Wildlife Wednesday with JH Ecotour Adventures

These grizzly tracks were an exciting and unexpected find for us! Typically, bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem hibernate for about five months, but this is not always the case. Not all bears hibernate, and this is becoming a more common occurrence as our planet warms. In fact, a 2017 study found that for every one degree Celsius that minimum temperatures increase in winter, bears hibernate for six fewer days. According to the study, by the middle of the century, bears could be active for as much as 40 days longer. Be sure to keep this in mind when you’re recreating in the GYE this winter, as carrying bear spray might become a year-round necessity!

With the slightly warmer temperatures and longer days, the coyote mating season has begun. Every morning and evening, these wild dogs serenade us with yips and howls, advertising to each other in the cold winter air. During this time, male coyotes are also particularly aggressive towards one another and are often observed chasing each other across the open spaces of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.


TONIGHT!


Classic Ski Clinic at Trail Creek

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.

Trail Creek

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 2/15

Salute our Hosts!
If you are lucky enough to make it out to Trail Creek today, you might notice some new trails in the Moose Loop/Armin’s area.  If you are an old timer, you will probably guess that one of our major hosts, the Siefferts, are coming for a vacation and that these trails have been groomed to allow them to snowmobile into their cabin.  The green A frame cabin as well as the land under Moose Loop and Armin’s all belong to the Sieffert family.  If you happen to see them on one of your skis, give them a friendly wave as a way of saying thanks for the use of their land that hosts some of our best ski trails.

Those trails along with pretty much every other trail in our extensive network received fresh Husky grooming today.  While it is trying to snow, so far it has only amounted to about a half inch.  However, combining that fresh half inch with the warm temperatures has allowed our groomer to do a quite nice job today. 

While Homesite received multiple passes, most woods trails had a single pass with about 30% receiving fresh classic tracks along the way.  The classic tracks in the East Fields with the fresh dusting are skiing well and the Close Field received multiple passes with fresh classic tracks.  All in all skiing is very nice today.

Groomer’s choice for today is Homesite.


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Grooming Monday-Saturday
Last Update: 2/15

The school fields and the levee are groomed and in pretty good shape besides shallow classic tracks. Stilson will be done around 11:00

Wednesday Grooming Schedule: 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: 2/14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Trails remain in excellent shape, boasting firmer, fast conditions in the morning followed by a slight softening as inversions lift and temperatures reach into the 20s and 30s by afternoon. Snow returns to the forecast over the next few days and will hopefully bring a much needed refresh for the Nordic course, and the Tetons as whole. Storm skiing conditions could exist during the weather system, but we will continue to groom each morning and conditions should be quite enjoyable for Nordic skiing following the potential snow. 

Next update will be by Friday, 2/18.

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: 2/15

Today GTNP Taggert to Signal and all four lanes to the south. Cool and overcast with light snow.

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


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 2/14

Warmer temperatures and a little bit of snow is expected. The trails have been skiing fast and a change in weather should make them even better. 

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: 2/15
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: 2/15
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Some new snow!!!! Skate and classic set. Tracks are soft

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: 2/14
Skate: Set | Classic: Set


Smoothed the track with the drag, then reset classic track.


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 2/
13

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Groomed the singletrack, set the skate track and reset the classic track. Enjoy.


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Last Updated: 2/
15

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Tuesday noon: About to make pass to pack down 3 inches ew snow. Will set south classic and skate.


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Last Updated: 2/14
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Just a heads up to tomorrow’s skiers. We will be trimming branches and brush along the campground loop tomorrow. Expect to encounter workers, chainsaws, and snowmobiles on the trail. We will do our best to clean up behind us.

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Reserve Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Thursday & Saturday
Last Updated: 2/15
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Bonus groom! Set classic and did one pass around skate. Enjoy!

No dogs allowed.


Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 2/14
Singletrack: Set

I was able to drag and fill in some ruts and post holes on upper and lower lady slipper. All the other trails are in fine shape. 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 at TRAIL CREEK
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.




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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