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.

JH Ski & Snowboard Club Nordic Masters Ski Clinics

5 classic clinics and 5 skate clinics  – only a few spots left -Thursdays 11am-12:30pm at Teton Pines Nordic Center and Trail Creek Nordic Trails. from December 14th to February 22nd (no class on Dec 28th)

– Take an early lunch break and join these clinics to work on your Cross-country classic and/or skate ski technique, balance, stamina, efficiency, performance , and fun.

– Coaching by JH Ski & Snowboard Club USSS certified coaches in small groups at your level.

– Sign up for all 10 clinics  (10 session of classic and skate) or 5 classic only or 5 skate only.

Photo: Steffen Konrad

Early Season Nordic Skiing

Grand Targhee
Grooming coming soon with no classic set tracks in early season. Be sure to purchase a Nordic day or season pass at the Grand Targhee ticket office to support grooming and trail maintenance.

Togwotee Pass
We currently discourage going up to Togwotee due to active bear sightings. While there is snow coverage on Togwotee, and Flagstaff Road Trail has been lightly groomed/packed, mainly by snowmobile use, grizzlies are not yet in hibernation. If you do choose to go, bring bear spray, be alert, and and ski in a group (do not go out alone ).

Teton Pass to Mt Elly
Skier track out to Mt Elly is well packed, could be slick in places. Bring kicker skins for better traction. Snow pack is thin so go slow, be aware of logs and rocks.

Teton Pines Nordic
Grooming will begin as soon as 6+ inches falls to create a base. Check daily trail reports for the most up-to-date information.

Other grooming start date schedules are listed on JHNordic.com/Grooming/

Make this Christmas Tree search a Nordic adventure!

Embrace the holiday spirit with a festive tradition! Check out our latest blog on cutting down your own Christmas tree in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Get tips, explore beautiful locations, and make memories that last a lifetime. 

We’re Hiring a part-time ED!

The Jackson Hole Nordic Alliance is seeking a part-time Executive Director to lead the information hub for all Nordic ski trails, fat bike trails, and human-powered winter trail recreation in Jackson Hole & Teton Valley, with its popular web resource JHNordic.com and a full range of media channels. 

It’s a fun opportunity for someone with  strategic mindset and marketing experience to build support , interest, enjoyment of JH & TV’s Nordic ski and Winter trails! More to do and explore in winter!!

TVTAP 2024 Trail Stickers Are Now Available

We spy a lot of blue trail stickers out there (awesome) – but it’s time for a new orange one for winter 2024!  Having successfully closed out the capital campaign, the new Favero SnowRabbit snowcat arrives very soon and TVTAP can’t wait to set some nice ski tracks for you.  And bikers, we know you appreciate the unique winter singletrack trail system we groom at Southern Valley. Grab our traditional sticker or our new bike sticker for your fatbike fork or water bottle and show your support.  Order now and we’ll mail your stickers in about a week so you can be ready to kick, glide, and roll when the trails open up soon.  

Parks and Recreation Winter Service Levels – Grooming update

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for winter services by evaluating staff and resources available for winter services. Below is a list of anticipated winter service levels:

·         The Parks Division is responsible for 14 miles of sidewalk clearing and nearly 35 miles of pathway clearing to ensure commuter connectivity during the winter.  In addition, staff builds and maintains 4 ice rinks in Teton County: Teton County Fairgrounds, Owen Bircher riding arena, Powderhorn ballfield, and Alta school area.  Staff also groom, or support the grooming of, approximately 42 miles of trails weekly in Teton County.  The Parks staff are also responsible for ensuring safe access to all publicly owned buildings within the Town and County.

·         The Parks Division would like to ask for the community’s patience with timing and quality of groomed trails as new grooming staff are currently being trained.  Due to staffing shortages, the high school track will not be groomed on Saturdays.  If it is determined that staff can accommodate grooming at the high school on Saturdays, it will be added back into the grooming schedule. Grooming activities should not be affected by snow events unless avalanche danger is moderate or high in the backcountry or if conditions dictate that staff can’t perform safely due to visibility or an ongoing snow event. Grooming schedules can be found on the website referenced below. Staff will be utilizing the Nordic Pulse application to update grooming activities in real time at jhnordic.com. The link is also on the Parks and Recreation website. 
https://jhnordic.com/grooming/   http://www.tetonparksandrec.org/1353/Grooming-Report

·         Sidewalk and Pathway plowing maps can be found in the Pathways section of the Parks and Recreation website.  Please be aware that based on the snow event, staffing and resources, staff will prioritize sidewalk clearing starting in the Town core and working outward.  Maps of routes can be found here: http://www.tetonparksandrec.org/1356/Pathways

Winter wildlife closures begin Friday on Bridger-Teton

Photo: Nick Sulzer // Article: Buckrail
Areas of crucial wildlife winter range that close to all human presence include Josie’s Ridge, the KC trail, Wilson Canyon, the slopes above the Putt-Putt trail, the slopes north of the Game Creek trail and portions of the Gros Ventre drainage. Exceptions include Lower Spread Creek and Coal Mine Draw, west of the Hatchet Road on the Jackson and Blackrock Ranger Districts. Closures for those areas will begin Dec. 15.

GTNP seeks public input on Colter Bay Legacy planning

The National Park Service (NPS) is at the beginning of a master planning effort to reestablish Colter Bay as a key destination and central location for all visitors in Grand Teton National Park. The NPS is seeking public input from November 13 to January 11, 2024, on a range of planning concepts focused on improving visitor use and experience in the Colter Bay area. Since several non-motorized winter trails start at or near Colter Bay, winter use is important to factor into the long term plan.

