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

Community-supported grooming, with the support of the JH Nordic AllianceGTNP FoundationSkinny SkisDornan’sPrugh Real Estate, and many generous donors help to make this grooming possible. GTNP Groomers will add an extra day each week, based on available resources.

Women’s Skate Ski workshop – learn to skate ski or improve yr technique – Sat Jan 23rd – Stilson 9:30-12noon

Skate skiing offers a new dimension to classic cross-country skiing, with it’s skating technique, aerobic workout, and fun way to glide along groomed trails and crust-cruising in the spring.
Learning to Skate Ski
Join us Saturday January 23rd, for a special Women’s Skate Ski Clinic – geared for beginner/advanced beginners –sponsored by Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec & Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
JHMR Nordic Instruction at Stilson
location: Wilson Centennial Groomed Trail, Stilson Ranch parking area -9:30am-12noon -$35 course # 9611 – Register online at TetonParksandRec.org
Skinny Skis skate ski rentals:   50% off for workshop – call: 733-6094 or stop by the skinny Skis store: 65 W. Deloney St, Jackson

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!

Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day -Saturday, February 7

Teton Pass Trailhead – 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Information, hot chocolate and snacks with Friends of Pathways Teton Pass Ambassador and Teton County Search and Rescue

Grand Teton National Park –10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ranger Led Snowshoe Hike to Taggart Lake
3 miles roundtrip 400’ elevation gain/loss Easy to Moderate
Space limited, call 307-739-3399 to reserve a spot. Some snowshoes available.

Wilson Centennial Trail/Stilson Ranch –
10:00 am – 2:00 pm -Nordic Ski Tips with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Nordic Ski Ambassadors

12:30 – 2:00 pm – Nordic Ski Tips with Snow King Mountain Ski School Nordic Staff

Cache Creek Trailhead – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
USFS Dog etiquette and tips for trail users
Fat Bike Demos with local bike shops
USFS/Friends of Pathways/Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation information Hot chocolate and snacks

All events are free of charge!

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Thanks also to Svalinn, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation and Teton Tails

 

¡Taller de Esquí Nórdico Para Adultos en Español¡ Sábado, 31 de Enero – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Cross Country Ski Workshop for Adults in Spanish!)

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Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department (Centro de Recreo/“La Alberca”) y Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Centro de Esquí de Jackson Hole) ofrecerá un taller de esquí nórdico para adultos en español. El taller es para principiantes.

Sábado, 31 de Enero – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

El esquí nórdico es fácil y divertido. Aprovecha esta gran oportunidad para disfrutar nuestra nieve, quemar calorías y aprender las técnicas con instructores profesionales.

Inscripción en el Centro de Recreo, por teléfono (307-739-9025, con tarjeta de crédito) o por internet (online) www.tetonparksandrec.org
hasta las 12:00 PM, el 29 de enero
Costo $17 Curso # 8800

Skinny Skis esta donando (¡GRATIS!) el alquiler de los equipos. Hay un limite de equipos disponibles. Para reservar sus equipos, comuníquese directamente con Skinny Skis al 307- 733-6094 o pase por la tienda (65 West Deloney Avenue) después de inscribirse en el taller .

Pista de esquí preparada “Wilson Centennial Trail” (Estacionamiento de START Bus esquina Carretera 22 (Hwy 22) y Teton Village Road)

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department

739-9025 www.tetonparksandrec.org

Spanish Language Classic Cross Country Ski Workshop for Adults

 

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Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are offering a Spanish Language Classic Cross Country Ski Workshop for adults.The workshop is geared toward beginner cross country skiers. Seasoned instructors from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will lead the workshop. Community volunteers will interpret the workshop.  Have fun! Get out and try Cross-Country skiing in spanish!

Skinny Skis is offering free cross county ski rentals on a first come, first served basis for this workshop. Contact Skinny Skis at 733-6094 after you register for more information.

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The workshop will take place on the groomed ski track at the groomed Wilson Centennial Trail.

Saturday, January 31

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wilson Centennial Trail Groomed Ski Track
Register at the recreation center or online at www.tetonparksandrec.org by 12:00 pm January 29.
$17    Course Code #8800
Class meets at the START Bus shelter at the Stilson Ranch Parking Lot on the east side of the Wilson Centennial Trail.

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department 739-9025 www.tetonparksandrec.org

Fat Bike Demos -Tues. Jan 13th & Tues. Feb 10th -6-8pm (age 18 and over)

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 Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department and Teton Mountain Bike Tours have partnered together to learn about riding Fat Bikes. Try out the latest buzz in winter activities with fat bikes with 4” tires that may be ridden in snow, sand and soft surfaces! Teton Mountain Bike Tours will provide the bikes, helmet and staff to explain and educate about Fat Bike use and trail etiquette. The demos will take place on the groomed Summit High School/Middle School Ski Track which is illuminated on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Meet on the east side of Summit High School on the ski track.

Tuesday, January 13 and Tuesday, February 10

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Age 18 and over
Summit High School/Middle School Groomed Ski Track Registration takes place on site.

 

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Support Nordic grooming in Grand Teton National Park

Nordic, cross-country, skate skiing is happening in Jackson Hole now! Join the Jackson Hole-Teton Nordic Alliance, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Skinny Skis, and Grand Teton National Park Foundation to support Community-sponsored Nordic grooming in Grand Teton National Park this winter.

Please direct all gifts to Grand Teton National Park Foundation – marked ” Grooming” at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1415716 GivingTuesday_option2_v2

The current plan is for GTNP to groom early in the week, and community-sponspored grooming at the end of the week (Friday). Grooming is weather dependent. Grooming will cover from the Taggart Lake trailhead north to Jenny Lake, continuing on to Signal Mountain Lodge. Parking is available at the Taggart Lake trailhead (south) side as well as on the north side at Signal Mountain Lodge.

Check out the trail on JHNordic.com.

photo: S O'Malley This Teton Park Road trail is one of the most   scenic Nordic groomed trails in the world. The first 6 miles from the south are flat, so easy for all abilities. The trail from Signal Mountain in the north is also level for the first 3 miles, then climbs gently through the forest up to the Snake River bench and open terrain. The trail is groomed for classic cross-country skiing as well as skate skiing. Snowshoers and walkers are welcome on the side of the groomed trail. Dogs on leash are permitted.
Join JHNordic to support this community collaboration with Grand Teton National Park, to provide an incredible experience, with the bigger views of the crests of the Tetons.

photo: S O’Malley

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