TVTAP: Planning for the Future

As we wind down 2021, we reflect back on another challenging but successful year for trails and pathways. Our work is made possible by the generosity and support of the many donors to our mission of promoting a trails and pathways connected community. Thanks to all of you for your support. 
 
We realize that you have seen countless appeals for end of year giving. For non-profits, it is a significant time in their funding cycles and we know most of you generously support multiple organizations in our community. As we glide into 2022, we ask that you consider Teton Valley Trails & Pathways in your planning for the next year and beyond. I’ve outlined some of the ways you can positively impact our work:
 
Donor Advised Funds
Research from the financial sector indicates that there is a tremendous amount of wealth parked in these funds. They are a wonderful tool to reduce taxable income for individuals. Money parked in those funds have already realized their tax advantage in the year the distribution was made to the fund. If you currently have one of these funds, we have areas of need such as infrastructure, access and safety improvements that can put that money to work for you and the community.
 
Marketable Securities
Trails & Pathways is set up to accept direct transfer of stocks from donors. These securities require holding for more than 12 months but by transferring the asset to a 501c3, the donor avoids incurring capital gains on the sale and removes the asset from the estate for tax purposes.
 
Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs
A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from a traditional IRA is another way to potentially reduce income tax due. A QCD can satisfy all or part of a donor’s required minimum distribution and may be excluded from the donor’s taxable income for the gift.
 
Tangible Personal Property
As we expand our impact in the community, personal property donations can sometimes be an excellent fit where there is a direct and immediate use for transportation or site enhancements.  Each situation will be evaluated in how it can directly contribute to our mission, but can be an excellent tool to support connecting the community.
 
Legacy Gifts
We have spoken with several donors in the past year about their legacy and how it can positively impact this community. Estate planning is an opportunity to consider how your family’s impact can endure for future generations in Teton Valley.
 
Again, thank you and we hope you have a healthy and happy 2022. When you are outside enjoying trails, we know that’s one way that will help you in achieve happiness and good health.
 
See you on the trail in 2022!

Dan Verbeten
Executive Director


Friends of Pathways Cache Creek Winter Grooming Fundraiser

Friends of Pathways is within $2000 of their fundraising goal; let’s start 2022 off with a giant positive impact and help them reach their goal!

If you enjoy walking, running, skiing or fat biking along the beautiful Hagen trail during the winter, please consider donating to FOP’s winter grooming program. New equipment will help our groomers cover more terrain more efficiently, but the trails don’t groom themselves!

Last winter there were 24,275 users on the Hagen Trail and Cache Creek Road enjoying the groomed trails. If you use these trails, please donate today and share this campaign with your friends and fellow trail users!

FOP will update Cache single track grooming status on social channels, or for a more complete grooming schedule, go to JH Nordic.


JH NORDIC ALLIANCE ANNUAL FREE SKI-FAT BIKE-SNOWSHOE DAY – CANCELLED

Due to the surge in Covid outbreaks in Teton County, the JH Nordic Alliance and Turpin Meadow Ranch sincerely regret we must cancel our Annual Event, previously scheduled for January 9th.

Turpin Meadow Ranch Lodging and Restaurant are currently closed for 5 days, until Monday January 3rd. Daily groomed trails for Nordic skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing remain open. Please buy your trail pass and sign waiver online. 

Check TurpinMeadowRanch.com or the JH Nordic Trail Reports for updates for Nordic Ski, fat bike and snowshoe trails.

For the health and safety of our community, we encourage responsible outdoor winter recreation with social distancing, using a mask when indoors, stay home when sick.  

Thank you for your understanding… See you on the trails..


New Year and More Pathways Groomed

The Moose – Wilson Road pathways were groomed on New Years Eve by JHMR groomers. Enjoy a ride or glide from Lake Creek Bridge North to Teton Village. For XC, skate skiing and fat biking – will be groomed on an as needed basis after new snowfall.


Look For Our QR Code

Skinny Skis and Heather D. have put together a QR code counter top display to give people another way to connect to JH Nordic. We recommend pairing this with the Skinny Skis Cross Country trail map.

Trail Creek

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 12/31

Off to Senior Nationals

Coach Will and a van full of our skiers are off to Soldier Hollow in Utah today to partake in the 2022 L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships and Supertour.  All the information is on the website; it should be a fun event and if your feet are getting a bit itchy, perhaps a good excuse for a road trip to Utah, go skiers!

