Trip Report- Flagg Ranch into South Yellowstone

We are loving Nordic skiing and fat biking here! Thank you for all your good work.
Yesterday we parked at Flagg Ranch and XC into Yellowstone, it was beautiful and great conditions.

Check out XC Beautiful Yellowstone on Relive! https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63yRdr8dv
-Frank B


February 10, 2022 Nature Update

Provided by Cathy Shill
Founder of The Hole Hiking Experience
https://www.holehike.com/

It’s time for a weather change. Sun for these past few weeks makes for beautiful views but we need snow. January snowfall is well below average. January started strong but then fizzled out. Fortunately, we are riding the shirt tails of December snow. Doing the snow dance, for sure.

Photos of the ladies having Bachelorette fun under the Tetons. Boy, you can’t beat the views. Unlike summer skies, winter views are crisp and clear. Haze will settle in the valley over the summer months due to fires. You also can’t beat the winter solitude of Grand Teton Park. Trailheads get busy, but knowing where to go allows us to leave the crowds behind.

During summer months, millions of visitors come to the Parks while in the winter visitation is much less. We enjoy touring in the Gros Ventre Mountains to see the entire Teton Range and explore spectacular areas more off the beaten track. With all the sun and clear skies, it is easy to journey and explore new locations.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it connected to the rest of the world. -John Muir

The venerable Zen teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, recently died at the age of 94. He is well known for his teachings on mindfulness, engaged Buddhism and the interconnectedness of all beings. He coined the phrase, “inter-be” and pointed out that we cannot separate ourselves from the environment.

We are dependent on the earth, came from the earth and will return to the earth. To survive the snow world, organisms need to cope with unique challenges and adapt ways to survive and interact with the environment. Bison are dependent on summer grasses to survive the winter. We depend on the winter snowpack for our water.  When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it attached to everything else. Helpful for me to think, I am “with” nature and not just “in” nature. To contemplate and connect more deeply fills my heart with joy.  Fun to consider as you glide along beneath the majestic peaks.

Delve into the natural world by joining us to explore and discover. Give a call to discuss options or check us out on the web. www.holehike.com 307.690.4453


JH News & Guide Nordic Notes 2/9

Balmy afternoons, light breezes and clear skies bring to mind visions of an island paradise, not Jackson Hole, but it’s exactly what the valley is blessed with this week. Errant waves of snow have washed over exposed trails; while winds remain calm, be sure to try them out. Put on your grass skirt and lei and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Tech tip of the week | Courtesy of Scott Horn
If you are new to Nordic skiing and have found yourself confused about terms used in our sport, don’t feel dispirited. Some of the terminology does not make a lot of sense. You have probably heard the term “no wax ski,” which is often used to describe classic skis with a fish scale or mohair skin kick zone. Although this kick zone/grip section needs less attention than a normal classic ski, the tips and tail section need wax on a regular basis in order to achieve an appropriate glide. No ski is truly a “no wax ski.”

Speaking of “kick,” it seems there is a split among skiers, instructors and coaches as to its meaning in classic technique. Some refer to “kick” as the downward pressure on the ski in diagonal stride — in order to create grip or purchase with the snow — but there is also a faction that insists the “kick” is the forward (soccerlike) “kick” of the glide leg ski. Either explanation can work to help with technique. Just remember the “kick” is not a backward, mulelike kick. Any backward movement is simply follow-through after downward pressure of the skier’s weight has been applied to the grip section of the ski.

Perhaps it’s best to stop here before I try to explain why we purchase all that expensive glide wax, melt it on the ski, only to then scrape and brush it all off.

Trail Creek

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 2/10

Course Inspection Day!

Even though the course wasn’t officially open until 10 AM today, things were buzzing here at Trail Creek long before that and it’s only going to get busier as the day progresses.  Around 470 racers are registered for Friday and Saturday’s races; things are progressing nicely and it should be a great event!

Today’s grooming focused primarily on the courses with both classic and skate versions being set for the inspections.  The East Fields were thoroughly reworked as a warm up area and even the woods got a quick groom.  The classic track setters have been moved to racing position so no classic tracks will be set in the woods until Sunday.  Classic tracks do remain on the wider sections of the woods trails, but were washed on the narrow sections.

There is no shuttle today so parking will be in tight supply if you come out to see the spectacle.  Friday and Saturday the shuttle will be running from Stilson.  All the information for the race is available on the event website.

Finally Coach Libby sent in some great images of Teewinots skiing Faceplant with blocks of snow on their head!  That takes some serious talent, way to go Teewinots and go racers!

Groomer’s choice for today is a periphery ski, watching all the action.


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Grooming Monday-Saturday
Last Update: 2/10

The school fields and the levee are groomed. Stilson will be done by 11:00.

