Snake River Sporting Club Nordic Trails Open

Looking for a new groomed trail network with scenic views of the Snake River? The Snake River Sporting Club opens today, Saturday Jan 2nd, to the public.

Check out the “Front Nine” and “Back Nine” trails here. After skiing, be sure to explore the hot springs as well. Click here to reserve your spot at the hot springs.


Fat Biking With Teton Mountain Bike Tours

Teton Mountain Bike Tours had huge summer and fall tour participation, and it appears that the winter will follow suit. If you’re planning on booking a fat bike tour this winter, it’s best to do so sooner rather than later. TMBT has fat bikes in various sizes included with their winter tours. TMBT also offers Fat Bike Rentals, allowing you to explore and experience Jackson’s snow-packed trails, roads, and pathways on your own. 

With help from Chris Owen at Friends of Pathways and David Hunger from Teton Mountain Bike Tours, we have put together information on operation updates, gear recommendations, and responsible recreation for fat biking this winter.


Weekend Highlight

Your update on all things JH Nordic from this week, in one place.


Winter Service Update from Parks and Rec

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department continues to work with local partners and the community to provide winter outdoor opportunities.

Staff has finally been able to groom everything including South Park Loop for the first time today. It is a bit thin but in good shape.

Due to the New Year’s Holiday Cache Creek will be groomed on Saturday January 2nd.

The High School Complex is a bit thin but was groomed on Thursday. It will be groomed again on Tuesday. Due to the Holiday, South Park Loop Pathway and May Park will not be groomed again until next Wednesday. Please continue to check the website and/or Twitter feed (@TCJPRGrooming) for the most up to date information on conditions.


Nature Update

Provided by Cathy Shill founder of The Hole Hiking Experience www.holehike.com/

“On these vast, calm, measureless mountain days…Days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.” -John Muir

During the winter, periods of sun usually means frigid valley temperatures in Jackson Hole. The warmth of the sun heats the earth and this heat rises trapping the cold, denser air in the Jackson valley. This frigid air remains trapped by the mountains that encircle Jackson Hole until a change in weather. Our preferred weather forecast is by local meteorologist, Jim Woodmency, at Mountain Weather and it’s always good to compare with NOAA or a different resource.

Temperatures can plummet well below zero overnight. Being active helps generate heat so snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or fat biking are great options with proper layers and preparation. It is amazing how warm the sun can feel on these cold days.  You also can’t beat the views, the blue sky and the beauty of winter. On an afternoon walk, we saw a paraglider taking advantage of the calm air and blue sky to go for a ride. Looks fun!

Deep valley snow has yet to accumulate so animals continue to move. Once snow deepens, they will settle to conserve energy. Always nice to start the day with a drive to look for wildlife giving the sun time to rise and begin to heat the valley. On the back of the Elk Refuge, you can often see the Big Horn Sheep on Miller Butte. It is a winter territory for the sheep and easily seen from the road. Quite important to NOT let them lick your vehicles. The salt on our cars is not good for any wildlife. 

We have also enjoyed wildlife sightings on the drive north towards Grand Teton Park on Highway 89/191. Trumpeter swans, eagles, ravens, coyotes, fox, deer, elk and moose have all been seen.  Such fun to live in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem where the web of life is connected. Each day has the potential of amazing wildlife and beauty. Squirrel tracks can be seen in the snow in front of the Tetons in this photo. Reading the scene is a fun part of a nature excursion.

Busy holiday time with lots of happy clients. All of us are grateful to share such beauty and inspiration on our tours. You can’t beat time with a naturalist to connect to an area and deepen your understanding. Here’s to 2021 and the New Year ahead. May it bring peace and ease for us all and the connectedness we need to reach our true potential.  

The Hole Hiking Experience has been sharing this Ecosystem for over 30 years. Join us to get off the beaten track, find wildlife and the warm parts of Jackson Hole.  www.holehike.com 307.690.4453

Trail Creek Nordic

Last Updated: 1/1

Happy New Year!

We made it, 2021 has arrived! What better thing to do on the first day of a promising new year than to go on a great Nordic ski and what better place to do that than at Trail Creek!

If you make it out today you will find that almost all trails received at least two skate passes with the Ginzu groomer resulting in some really nice, if perhaps a bit soft skiing.  Classic tracks were untouched today but are also mostly in nice shape.  Temps were in the Nordic sweet zone of around 20ºF with steady very light snow not really amounting to much of anything.

Look for a total reset of classic tracks when the snow totals move into the 2 inch range.

There was a bit of a bonus experience today when Jumbo and Lopsided decided to put on a bit of a sparring match near Sam the Truck.  Jumbo was basically showing Lopsided to stay in his place. Watch the video!

Groomer’s choice for today is a long tour through the snowy New Year woods!


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Last Updated: 12/31
The school fields are groomed and in ok shape. Grass is showing through in a few areas but should still ski ok. Grooming will resume on Saturday because of the holiday with Cache, the levee, and stilson. The normal schedule will resume on Monday.

The levee is groomed and should be firm and fast today. Stilson will be done around 9:45.


Teton Pines Nordic

Last Updated: 12/30
Daily grooming, wide corduroy skate ski lanes with well defined classic tracks make for excellent ski conditions. Skate and classic cross country ski/ boots/ pole rentals. All service is outside, so come dressed to ski.

