Snowshoe Trip Report: Oxbow Bend, GTNP

We had a wonderful Sunday afternoon snowshoe along the Snake near the Oxbow!  Hard enough crust to stay on top with warm enough temperatures for one of our group to wear shorts! 

We were treated to a viewing of 3 otters swimming, diving, eating, romping and playing along and on the opposite shore as they moved upstream for a quarter mile.  Magical! -Kathy 


Grooming Schedules and End of Season Grooming Dates

Looking for the What’s groomed When? End of Season last grooming dates?

For the latest Nordic and Fat biking Trail grooming info: 
* Via email: Subscribe to Trail Condition Reports via email. Choose Daily Reports or select any day(s) you wish to receive the report (choice of any day(s) of the week). Sign up on JHNordic Home page. 
* Via web: check when you need it:  The full JH Nordic Daily Trail Report is posted at blog.jhnordic.com/category/nordic-trail-reports/ -shows What’s groomed today, and the latest grooming report from each trail groomer.
Grooming Schedule  – full weekly schedule chart – plan your ski, snowshoe, fat bike outing -latest info on seasonal trail last grooming day. jhnordic.com/grooming/

End of season grooming dates: 
Turpin Meadow Ranch: last grooming day: Sunday March 7th (trails remain open after, but not groomed) 
Grand Teton National Park -Teton Park Road -Taggart to Signal Mtn -last grooming day: Friday March 19th 
* Teton Co/Jackson Parks & Rec grooming – Cache Creek & Game Creek -April 1st, other county trails: mid-late March TBD 
Teton Pines Nordic -mid-late March -TBD 
Trail Creek Nordic – 31st March 
Grand Targhee Nordic – Sat April 10th -last day grooming 

Remember to Recreate Responsibly, keeping 6 ft + social distance, do not crowd any area, stay home if you are sick, or exposed, wear a buff (doubled or tripled) or dry face mask when near others. We owe this respect to our community! 

And a big shout-out to our community groomers! Our unsung heroes of our winter trails recreation !! Thanks to each and everyone supporting our grooming!!


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Trail Creek

Last Updated: 3/15
Uh-Oh!
The trusty Pisten Bully wasn’t quite so trustworthy last night when the bracket that holds the cylinder that controls the tillage depth cracked.  The good news is that it should be a relatively easy fix once a willing welder can be located.  Before the breakdown the close field area did receive substantial grooming with some new features in preparation for a busy practice schedule today.  The Ginzu was called into action with ok results in the fields later in the evening.

Speaking of breakdowns, this would be a great time to mention that we’re hoping to buy a new Pisten Bully that will hopefully be much more reliable.  If you haven’t already done so, we would love your support!  Click the image below and you can add your support to the growing campaign.

Groomer’s choice for today is a new Pisten Bully.


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Last Updated: 3/13
The levee and stilson are groomed and will be fast and firm this morning before it starts melting. I could not set new classic track at the levee because it is too firm. Stilson’s new classic track is very shallow. The school fields will be done around 11:00

Spring Update: 3/8
The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department (TCJPR) grooming activities will continue past March 15, 2021.  Grooming efforts through the Parks Division is supported in part by grant funding through Wyoming State Parks, Historic Site, & Trail through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant.  The funding for that ends on March 15th each year.  

The plan as of today is continue grooming all locations.  Valley locations will be evaluated weekly starting on March 15th , with an update every Friday on status.  Backcountry locations, Cache and Game Creek, will be groomed through April 1st at which point we will evaluate those locations.  

Thanks to TCJPR for extending their grooming season and community winter trail recreation!!


Cache Creek

Last Updated: 2/20
We rolled Cache Hagen Sidewalk and Hagen Highway this evening and will snowshoe the trails near the trailhead this weekend.

Grooming provided by Friends of Pathways.


Teton Pines Nordic

Last Updated: 3/11
The sun is out and the snow is still good! 9am-12pm should provide the best conditions for classic and skate conditions are good all day. As the temps warm over the next few days expect soft conditions in the afternoon. Closing is next Saturday—March 20. 

We still have a good selection of spring gloves, spring hats, touring boots, small classic touring skis, and large (190cm) BC touring skis.  All pants and jackets are 20% off and we have a small selection in most sizes still available. 

Trip Report: Thursday March 11th update:
Teton Pines Nordic is skiing beautifully! We skated skied on nicely groomed corduroy around 11:30-1:00, and tested the crust. Just firm enough, and will get better with sunny days, cold nights.
Classic tracks are well set, nice and smooth for the perfect glide. Snow has good purchase thanks to daily grooming. Highly recommended .
Oh, and be alert for a moose or 2. We saw one well off the trail, but they love the willows, need lots of space!

Call us for specific retail questions (307) 699-3394 or tetonpinesxc@gmail.com. Our hours are 9am-4pm daily.

Shooting Star

Last Updated: 3/15
Spring conditions will continue to be the theme all week. Warm temperatures and sunny skis are forecasted through Friday, followed by a potential rain/snow mix over the weekend. Overall, conditions should ski great! Reminder that trails will be icy in the morning, softer around lunchtime, and potentially slushy in the afternoon. Also, the depth & quality of the classic tracks will be inconsistent due to the icier profile. Enjoy!
Next Update 3/22

Please See the following Restrictions:

  • Dog Loops & All Nordic Skiing Trails OPEN
  • Sled Hill OPEN
  • Classic Tracks SET
  • Snow Shoeing Loop OPEN
  • Casual Walking & Trail Running Not Permitted

Grand Teton National Park

Last Updated: 3/14
Beautiful morning out in the Park!