If you’re looking to put some go in your skiing today, you couldn’t go wrong with coming on out to Trail Creek for a great Nordic ski.  The snow continues to deepen with another 6 inches since yesterday’s grooming.  We are forecast to get a couple of days of chilly sunshine and then the snow starts in again.

Today’s grooming was with the Husky and on most trails.  With the wider width of our new machine a single pass makes respectable skate and classic lanes although many of our trails will end up wider when the snow lets up a little bit.  Parts of the close field, Animal Farm, Beaver Ponds, and Moose Loop received multiple passes today.  All in all skiing is a bit soft but beautiful and great.

A slightly cantankerous looking young bull was spotted near the Boilers today, thrashing his head about and just looking kind of feisty.  If you spot him out and about, you might give him an extra margin of space.

Groomer’s choice for today is to check out the new grooming on Beaver Ponds.


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Last Update: 12/31

Game creek, Cache Creek, and May Park are groomed and in great shape. There will be no grooming tomorrow because of the holiday. We will resume grooming on Monday up Cache creek.


Cache Creek Fat Bike Trails

Last Update: 12/30

Tonight we groomed the Cache Road, Gauging Station, Hagen, Sidewalk, Hagen Highway, and lower Ferrins. 

Grooming by Friends of Pathways.


Teton Pines Nordic

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 12/27

The snow is great at Teton Pines! We groom 13km+ daily for both skate and classic with our new snowcat. 

We are open to the public 9am-4pm. Please call us in advance to book lessons at: (307) 733-1733. You do not need a reservation for skiing and we do not take reservations for rentals. During the next two weeks we don’t allow multi-day or off-site rentals.

We still have a great selection of classic skis, skate skis, boots, jackets, pants, gloves, and hats so come on out to pick up last minute gifts for the XC skier on your list. 

Visit our website for pricing and other information: www.tetonpinesnordiccenter.com


Shooting Star

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 12/31

The snowcat was able to limp through and groom the yellow loop & sled hill this morning. Calmer & colder weather are anticipated through the weekend. The service tech was  able to narrow down our issue on the Pistenbully and believes it is a faulty communication wire harness… which is how the machine controls all valves, implements, tracks… etc.  This isn’t a simple fix, and we are working with the manufacturer for how to proceed with the next steps. I will keep you posted on this situation. Reminder we’ll continue to focus only on the yellow loop until the snowcat is fixed. Enjoy the nice weather this weekend! More storms are forecasted all next week. Next update will be Monday 1/3.

TRAIL STATUS

  • YELLOW LOOP OPEN
  • SLED HILL GROOMED on 12/31 (Grooming Frequency Depends on Machinery Functioning)
  • CLASSIC TRACKS NOT SET
  • SNOWSHOEING CLOSED
  • ORANGE LOOP, CLOSED
  • WALKING, NOT ALLOWED

Snake River Sporting Club

Call for info 307-201-3093 and check in at the Clubhouse to pay trail fee. www.snakeriversportingclub.com


Grand Teton National Park

Last Update: 12/31
Grooming Taggart Lake Trailhead to Signal Mountain and back today.

Grooming is sponsored by the GTNP Foundation and generous donations from our community.


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Last Update: 12/31


Happy New Year! The lodge and restaurant at Turpin Meadow Ranch remain closed to outside guests until January 3. However our trails are open and and in good condition. We are asking that folks sign their waivers and pay for trail passes online ahead of your visit. Please call the front office (307) 543-2000 for booking equipment rentals and Nordic adventures (lessons and tours). Pack a lunch, enjoy the scenic drive north, and glide into 2022 at Turpin Meadow Ranch!

https://www.turpinmeadowranch.com/the-ranch/live-conditions/
https://www.turpinmeadowranch.com | 307.543.2000


photo: Nick B

Trail Etiquette: Please keep your dogs leashed in the parking lot and be sure to clean up after them!


Grand Targhee

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Last Updated: 12/28

Cross Country 15k: XC OPEN -last groomed 12/26/2021
Fat Bike Trails : Closed & Not Groomed
Snowshoe Trails: Open & Not Groomed

Targhee’s Nordic trails are groomed Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sat/Sundays. Fat bike/snowshoe trails are groomed regularly but not on a set schedule – the groomer usually waits until after a storm cycle to groom the single track. 
Trail day passes are $20 this winter. 

