Warm weather continues this week with a chance of weekend snow. Get out and enjoy the sunshine before the tracks become too soft. You’ll want to time your skiing and fat biking between icy mornings and slushy late afternoons. Below is the most up-to-date list of grooming end dates for the season:
March 11: Last day for grooming and services at Turpin Meadow Ranch
March 15: Last day for Teton Park Road grooming
March 22: Last day for Teton Pines Nordic grooming
March 30: Last day for Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation trail grooming
March 30: Last day Trail Creek grooming
Grand Teton National Park
Plowing of the park road began this week. Please do not ski on the road that has not yet been plowed, because that trail is closed for the season. The News&Guide will alert people when the road reopens to bikes, walkers and other modes of human transport.
Though the road is closed there are still plenty of skier-tracked trails to enjoy such as Taggart Lake, Cottonwood Creek, Granite Canyon to Phelps Lake, Whitegrass Ranch, Two Ocean Lake and many more. Search “Grand Teton NP” under “regions” on JHNordic.com/trails. Bears have been reported to be emerging from hibernation in northern Teton park, so be bear aware and bring bear spray.
Crust-cruising in the park is not yet ready for prime time, but snow coverage is excellent, and setting up to be a superb season across all those wide-open spaces. Stay tuned via blog.JHNordic.com.
Mostly sunny weather is predicted for the week with some possible rain and snow predicted for the weekend. Snowpack is still at record highs in the valley but is beginning to slowly melt. Early morning conditions are icy, with softening throughout the day. Avalanche hazard is now low with mostly stable snowpack conditions.
Grooming of the Cache and Game Creek areas has been extended through March 30. Moose sightings are still common along the Cache Creek trail, so be extra cautious, especially if you have a dog with you. Always keep your dog within site while recreating. Road conditions to the Cache Creek trailhead are becoming challenging. Two-wheel-drive vehicles are not recommended. Be extra cautious on the narrow and steep section of the road because it is difficult for vehicles to pass along some sections of the road.
Bridger-Teton and county public trails
Cache Creek, Game Creek: The trails at Cache and Game Creek are groomed Wednesdays and Fridays, with Cache and Upper Cache groomed Mondays, weather permitting. Grooming will finish March 30, thanks to extended efforts by the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department. Both are groomed and in great shape.
Emily’s Pond, Stilson, Wilson Centennial: Both were groomed yesterday. The classic tracks are shallow, but the skate lanes should be firm and fast. Good firm conditions for both skiing and biking. Grooming will continue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until March 30.
While both areas are dog-friendly, we urge you to pick up after your pet and use the clean-up bag stations.
A reminder: Be respectful of and alert to wildlife on all trails. Keep your dogs close or on a leash, and give wildlife the space they require, especially at this time of year.
Parks and Rec has begun to clear sections of county pathways from Skyline to Emily’s Pond and South Park loop for spring access. Watch for variable surfaces, from asphalt to icy patches.
Turpin Meadow Ranch: The last day for grooming at Turpin was March 11. Skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing are still permitted. Trails have plenty of snow, but keep in mind that the lodge is closed.
Nordic Center trails
Trail Creek: This week the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club groomer at Trail Creek is focusing on bringing back woods trails that had been abandoned due to the recent racing agenda. You will discover lots of fresh tracks with some trails a little soft and some a little firm, but all in all some nice skiing. The fields were largely untouched as of Sunday, but as the days warm up in the afternoons, they should ski nicely.
Grooming is tentatively scheduled to continue through March 30, although the intensity will drop off somewhat for the last two weeks. Weather forecasts call for substantial warming, which could result in afternoon grooming later in the week. The time of year to watch the thermometer for planning your ski outing is upon us. The next scheduled grooming will be Tuesday morning and most likely Wednesday afternoon after that.
Dogs are not permitted except on the far western access (U.S. Forest Service portion). No fat bikes.
Teton Pines Nordic: Teton Pines will extend its grooming operations through Friday. The skate skiing at the Pines has been unbelievable. Classic cross-country tracks are firm and fast. Skate skiing is in the best condition of the season. The track is firm, smooth and unbeatable. Still time for a skate or classic cross-country ski lesson. Visit the Pines Facebook page or give them a call at 733-1733 for latest conditions.
Shooting Star Nordic trails: The black sand operation is complete at Shooting Star. Nordic conditions are amazing and should make for great skiing for days to come. Grooming will continue until the annual Pole Pedal Paddle race Saturday.
Teton Valley, Idaho
Grand Targhee: Beautiful weather at Targhee has made for great spring skiing under sunny skies and light winds. Nordic and fat bike trails were last groomed Tuesday. Check Targhee reports for up-to-date information. Status can change daily.
Teton Valley trails: Groomed by Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP.org). Trail will remain open and groomed for as long as conditions allow, with the exception of Teton Springs, which will begin preparations for golf season.
The conditions at the Alta track are looking good after a Ginzu of the skate lanes Monday. Almost all of the track is good apart from a few funky spots where the snow was still a little too soft. The classic track was not reset, because most of it was still in good shape. Trails are groomed Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.
The Driggs track is in great shape. Get out and ski in the beautiful weather. Grooming is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Sherman Park is groomed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The track is in great shape after a few touch-ups with the roller Monday. Get out and enjoy before it gets too warm. A friendly reminder from the groomer: Pick up after your dog.
The Teton Canyon skate track was reset Sunday, while the classic track was left alone because it was still in solid condition. The track should set up well overnight and be great in the morning. Grooming occurs Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
At Teton Springs the groomer reset the skate lane Sunday. Tracks are a little beat up but should still be quite good. Grooming occurs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Fifth Street singletrack is closed for wildlife. Please respect the closure until snow recedes.
Be informed about the snowpack and ski with a friend. Be cautious and alert when skiing under a steep slope due to avalanche conditions. Go online to jhavalanche.org for information on snow pack/avalanche awareness.
For information on grooming schedules visit JHNordic.com/grooming.
GPS maps of major winter trails can be found at JHNordic.com/Trails.