Contributing to Wildlife Conservation

Did you know that the #1 reason people travel to Wyoming is to view wildlife? Countless businesses rely on the tourism generated from the presence of wildlife, yet the majority of funding for wildlife conservation in Wyoming comes from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The tourism industry contributes very little to the conservation of wildlife, despite how heavily it depends upon the resource, and there is incredible potential for this industry to make a difference in wildlife conservation.

Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow, created by EcoTour Adventures founder Taylor Phillips, aims to change this. Learn more about this brand new initiative and how you can make a difference in Wyoming wildlife conservation by heading over to the EcoTour Adventures blog.


Learn More About Winter Wildlife Closures

Professional Skier Lynsey Dyer and Bridger-Teton Wildlife Biologist Jason Wilmot take a trip up Snow King Mountain while discussing the importance of protecting wildlife and how to do so while recreating during the winters in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. They make their way to the borders of the wildlife closure areas surrounding the Snow King Resort boundaries to place notices of closure for skiers, snowboarders, and hikers. Video Courtesy of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance


Wildlife at Your Local Nordic Areas

Here is a small collection of wildlife photos taken from some popular Nordic areas. Can you identify where any of the photos are from? There are a couple of wildlife mentions in the grooming reports below, perhaps they can be a helpful hint… Enjoy your Nordic adventures and take care of the wildlife: respect closures, control your dogs, be alert to avoid surprise encounters, and give wildlife plenty of space.

Trail Creek

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 1/3

Lollipoppers and Teewinots Rule!

Today is the day when our littlest skiers hit the slopes; it’s always an awesome sight to see tiny humans scooting about on their skis, oftentimes with more skill than those much older.  Today will be a busy day at Trail Creek with the whole collection of teams working hard, improving their Nordic game.  Thankfully the whole trail network is being groomed and there should be plenty of room for all to spread out and have a good time.

If you’re looking to have a good time on your Nordic skis today, Trail Creek could surely be your answer.  While it will be busy, you should be able to find just the right place for a great ski.  Conditions today are great with sunshine, moderate temps and no wind.

Today’s grooming with the Husky covered most every trail.  Most trails have classic tracks now and our bases are getting deep enough to get some pretty wide trails as well.  The next snow cycle starts tonight which looks to bring us another foot or so in the next few days.  Big Boy Bull was having a good time on the Aspen Bump this morning.

Groomer’s choice for today is Animal Farm and Go Lollipoppers and Teewinots!


Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec

Grooming Monday-Saturday
Last Update: 1/3


Cache Creek was groomed Monday 1/3, looks pretty nice up there! Tuesday Grooming Schedule: Emily’s Pond “Dike”, Stilson/Wilson Centennial, and School Fields Loop


Cache Creek Fat Bike Trails

Last Update: 1/1

I groomed the trails in Cache this morning so they should be in good shape for a nice sunny weekend.

Grooming by Friends of Pathways.


Teton Pines Nordic

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 12/27

The snow is great at Teton Pines! We groom 13km+ daily for both skate and classic with our new snowcat. 

We are open to the public 9am-4pm. 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. During the next two weeks we don’t allow multi-day or off-site rentals.

We still have a great selection of classic skis, skate skis, boots, jackets, pants, gloves, and hats so come on out to pick up last minute gifts for the XC skier on your list. 

Visit our website for pricing and other information: www.tetonpinesnordiccenter.com


Shooting Star

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 1/3

Enjoy the skiing today as it looks to be a very snowy week at Shooting Star. Plan ahead, as windy/drifty/snowy weather will persist from Tuesday- Saturday, bringing daily accumulations of 4”-8” and 24”-36” total for the week.  We hope to keep the Snowcat somewhat functional during this storm system and continue to freshen the yellow loop up daily. Please, note our snowcat will be headed to Utah for repairs this Friday (1/7) and hopefully returned back between Thursday (1/13) & Monday (1/17). While the snowcat is gone next week, we’ll continue to groom only the yellow loop using our snowmobile. Fortunately, after this next storm passes, the weather appears to be calmer, which should assist us once we no longer have the snowcat and need to rely only on our snowmobile for grooming. Next update will be Thursday (1/6)… Again, plan ahead and use common sense if you decide to Nordic ski during severe winter weather events.

