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Fast skis are something special. Most skiers are emotionally attached to their fastest pair of skis because they are really worth something. Fast skis make a person more “fit” (faster) and they certainly make skiing more fun as well. New skis or freshly stoneground skis have the potential to be your “fastest skis ever”. Following this advice will give new skis the best chance possible to reach their potential. Read More.

JHSC Club and Community Nordic Update
IMD Youth Championships Today

Credit: The Groomer, JH Ski Club

Nearly 300 youth are gathering February 23rd and 24th for a wild weekend of Nordic adventures. Nordic skiers from the youngest up through age 15 will be racing, not to mention jumping and doing a whole lot of other fun stuff in this event. All the information and race results can be found on the website.

Athlete Spotlight: Neve Pruzan

This edition we are featuring one of our Devo skiers, Neve Pruzan, who is also a second generation JHSC and Trail Creek skier. Neve comes from a family of outdoor enthusiasts, so it is no wonder she’s a natural on skis. In the recent Moose Chase she was the youngest person to complete the 15K. It will be fun to watch her grow. The following is our interview with Neve:

Do you remember when you started skiing?

I first started skiing when I was 2, mostly around the yard with my strap-on skis.

At what age did you start skiing with the Jackson Hole Ski Club program?

My earliest memory of skiing at Trail Creek was falling a lot (and getting back up). I was 5 when I first started skiing at JHSC, starting with the Lollipops!

What grade are you in now and where do you go to school?

I go to TSS Journeys School and am in the 4th grade.

Which of the groups (Lollipoppers, Teewinots, Devos, or Juniors) do you ski in?

I am in the Devo’s, with Coaches Rob, Rainer, Taylor and Robin. I’m a first year U12.

Do other people in your family Nordic ski?

I ski with my mom, dad, (brother) Noah, and sometimes (brother) Nate. When I don’t have training, I like to go skijoring with my dog, Angel, at Stilson.

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Are you getting close to being faster than others in your family?

Sometimes I can keep up with Noah. My mom says I will ski faster than her sooner than later!

Do you do other skiing like Alpine or backcountry?

I ski with a fun group at the Mountain on Saturdays. It’s all girls and my instructor, Cassie Elliot, is the best!

What other sports do you do throughout the year?

When I am not skiing I ride my horses and go to long distance races with them; I paddle board with my family, do swim team, and go running all over with my dog.

What is your favorite memory of skiing for JHSC or at Trail Creek?

I’ve had 2 amazing days that I can remember. Two weeks ago, we had a big powder day and did laps on Face Plant with my teammates and coaches; the other day was getting towed on the snow machine with Coach Johnny.

What has been the biggest challenge of your Nordic skiing experiences so far?

The hardest Nordic race I ever did was the Moose Chase last week. My mom and I did the 15 km race and I was tired after.

Thank you, Neve. Best wishes for your future success!

Featured Coach: Bria Riggs

Where did you grow up and where did you ski growing up?

I grew up in Truckee, California ripping around the trails at Auburn Ski Club and Royal Gorge (North America’s largest network of Nordic trails!)

At what age did you start skiing?

I started skiing at age 11 when I joined my middle school Nordic team.

What is your history of Nordic skiing up to this point in your life?

After starting the sport in middle school, I went on the ski for Sugar Bowl Academy throughout high school and raced for Far West at 5 Junior Nationals. I was lucky enough to attend the U16 national camp for 2 years and western REG camp for 2 years. After enjoying much of Western junior skiing, I ventured east for college where I skied for Bates College on the EISA Carnival circuit for 3 of my 4 years. Now I am experiencing the pleasure of participating in the Nordic world through a coach’s lens while coaching the JHSC junior team this winter!

Does your family ski?

My family does dabble in Nordic skiing; however they are more involved in the world of Alpine and backcountry skiing.

What are your most memorable races if you raced in younger days?

The Soldier Hollow Super JNQ weekend was a highlight of my season throughout middle school and high school. I always remember that race series as providing an incredibly talented and deep field of athletes and it was also a great weekend to see my friends from other clubs and divisions! Also, the Supertour opener in West Yellowstone was an amazing opportunity to ski in the early season (over Thanksgiving break) and really break back into the feel of racing for each season!

