Snake River Sporting Club Nordic-:"Front Nine" (south)
Access via: 19 miles south of Jackson, approx 30 minutes. Drive south from Jackson to Hoback Junction, then right on Hwy 89 South toward Alpine. Continue 3 miles to the red Astoria Bridge. Turn left, cross the bridge, proceed right to the Sporting Club gate. At the paddle tennis courts, turn right to Club House
The Snake River Sporting Club offers a beautiful groomed trail network, set along the Snake River and running through cottonwood groves. The trails are relatively flat to gently rolling, making it a perfect place for all abilities, groomed daily. No dogs allowed by guests.
NOTE: Public Access to Nordic trails open on January 2021 this year.
With a wintering elk herd and bald eagles, wildlife viewing is a nice bonus (no guarantees, but a good spot for possible sightings!)
Start by checking in to purchase your trail pass at the Snake River Sporting Club (SRSC) ClubHouse Winter Sports Shop, inside the main ClubHouse. Printed Trail Maps are available. Classic and Skate ski/boots /poles and snowshoe rentals are available – we recommend you call ahead to ensure they have your size.
The Snake River Sporting Club Nordic trails consist of 2 sections, all beginning from the ClubHouse: “the Front Nine” (south side) and the “Back Nine” (north side). As you might guess from the names, the groomed trails follow the summer golf course adjacent to the Snake River. The printed map also shows names for the loops within these broader sections.
Front Nine Trail - Front Loop) - Front Nine only (2.1 miles) With Forest trail: total 5.2 miles:
Start from the front of the ClubHouse, south side of the parking lot (left side as you look at the building). The groomed track starts here, with a wide track for skate skiers and double classic cross-country track. The trail begins in the open meadow and rolls slightly downhill into a stand of cottonwoods. Cross the snow-covered road, continue south, and the trail will turn to the right (west), when it again intersects the residential road.
At this point, you have the option to ski the Forest trail, a 3.2 mile out and back trail through forest and meadow. On your left, pass through the metal gate, and follow this trail (may be groomed or skier-tracked), crossing over a small bridge on-route, out 1.6 miles to the ranch gate. Keep your eyes open for elk in the woods and elk tracks near the trees and ponds. Return via the same trail to return to the fully groomed “Front” ski loop. Head left to continue around the loop. As the trail reaches the Snake River, it heads north back toward the ClubHouse area. The last few hundred yards has a gentle climb up to where the Front Nine trails connect with the Back Nine (Ranch trail, 10-11-18 Loop, and Trout Creek Loop).
See SRSC -Back Nine Trail page for the other half of the full network of trails: (includes Ranch trail, 10-11-18 Loop, and Trout Creek Loop): 5.3 miles.
Season Nordic Ski Pass: $350.
The SRSC Restaurant is open for lunch, 11-3:30, Wednesday – Sunday.
Note: no cell service at this section of the Snake river canyon. Wifi available in the ClubHouse.