What’s in Your (Nordic) Pack?

Its the most wonderful time of the year! Its the time of year to dial your systems. As the weather ramps up and as the season gets rolling, its probably a good idea to take inventory of your kit. With the holidays upon us, now is the time to identify what your set up is missing and to drop those hints to your friends and family!

At JHNordic we know what it is like to hop on the trail and realize you forgot something. Yeah, that’s is the worst feeling there is. We love to help with trip planning for your next Nordic adventure. And one of the key components for a successful trip is preparation. Here is an update from our last What’s in Your (Nordic) Pack? blog post. REI has also shed some light on the subject with their  checklist for cross-country skiing.

Trail Report- Bradley Taggart

December 13, 2020 – Many people were out and about, on XC skis and snowshoes,  taking advantage of the sunny afternoon. While the trails are still a bit shallow for grooming, the snow was great and made for an enjoyable day on skis. Here’s hoping the incoming snow will provide a more substantial base for the tails and allow for groomed access!

First-time Nordic skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing in Jackson?

Nordic skiing could be the perfect winter escape this year with its natural social distancing, easy access to trails, easy first-time experience, and a great workout, as well as the relative affordability of Nordic ski gear (versus alpine skiing or touring).

Our comprehensive resources can guide you in making the most of your winter recreation experience. For help planning your first (or next) trip in Jackson Hole, check out our guide on www.jhnordic.com. You’ll learn everything you need to get started, including where to go, what to bring, and what to wear.

Need gear for your new adventure? Find out where you can rent or buy both new and used gear here. To learn the tangible skills for success on snow, join Scott Horn at a Recreational Masters Clinic every other Thursday from 11:00am – 12:30pm at Teton Pines Nordic Center.

Trail Creek Nordic

Last Updated: 12/12

Racing This Week!

The racing season begins on Saturday this week with the first event of the year being a Wyoming High School invitational race.  Coach Katie Paddock who is in charge of the high school team will also be in charge of this race.  The format will be different from previous years due to health concerns but the goal remains the same to allow youth to do their best in our great sport of Nordic skiing.  Spectators will be limited but results will be posted along with other details of the race as the day draws near.  The week’s schedule is below.

Overnight we’ve had a bit of a respite from the snow showers with cool temperatures starting in the slightly below zero range.  Snow does return this afternoon and continues through the week.  Today’s grooming was a Pisten Bully best line skate pass through pretty much every trail that has been recently groomed.

The couple of inches from the previous days are still skiing quite nicely and as the temps warm today you should be able to find some quite nice skiing.

Groomers’ choice for today is Cle’s Climb!

Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Last Updated: 12/13
We are still patiently awaiting more snow in order to get the PistenBully out for grooming. In the meantime, enjoy the snow, trails, and views!

Teton Pines Nordic

Last Updated: 12/11
We have some fresh snow and conditions will be nice this weekend! Look for full grooming with the snowcat next week if the forecast is correct!

We are looking for volunteers to help out this season primarily during the holidays (Dec 19-Jan 3). Work 2 full days or 4 half days in exchange for a season pass.

The work will be getting people into rental skis, poles and boots and answering general questions. All renters will be outside getting geared up this season to keep things safe and to comply with CDC guidelines. We are fully masked and taking all covid precautions so that everyone stays healthy!

Please reach out if you are interested: tetonpinesxc@gmail.com or (307) 733-1733

Shooting Star

Last Updated: 12/12
Excellent grooming. Soft, dry surface snow at Shooting Star today. Plenty of open space for classic and skating alike. Byo Apres ski on the deck of the Nordic clubhouse. Just mind the friendly dogs who like cheese and crackers!

Grand Targhee

Last Updated: 12/13
Cross Country/Fat Bike 15k: XC OPEN (Last groomed 12/12/2020), Fat Bike CLOSED.

Alta Track

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday
Last Updated: 12/13
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Sunday morning: Randy spent couple more hours with the roller yesterday, compacting the new snow. This morning, with the Ginzu, we plan to set the classic. Think it should turn out fairly well, except a few thin spots.


Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 12/13
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Not Set
We started rolling out the track to create a rough surface for future snow to stick to. The snow is very thin and the trail is not ready for skiing. Let it snow!

Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/12
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set | Singletrack: Not Set
The skate track and a walkers/Fat bike singletrack have been rolled out in preparation for the coming storm cycles. It’s still early season and lots of weeds and some rocks are still present. Dog walkers, please choose to use the snowmobile singletrack for your adventures or wear snowshoes if you utilize the skate/nordic track. Fat bikers, please ride the edges the skate/nordic or the singletrack if you’re not leaving a rut more than 1″. This is a multi use trail system and all modalities are welcome though we encourage use that leaves things in good shape for the next user. Enjoy the ride and glide.

Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Last Updated: 12/13
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Smoothed out skate lane and reset classic track on both sides.

Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Last Updated: 12/12
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Campground loops and Yeti’s were groomed this evening. The campground loop approach and campground area were set for classic and skate. The east most campground loop was not set for classic. Yeti’s outermost loop was set for skate and classic. Yeti’s cutoff was not set for classic. Enjoy the glide!

Teton Springs Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Last Updated: 12/12
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set
7:00 am Sat morning skate track is getting a roll out. Classic track is not set. Early season conditions exist. Use with caution and be aware of the thin snowpack. Stick, grass and weeds are still present. Enjoy the glide.

Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/12
Singletrack: Set
Happy Hour got a good groom today. All the other trails are rider packed and ripping fast. Some of the sun exposed areas on hillbender are really soft mid-day. Be careful to avoid creating mud and snow ruts by riding early and late when temp are colder to help take care of this resource. We need more snow before we groom the rest of the Singletrack trails. Enjoy the ride!

5th Street Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/13
Singletrack: Set
As of Sunday lunch – 5th St. riding well! A little soft following the latest groom but should firm up overnight. Ditch crossings shoveled in and should pack in nicely. Run those tire pressures low for better float and good times!

JH Nordic Recreation Masters Clinics

8 clinics every other week from 11am-12:30pm, starting on December 10th -March 18th, alternating skate skiing and classic cross-country. 

Betty Woolsey Classic Nordic Race- 2k, 5k, 12k (* Sandbag series)

Register with the JH Ski Club. A community favorite, honoring Betty Woolsey of Trail Creek Ranch. All ages welcome, interval start. Come dressed to ski and wear a mask!

JH Nordic Alliance Annual Free Nordic Ski, Fat Bike, Snowshoe Event

Based on our goal to Recreate Responsibly, the JH Nordic Alliance has decided to cancel this season’s Annual Free Winter Trails Nordic, Fat Bike and Snowshoe Event. Stay tuned for January 2022! In the meantime, we encourage you to get out safely, responsibly, wear a mask, keep your groups small, and space out!

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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