We still have lots of nordic gear in our shop if you need to pick up some last minute gifts for the nordic skiers on your list! We currently have a good selection of sizes in skate  gear ( skis/boots/poles) but our classic gear is currently in short supply. We are expecting a small shipment of classic skis around Jan 1. We have a great selection and supply of hats, jackets, pants, socks and gloves by Daehlie, Skida, and Swix. If you want to explore Grand Teton NP and the Jackson Hole area on xc skis, we carry the must have xc ski trail guidebook for our region in the shop:  https://www.facebook.com/SkiYellowstone

Please call or email Cody for more details: (307) 733-1733 or tetonpinesxc@gmail.com


Shooting Star

Last Updated: 12/31
The final day of 2020 is here! The trails are in great shape and groomed out nicely after last night’s light snow. Expect enjoyable conditions again Friday.  Outlook is for a new storm cycle to begin this weekend and linger through next week. Next update will be this Saturday 1/2/2021. Enjoy the skiing and Happy New Years!

Please See the following  Restrictions

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

Teton Village Pathway

Last Updated: 12/23
Teton village pathway – from Lake Creek Bridge north to the end of bike path/GTNP south entrance groomed today. Thanks to JHMR for the grooming and Teton Village Association for making it happen!


Grand Teton National Park

Last Updated: 12/29

Grand Teton Park Foundation has provided the following modifications to the grooming schedule for Teton Park Road over the holidays:

Friday 1/1 — No grooming.
Sunday 1/3 — Grooming 4x to South Jenny
Tuesday 1/5 Grooming to Signal Mountain AND 4x to South Jenny
[Back to regular schedule after 1/5]

Remember that dogs must be on leash, and are only allowed on the groomed trail in the section of GTNP. Please consider making a donation to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation for funding winter grooming -one of our most iconic trails. For bonus points, note “Nordic grooming” on your donation so we can track the involvement from our invested community members!


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Last Updated: 12/31
We reset all classic track and skate lanes this morning! We received about an inch of soft, fluffy snow overnight and it laid down beautifully underneath the Ginzu groomer. Our trails are looking great for the weekend and for THE NEW YEAR! Come on out and ski or fat bike with us. Come try our fat bike single track! Don’t forget to bring your dog! SEE YOU IN 2021!!!

To help with social distancing and to get you on the trails faster please purchase your trail passes and sign your waivers online in advance. To keep an eye on live conditions, check out the webcams here.   


Grand Targhee

Last Updated: 1/1
Cross Country/Fat Bike 15k: XC OPEN (Last groomed 12/31/2020, Fat Bike OPEN.

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: 12/31
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Set
Just finished up the Thursday morning groom of the Alta Track (9am). Cleaned up the skate track and reset some of the classic track where it was possible. About a half inch of snow had fallen on the track since my start and it is continuing to snow. Happy New Year!

Please do not park in the library parking lot.


Driggs

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 1/1
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set
Took multiple passes Friday evening with drag and blade. Smoothing out track anticipating new snow. The Main Driggs track is still early conditions, but in good shape for Skate or Classic skiing. With more snow coming we will be able to set classic track soon. Enjoy skiing in town.


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 1/1
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Hot off the press for 2021 🎊🥳, Sherman Park with the fresh groom. The skate and classic track have been reset and are in fantastic condition. Start racking up your 2021 miles with smiles. The singletrack has been reset. Enjoy the ride & glide.


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Last Updated: 1/1
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Friday: Plan to reset both skate and classic tracks this morning. Both should turn out well. Finish by 930am.


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Last Updated: 12/30
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Will begin grooming tomorrow morning, around 630. Should have it cleaned up for a Happy New Year!

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Springs Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Last Updated: 1/1
Skate: Set | Classic: Set | Singletrack: Set
Teton Springs skate and classic tracks were groomed and set on Friday evening and the two singletrack trails have been reset. Enjoy the ride and glide!

No dogs allowed.


5th Street Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 1/1
Singletrack: Set
Friday night – Happy New Year! 5th St. is ridden in and is rolling well. A little slippery if you get off the track but fun and fast if you stay on course. Go ride!


Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/27
Singletrack: Set
The entire Southern Valley singletrack system has a fresh haircut. We groomed everything: Happy Hour, Nemo, Hillbenders, Upper and lower Lady Slipper and Pole Canyon to the trailhead. Enjoy the ride!

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Darby Canyon

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/30
Some grooming has already occurred in Darby Canyon. We plan to begin grooming on a more regular schedule starting January 6th.


JH Nordic Recreation Masters Clinics

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7th | TETON PINES
The third of eight in the clinic series featuring classic XC ski. Sessions run bi-weekly from 11:00am – 12:30pm through March 18th, alternating between skate skiing and classic cross-country.


Teton Ridge Classic

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9TH | GRAND TARGHEE
The 18th annual Ridge Classic benefits both Teton Valley Trails and Pathways and Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation. The race will start at 10 am. The 24, 14, and 7 km races will be intervals starts separated by 20 seconds. Individual start times will be emailed to registered participants on Friday before the race.


CANCELLED
JH Nordic Alliance Annual Free Nordic Ski, Fat Bike, Snowshoe Event

Based on our goal to Recreate Responsibly, the JH Nordic Alliance has decided to cancel this season’s Annual Free Winter Trails Nordic, Fat Bike and Snowshoe Event. Stay tuned for January 2022! In the meantime, we encourage you to get out safely, responsibly, wear a mask, keep your groups small, and space out!


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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