A Jackson Hole Nordic Legend is Stepping Down

Sean O’Malley, one of the early members of Jackson Hole Nordic Alliance who also previously published the local Nordic News is retiring from Teton County at the end of January 2019. We value Sean’s sparkle and local knowledge that he put into this and wanted to commemorate his contributions over the years to the Nordic community by looking back at an all-time favorite Nordic News issue from 2005. 

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NEW! GTNP Grooming 3 Days a Week Starting Sunday

Thanks to generous support from Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Recreational Trails Program, Skinny Skis, Dornan’s, and many individuals, GTNPF is pleased to add a third day of grooming per week for the remainder of the winter season.

The 14-mile stretch of road between Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park will be groomed three times per week starting on Sunday, January 6. Adding another day to the previous Tuesday and Friday schedule will provide more consistent snow surfaces, especially for Nordic skiers. This winter marks the sixth consecutive season Grand Teton National Park Foundation (GTNPF) has funded regular grooming of the Teton Park Road.The road will be groomed between Taggart Lake Trailhead and South Jenny Lake on Tuesdays and Sundays, and the entire length to Signal Mountain on Fridays. When deep snow limits many park users’ abilities to explore Grand Teton, the groomed road creates easy access for cross country skiers, snowshoers, and walkers.

“We are pleased to be able to provide this resource to park visitors during winter,” Grand Teton National Park Foundation President Leslie Mattson said. “Grand Teton is spectacular this time of year and we hope people will take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the park.”
Grooming will continue through mid-March. Be sure to check current conditions before you go, especially during stormy periods as grooming is weather and condition dependent. For updates visit www.gtnpf.org or follow GTNPF on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Nordic Recreational  Master clinic
Jan 17th: Skate

The Nordic Masters Rec Program worked on classic Nordic ski fundamentals on Jan 3rd, including longer glide, diagonal stride, climbing short hills, strengthening the kick, keeping the head and vision high. Coaches Scott Horn and Cody Downard provided tips to refine everyone’s technique, with group exercises and personal attention.
Next clinic will focus on Skate technique -Join us on Thursday, January 17th at 11am-12:30pm at Teton PInes Nordic Center.  Come a few minutes early to sign in upstairs in the Nordic Center shop. If it will be your first clinic, bring payment (cash or check). Please RSVP to info@jhnordic.com so we may plan for the right number of coaches.
Feel free to stay after to skate around the well-groomed trails at Teton Pines Nordic. The class is open to all (except first-time beginners).
Mark your calendar for our upcoming dates:
Jan 17th – Skate | Jan 31st – Classic | Feb 14th – Skate | Feb 28th – Classic
Trail Pass + Nordic coaching -Tips & Technique, alternating Classic cross-country and skate skiing: 
-$100 for 4 clinics at Teton Pines with coaching, includes Teton Pines Nordic day Trail pass for each clinic.
-$80 for 4 clinics for existing Teton Pines Nordic Pass holders. 
-Season Passes and 10 punch cards available for adults and seniors separately from Teton Pines Nordic Center.

Drop-in clinic and trail pass: $35 Clinic only: $30

Take some time to read “Nature News,” a blog by the lovely Cathy Shill. On it, you will find monthly nature insights from Jackson Hole!



Turpin Meadow Ranch Grooming Report

Last Updated: 1/7 @ 4pm  

We received at least 3-4 inches of new snow on 1/7! We have groomed throughout the day and we will groom the afternoon/evening of 1/7 once the wind dies down. Our trails in the flats (Summer Homes Loop, Riverside, and Willows Trails) could potentially be slightly wind blown after grooming but we are expecting the wind to subside in the early evening. This is a great chance to come try our trails in the hills if you haven’t yet as they are holding up great during this storm! There will be limited grooming 1/8 and 1/9 but we will be back to daily grooming on 1/10. Come out and see us!

Buy Your Turpin Meadows Trail Pass!

Trail Creek Report
January 7th Grooming Report

Continuing Storms!

Total snow fall has exceeded two feet since the recent round of snow began with 12:30 PM conditions being a blizzard in the fields, moderate snowfall, and temperature of -6ºC/21ºF.  Today’s Pisten Bully grooming was a bit on the slow side but went to and from the woods with extensive grooming on Woolsey Woods, Moose Loop, Animal Farm/Olympic plus an out and back through Shades of Gray, Black Hole, Boiler, and out to the Old Pass Road for any of you wanting to avoid skiing through the windy fields.