Where do you like to ski when you aren’t at Trail Creek?

If I am skiing and I am not at Trail Creek, I am most likely not in Jackson, which means I am home in Truckee enjoying a beautiful blue bird ski at Royal Gorge. You can ski for 6 hours straight and never ski on the same trail twice!

Have you ever coached before working for JHSC?

I served as the student assistant coach for 2 of my years at Bates College in which I did a lot of wax testing, race weekend logistics, and cheering for my team! I also was fortunate enough to function as a dual coach for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team, where I worked as both a Nordic and Freeride coach.

What is your educational background?

After attending Sugar Bowl Academy for high school, I went on to study Environmental Economics, Ecology, and Spanish at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

What are your plans for the off season?

In the off season, I work as a trip leader for an active travel company called Backroads (you might have seen our vans and trailers driving around Jackson in the summer!) in various locations around the country.

How often do you ski now?

I ski almost every day! I think I’ve skied almost 85 days this season between Alpine, backcountry, and Nordic!

What age group are you coaching now?

I am coaching the Juniors (middle school) this season (big shout out of everyone on the Junior Team—you guys are awesome!) and have been helping out as a coach for all ages at the Junior National Qualifiers.

What or who turned you onto skiing in your youth?

An amazing man named Mark Nadell sparked my life-long love of Nordic skiing. He ran our middle school program and really inspired me to pursue the sport beyond his years as my coach.

What is your favorite memory of skiing for JHSC or at Trail Creek?

I have been amazed at how good the skiing has been all year! I have had so many awesome classic distance skis this season, I can’t choose just one!

What is the biggest challenge of being a coach?

Finding a balance between keeping it fun and taking training seriously can be difficult at times. I think especially with middle schoolers, it’s vital that the sport stays fun and exciting, but it’s also so important to start introducing the kids to a more regimented training schedule. It has definitely pushed me to be creative in how I approach practice every single day!

Thank you, Bria! It is great to have you as part of the JHSC family (and that was a great fish!).

Trail Creek Update

While we’ve had a bit of a respite in the past few days, February has turned out to be a major snow month. Preparations for the Moose Chase were ongoing; all-the-while visions of skaters slogging through feet of snow were dancing in our heads. Thankfully, just before the big event, things quieted down a bit. Here is a fascinating link that shows how our closest snow reporting station has been doing this winter. As of report date the image in the link shows that we are currently sitting in fourth place (see image below) out of the last eleven winters, but the general consensus is that the Valley has been getting relatively more snow than higher elevations like where thePhillips Bench station is. There is no question that we’ve had a lot of snow so far.

One of the really fun things of the past week is that a significant crust has developed under a few inches of lovely powder. The teams have been freed from the trails and are making tracks everywhere at Trail Creek. It is magical to see trails of adventures that appear each afternoon.

Moose and elk continue to hang out, having to struggle to make a living in this deep winter time. Be sure to give them some room if you have encounters on your next Nordic outing. No recent mountain lion sightings have been reported.

We do have several upcoming events that will affect grooming so be sure to check the calendar if in doubt.


XC Field Report – Kelly Warm Springs


The crust was not quite as predictable above Kelly Warm Springs but the skiing was still nice. Probably found three or four soft spots in an hour and a half of skiing. Beautiful sunset, and a solitary bull elk hanging out around the warm spring.

Report and photos courtesy of Steve Swan. 


Trail Creek Report

Last Updated: 2/22

Welcome to Trail Creek!

All the trails are set and we’re ready to welcome a huge group of skiers from all over the west to come and enjoy a little Wyoming hospitality this weekend; nearly 300 youth will race up and down and around some of the best we have to offer. While everything is ready to roll, if you still are looking for a volunteer opportunity, Coach Ben indicated that a few spots are still open. Volunteer information can be found at https://jhskiclub.org/support/volunteer-jobs.

In addition to this weekend’s courses, the Pisten Bully did do a fair amount of grooming in the woods, making best line skate passes on all of the more heavily human and/or hoof trafficked areas. Classic tracks are mostly nice and you will find lots of great skiing today.


