What’s Groomed in Jackson Hole/Teton Valley?

See real-time grooming in the Jackson Hole/Teton Valley region. Find all the latest grooming & fresh groomed tracks.  Plan your next Nordic Adventure with ease.


Hole Hiking Experience Nature Update

Day Light Savings time marks the beginning of change in our valley!  The first bear to wake up from its peaceful hibernation was spotted in Yellowstone and the end of Nordic trail grooming has begun.  For many, this time of year brings with it the rush to explore new areas while still accessible.  One adventurous example is the connection between Cache Creek and Game Creek where peaceful isolation is guaranteed. 

This is also a time for reading some old favorites like Finis Mitchell’s Wind River Trails book – and (if you can find it) the incredible “Horses, Hitches and Rocky Trails” by Joe Black – both describing some spectacular country in our own backyard. Finis’s Pledge to Future Generations, written in the 1940s, is especially inspiring:

While here on earth, I shall endeavor with all my ability and steadfast efforts to preserve and add to our wilderness so all who follow in my footsteps might have the same opportunity to use and enjoy it as I have. Remember, the Way of a Wilderness is love and kindness towards all forms of life.


BTNF stresses critical winter range closures, dog leashing, conservative decision making

Article by Buckrail
When individuals access closed winter ranges, they cause animals using the area to become stressed or flee to new locations. This retreat requires animals, especially ungulates like deer, elk and moose, to use energy they cannot spare. 

It also often places them in areas less suitable for grazing and/or browsing, preventing them from gathering the food sources they need to survive. This leads to a weakened condition, which can have a direct effect on the animals’ ability to defend themselves, making them more susceptible to predation and disease, and can lead to future reproduction problems in individual animals. 

BTNF also mentioned how recreating with dogs come with added responsibilities.

“Be aware that many popular trailheads on the Jackson District have leash requirements, forest employees and volunteers are out in force to curb unleashed dogs in these areas. Even outside of these areas it is imperative that visitors maintain control of their animals through a leash or voice command, this is essential to minimizing impacts on wintering wildlife and improves the experience of other forest users.”

There is still a significant amount of snow throughout the forest and surrounding areas. The impacts of more snow, changing temperatures and wind loading are manifesting through natural and human-triggered avalanches. The public is encouraged to check the avalanche forecast, have the appropriate equipment and be prepared to “walk away” if the conditions are unsafe. 

Avalanche forecasts are available daily here.


Trip Report: Cottonwood Creek

Winter wonderland in Cottonwood Creek, between Taggart trailhead and Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. So many beautiful trails to explore on classic or backcountry cross country skis in GTNP! PS. Upstream from Taggart (Teton Park Road ) crossing, we don’t recommend skiing in the frozen or snow covered creek). Bring bear spray just in case. -From B.C.


Trip Report: Cache Creek to Game Creek

Connecting Cache Creek to Game Creek – two favorite trails – has long been a goal of ours.  Thanks to car shuttles and breaking trail through deep snow, this approximately 9 mile adventure was longer and harder than planned – but the spectacular scenery and isolation made for an outstanding time.  Note that route-finding and avalanche safety skills are needed.  Our friend’s GAIA tracks helped out a lot! -From K.D. 

(JH Nordic note:  this trip followed the summer hiking trail – up Cache, south over the Cache to Game divide, then out Game Creek)


Wanna Find A Great Trail?

With some grooming operations coming to a close (Grand Teton National Park and Turpin Meadow Ranch) you may be wondering “where do I ski now?” Don’t fret, there are still plenty of great options. Did you know that there are over 100 trails mapped and described on the JH Nordic website trails section?

For example, you could head to Cliff Creek, a lesser known trail in the Gros Ventre & Wyoming Ranges. This is a multi-use, out & back skier tracked trail. The parking area is about 15 miles SE of Hoback Junction, so it will take some effort to get there, however you’ll be rewarded as this section of the Wyoming Range is barely visited in the winter, so you may have the entire valley to yourself.

If you head that way, don’t forget to submit a trip report to JH Nordic for your chance to win some great winter trail prizes!


