Nordic Notes

The groomer makes a pass in the east fields at Trail Creek Nordic Center.

Windy weather early in the week has created some variable conditions out on the trails, but as the week continues, groomers are on top of it. Sunny weather and low overnight temperatures are the perfect recipe for great Nordic and fat biking conditions. There’s no time like the present to get out and enjoy all of our wonderfully groomed and fantastically scenic local trails.

Currently, avalanche danger is rated as low. While the snowpack is mostly stable, small pockets of soft wind slabs lie in steep avalanche terrain, particularly at high elevations. Watch out for unstable snow on isolated terrain features, and remember that low hazard does not mean no hazard exists. We urge all trail users to be cautious and alert when skiing under steep slopes. For information on snow pack and avalanche awareness see JHAvalanche.org.

Looking to head somewhere new? Visit JHNordic.com and click on the trails tab. There you can view all the trails throughout the area and even filter your search by region, difficulty, and access. Click on the trail you’re interested in, and you’ll find directions, a description of the trail and a map detailing the course. Don’t forget to send your photos and reviews to info@jhnordic.com.

Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton County public trails

Intermittent winter weather is predicted throughout the week, with periods of clear weather followed by possible light snow showers Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Temperatures should be fairly average for most of the week ahead with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s.

There was a report of two skiers who illegally went into the Crystal Butte Area over the weekend. That area is closed to all human presence from Dec. 1 through April 30 to protect struggling wildlife so they can survive the harsh winter season. The Crystal Butte area, north of the Putt-Putt Trail, features ideal south-facing slopes that receive sun and prevailing winds throughout the winter, enabling forage to remain available for deer, elk and moose. Members of the public who illegally go into these closed areas jeopardize the survival of our native wintering wildlife. U.S. Forest Service patrollers will issue citations if members of the public are seen in these crucial winter wildlife areas.

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation

All trails are groomed and in good shape. The school fields and levee were groomed Tuesday and have been reported as firm and fast. Cache Creek, Wayne May Park, Game Creek and the South Park Pathway are slated for grooming today. Most grooming is done before noon, so we suggest heading out before late afternoon.

Grooming schedule

Monday: Cache Creek to Noker Mine

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

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

Grand Teton National Park

Grooming occurred yesterday from the Taggart Lake trailhead to South Jenny Lake. Trail conditions are variable due to some wind-blown areas leaving behind hard snow.

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

Turpin Meadow Ranch

After a light snow and some large wind drifts accumulating earlier in the week, the PistenBully has made quick work of getting the trails back to normal. They may be a little soft but definitely worth getting out there, especially considering Turpin is open only for another couple of weeks. Dogs are welcome.

Check out the Turpin Ranch Cam to see real-time weather conditions and views of the ranch:

Nordic Center Trails

Trail Creek Nordic

The wind has been cracking at Trail Creek, but don’t let that stop you from having a great ski. Due to the wind, grooming has been focused on the woods trails, with all of them receiving multiple PistenBully passes complete with fresh classic tracks. Three to 6 inches of snow fell recently, but due to the relatively warm conditions the PistenBully was able to lay down some nice crisp corduroy with good conditions in the woods. Grooming occurs daily.

Teton Pines Nordic

Come out and enjoy the sun at the Pines. The skiing is awesome, and the track is in top shape.

Stop by the shop for the rental gear sale as Teton Pines makes way for next year’s new rental fleet. Limited sizes remain, so contact the shop for information.

Lessons are available for those looking to sharpen their technique or try something new. Call 733-1733 to set up a lesson.

Shooting Star Nordic Trails

It looks to be another great week of Nordic skiing. Outside of Monday’s breezy and drifty conditions, expect calm conditions through Friday. Enjoy, and look out for moose on the trails. Grooming occurs daily.

Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis

Golf and Tennis purchased a new groomer two years ago so it now has the ability to set a cross-country track with enough room for skate skiers and fat bikes next to the set track. Head out and enjoy a nice hour or so around the golf course with great views. Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis is a a fun place to ski if you are looking for a new, flat, groomed trail to try out.

Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday including classic track.

Teton Valley, Idaho

Grand Targhee

Cross-country and fat bike trails are open, last groomed Tuesday. For the most up to date information on conditions, visit GrandTarghee.com. Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Alta Track

The Alta track was last groomed the morning of Tuesday. Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Driggs Track

Fresh, soft snow was rolled out on Monday and a new track was set. Grooming occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Sherman Park

Skate and classic conditions are looking decent after grooming on Monday. Grooming occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Teton Canyon

As the track was a bit soft and narrow after Monday’s groom, the groomer went out to smooth and firm things up Tuesday morning. The north side snow machine track was flattened out as well. Grooming occurs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Teton Springs

Teton Springs was groomed Sunday evening and finished around 8 p.m. before the blowing snow started. About an inch of snow fell overnight on Sunday, and the tracks were blown in at spots. Skating may be good depending on the drift areas. Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Yeti’s Loop

Yeti and campground trails are groomed and the classic track is set. Remember to leave your furry friends at home, since dogs are no longer allowed at Yeti’s Loop for the remainder of the season. Grooming typically occurs Tuesday and Friday.

Teton Springs singletrack and Southern Valley singletrack

All-time excellent conditions were reported by the groomer this past Monday. Grooming occurs as needed.

Please donate to our non-profits, which provide grooming to many of our favorite winter trails. They depend on community support to keep trails groomed all winter.

• Grand Teton National Park Foundation (GTNPF.org/donate, note “Nordic”) — Teton Park Road grooming.

• JH Ski Club (JHSkiClub.org) — Trail Creek Nordic grooming.

• Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTaP.org) — grooming for Teton Canyon, Alta, Mike Harris/Southern Valley, Teton Springs and more.

•Friends of Pathways (FriendsOfPathways.org) — Hagen Trail grooming.

Winter trail condition reports are available from JHNordic.com, and you can sign up for daily or Saturday-only emails at JHNordic.com/News.

For information about grooming schedules, visit JHNordic.com/grooming. GPS maps of major winter trails can be found at JHNordic.com/Trails.

— Amy Yatsuk

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