TRAIL STATUS

  • YELLOW LOOP OPEN
  • SLED HILL GROOMED on 12/31 (Grooming Frequency Depends on Machinery Functioning)
  • CLASSIC TRACKS NOT SET
  • SNOWSHOEING CLOSED
  • ORANGE LOOP, CLOSED
  • WALKING, NOT ALLOWED

Snake River Sporting Club

Grooming Daily

Both the Front and Back Nine trails are groomed daily and are in excellent condition. Call for info 307-201-3093 and check in at the Clubhouse to pay trail fee. www.snakeriversportingclub.com


Grand Teton National Park

Last Update: 1/2

It’s a beautiful morning in GTNP.  Get out and enjoy the fresh tracks being set between Taggart Lake Trailhead and South Jenny Lake.

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


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Grooming Daily
Last Update: 1/2

Our trails are open and in good condition. We are continuing to ask that folks sign their waivers and pay for trail passes online ahead of your visit. Please call the front office (307) 543-2000 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


photo: Nick B

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: 1/3

Cross Country 15k: XC OPEN -last groomed 12/30/2021
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: 1/2
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

A couple cold, dry days, has set the track nice and firm. Mike groomed both skate and classic on Saturday with good results. This morning I’ll make a few more passes around the south loops to compact snow and reset both skate and classic with the Ginzu. Hopefully we’ll get north loops going later this week.

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: 1/3
Skate: Set | Classic: Set


All trails have good coverage and the skiing is getting better and better.


Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Last Updated: 12/
31

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Set both the skate and classic track. The singletrack was also groomed. Enjoy the ride and the glide.


Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Last Updated: 1/
3

Skate: Set | Classic: Set

Monday: Plan to refresh the skate lane this morning and will probably leave classic alone, as Mike reset Sunday morning, with good results. Looks like more snow coming this week so I’ll spend extra time grooming once snow accumulates.


Southern Valley Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Last Updated: 1/1
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

It was a marathon but I just finished grooming Yeti. There was about 1’ of new snow and I got stuck in several places. The end product looks pretty good. It will get firmer in days to come. Set a sweet crisp clean classic track and smoothed/packed for skating. Be advised the parking lot has not been plowed yet at time of posting. I’ve seen it worse but good tires and 4 wheel/awd recommended. Happy New Year!

No dogs December 1 – April 15.


Teton Reserve Nordic

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Thursday & Saturday
Last Updated: 1/3
Skate: Set | Classic: Set

I groomed the course this morning set both skate and classic tracks. There are Elk on the south end of the trails and please be respective to their habitat.

No dogs allowed.


Southern Valley Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 1/3
Singletrack: Not Set

All the trails have been snowmobile compacted, but not groomed. With more snow and rising temperatures in the forecast, it may be a few days till they’re fat bike ready.

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: 12/28

Groomed 12/28 to summer trailhead.


Rammell Mountain Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/15

The USFS is continuing to monitor snow levels on our roads and will close them to wheeled motorized vehicles when there is enough snow to groom


South Leigh Road

Grooming Schedule: As needed
Last Updated: 12/28

Grooming 12/28

JH Nordic Masters Classic & Skate Ski Clinics

CLASSIC SKI CLINIC THURSDAY JANUARY 6, 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.


January Women’s Skate Skiing Clinics

Dates: Fridays: January 7, January 14 and January 21
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Teton Pines Nordic Center

If you’d like to improve your skate technique and fitness, come join us for three Skate lessons at Teton Pines. We’ll improve our glide on skate skis and learn to be more efficient uphill, downhill, and review the different skating strides. These clinics are for those with some skate skiing experience who would like to improve. We will cover more than the basics to get you skating longer distances with ease and going up and down hills with proficiency and confidence. Each session will be part instruction with plenty of time to ski and practice. $50/Clinic or $135 for all 3 ($45/Clinic for Teton Pines Nordic Center season pass holders). Rentals available for $35. Trail pass is included.

Instructor: Kim Springer Kim grew up warming her fingers in the Octagon on Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont. After college she discovered the warm world of Nordic skiing and has been passionate about all aspects of the sport ever since. She loves sharing that passion with others and has taught in and around Jackson Hole for many years.

Questions or to register: Call Teton Pines Nordic Center at: (307) 733-1733


JHNTeton Ridge Classic Ski Race

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8TH, 2022
Grand Targhee Nordic Trails, Alta Wyoming

19th Annual Classic Cross Country Ski race – Race format: wave starts based on distance; 24 km, 14 km, 7 km, and 2 km.

For more info and registration: https://tetonridgeclassic.com/registration

For race trail maps: https://tetonridgeclassic.com/maps




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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