Help Determine Parks & Rec Grooming Schedules!

Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Winter Operations team needs your input  to determine if Parks & Rec will groom more often next winter, and connect pathways with snow covered pack & rolled surfaces.

Imagine daily grooming on fave trails like Emily’s Pond, Cache, Game, Stilson, plus grooming on many bike paths ( vs current plowing), e.g.  connecting Wilson to R Park, then to Emily’s ( and more) , this is our opportunity to give input to Parks & Rec. With our input, they can possibly get a much needed new pisten bully, too!


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Trail Creek

Grooming Daily
Last Update:
3/14
Fastest in the Nation!
Lena Poduska not only had the fastest U16 time yesterday at the Junior Nordic National Championships in Fairbanks yesterday, she was the fastest female overall, way to go Lena!  The rest of the team wasn’t far behind, Coach Wills’s complete report reads:

We had a ton of amazing performances today! It was a classic 7.5k interval start for all ages and genders.  Lena Poduska won the national championship for U16 girls AND had the fastest women’s time of the day in ALL age classes!!

Here at Trail Creek you’ll also find plenty of fast skiing today.  The Husky was out and about, making skate/classic passes nearly everywhere with double passes on most of the fields.  A new feature for the year was groomed today, this can only happen in epic snow winters, one of which we are in now, Superplant was groomed which if you don’t know where that is, think Faceplant to skier’s left, only quite a bit more intense.  Surely our Junior skiers will discover that this week and put a million tracks on it.

Things are wrapping up this week; the image above was the season finale for Coach Kathy’s Monday Lollipoppers, thanks for all the Lolliopper wrangling and great images Coach Kathy!

Groomer’s choice for today is the Lower East Fields.


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Grooming Today: Cache Creek, Game Creek, May Park, South Park Pathway
Last Update: 3/14

The school fields and the levee are groomed this morning. Both are getting covered up with new snow quickly. Stilson will be done around 10:15.


Cache Creek Singletrack

Groomed by Friends of Pathways
Grooming Schedule: As Needed

Last Update: 3/11
Singletrack groomed evening of 3/11.


Teton Pines Nordic

Grooming Daily

Since it looks like the snow is never going away, come get some new ski gear to get through the next round of winter! We still have most sizes available in everything in the shop including: skate skis, classic skis, bc touring skis, boots, poles, gloves, jackets, pants, and hats.

Closing day for the shop is Sunday March 19 (which happens to be Cody’s 50th birthday!) We are planning to groom until the 26th—conditions permitting. Due to Golf Operations beginning their spring work immediately after closing the nordic facilities, the course is closed beginning March 31.

The last day to drop off skis for waxing is Wednesday March 15. The last day for lessons is Saturday March 18.

We are open daily to the public for skiing. Click here for our current trails grooming and conditions: https://nordic-pulse.com/ski-areas/US/WY/Teton-Pines-Nordic-Center. We offer private skate and classic skiing lessons daily, skate/classic ski rental packages, and bc xc rentals for the park. We are open 9am-4pm. Please call to book lessons and with any other questions. 

Note—We have a new shop phone number this season: (307) 732-4130


Shooting Star

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 3/13

More snow is forecasted through Wednesday with calmer conditions returning on Thursday. Some drifting and daytime accumulations should be expected. Overall, trails continue to groom out well. Be sure to keep up with the forecast and enjoy!

Please help support trail grooming in GTNP by donating to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. It’s easy and encouraged. All you need to do is visit: GTNPF.org/donate/ and leave the comment “Nordic” in the designation section. There is the opportunity to leave a one time gift or reoccurring monthly donations in any amount.

Grand Teton National Park

Grooming Has Ended For The Season
Last Update: 3/14

Winter grooming of the 14-mile section of Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain parking area ended March 10. The road will remain open for winter activities until March 20 when snow removal operations begin.

While grooming in GTNP has come to an end for the season, there are other great options of where you can track ski. Check out JHNordic.com/Grooming/ to find other fresh grooming in our new real-time map, thanks to our partner, Nordic-Pulse.


