Trail Creek Report
December 31, 2018 @ 12pm

A Very Happy Pisten Bully!

Pisten Bully’s love lots of cold deep snow, the deep part covers up all those nasty rocks and stumps and gives a nice cushion to the tracks as they chew through our trails, and the cold part makes the snow flow like silk through the tiller into some lovely lines of corduroy.  Both ample snow and chilly temperatures were in abundance today which made that Pisten Bully very happy indeed.

As of 1:15 PM the temperature was -8ºC/18ºF with a mostly cloudy sky and light breezes.  When all was said and done the recent storm dumped about 10-16 inches of snow which was more than enough to attack the East Fields.  Today’s Pisten Bully grooming was 2-3 passes with fresh classic tracks on all field trails, and all woods trails except for the National Forest. Not because of a lapse in funding but more because of the exhaustion of the daily diesel allotment (and the groomer’s ability to sit in the cab for too long) the only National Forest trail to be groomed was a single pass loop out and back to the Old Pass Road.

All in all, skiing is a little soft but incredibly beautiful which should make for a great outing if you have time for one last ski in 2018.

Groomer’s choice for today is Armin’s.
Buy your Trail Creek Pass!

JHSC and Community Nordic Update
December 28th Edition

The December  28th edition of the JHSC and Community Nordic Update, Happenings of the JHSC Nordic Program, Trail Creek Nordic Center, and Local Nordic Community has been posted.  Read about coach reports, featured members of the Nordic community, community and school race results and schedules etc. by clicking here.

Status of USFS Winter Operations

A note from the Forest Service: As you know, the Forest Service is included in the Government Shutdown. Therefore, the majority of our folks are furloughed and the offices are closed. However, we will be able to provide limited services with a focus on public safety. This includes:

  • The BT Avalanche Center will continue to issue forecasts
  • Plowing will continue at Granite, Gros Ventre, Mosquito Creek and Cache Creek (but may not be as frequent)
  • Snow ranger patrols will continue on a limited basis (this includes Cache and Game and our snowmobile patrols)
  • Jay will continue to cover Teton Pass
  • The ambassadors will continue covering Cache and Game (since they are not technically FS volunteers)

Thank you for your support of our winter program and your patience. Hopefully we will return to full operations soon.


Countdown to Jackson Hole Nordic Alliance’s Annual Free Ski and Fat Bike Day at Turpin Meadow Ranch on Sunday, January 6th, 10 am – 3 pm
Next Sunday! Don’t miss it!


  • FREE Nordic Ski & Fat Bike Demos
  • Nordic Ski Lessons for the newbies
  • Backcountry Nordic & Snowshoe tours
  • Kids Corral with Sledding & XC skiing
  • Stay Wild Fat Bike Raffle & many others
  • You can bring the whole family including the dog, just be sure to have your pup on a leash (in the main lodge area) and clean up after them
  • Don’t forget we have a Free shuttle to Turpin Ranch from Jackson Home Ranch lot – Meet at 8:45am, email to reserve your seat

This free event benefits Friends of Bridger-Teton USFS, towards Cache Creek trail access and trail ambassadors.



Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec Grooming Report
Last Updated: 12/29 @ 9am
The Levee and Stilson are groomed and in great shape. I am heading to the school fields now and should be done around 11:00. Once again there will be no grooming Tuesday due to the holiday. Cache Creek will be groomed Monday.

Turpin Meadow Ranch
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 3pm

Happy New Year! This last storm has made for some spectacular grooming; come celebrate the first day of 2019 with some laps around Turpin. For those of you who know our trails, you will be delighted. For those of you who don’t know Turpin, our groomer’s recommend that your new year’s resolution be to come visit!

Buy Your Turpin Meadows Trail Pass!

Grand Teton National Park Grooming Report
Last Updated: 12/31

No Grooming New Year’s Day.
Grooming Taggart to South Jenny Lake Lake on Wednesday this week.


With all the new snow, bring your classic XC skis for a fine ski of creamy, wind-blown snow over last Friday’s groomed tracks.


Had a nice day in the park. Tracks were pretty good, thanks to special efforts by the GTNP groomer.  Unfortunately the tracks were sort of broken up during the day, never had a chance to set up. But what a blast – good grip, really good glide. 25km of fun! 

In spite of the government shutdown, grooming will continue on Fridays and Tuesdays, thanks to the support of Grand Teton National Park Foundation and community support.

Note that there are no services in GTNP in winter, although Dornan’s is open for lunch, drinks. Please take care not to walk on the groomed trail between Taggart and Signal Mountain, and remind others courteously not to walk on the trails. The normal Trail signs are in for repair after last weeks wind storm, so visitors may not be aware that the groomed trail is reserved for Nordic skiers.

Doesn’t get any better than this! Head up to the Signal Mtn side of the Taggart to Signal groomed trail for beautiful fresh grooming!

Teton Pines Grooming Report
Last Updated: 12/31

Skier report: Trails are groomed perfectly for skate and classic. Some minor snow drifts on the center trails due to the north windlass in the day, which should be gone with the next grooming Tuesday morning

12/30 @ 7pm

Conditions at the Pines are great! We are groomed for both Classic and Skate. The snow conditions are incredible right now so please come and ski with us this week!

