November Nature News with Hole Hiking Experience

As weather changes, animals move to their winter territories and adjust behavior to further minimize calorie loss. Big Horn Sheep can be found on Miller Butte outside of the town of Jackson. This herd comes lower in elevation to a thinner snow pack and more mild weather.  We begin to see Rough-legged Hawks on the fence posts. They summer in the Arctic and come to Jackson to winter. They will remain if they can find enough food. This depends on the snow pack and the ease of catching rodents.

One of the biggest changes this November were the number of Trumpeter Swans on Flat Creek. They come to the valley to winter and the number of birds was amazing! There were well over 50 adult and young swans. You can see them on Highway 89/191 near the edge of town on Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge. Swans need free flowing water to take off and land so temperatures will depict where they go. As long as it doesn’t get cold enough to freeze Flat Creek, you will find them feeding and resting along this stretch of water.

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Trail Creek Grooming Report

Last updated: 12/1

Making Lemonade?!
The lemon of the day was that one of the fittings on the Pisten Bully developed a leak late in the day yesterday and although as of report time at 1 PM it is up and running once again, today’s grooming took place with the Ginzu Groomer .  How might that make lemonade you might ask?  The Ginzu Groomer’s classic track setter doesn’t have tons of steel pulling it along so it is much more able to deal with hitting obstacles buried just below the surface of the snow.  Therefore, for the first time of the season, universal classic tracks have been set throughout the groomed trails at Trail Creek

Currently the temperature is -2ºC/28ºF with cloudy skies and light breezes.  The Ginzu Groomer made numerous passes through the close field and at least two passes elsewhere resulting in tracks not quite as firm as the Pisten Bully would make but none the less some pretty nice skiing and lots of classic tracks.  The classic tracks do tend to have a bit of skitter here and then due to some complicating factors, but the bottom line is if you make it out skiing today, you should have a good time.  Look for the Pisten Bully to be back at it again tomorrow.

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Shooting Star Grooming Report

Last Updated: 12/1

Overnight drifts and new snowfall made for a cowboy grooming experience this morning while wrestling the bucking snowmobile through the course. Good news is the trails groomed out very well and should provide a smooth surface. Conditions will be softer today and likely continue to firm up as the  weather is forecasted to be dry and much colder. Please note that we may need to groom in the late afternoon or only do partial grooming’s if temperatures become too frigid for us to groom on the snowmobile, because of obvious cold/skin exposure (We’ll contact the golf shop if this happens). The next update will be sent out whenever any noteworthy changes happen or by next Wednesday…otherwise skiing should be very enjoyable.

Below are some other details:

  • All trails are officially open today, except for the out & back ranch loop behind 15 lake.
  • Tight corners may be soft/rough  as its difficult for the sled to navigate through them(Example: Sharp Turn from 8 Green to 9 Tees)
  • Early Season Conditions Persist (Rocky/grassy/Inconsistent profile depth & compaction)
  • Be aware of soft spots
  • No Classic Track will be set until snowpack increases
  • Conditions will improve as more snow accumulates
  • Grooming frequencies may vary depending on snow conditions


Grand Teton National Park Grooming Report

Last Updated: 11/30

Started Grooming in Grand Teton National Park this morning. Taggart Lake to Signal Mountain. Get out and enjoy the tracks over the weekend!



Teton Pines Grooming Report

Last Updated: 12/1

Conditions are great! Come ski with us!

Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec Grooming Report

Last Updated: 11/30

9:20am: The levee and Stilson were rolled with the snowmobile this morning. Grooming will resume next week following the grooming schedule that can be found on Monday Bushong will be grooming Cache Creek with a Pistenbully to Noker Mine Draw.

2:22pm: I do not have a way to set track with the snowmobile. Next week I should be able to get the Pistenbully out on most trails so I will set classic track then.

Grand Targhee Grooming Report

Last Updated: 11/30

With over 10 inches of fresh snow now groomed into the Nordic trails, and more snow overnight Friday, the Nordic trails are in excellent shape for both skate and classic. Fat Bike single track trails are also very good. Reminder that dogs are not allowed on nordic and fat bike trails. Be sure to purchase a trail pass. And after a huge overnight snowstorm, grooming may be slightly delayed, as the GTR groomers work to get all 3 trails systems open (alpine, nordic and fat bike).

Alta Track

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Last Updated: 12/1/2018 14:11:08
Skate: Good  |  Classic: Not Set
Comments: We are 100% open. Still a bit soft. Will set the classic track soon.


Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 11/19/2018 11:06:15
Skate: Not Set  |  Classic: Not Set
Comments: Coming Soon!

Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 11/19/2018 11:06:15
Skate: Not Set  |  Classic: Not Set
Comments: Coming Soon!

Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Last Updated: 12/1/2018 6:05:37
Skate: Fair  |  Classic: Fair
Comments: Saturday: Once again, plan to roll skate track and reset classic this morning. Should finish by 10am. Track will be soft.

Teton Springs

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Last Updated: 11/19/2018 11:10:28
Skate: Not Set  |  Classic: Not Set
Comments: Coming Soon!

Teton Springs Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/1/2018 4:24:14
Singletrack: Good
Comments:Heading out to groom the Teton Springs singletrack, Southern Valley connector trail and Upper and Lower Lady Slipper. It should be in decent shape for Global fat bike day today.

5th Street Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/1/2018 10:26:20
Singletrack: Excellent
Comments: Rode-in 5th St. this AM. Fast, fun and tight! Start north of skatepark for 1mi figure-8. Happy Global Fatbike day! Go grab a demo bike from local shops.

Southern Valley Single Track

Grooming Schedule: As Needed
Last Updated: 11/28/2018 12:44:59
Singletrack: Good
Comments:Powerline from Grumpy’s to Pole Canyon and the Teton Springs gravel path are rolled to perfection. Grumpy, Upper and Lower Ladyslipper are Fat Biked in. Nemo should be open shortly once the logging operation has ceased. Hope to see everyone at our Global Fat Bike Day event this Saturday, Dec 1st, at Teton Springs.

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