Teton Valley Trails and Pathways Spring Grooming Update

Don’t let the warm weather fool you, there is plenty of skiing to be had on the West side of the Tetons!

Nemo Trail, Photo: TVTAP

Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP), the nonprofit winter trail grooming organization in Teton Valley, will continue to maintain winter groomed trails as long as there is snow on the ground.  TVTAP wants to continue to provide you with quality ski trails in Teton Valley. Your support for our organization allows us to keep these trails groomed regularly and without fees. If you are enjoying any of our trails, please consider donating at https://tvtap.org/shop/.

This winter TVTAP has been machine grooming seven different trail areas throughout Teton Valley.  This includes about 10 miles of groomed singletrack fat bike/multi-use trails, and 25 miles of Nordic trail.  

TVTAP’s philosophy is that we will continue to groom till it doesn’t make sense.  This means as long as there is snow on the ground and the trails are getting used we will groom them.

Spring Grooming Plan

Teton Springs Trails:  We will stop grooming at the Springs once the golf course crew starts clearing the greens and tee boxes.  This won’t be till sometime in April. If the temperature remains below freezing at night we should be able to groom the Springs for a couple more weeks.
The singletrack trails are difficult to maintain with springtime melt/freeze cycles.  We will continue grooming these trails if fresh snow falls on them. Please use the trails in the morning when they are frozen and firm.  If you are leaving ruts or footprints you are damaging the trails.

Sherman Park Nordic and singletrack:  These trails will be the first to melt out on the South end of the valley.  Once the “bottom falls out”, meaning the compacted base turns to mush, we will stop grooming.  It’s not likely we will make it to April, but it’s possible.

Mike Harris Singletrack:  This area includes the Nemo trail and the Pole Canyon Connector trail.  Both these trails are in the trees and see less sunlight, so they should be good for a while.  Once they do start melting out please avoid using them when muddy. We recommend parking at Teton Springs and accessing these trails via the Sherman Springs (click here for map)

Teton Canyon:  Historically, we usually stop grooming the Canyon the first week in April.  If the weather stays cold, we will continue grooming till gravel starts showing.  

Alta Skate Track, CREDIT: David J Swift

Alta Nordic Trail:  There is not a lot of protection out there and the South-facing hills are already starting to show some thin spots.  Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of snow and conditions will be good for another couple weeks.

Driggs Nordic Trail:  We finally got enough snow to groom the whole trail last week, but it is melting fast.  Go enjoy before its gone.

Driggs singletrack:  This is located behind the Driggs skate park off of 5th street.  It’s only one mile long, but is a sweet loop and worth doing a few laps on.  We will continue maintaining this trail as long as there is snow on the ground and the night temperature are below freezing.

Springtime Trail Etiquette

TVTAP strives to constantly provide quality groomed trails for you to enjoy.  The weather this time of year provides a significant challenge with dramatic melt/freeze cycles, rain, and potentially heavy snowfall.  You can help us save some time and energy by not contributing to more trail damage.
Walkers- If you must walk on the groomed trail, please do so along the edge, not up the middle.  If your fat bike is leaving a rut or punching through the hard pack it will become a frozen rutted hazard that we will not likely be able to erase anytime soon.  Ride in the morning when the trails are firm.
Dogs- if you must poop on the trail, please tell your owner to clean it up.  This doesn’t mean putting it in a bag and leaving it trailside for someone else to deal with.  
Crust Cruising- Know where you are.  TVTAP has worked hard to establish access for our winter trail corridors.  Please avoid big game winter range areas (Teton Canyon off trail) and respect private property.  Many of our groomed trails are located on private property and skiing off trail could be considered trespassing.    

TVTAP wants to continue to provide you with quality ski trails in Teton Valley.  Your support for our organization allows us to keep these trails groomed regularly and without fees.  If you are enjoying any of our trails, please consider donating at https://tvtap.org/shop/.

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  1. For the most up to date grooming conditions and trail closures visit https://tvtap.org/nordic-grooming/

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