Friday Grooming: Cache Creek, Wayne May Park, Game Creek, South Park Pathway


Cache Creek Fat Bike Trails

Last Update: 1/31

I ran a drag over the trails in Cache tonight to smooth out the new snow into ruts and footprints.  Things are still nice and firm up there.

Grooming by Friends of Pathways.


Teton Pines Nordic

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 1/23

Our trails continue to be in incredible shape with this awesome weather we’ve recently had! The cold temps and clear skies are great for the track. We groom 13km+ daily for both skate and classic with our new snowcat. 

Our trails and shop are fully open to the public 9am-4pm daily. Day passes, 10 punch cards, and season passes are available at the shop. 

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. Please contact us in advance to check availability for off-site rentals.

We still have a great selection of skate skis, a few classic track and BC skis, boots, jackets, pants, gloves, and hats. We also have a good selection of used skate gear available. Call or come by to see if we have your sizes! We have a full tuning shop so drop off your skis for a wax done by our great wax techs!

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


Shooting Star

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 2/9

Sunny and dry weather is again forecasted through this weekend continuing to provide very enjoyable Nordic Conditions. Be aware that some icy areas are forming, and the snowpack is now hard packed from the lack of fresh snow. It’s now been about 30+ days since we’ve received any meaningful snow accumulations and this dry weather pattern looks to continue for the foreseeable future. The track would greatly benefit from another 1-2ft of fresh snow to get us through the late part of the season. Until more snow returns, we’ll try our best to work/groom the snow as best we can with the limitations of the current snowpack.  Overall, skiing should remain great! Get outside and make the most out of these rare sunny winter days! Next Update Monday (2/14).

TRAIL STATUS

  • YELLOW LOOP OPEN
  • SLED HILL GROOMED on 2/7 (Grooming will occur as needed)
  • CLASSIC TRACKS SET
  • SNOWSHOEING OPEN (BLUE LOOP ONLY, STAY ON THE EDGE OF THE TRAIL OR IMMEDIEDATEY NEXT TO TRAIL)
  • ORANGE LOOP OPEN
  • WALKING, NOT ALLOWED

Snake River Sporting Club

Daily Nordic grooming for both “Front Nine”  (south side) and “Back Nine” (North side) Nordic Trails

Public access to the groomed Nordic trails is $50 per person per day, with no season passes available. Ski rentals are available at the Sports Shop. Guests must check in at the Sports Shop to sign a waiver and make payment before heading out. The daily pass does not allow access to the Restaurant this season. The clinics that are being offered are for members and lodging guests only.

Please call the Sports Shop with any questions you may have at 307-200-3093


Grand Teton National Park

Last Update: 2/8

It is a beautiful sunny day today in GTNP.  Grooming to Signal from Taggart Lake trailhead.

Update: It is now on our schedule to groom to Signal on Tuesdays and Fridays unless something unforeseen comes up.  We are only grooming to Jenny on Sundays.  

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


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 2/9

Our groomer did a double pass with the ginzu on the skate lanes in the meadow and riverside on Wednesday evening. A single pass on the skate lane was done in the hills. Everything groomed very nicely. Classic lanes still look good. Whichever sport you choose to participate in you can expect good times, fresh air, and beautiful views.

Please sign acknowledgment of risk forms and pay for trail passes online ahead of your visit. Call the front office (307) 543-2000 ahead of your visit for booking equipment rentals and Nordic adventures (lessons and tours).

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


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: 2/10
Cross Country 15k: XC OPEN
Fat Bike Trails : Open
Snowshoe Trails: Open

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: 2/10
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Thursday morning: Plan to reset skate track and try to improve classic track if needed. Should be done by 10am.

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: 2/9
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Not Set


Heading out now. Finish by 11 AM


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 2/
9

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Skate track came out nice with the drag….should be excellent! Classic track needs snow to reset but is there! Do your snow dances!


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Last Updated: 2/
10

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Reset both classic tracks Thursday afternoon, while the snow was soft, good results, for most part. Plan to reset skate track Friday morning.


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Last Updated: 2/10
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

I’ll start grooming around 6 tonight. Should be set up well for tomorrow morning.

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Reserve Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Thursday & Saturday
Last Updated: 2/9
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Completed skate and classic grooming late this afternoon. Should be really nice skiing tomorrow.

No dogs allowed.


Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 2/4
Singletrack: Set

Friday morning early a.m. I was able to drag and reset happy hour, Powerline all the way to Pole Canyon, upper and lower lady slipper and Sherman Springs access road. The entire singletrack system is rockin and rollin. Enjoy the ride.

Hillbender to Nemo

Nemo to Lady Slipper

Happy Hour (aka Mike Harris to ID/WY state line)

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Darby Canyon

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 2/10

Groomed to summer TH 2/4


Rammell Mountain Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 2/10

Groomed 1/14


South Leigh Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 2/10

Groomed 2/10 am

JH Nordic Masters Classic & Skate Ski Clinics

CLASSIC SKI CLINIC
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 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.





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