Wax recommendations: Glide: Swix LF 6(Blue); Kick/Grip: Swix Blue

Shooting Star Grooming Report
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 9:30am

The trails received multiple passes to assist w/compacting the new snow. A cold front will be passing through today, bringing winds and falling temperatures throughout the day. Drifting may likely occur as the current snow is very “dry” and shifts around easily. If the winds do subside, skiing should be good. Bundle up!

Grand Targhee Grooming Report
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 8am

Cross Country/Fat Bike 15k: XC OPEN (Last groomed AM 12/30), Fat Bike CLOSED.

The last report for 2018, and it sure is a good one. 18″ in the last 24 hours with 12″ of those after lifts’ closure puts this storm’s total at 24
inches in 48 hours.

Mother Nature is making her mark – fresh blower at 7% water to snow, cold temperatures and significantly clearer skies than yesterday. She
wants to know if you can handle this, if you’ll appreciate it and if she should keep it coming in 2019. Let’s show her what we want, or rather
what our souls need in this coming year. Close this report, throw on an extra layer and head on up here!

Pinedale Nordic Trail Report
Last Updated: 12/28 @ 9am

Half Moon Tie-In, Kelly Park, Kelly Tie-In, Upper & Lower Surveyor, Tree Loop, Moose Ridge, Flatline, and Old Road Trail have all been groomed this morning. Waiting for more snow to do Heart Attack. About 1/2″ of new snow overnight. 7F degrees at the Nordic Equipment Building. Road plowed, a lot of skier traffic – drive with care, always. Watch out for kids and dogs in the White Pine parking lot, especially at road crossings. There are Nordic skiers parking at the lower end, and alpine skiers near the lodge. Drivers, please slow down going to/from/through the White Pine parking lot – a dog got hit yesterday by a truck driving too fast (the dog is ok). There are moose on Moose Ridge – give wildlife their space. The CCC and Golf Course trails were groomed yesterday and should be fair skiing, with a heavy dusting of snow on them. Parking areas are plowed. Golf Course Club House is open for meals and restroom. Lakeside Lodge is also open for meals and lodging. See links below for links to their websites for more info on days and times for open hours and services through the winter.
Mike Looney, Groomer, Sublette County Recreation Board

Alta Track

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 11am
Skate: Fair  |  Classic: Fair
I ran a lap around the track this morning. There was about 6″ of new snow which I packed down Sunday afternoon and again this morning. The classic tracksetter got iced up so the classic track is set but is somewhat shallow. The skate lane is fairly soft, but smooth. Enjoy.


Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 10:30am
Skate: Good  |  Classic: Good
Rolled out the trail and set classic track Sunday PM. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 12am
Skate: Good  |  Classic: N/A
Gave it a few passes Sunday night. Snow had just stopped but wind was still moving snow. Skate track should be in good shape but soft with Almost a foot of snow. Will try and get out there again to pack down and fix a little error. Enjoy.

Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 12:30pm
Skate: Fair |  Classic: Fair
Made 4 passes with roller early morning, and just now used Ginzu to reset classic and skate tracks. 18 inches in back of canyon past 2 days, snow stake at 48, needless to say, the track is a bit soft.

Teton Springs

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 7am
Skate: Not Set |  Classic: Not Set
Groomed last night, but 3 to 4″ of new snow fell over the top. Went to re-groom this morning but the single track people are using the machine. Will look to groom later this evening for New Years Day.

5th Street Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/27 @ 10pm
Singletrack: Good
Rolled 5th St. Thursday night hoping it will setup nicely for some TGIF laps! Happy Holidays! Go ride!

Teton Springs Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 10:50am
Singletrack: Fair
Groomed last night and 1 pass this morning.

Southern Valley Single Track

Grooming Schedule: As Needed
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 11am
Singletrack: Good
Upper and Lower Lady Slipper, Nemo and Sherman Springs access are groomed.

Rammell Mountain Road to Indian Meadows

Grooming Schedule: As Needed
Last Updated: 12/19/2018 @ 8am
Singletrack: N/A
Comments: Groomed Today

For more info on Teton Valley grooming, visit their grooming page.

Pinedale Nordic Grooming Report
Last Updated: 12/26 @ 9am

Half Moon Tie-In, Kelly Park, Kelly Tie-In, Upper & Lower Surveyor, Tree Loop, Moose Ridge, Flatline, Heart Attack and Old Road Trail have all been groomed this morning. About 1″ of new snow. 12F degrees. Lots of deer and moose both up above – give them their space.


Register by January 1

1) Skinny Skis 27th Annual Moose Chase Nordic Ski Race
2) FCExcavation 37th Annual Jackson Town Downhill
3) Rendezvous River Sports 44th Annual Karen Oatey Pole Pedal Paddle
The Triple Crown celebrates Jackson Hole’s winter sports traditions and recognizes our region’s heartiest athletes.
Do you have the grit and determination to race the entire series? Over $10,000 in Cash and Prizes!
Register for the series by January 1 to save up to 17%.
For Details, Registration, Sponsorship Opportunities visit:
Who Will Wear the Crown!

Teton Pines Nordic Center

New Nordic Master’s Program
Thursday January 3
11-12:30: Classic Technique for All
Dates: Jan 3, Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28

Trail Pass + Nordic coaching on Tips & Technique, alternating Classic cross-country and skate skiing.
$150 for 6 clinics, $100 for 6 clinics for existing pass holders.
Drop-in clinic and trail pass: $35
Clinic only:  $30.

More info? Contact Nancy at 650-464-6000

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