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

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