The Image above is Woolsey Woods which is looking quite nice today while you can click on the image below to see what things looked like mid-day in the close field.


Groomer’s choice for today is Woolsey Woods.

Teton Co./Jackson Parks & Rec Grooming Report
Last Updated: 1/7 @ 1pm
Avalanche hazard is considerable at the lower elevations today so Cache Creek will not be groomed. If avalanche is lowers to moderate grooming in Cache and Game will resume on Wednesday. Be safe out there!

Grand Teton National Park Grooming Report
Last Updated: 1/6
Taggart to Jenny Sunday -next grooming -Tuesday

Grooming in Grand Teton National Park Sunday.  Taggart to South Jenny.  @grandtetonfoundation @jhnordic #gtnpgrooming #crosscountryskiing

Thanks to generous support from Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Recreational Trails Program, Skinny Skis, Dornan’s, and many individuals, GTNPF is pleased to add a third day (Sunday) of grooming per week for the remainder of the winter season. (Other days are Tuesday (Taggert to South Jenny) and Fridays (Taggart to Signal) www.gtnpf.org

Teton Pines Grooming Report
Last Updated: 1/7 @ 6pm

We are fully groomed for both skate and classic and expect great skiing conditions through the weekend! Check our Facebook page or give us a call for the current wax recommendations.

Shooting Star Grooming Report
Last Updated: 1/6 @ 9am

Storm skiing will be the theme over the next few days as the current winter storm passes through. Look for winds to pick up by midday Sunday and last through most of Monday. The course continues to groom out very well, however, due to the weather skiers are likely to encounter drifting and accumulating snow on the trails after our morning preparation. Classic/touring style skiing will be the more enjoyable activity if one ventures out on the track. Outlook is for the weather to calm by Tuesday.  Be safe and enjoy the fresh snow!

Grand Targhee Grooming Report
Last Updated: 1/7 @ 8am

Happy Monday! Another 4 inches of snow in 24 hours; a nice little refresher from yesterday. January is off to an amazing start. With the winter weather advisory in effect until 4:00pm today, we could see another 2-4″ of snow. Bundle up because wind chill values could be as low as -10.

Cross Country/Fat Bike 15k: XC OPEN (Last groomed AM 1/6/2019), Fat Bike CLOSED.

Pinedale Nordic Trail Report
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 10am

All trails above groomed this morning, with the exception of Powerline. About 6″ of new snow at White Pine on upper trails. 9F degrees. Road and parking lot plowed.

Alta Track

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Last Updated: 1/6 @ 11am
Skate: Good |  Classic: Fair
It’s all groomed, but the snowfall was increasing as I finished, so I imagine the track will get even softer through the day. I packed down 3″ of new snow with the roller and reset the classic track; it’s nice out there. Enjoy!


Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 1/4 @ 8pm
Skate: Good  |  Classic: Good
Tonight I groomed all of the Driggs trails. The main loop closest to the High School has a classic track set and is also groomed for skating. At this time this loop has the best skating conditions. The north loop has a reset classic track and has been groomed for skating. East loop has a classic track set and is in great condition, recommend this loop for classic skiing this weekend.

Sherman Park

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 1/7 @ 5pm
Skate: Good |  Classic: N/A
Sorry for the late entry…gave the track a reset this afternoon. With cold temps the track might set up nicely but will still be soft in spots. Will try and cleN up my mistakes tomorrow!?
Enjoy with the nice weather

Teton Canyon

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Last Updated: 1/7 @ 12pm
Skate: Fair |  Classic: Fair
Monday noon: On my way to roll the track. Will reset both skate and classic tracks.

Teton Springs

Grooming Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Last Updated: 1/7 @ 12pm
Skate: Not Set |  Classic: Not Set
Rolled the course twice this morning and pounded through big drifts, but will need to head out again once the wind dies down.

5th Street Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 1/7 @ 8am
Singletrack: Good
Cut through the wind drifts and buffed our the singletrack. Should set up nicely!

Teton Springs Singletrack

Grooming Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 11am
Singletrack: Fair
Groomed last night and 1 pass this morning.

Southern Valley Single Track

Grooming Schedule: As Needed
Last Updated: 12/31 @ 11am
Singletrack: Good
Upper and Lower Lady Slipper, Nemo and Sherman Springs access are groomed.

Rammell Mountain Road to Indian Meadows

Grooming Schedule: As Needed
Last Updated: 12/19/2018 @ 8am
Singletrack: N/A
Comments: Groomed Today

For more info on Teton Valley grooming, visit their grooming page.

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