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Last Updated: 3/8
While Turpin Meadow Ranch is officially closed, we would like to recognize some highlights from our perspective this winter:

  • all of the folks who came to Turpin to try Nordic skiing for their first time ever
  • all of the joy that was shared which inspired a new term for skis: “giggle sticks”
  • a strong interest and participation in our lessons and tours from the community
  • guests posting their adventures at Turpin on their social media
  • people flagging down the groomer to share their gratitude
  • and the biggest compliment of all is when folks tell their friends to go to Turpin “because it’s my favorite place to cross country ski!”

From all the Nordic team at Turpin, the managers, groomers, instructors and guides, we’d like to say thank you to the Nordic community who made this winter season so memorable. We are already looking forward to next winter and the opportunity to facilitate the ski adventure of your dreams.

https://www.turpinmeadowranch.com/the-ranch/live-conditions/
https://www.turpinmeadowranch.com | 307.543.2000, office


Grand Targhee

Last Updated: 3/13
Cross Country/Fat Bike 15k: XC OPEN (Last groomed 3/13/2021, Fat Bike CLOSED.

Trail Etiquette: Please keep your dogs leashed in the parking lot and be sure to clean up after them!


Alta Track

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday
Last Updated: 3/14
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Sunday: waited for warmer temps this PM to reset classic on all loops. It came out reasonably well, better than it was. Then made a pass down the middle of the skate lane. The track is firm with an inch of wet snow on top — still in good shape!

Please do not park in the library parking lot. Please be sure to keep your dogs on a leash and to clean up after them.


Driggs

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 3/15
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set
Used weighted drag to smooth out deep footprints on skate track. No classic track is set.


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 3/15
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set
I attempted to evening groom but the snow is far too soft. I left the track alone. We’ll try again in cooler temperatures.


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Last Updated: 3/15
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Monday afternoon: Reset both classic and skate tracks while snow was soft. Both turned out well, and should still be in fairly decent shape tomorrow.


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Last Updated: 3/14
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
TVTAP has some equipment maintenance that needs to be addressed before we can groom again. Standby for updates. Current report: Campground loop skate track and classic track were groomed Sat evening. Yeti’s was not groomed due to frozen conditions.

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Springs Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Last Updated: 3/12
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set | Singletrack: Not Set
Let me apologize for the poor quality trail this past week. We have had equipment problems and have not been able to groom since Monday. On Monday the Bronze Buffalo Club used a demo snowcat to groom the Nordic trail. Unfortunately, the snow turned isothermic (rotten) that day. As a result, the snowcat struggled and left some rather undesirable grooming. Now, everything is frozen and very difficult to improve with our snowmobile equipment. I suggest skiing at a different venue, or skiing with extreme caution. We will put effort into grooming when conditions are favorable. Stay tuned…

No dogs allowed.


Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 3/13
Singletrack: Set
All of the single track trails are rider packed. All the trails are in relatively good condition with the exception of animal tracks. It is getting a little icy out there after the freeze-thaw cycle and soft in the middle of the day. Your best times are early and late. I was able to use the single track drag on Nemo, Powerline and upper Lady slipper to try to fill in the ruts and animal tracks. I was only moderately successful at doing so. Enjoy the ride.

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Darby Canyon

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 3/11
Darby groomed to end of road. 


South Leigh Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 3/3
Grooming 3/3/2021


Pinnacle Trail

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 2/26
Groomed to upper meadows – 2/25

JH Nordic Masters Recreational Clinic – Skate Ski Technique

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021
Trail Creek Nordic, Trail Creek Road (off Hwy 22), Wilson
11am-12:30pm

Join the JH Ski Club coaches for our final Skate ski Masters clinic of the season. Learn and practice your skate ski technique, perfect for making the most of late season crust-cruising, final month of groomed trails, training tips for the Pole-Pedal-Paddle Race on April 10th. Drop -in fee: $35 -includes a full day Nordic ski pass to Trail Creek , supporting the JH Ski Club Nordic youth ski program and grooming.  BYO mask – and lunch & drink -to ski after the clinic ! And check out Sam-the Truck!  Sign Up online here

Skate Ski Clinic -Tips, Technique, Fun! Work on your V1, V2, balance, form, fitness. Coaches are provided by the JH Ski Club  

All welcome (no beginners)
Drop-in $35 (includes Trail Creek Nordic day pass -proceeds to to the JH Ski Club Nordic youth program)


Wydaho Ride Groomed Winter Challenge with Kait Boyle

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2021 10:59 PM

Ride our favorite fat biking trails to help fundraise for grooming machines for TVTAP and Friends of Pathways: March 6th to March 27th
Nordic skiers can participate and contribute too! Who doesn’t like a perfectly groomed winter trail?!

To participate, you must also donate to one of the following organizations and attach a photo for proof of donation to your RideWithGPS activity:

Teton Valley Trails and Pathways
Friends of Pathways
Skyliners Motor Club (mail check to PO Box 552 Driggs 83422)


Karen Oatey Pole-Pedal-Paddle (PPP)
Hosted by JH Ski & Snowboard Club

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021

Bring your own Team or compete as an individual. Join this fun-filled muli-sport community favorite event, or cheer on friends and family! Competitive or just for fun, family event. Prizes.

Event honors Karen Oatey and the Karen Oatey Endowment, and benefits JH Ski & Snowboard Club youth ski programs and scholarships.



We’d love to hear about your outdoor adventures, what your doing to stay healthy, safe, respectful of community health guidelines – send pictures or post on FB and Insta – #JHNordic

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