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Grooming Has Ended For The Season
Last Update: 3/12
Thank you all for a wonderful winter season at Turpin Meadow Ranch! While our trails are on National Forest (meaning you can still come enjoy them on your own) they are no longer being maintained. If you do make the drive, bring your bear spray and remember: the lodge and all services are closed for the season, please respect that all buildings on the resort are private.

Please support TVTAP winter trail grooming on your favorite TV winter trails by purchasing a TVTAP Trail sticker  Please remember to manage your dogs and respect dog and wildlife closures. Buy a dog trail sticker, too!

Grand Targhee

Grooming Schedule: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Last Updated: 3/14
Classic Track: Set | Fat Bike Trails: Closed | Snowshoe Trails: Open
2 inches of fresh snow accumulated yesterday with 1 inch falling after lifts closed. Today’s forecast is scattered snow showers with highs in the high thirties with moderate wind gusts. We will continue to see the current  storm cycle’s effects this evening through Wednesday night. 

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: 3/13
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Not Set
A little to gooey to groom tonight. We will keep an eye on the weather but it looks warm and wet for the next few days. Might have to wait for colder temps. We will update the report if we get out there to groom.


Driggs

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 3/13
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set

Slushy out there this evening but I tried to smooth it out. No classic track set. Not enough soft snow. Might be icy if it freezes up tonight. If not it will be slush tomorrow.


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 3/13
Skate: Set | Classic: Not Set
Smoothed out the ruts and puppy post holes a bit. Very firm out there, did not attempt to set a classic track. Walking trail has been buffed out.


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Last Updated: 3/13
Skate: Set | Classic: Set
Grooming Teton Canyon at 9 am today.

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


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Last Updated: 3/14
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Not Set
Tuesday morning: After a few laps around the Campground loop I decided it would not be good for the track or the equipment to keep grooming. Much too warm and sticky. If my schedule allows, I’ll try to groom again when temps drop. Have a good day!

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Reserve Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Last Updated: 3/14
Skate: Not Set | Classic: Not Set
Tuesday morning we will not groom. It’s much too warm to do any good. Will try to get back to it when conditions are favorable.

No dogs allowed. Please stay on the groomed trails at all times.


Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 3/14
Singletrack: Not Set
Grooming has been paused due to the weather conditions not being favorable. We’ll wait for the temps to drop and the snow to return before grooming commences.

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Darby Canyon

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Groomed by USFS
Last Updated: 3/9

Groomed 3/9.


Rammell Mountain

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Groomed by USFS
Last Updated: 3/8

Groomed 2/24.


South Leigh Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Groomed by USFS
Last Updated: 3/9

Groomed 3/9.


Pinnacle Trail

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Groomed by USFS
Last Updated: 3/8

Groomed 3/3.

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss out on all the wonderful events coming up! Explore the highlighted events below or find more events on our website at https://jhnordic.com/events/


[Rescheduled 3/16]
Women’s Nordic Series
Saturday, March 16
5:30PM | Alta Track

Due to the inclement weather the Women’s Nordic Series is rescheduled for Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 pm at the Alta Track.


Annual Spring Fling
Cardboard Race and Pond Skim
Saturday, March 25

Whitepine Wyoming Ski Resort
It’s almost time for our annual closing weekend shenanigans! Cardboard Race and Pond Skim, Saturday, March 25, 2023. Contingent upon snow conditions. If needed, we’ve got plenty of cardboard. Just ask! 

Crazy Costumes, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, 2023. All and any! Just keep it clean




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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LATEST JACKSON HOLE TRAIL REPORT

  • 3 Mar 24 – Daily Trail Report
    Today’s Avalanche Forecast Nordic and winter trail users are urged to use caution when recreating on trails and terrain below steep slopes. The BTAC reports and their website is a valuable local resource for planning your outing. Visit their forecast page for the most up-to-date information. Deep Snow PSA With the huge amount of snow that fell in the couple of days there have been road closures, challenges for groomers to access trails to attempt to… Read More