Early Skate Skiing Adventures, A Life Well-Lived in Jackson Hole

An Interview with Gwenn and Don Wadsworth

By Jessi Friedman for JH Nordic – Edited by N Leon Jessi -JH Nordic: I would love to hear about your own personal history, how you got interested in Nordic skiing, how you ended up in Jackson, becoming instructors, your story? Gwenn: So Don and I came here and taught at the high school a couple years, in ’79. It was really primitive education at that time and we came from big high schools in southern California–Don’s… Read More

Erich Wilbrecht: Former Olympian Who Loves Flying On Skis and Listening to the Birds in Jackson Hole

1992 Nordic Biathlon Olympian and Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Hall of Fame Honoree

A former Olympic biathlete and an inaugural member of the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Hall of Fame, Erich Wilbrecht is a Nordic force to be reckoned with.  Erich grew up on wildlife refuges and moved to Jackson at the age of 16 when his dad took the job managing the National Elk Refuge with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Erich grew up cross country running, and when Jackson didn’t have a cross… Read More

Scott Lacy: Grassroots-funded professional Nordic racer (and former Jackson Hole Ski Club Nordic coach)

Pursuit of a Passion for Nordic Ski Racing -Spectrum of Success

Though Scott Lacy grew up in a family full of alpine skiers, he was drawn to the Nordic community. He found that Nordic skiing was a different type of work than alpine skiing–one that required more long-term goal setting and achievement. In 5th grade, Scott won his first race. “[It] was probably just driven by a sugar high from hot chocolate,” he said, laughing. “But I had a great season, and I was [only] 11… Read More

Teton Valley Trails & Pathways (TVTAP): An Essential Part of Our Winter Recreation Landscape in Teton Valley

Dan Verbeten, Executive Director, fills us in on current projects and future challenges

For the past 22 years, Teton Valley Trails & Pathways (TVTAP) has worked to promote a trails and pathways connected community. In the summer, they focus on building and maintaining trails on both public and private lands in partnership with the US Forest Service (Caribou-Targhee and Bridger-Teton) and other stakeholders. In the winter, they groom a winter trail system for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and dog walking. Last year alone, they groomed over… Read More

Grand Teton National Park Foundation – Supporter of the most picturesque Nordic groomed trail in Jackson Hole and so much more!

GTNPF's Maddy Johnson shares the inside story

Grand Teton National Park Foundation (GTNPF) is the private fundraising partner for Grand Teton National Park. It was established in 1997 by a few Jackson Hole locals who thought the park needed a new visitor center. Without enough federal funding for the project, they decided to start a foundation to raise money. Ten years later, the new visitor’s center opened with funding from the GTNPF. 5 years later, GTNPF began funding Nordic grooming on the… Read More

CANCELLED FOR 2021 – JH Nordic Alliance’s 5th Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike, & Snowshoe Day –

By Design, Social Distancing Activities on Winter Trails

DUE TO HEALTH GUIDELINES AND OUR RESPECT FOR OUR COMMUNITY, THE JH NORDIC ALLIANCE HAVE CANCELLED OUR EVENT FOR THIS YEAR. INSTEAD, GET OUT WITH FAMILY OR YOUR HOUSEHOLD, ENJOY OUR WINTER TRAILS BY HUMAN POWER! FIND YOUR OWN TRAIL ON JHNORDIC.COM/TRAILS/ OR BOOK A TOUR FOR FAT BIKING, NORDIC SKIING, SNOWSHOEING -SEE LIST OF WINTER TOUR OPERATORS ON JHNORDIC.COM/RESOURCES/ Following the Teton County Public Health Guidelines: All activities are outdoors, in open spaces -Be… Read More

New Nordic Ski Gear to Look Out For 2020-2021

New metal edge and skin cross country skis, new easy wax make Nordic skiing even more fun!

Photo courtesy: Skinny Skis Winter is almost here!! It’s time for some gear to look out for this season. With help from Scott at Skinny Skis, here’s some gear that’s worth checking out this season.  Spray & Liquid Waxes. These are one of the biggest advancements in nordic gear in the past couple of years. They’re much more user-friendly than waxing with an iron, and, lucky for us, nearly all wax manufacturers have come out… Read More

Best Skate Skiing Trails in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley

From easy to challenging, Skate ski groomed trails in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley. Also, Grand Teton National Park offer variety from big Teton views to winding forest trails.

From easy to challenging, the Best Skate skiing trails in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley Click on the trail name to open up a GPS trail map, elevation profile, full trail description, how to get to the trailhead, and more.. Skate Skiing in Jackson Hole Explore skate skiing groomed trails in Jackson Hole with beautiful pinstripped snow with wide open spaces for those skate skis. Teton Pines Nordic Center 10 miles of flat, wide-open ski… Read More

Jackson Hole Nordic Recreational Masters Clinics -Classic Cross Country & Skate Ski – 20-21 Season

8 Fun clinics to improve your technique, fitness, enjoyment

Hosted by Masters Coach Scott Horn and Jackson Hole Ski Club Nordic team coaches, the clinics are back for Season 3! There will be 8 clinics every other week from 11am-12:30pm, starting on December 10th -March 18th, alternating skate skiing and classic cross-country.

Off-Season in Jackson Hole, April Edition

Spring in the Tetons Spring in the Tetons offers residents a wide range of outdoor activity as the temps begin to rise and areas previously buried under snow throughout the winter months become more accessible. Locals are all too familiar with how the spring weather can offset motivation to get outside if we happen to be in a muddy or rainy stretch, so we here at JH Nordic bring you a comprehensive list of ideas… Read More