Remember, singletracks will be closed when there is more than 3 inches of snow in a 24 hour period.


Alta Track

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday
Last Updated: 12/30
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Not Set

No grooming today. With all this new snow we plan to begin following the regular grooming schedule starting this weekend.

Please do not park in the library parking lot. Please be sure to keep your dogs on a leash and to clean up after them.


Driggs

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 12/31
Skate: Set | Classic: Set


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! The Driggs Track is groomed and ready for your midnight ski!


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 12/
31

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Set both the skate and classic track. The singletrack was also groomed. Enjoy the ride and the glide.


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Last Updated: 12/
31

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Friday: Once again, plan to use the roller to pack down new snow and set both classic and skate tracks.


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Last Updated: 12/30
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set

Lots of snow to compact. Ran the roller over the course and came out with a nice flat surface; no bumpety-bumps. Was still snowing good while I finished up, should snow lots tonight, no point in setting classic. We’re getting a nice base and the season is underway!

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Reserve Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Thursday & Saturday
Last Updated: 12/31
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set

I spent the evening grooming track with the corrugated roller and set the skate track. Due to the wind and drifting snow there was no sense in sending a classic track. 🥳 Happy new year.

No dogs allowed.


Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/27
Singletrack: Set

Singletrack trails have almost all been groomed. Happy hour, Nemo, Lady slipper, pole canyon connector, powerline, and lower hill bender all got multiple passes. If you can’t ride please walk off to the side of the trail. It’s probably gonna be pretty soft. Enjoy the ride.

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Darby Canyon

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/28

Groomed 12/28 to summer trailhead.


Rammell Mountain Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/15

The USFS is continuing to monitor snow levels on our roads and will close them to wheeled motorized vehicles when there is enough snow to groom


South Leigh Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/28

Grooming 12/28

JH Nordic Masters Classic & Skate Ski Clinics

CLASSIC SKI CLINIC THURSDAY JANUARY 6, 2022
11am – 12:30pm

Hosted by Scott Horn and JH Ski Club Nordic Team Coaches
There will be 10 clinics running every Thursday in January and February from 11am-12:30pm. The Nordic Masters clinics will focus on skate ski and classic cross country skiing every other week.

Joining all 10 clinics is your best approach to developing your full Nordic skiing technique, balance, stride, stamina, and overall fitness while having fun in a small group. For those who only wish to focus on one technique, we are offering a Skate Ski Clinic series of 5 clinics or a Classic Cross country series of 5 clinics.


January Women’s Skate Skiing Clinics

Dates: Fridays: January 7, January 14 and January 21
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Teton Pines Nordic Center

If you’d like to improve your skate technique and fitness, come join us for three Skate lessons at Teton Pines. We’ll improve our glide on skate skis and learn to be more efficient uphill, downhill, and review the different skating strides. These clinics are for those with some skate skiing experience who would like to improve. We will cover more than the basics to get you skating longer distances with ease and going up and down hills with proficiency and confidence. Each session will be part instruction with plenty of time to ski and practice. $50/Clinic or $135 for all 3 ($45/Clinic for Teton Pines Nordic Center season pass holders). Rentals available for $35. Trail pass is included.

Instructor: Kim Springer Kim grew up warming her fingers in the Octagon on Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont. After college she discovered the warm world of Nordic skiing and has been passionate about all aspects of the sport ever since. She loves sharing that passion with others and has taught in and around Jackson Hole for many years.

Questions or to register: Call Teton Pines Nordic Center at: (307) 733-1733


JHNTeton Ridge Classic Ski Race

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8TH, 2022
Grand Targhee Nordic Trails, Alta Wyoming

19th Annual Classic Cross Country Ski race – Race format: wave starts based on distance; 24 km, 14 km, 7 km, and 2 km.

For more info and registration: https://tetonridgeclassic.com/registration

For race trail maps: https://tetonridgeclassic.com/maps



We’d love to hear about your outdoor adventures, what your doing to stay healthy, safe, respectful of community health guidelines – send pictures or post on FB and Insta – #JHNordic

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