Turpin Meadow Ranch Grooming Report
Last Updated: 2/22

With snow in the forecast we are planning to set the trails with the bully this weekend. Speaking of weekends, there are only 3 more left to enjoy Turpin in all of it’s glory. Come up, work out, and enjoy the all the lodge has to offer with great trails for all of your Nordic needs, a mouth watering menu, and a roaring fire to warm up by. We hope to see you soon!


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec Grooming Report
Last Updated: 2/22

8:00am: Cache Creek and Wayne May Park are groomed and in good shape. I will be heading to Game Creek shortly and should be done around 11:00.
11:05am: Game Creek is groomed and in good shape. I am just about to start Three Creek Pathway and should be done around 12:45.


Grand Teton National Park Grooming Report
Last Updated: 2/22

It’s Friday and it’s ☀️ in Grand Teton National Park. Get out and enjoy the tracks from Taggart Lake Trailhead to Signal Mountain, after that Bar B Bar, then Spring Creek Ranch.


Teton Pines Grooming Report
Last Updated: 2/18

Conditions are great! The temps will be chilly this week so make sure you use your cold wax. Stay tuned for information on our spring sale coming up soon! Wax recommendations for the rest of this week: Glide Swix LF6(Blue); Grip Swix Blue. Visit our website at tetonpinesnordiccenter.com or call (307) 733-1733


Shooting Star Grooming Report
Last Updated: 2/20

Get out and enjoy some Nordic skiing during the current dry/cold weather pattern. Conditions should remain solid over through Friday. Outlook is another potential snow system to begin Saturday.

Next update: Saturday


Grand Targhee Grooming Report
Last Updated: 2/22

Rise and shine! Literally. The sun is just cresting the Tetons, the moon is sinking behind the Big Hole range and the promise of a bright, sunny day is on the horizon at Grand Targhee!

Cross Country/Fat Bike 15k: XC OPEN (Last groomed AM 2/21/2019), Fat Bike OPEN.


Pinedale Nordic Trail Report
Last Updated: 2/21 @ 9am

All trails above groomed this morning. -9F degrees when I left. Very cold. Less than 1 inch of new snow from last night.


Alta Track

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Last Updated: 2/21 @ 9am
Skate: Fair |  Classic: Good
Just finished grooming. There was 3-4 inches of snow on the track. I set a new classic track and two passes on the skate lane. Classic track looks good. The skate lane is soft. It was cool to see a hot air balloon flying this morning!

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 2/21 @ 10am
Skate: Good  |  Classic: Excellent
Groomed all three loops. Looks good.

Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 2/14 @ 11am
Skate: Fair |  Classic: N/A
Made a number of laps to reset the track Thursday am. It is a bit wet and soft but fair and skiable.

Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Last Updated: 2/20 @ 7am
Skate: Good|  Classic: Good
Plan to begin grooming 8:30am.

Teton Springs

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Last Updated: 2/21 @ 10am
Skate: Excellent  |  Classic: Excellent
Just finished re-setting all tracks this morning. Probably doesn’t get better than this!

5th Street Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 2/20 @ 8pm
Singletrack: Good
Last groomed on Monday. Holding up and riding well.

Teton Springs Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 2/17
Singletrack: Poor
Marked conditions as poor due to windblown hardpack that will breakdown with traffic

Southern Valley Single Track

Grooming Schedule: As Needed
Last Updated: 2/19 @ 11pm
Singletrack: Good
Groomed
Powerline to Pole Canyon
Nemo
Grumpy
Upper Ladyslipper

West Yellowstone Rendezvous 2019 Race – 2K, 5K, 10K, 25K classic, 25K & 50K freestyle 
When:  Saturday, March 2
Where: Rendezvous Trails, West Yellowstone, MT
www.skirunbikemt.com/rendezvous-race.html


US College Ski Association (USCSA) Championships – Nordic Races

When: Sunday, March 10
Where: Trail Creek Nordic Center, Trail Creek Road – off Hwy 22, Wilson WY
jhskiclub.org/event/uscsa-national-champs


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