Nordic Notes

Lollipoppers hit the trails at Trail Creek.

As we approach the end of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to remain safe and healthy. Don’t get sick just before crossing the finish line. Nordic skiing offers the perfect way to exercise without putting yourself at risk, and with light snows to freshen up trails, and pleasant high temps ahead, trail users should expect a great week for skiing, with little in the way of surprises.

Tech Tip of the Week

Pole Straps: Too often, skiers use the pole strap in the wrong manner, or don’t use the strap at all.

The strap is designed to absorb most of the energy as the skier pushes on the poles. This means the strap needs to be fitted correctly and it needs to be snug. Cross-country skiing is the best aerobic activity in the world; there is no need to add unnecessary fatigue from a death grip on your poles.

If the hand is situated appropriately in the strap the hand should be relaxed, with only the thumb and index finger needed in order to lightly grasp the pole.

— Scott Horn

Scott Horn conducts a Masters Clinic biweekly at Teton Pines. Check out the next one, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 21, with a focus on skate skiing.

Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton County public trails

Skiers should expect great (and improving) conditions this week, as new snow is groomed into existing trails.

Remember to avoid parking directly in front or behind the grooming trailer.

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.

Grooming schedule is as follows:

Monday: Cache Creek to Noker Mine

Tuesday, Thursday, 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

Northern and higher-altitude locations will provide some of the best skiing available this week, with drier snow than average and pleasant temperatures. Get out and enjoy the beauty of the national parks.

Cross-country skiing, skate skiing, walking and snowshoeing are permitted on the groomed trails; recreationists are reminded to use designated tracks for appropriate uses. Dogs on leash are permitted ony in the multiuse lane (west side). Check out the webcam on JHNordic.com to see trail and weather conditions. Grooming is set for:

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

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

Trail Creek Nordic Center

All trails have been returned to normal following last weekend’s Wyoming High School Trail Creek Roundup race. Grooming is done daily.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are extremely busy between 3 and 5 p.m. due to youth team practice sessions. Trail pass costs $15.

Teton Pines

The Pines continues to offer high-quality daily grooming on excellent flat and rolling terrain.

Indoor facilities remain closed due to the pandemic, but rentals and retail are still available outside. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shooting Star

Moving into next week, expect excellent skating at Shooting Star, especially on harder morning trails, with great classic skiing throughout the day.

All trails are open and classic tracks are set. Dog-friendly loops, rentals and retail are available. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., groomed daily.

Turpin Meadow Ranch

Turpin Meadows should retain excellent skiing this week. A little snow on Wednesday should serve to freshen up already great trails. Groomed daily.

To help with social distancing and get on trails faster, purchase trail passes and sign waivers online in advance. Masks are required to enter the lodge. View the ranch cam online to see current conditions and weather in real time.

Grand Targhee

All Nordic trails at Grand Targhee are open and in excellent condition, offering the perfect opportunity for great skiing. Remember to clean up after your dogs and keep them leashed in the parking lot.

Groomed Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Alta Track

There are good conditions at Alta Track this week; both skate and classic tracks should be set. Groomed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Do not park in the library parking lot.

Driggs Track

Skiers should expect good conditions for either skate or classic, which will continue to improve as snow arrives. Skate tracks are set, but classic tracks are waiting on more snow. Groomed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Sherman Park

All tracks are set and ready to ski. Plan for softer snow on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but look forward to great skiing on the weekend.

Groomed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Teton Canyon

Conditions at Teton Canyon are great, with both skate and classic tracks set. Keep dogs leashed for the first 100 yards of trails. Groomed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Southern Valley Nordic

Expect somewhat soft conditions at Southern Valley Nordic on Thursday following rain and snow midweek. Grooming on Friday should smooth things out and lead to excellent conditions moving into the weekend.

Groomed Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

No dogs allowed from Dec. 1 to April 15.

Teton Springs

Softer conditions may push off concerted grooming efforts at Teton Springs Nordic until the weekend, at which point they should solidify. Skiers are advised to check conditions before making plans. No dogs allowed.

Groomed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Fat bike reports

Rain and high temperatures on some low-altitude trails may disproportionately affect bikers; pay special attention to track depth. Conditions will solidify as the week progresses, and should make for great biking conditions by the weekend and beyond. Fat bikers, remember to give way to Nordic skiers while riding trails.

Emily’s Pond levee

The levee is groomed and in good shape.

Teton Springs singletrack

Singletrack was not set at the writing of this report. This may change as the week progresses, so continue to check daily for updates.

Southern Valley singletrack

Bikers can expect continuing good conditions, especially moving into next week. No dogs allowed.

5th Street singletrack

The singletrack was groomed by human power, with weight provided by kids on sleds. A fun way to groom, perfectly complementing a fun way to get out and exercise; get your fat bikes out and give the trail a ride.

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

— Gannett Swan

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