Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures: At the Intersection of Wildlife Advocacy, Winter Recreation, and Tour Operation

Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures is a wildlife cross country ski and snowshoe tour operator in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks that has been operating for 12 years. For 365 days of the year, they run a variety of snowshoe and cross country ski tours and road-based wildlife tours for all ability levels that seek to connect visitors and give them a deeper experience with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In the winter, most of the tours run in Grand Teton National Park.


Masters Clinics Return This Week

Join Scott Horn this Thursday Jan 7th, for the the third of eight in the clinic series featuring classic XC ski. Sessions run bi-weekly from 11:00am – 12:30pm at Teton Pines through March 18th, alternating between skate skiing and classic cross-country.


Teton Ridge Classic – Jan 9th

Saturday, January 9th is drawing near, bringing the 18th annual Ridge Classic with it. The Grand Targhee based event benefits both Teton Valley Trails and Pathways and the Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation. The race will start at 10 am, with the 24km, 14km, and 7km races starting at intervals separated by 20 seconds. Individual start times will be emailed to registered participants on Friday before the race.

Race packet pickup 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday night before the race at Streubel Physical Therapy (285 East Little Ave) in Driggs, and from 8:00 – 9:45 AM at the race start on race day. Masks will be required for packet pick up at Streubel PT and at check in on race morning. Curbside pick-up is also available at Streubel PT on Friday night. There is no race day registration. Results will be posted online and at the start/finish area as they become available on race day.

This year we will not be having a post-race lunch and awards ceremony due to COVID precautions. The price of the event has been lowered to reflect this.

There will be 2 self-serve aid stations out on the course with small individual bottled water and individual packets of energy gel/Hammer Gel. There will be no handouts of drink or gels at the aid stations. Aid stations will have volunteers re-suppling drinks and gels on the aid station tables.

For course distances and descriptions, click here. For registration information and other details, click here.

Trail Creek Nordic

Last Updated: 1/4

Plenty to Do!
A whole lot more snow than was expected fell overnight with about 6 inches covering the trails at Trail Creek.  This abundance of glorious white stuff did require the utilization of the roller for initial grooming passes this morning although the Ginzu groomer was called to duty for the finishing touches.  What happened was that all trails except for the National Forest received double roller passes then the Ginzu placed a quite nice classic track throughout the network.  Finally the Ginzu did additional skate grooming throughout the fields.  

You’ll find over 10 K of nice classic tracks and skate lanes today although it will be a bit on the soft side.  Forecasts call for a big dump tonight so anticipate additional rolling Tuesday morning. 

Forecasts also call for the Pisten Bully to be returned to service by Tuesday afternoon so hopefully by Wednesday catching up and really tip top skiing should be in order.  Don’t forget that part of the trails will be closed Friday and Saturday for our next race.  The race course map will be posted tomorrow.

Groomer’s choice for today is to enjoy all the recent snowy bounty in the fields. 


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Last Updated: 1/2
Stilson is groomed and in good shape; although it’s filling in quickly with new snow. The school fields will not be groomed today since Cache Creek was groomed in its place. It still should ski decently though. Grooming will resume Monday with Cache up to noker mine draw.

Skate skiing and some 4-legged exercise was found on the Wilson Centennial Trail, with groomed laps to be had at Stilson as well. It was groomed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.


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: 1/2
The course continues to ski great despite our below normal snowpack. Snowier weather is in the forecast for over the next several days, with the highest totals falling around Monday. Please, be aware that drifting may occur if the winds pick up during the storms. Overall, the trails should be very enjoyable and provide plenty of fun for welcoming in the New Year. Next Update will be on Tuesday. Enjoy!  

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: 1/4
Due to predicted high winds and snow, there was not grooming on Sunday. Grooming is set to resume Tuesday 1/5 as long as the weather allows.

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: 1/4
After several fresh inches of snow last night everything groomed out fantastically. The skate lane is going to be a little on the soft side, but the classic track will be very fun! I saw several cow moose and one bull on the riverside loop this morning, come see some wildlife! Bring your dog! 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 (see link below). As always, remember to recreate responsibly. Bring a mask as it is required to enter the lodge. Lunch and dinner are both by reservation only.
https://www.turpinmeadowranch.com/adventures/winter-adventures/
https://www.turpinmeadowranch.com/the-ranch/live-conditions/
https://www.turpinmeadowranch.com 307.543.2000, office
Cheers, Gabe Hassan


Grand Targhee

Last Updated: 1/3
Cross Country/Fat Bike 15k: XC OPEN (Last groomed 1/2/2020), 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: 1/3
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Sunday: Plan to get early start this morning. Will reset both skate and classic tracks. Finish by 830am.

Please do not park in the library parking lot.


Driggs

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 1/4
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set
Smoothed our nicely. Skiing should be excellent.


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 1/4
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Not Set
Whoops, got days mixed up but am heading out now and should be done before 11.


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Last Updated: 1/4
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Monday: Plan to use the Ginzu to reset both skate and classic tracks this morning. Finish by 9:30am.


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Last Updated: 1/4
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Going to begin around 5 this evening and have it ready for tomorrow.

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Springs Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Last Updated: 1/4
Skate: Set | Classic: Set | Singletrack: Set
Skate and Classic reset this morning. Single track is firming up nicely.

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: 1/4
Singletrack: Not Set
We are keeping an eye on the weather and will likely groom the singletrack Tuesday evening or Wednesday. Stay tuned…

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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