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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