Jackson Hole Nordic Ski Trails are featured as a top place to cross country ski in North America in the 2024 edition of Best Nordic Ski Great Escapes, a respected travel resort guide for cross-country skiers. The magazine includes profiles on all the top cross country ski trails and destinations, inspiring readers to explore trails, lodging (from 5 star to rustic), dining options across a wide range of ski destinations.  Many include fat biking and snowshoeing as well.

To order Best Nordic Ski Great Escapes 2024 please click here https://nordicskigreatescapes.com/

Exclusive Deal Alert!

JH Nordic Alliance readers, friends, and followers will receive 15% off each of their nightly stays with our friends at @lakesidelodgewy this winter season! Enter code NJH15 when booking directly on the Lakeside Lodge website https://lakesidelodge.com. Valid from Dec. 15- March 17

A few of our favorite Nordic trail options to explore nearby are Whitepine Upper and Lower Loops, Whitepine to Elkhart Park (https://jhnordic.com/trails/white-pines-nordic-elkhart-park-trail-pinedale), or skiing on frozen Fremont Lake.

Nordic sit ski & adaptive fat bikes, oh, my!

Stop by the Teton Adaptive booth at the 6th Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike, and Snowshoe Day at Turpin Meadow Ranch on Sunday, January 7, 2024. From 9:30 am – 3 pm attendees are invited to try one of their adaptive nordic sit skis and more fun on the snow!

Trail Creek

Last Update: 11/29
Snow in the Forecast!
After a somewhat dry November, the next week forecasts nearly 20 inches of snow; dig out your Nordic skis and gear and get ready for a great winter of skiing at Trail Creek!  

Teton Pines Nordic

Not Grooming Yet
Last Update: 11/24
Teton Pines Nordic Center now has its Nordic Ski shop open from 10-2 weekdays until the snow flies, then moving to Winter hours 9-4.  It is looking good for this weekend so TPNC is hoping to have some skiing by Sunday or Monday!? Sales on rental classic/skate gear too. Limited sizes/quantities on skate gear but more classic availability.


Shooting Star

Not Grooming Yet
Last Update: 11/24
Winter is currently off to a slow start with only 2” of snow falling yesterday. Barring an unforeseen heavy snow event, I would expect the trails to potentially be closed through mid-December. Friendly reminder that we need approximately 18” to begin grooming with the snowmobile and 24”+ for the snowcat. Once enough snow has fallen, we will then need several days to pack and prep trails prior to opening. Outlook is calling for dry weather over the next 7 days, followed by a chance of a snow returning on Sunday, December 3rd.

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.

Grooming Has Yet to Begin in Grand Teton National Park.

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!

Grooming Has Yet to Begin in Teton Valley.

JH Ski & Snowboard Club’s
Black Tie Blue Jean Ski Ball

Saturday, December 9th
Bridger Gondola

VIP tables and General Admission tickets available.  This incredible evening will consist of cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, dancing, and a Grand Raffle.  Funds raised are used to offset program costs, purchase safety & protective gear and support our young athletes.

Nordic Waxing Clinic

Wednesday, December 13th
Skinny Skis

Learn the basics of glide waxing with demonstrations and hands-on use of iron and liquid applications. Each clinic limited to 10 attendees. Sign up at Skinny Skis or emailskis@skinnyskis.com.

Cost: Suggested donations of $10 to support grooming in Grand Teton National Park.

Fat Bike Community Meeting

Monday, December 18th
Highpoint Cider, Victor, ID

Discuss current opportunities with Teton Valley Trails & Pathways, regional organizations, bike shops and riders. Topics to be discussed: · Singletrack grooming · Where to ride in the region · Volunteer grooming opportunities · Trail sharing and etiquette on multi-use trails · Supporting grooming and programming · Meet local riders · Short film + fat bike games!

Betty Woolsey Classic Race

Saturday, December 23rd
Trail Creek Nordic Center

This event commemorates Betty Woolsey, a ski racing Olympian and the founder of Trail Creek Ranch. During her lifetime, Betty Woolsey pioneered backcountry skiing on Teton Pass, opened Trail Creek to JHSC for Nordic skiing in 1967, and helped the JHSC Nordic and biathlon programs get off the ground.  

This community event offers distances for every age and ability; 10 AM start time with a mass start classic format.

Racers can choose from 0.5k, 3k, 5k, and 10k options.  

Christmas Brunch with Santa

Saturday, December 23rd
Turpin Meadow Ranch

Head over to Turpin Meadow Ranch 11:30am – 2:30pm for brunch and pictures with Santa! Reservations are required. Call 307-543-2000 to reserve your spot today!

Teton Ridge Classic

Saturday, January 6th
Mike Harris Trail System
Classic cross country ski races -distances: 15 km and 7 km courses.

For the last 2 decades, the Teton ridge Classic (TRC) has been one of the premier classic Nordic ski races in the Greater Teton region. The Teton Ridge Classic will take place just south of Victor, Idaho on the Mike Harris trail system.

Save the Date
JH Nordic Alliance 6th Annual Free Ski, Fat Bike, & Snowshoe Day

Sunday, January 7th, 2024
Turpin Meadow Ranch

Free Classic and skate ski gear demos, ski lessons, trail use, Backcountry Nordic ski tours, Snowshoe tours, Kids Corral, Town-to-Turpin free van shuttle -Family friendly.

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/


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LATEST JACKSON HOLE TRAIL REPORT

  • 5 Mar 24 – Daily Trail Report
    Keep up with the forecast as heavy snows and high winds may persist.Connect to the grooming page for relevant updates before you head out! 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. Trip Report: Trail Creek Nordic trails on a… Read More