Nordic Notes

A beautiful corduroy is set at Turpin Meadown Ranch Monday after a recent dusting of snow.

A few dustings of snow and cool temperatures for the remainder of the week should set us up for some excellent Nordic conditions. The groomers are just about caught up from last week’s storm cycle and these cool temps should create firm and fast conditions across the board. Enjoy the break in the weather and take advantage of the beautiful trails and expansive views throughout the valley this week.

Looking for new trails to explore? Head to JHNordic.com and click on the “trails” tab. Here you can view all the trails throughout the area and 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.

Currently, avalanche danger at lower elevations is rated as low, but moderate above 7,500 feet. We urge all trail users to be cautious and alert when skiing steep slopes. For more information on snow pack/avalanche awareness see JHAvalanche.org.

Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton County Public Trails

New snow fell in the last week in Jackson Hole and we are now above the normal amount of snowfall for this point in the winter season. At an elevation of 9,700 feet in the Tetons we have now had over 30 feet of snowfall. With new snow, previously icy conditions should be replaced this week with good, packed powder along most popular trails. Seasonal temperatures will characterize the week ahead with highs in the 20s and lows around 0 and into the teens through Friday. Forest Service patrollers along popular trails near town such as Cache and Game creeks continue to see some skiers and walkers with dogs illegally off leash. Wildlife like moose have also been seen on a regular basis, especially in the Cache Creek area during most days of last week. Please leash your dogs in the mandatory dog leash zones, clearly marked with large orange signs.

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Rec

The school fields, levee and Cache Creek are all groomed and in good shape. Game Creek was not groomed this past Friday due to the considerable avalanche rating at low elevations, but should be back on track for grooming today.

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

As the weather has let up a bit, conditions in the park have been fantastic. The views aren’t bad either as storm clouds begin to make way for partly cloudy to sunny skies.

Grooming schedule

Tuesday and Sunday: Taggart trailhead to Jenny Lake via Teton Park Road

Friday: Taggart to Signal Mountain via Teton Park Road-Roundtrip

Turpin Meadow Ranch

A recent dusting of snow has allowed the groomer to lay out beautiful, well-defined corduroy for your skiing pleasure. It looks as though the sun will be making its way into the forecast this week, so head out and enjoy the trails while the sun is out.

Check out the Turpin Ranch Cam to see real-time weather conditions and views of the ranch: https://youtu.be/WeeDyqRKqVI

Nordic Center trails

Trail Creek Nordic

Recent PistenBully grooming hit pretty much every trail twice except for Homeward and Outward Bound, with the first pass placing a classic track and the second being skate only.

Conditions have firmed nicely and pretty much wherever you go you’ll find nothing but joy.

Grooming occurs daily.

Teton Pines Nordic

Conditions are great at The Pines. Be sure to head out early to take advantage of the fresh grooming. Call Teton Pines to book lessons if you’re looking to get into the sport or want to sharpen your technique: 307-733-1733.

The shop is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with great deals on gear.

Shooting Star Nordic Trails

Trails continue to groom out nicely each morning, but may likely become snow covered or drifty during the day with snowy and windy weather. Calmer and sunnier conditions are expected to return mid week, so you can anticipate great conditions at shooting star. Groomed daily.

Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis

Season passes are available to non-members for $100. Passes can be picked up in the admin office at Golf and Tennis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 733-7787. There are no other services available (i.e., no lunch) though dinner is offered beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Clubhouse amenities are reserved for members only. Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Teton Valley, Idaho

Grand Targhee

Cross-country and fat bike trails are open, last groomed on Sunday. A light dusting of snow and cool temperatures should make for a fun time for skiers and bikers alike at Targhee this week.

For the most up-to-date information on conditions, visit GrandTarghee.com. Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Alta track

After the recent monumental snowfall the groomer set out Tuesday to reset the track. Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Driggs track

The Driggs skating track has recently been smoothed and leveled. Conditions look good for both skate and classic skiing. Grooming occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Sherman Park

The groomer is busy getting back on track after the recent snowfall and will be making repeated passes to knock all the powder down. Until all is smoothed and leveled, expect some bumpy and variable conditions. Grooming occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Teton Canyon

The groomer at Teton Canyon recently groomed 2-4 inches of blower snow and the track came out fairly good. However, the track remains a bit soft. Grooming occurs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Teton Springs

Skate and classic tracks were reset Tuesday morning and came out excellent. Grooming occurs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Yeti’s Loop

Things are beginning to firm up on Yeti’s Loop. Campground and Yeti were groomed Monday, so this week should offer some great skiing. The classic track is firm and crisp, however there may still be some soft pole plants. Considering all the new snow, the trails are skiing well. Be aware that the parking lot is getting packed down, still no plowing, so a high clearance vehicle is needed. Grooming typically occurs Tuesday and Friday.

5th Street Singletrack

The groomer recently skinned a lap after some foot traffic, and rode a portion on triple wide, but a sled is needed for more compaction on the track. Conditions are rated as poor at the moment but the groomer is on it and will keep working to compact the trails this week. Grooming occurs as needed.

Teton Springs Singletrack

The groomer ground up the ruts and footprints and left a corduroy finish on Monday. Cold temperatures should make for firm trails. Grooming occurs as needed.

Southern Valley Singletrack

The groomer used a different implement rather than the roller to grind out the ruts and footprints and the result was a nice corduroy finish on Monday. Cold temperatures should help firm up everything overnight, leaving great morning conditions. Grooming occurs as needed.

Please donate to nonprofits that 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 in GTNP.

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

•Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (tvtap.org) provide 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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