Nordic Notes

A racer skates by at the Pinedale Stampede.

Interludes of snow and sunny weather continue to offer great opportunities for all kinds of skiing.

The second annual Pinedale Stampede, open to skiers of all ages, both competitive and recreational, will be taking place this Saturday. What a great opportunity for competitive skiers to stretch their wings. The race is at White Pine Ski Resort, just a little over an hour from Jackson. Register and find details at at PinedaleAquatic.com/stampede.

Tech Tip of the Week

So, you are into the sport and now own both skate and classic gear. The question naturally becomes: To skate or classic ski? The answer is: Both! Varying skate ski and classic sessions provides a variety of benefits.

First, the body movements involved in skate and classic skiing are slightly different. Thus you are working different muscle groups. That allows for cross training and improved overall muscle fitness.

Second, weather and conditions change often. Some days are better for skate skiing, and some for classic.

Third, winters are long in Jackson Hole. Despite the fact we love to ski, doing the same thing day after day can get stale. It is good for your head to keep things fresh by alternating skate and classic days. (Also remember to also alternate where you ski; there are so many options.)

Last, skiing is all about weight transfer. I find that classic skiing can help with skating, and skating with classic in this regard. By doing both you can set yourself up with the skills to do either.

— Courtesy of Scott Horn

Scott Horn conducts a Masters Clinic biweekly at Teton Pines. Check out the next one, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 4, which will focus on classic skiing.

Grooming Reports

Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton County Public Trails

With excellent opportunities for both skate and classic skiing, Teton County public trails are great this week. They are so great, in fact, that crowding may occasionally become an issue. Please remember to maintain social distancing in the parking areas and while passing other trail users.

Dogs must be leashed in the Cache Creek trailhead, the Game Creek trailhead, the first 1.3 miles of the Game Creek trail and the entire Putt-Putt trail out of the Nelson trailhead in East Jackson. Remember to avoid parking directly in front or behind the grooming trailer.

Grooming schedule

Monday: Cache Creek to Noker Mine

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: High School Fields, Emily’s Pond Levee, Wilson Centennial Pathway

Wednesday, Friday: Cache Creek, Wayne May Park, Game Creek, South Park Pathway

Grand Teton National Park

Skiing should be smooth and fast this week on grooming days. On snow days, get out early for the groomed trails. Be ready to break trail in fresh snow off trail. Cross-country skiing, skate skiing, walking and snowshoeing are permitted on the groomed trails; recreationists are reminded to use the designated tracks for the appropriate uses. Dogs are permitted only in the multiuse lane (west side) of Teton Park Road trail (Taggart to Signal) and on the Moose-Wilson road trail, road section only, no side trails. Dogs must be on leash at all times to protect wildlife.

Grooming schedule: Tuesday and Sunday, Taggart trailhead to Jenny Lake via Teton Park Road; Friday, Taggart to Signal Mountain via Teton Park Road round trip.

Trail Creek Nordic

Snow has continued to accumulate at Trail Creek, bringing totals well above average. Check out the annual snowy cabin edition of the grooming report online for a great comparison to previous years. The Nordic X Course, a traditional fun diversion for those in search of excitement, will be reconstructed as soon as the PistenBully is resurrected, hopefully this week.

Daily trail passes are available for $15 each, payable at the cabin or online at JHSkiClub.org/trail-creek. Groomed daily.

Please consider supporting the Trail Creek PistenBully campaign. The current model is showing its age, and it’s time to upgrade to ensure the perfect corduroy that skiers know and love. JHSkiClub.org/support/cat-campaign.

Turpin Meadow Ranch

Turpin has beautiful trails this week. Conditions may be a bit soft following snowfall events on Tuesday and Friday but, with colder nighttime temperatures, skating should shape up throughout the week — just in time for the next big snowstorm.

To help with social distancing and to get on the trails faster, please purchase trail passes and sign waivers online in advance at TurpinMeadowRanch.com, where you can also check out the Ranch Cam. Masks are required to enter the Lodge. Groomed daily.

Snake River Sporting Club

Snake River Sporting Club offers great opportunities for skiers nearer to Hoback than to Jackson. Recently reopened, if you’ve never checked it out, this might be a good week to give it a try. Groomed daily.

Teton Pines Nordic

Conditions at Teton Pines are good enough to make groomers wax poetic. Don’t let their effort be in vain — go check out the Pines. As usual, the Pines is an especially excellent location for skate skiing.

Indoor facilities remain closed due to the pandemic, but rentals and retail are still available outside. No snowshoeing or dogs are allowed on the trails.

Groomed daily. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shooting Star Nordic Trails

Shooting Star is a great place for visitors to Teton Village to Nordic ski for the first (or 50th) time. Dog-friendly loops, rentals and retail are available. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groomed daily.

Teton Village Pathway

Groomed periodically and offers an excellent place for exercise near Teton Village. Fat Bikers and skiers can also use it to commute. If traffic congestion is getting you down, this might be the perfect alternative.

Teton Valley, Idaho

Grand Targhee Nordic

With substantial amounts of snow, and relatively cold temperatures keeping conditions fluffy, trails may be somewhat soft this week, especially prior to the weekend. Classic skiing should remain great, so skiers might want to stick to that until trails harden.

Remember to clean up after your dogs and keep them leashed in the parking lot.

Groomed Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Alta Track

Alta Track has plenty of snow this week. Do not park in the library parking lot. Groomed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Driggs Track

Driggs Track will be great this week, with the sledding hill rolled on Monday. Groomed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Sherman Park

Sherman Park is still getting a few bonus groomings depending on weather conditions. Groomed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Teton Canyon

All tracks have been reset and should be in excellent condition. Please keep dogs leashed for the first 100 yards of the trails. Groomed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Southern Valley Nordic

Southern Valley is looking forward to yet another excellent week. Get out and give it a try. No dogs from Dec. 1 to April 15. Groomed Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Teton Springs Nordic

The groomer’s hard effort has brought back ideal conditions and Teton Springs is a great place to try this week. No dogs allowed. Groomed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Pinnacle Trail, Darby Canyon, S. Leigh Road

All of the above trails have been groomed recently, and may offer fun, less-trafficked options for classic skiers and fat bikers. Groomed as needed.

Fat Bike Reports

This should be a fantastic week for fat biking, with cold hard trails available throughout the area.

Try the Teton Springs singletrack or Emily’s Pond levee.

Grand Targhee singletrack may be open this week, depending on conditions. Check online before setting out, but gaps in snowy weather may finally offer the opportunity for singletrack to settle down and open.

Southern Valley Singletrack: Conditions were very soft as of the last grooming report, but as snow settles and hardens, this trail will open again.

5th Street Singletrack: Be sure to give the groomer a chance to buff out any new snow before riding, and a few hours more for snow to set. After that, expect nothing but smooth riding.

See JHNordic.com for all trail maps and descriptions, dog access, driving directions, and daily trail grooming reports.

—Gannett Swan

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