opportunity to spend a week in the mountains. I highly recommend a few days to replenish one’s spirit. To leave the phone and computer behind where all is quiet. As you allow yourself to settle, you begin to observe.  It is amazing to immerse oneself in nature. A large Mule Deer herd of does and fawns visited daily. The young fawns looked wide eyed with perked ears to smell and sense me. To be afraid or not? I would breath and send peace and love. They remained and realized that I wasn’t a threat. To be one with it all. A Moose family came to lick salt, forage, and rest in the shade of Lodgepole Pine. A wolf called at night. A fellow hiker saw a bear. Nature all around. Mountain Bluebirds caught my eye as they flitted about the sagebrush. Heading to southern territories with bursts of blue. A Short-eared Owl filled the night with its’ call. The Milky Way burst with stars and the tendril of infinite light. It was time for me. Time for oneself, alone time that benefits us all.

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Butterfly Photo: C Shill

During a sunny day this month, a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Butterfly and I shared a ray of sun. We both enjoyed the warmth. Both Milbert Tortoiseshell and Mourning Cloak butterflies overwinter in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The adult butterfly overwinters to emerge in Spring to mate. This period of dormancy is called diapause and it is a suspended period of development. Photoperiod or length of daylight spur the butterflies to seek refuge to survive the extremes of winter. Both are within the Brush-footed Butterfly family and all six species overwinter as adults. Look for the Milbert’s Tortoiseshell near moist locations and they are common in most of North America.

Daylight savings time begins.  The month ends with wintry weather. Rain/snow mix in the valley and snow in the high country.  During this season of change, it is nice to have a good book near to enjoy the wetter days and your hiking shoes nearby when the sun shines.

Tour Suggestion-
Upper elevations are white and some have taken the first ski turns of the season at Grand Targhee. Hiking still nice in the valley so the LSR preserve, Bearpaw/Trapper Lake near Leigh Lake, Bradley and Taggert. Trails will be muddy with the current freeze/thaw cycle.  Some valley roads close November 1 and parking is banned overnight on town streets.  Choose your activity based on the weather and don’t bypass the opportunity to relax on that cold rainy day.