Cache Creek Grooming

A skier cruises the Cache Creek Trail in 2018. Friends of Pathways is looking to raise $6,000 via GoFundMe to keep the trail groomed this winter.

Grooming fundraiser begins

Friends of Pathways is looking to keep Cache Creek groomed this winter.

The nonprofit has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $6,000 to fund the effort taken up due to Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation budget shortfalls, the fundraiser says.

“This is an additional $6,000 expense on top of our normal $10,000 singletrack grooming expense,” it reads.

Between Dec. 15 and March 15 last year there were 28,563 visits to the Hagen Trail and Cache Creek Road, according to Friends of Pathways. With COVID-19 forcing an uptick in outdoor recreation across the valley, the number of users at Cache Creek is expected to shoot up.

“Due to COVID, FOP knows the need for safe outdoor recreation options is crucial to our health and quality of life,” the fundraiser reads.

By Tuesday afternoon the fund had raised $2,475.

To see the fundraiser and donate, visit TinyURL.com/y4o37o2o.

Input sought on feedgrounds

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is inviting the public to participate in the development of a long-term feedgrounds management plan, beginning with a series of virtual meetings in December.

“Game and Fish manages several feedgrounds in Wyoming,” said Scott Edberg, deputy chief of the wildlife. “These meetings are the beginning of a public process to address the increasing complexities of supplemental feeding of elk on feedgrounds in western Wyoming. Among these complexities are wildlife diseases, including chronic wasting disease (CWD).”

Participants must register in advance of the meetings. Enrolled participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting.

The same presentations will be shown at each meeting; enroll in one session only.

Meetings are scheduled for Dec. 1-3. Visit TinyURL.com/yxgh2y8c for information.

Winter has arrived

Hope you waxed your skis.

After a warm start to November, winter has come in full force. Several inches of snow have fallen on the valley floor, and the ski resorts should be in good position to open as scheduled.

Grand Targhee Resort closed to uphill travel Monday so it can prepare for a Nov. 20 ski opening.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort plans to open Nov. 26.

Until the lifts start spinning, keep doing those ski fitness classes (over Zoom, of course, considering the pandemic), and take some time to get out in the snow.

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