Jack­son Hole Nordic Al­liance Boasts 100 Mem­bers

World-class Trails and Much More

SkiTrax - - Out In Front - By John Symon

The Jack­son Hole Nordic Al­liance in Wy­oming was formed in 2013 to sup­port re­gional win­ter trails for Nordic ski­ing, fat­bik­ing and snow­shoe­ing and now fea­tures some 100 mem­bers. The area is al­ready well known as a down­hill des­ti­na­tion; the Al­liance brings to­gether such pop­u­lar op­er­a­tions as Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Re­sort, Grand Targhee, Turpin Mead­ows and Te­ton Pines, to­gether with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and non-prof­its such as Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park to pro­mote the Nordic as­pect of the re­gion.

“Jack­son Hole has not yet been dis­cov­ered as a Nordic des­ti­na­tion, but pop­u­lar trails close to town, which are also dog-friendly, get plenty of use by lo­cals,” says Al­liance founder Nancy Leon. “Many qual­ity re­sorts in the area also of­fer some of the best trail op­tions any­where.”

Mu­nic­i­pal author­i­ties groom lo­cal trails from mid-de­cem­ber to mid-March. Af­ter that, the road is plowed for cy­clists, yet re­mains closed to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic un­til May 1. Nordic ski­ing often con­tin­ues well into April on the snow crust across the vast open mead­ows in Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park.

Weather in Jack­son Hole varies from spring­time tem­per­a­tures of 30°F (-1°C) to mid-win­ter lows of -20°F (-29°C). The moun­tain­ous scenery is also spec­tac­u­lar, with Grand Te­ton ris­ing more than 7,000 feet above Jack­son Hole to at­tain 13,775 feet (4,199 me­tres). Moose, elk, er­mine, fox and bi­son can all be spot­ted in the area. “Our web­site [see below] is a por­tal to over 80 trails cov­er­ing 165 miles (266 kilo­me­tres) of groomed trails and 350+ miles (563 kilo­me­tres) on un­tracked/skier- and tracked/snow­mo­bile-groomed trails. Here you can find GPS maps, trail-el­e­va­tion pro­files, de­scrip­tions, pho­tos and more,” adds Leon.

The park en­trance fee at Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park is $10 a day per ve­hi­cle (up to four peo­ple); apart from that, it is free to ski the lo­cal trails. Four ma­jor air­lines fly to Jack­son Hole Air­port

See Jack­son Hole Nordic Al­liance, info@jh­nordic.com, www.jh­Nordic.com

Qual­ity re­sorts and more than 250km of su­perb trail op­tions, in­clud­ing fat­bik­ing, snow­shoe­ing, back­coun­try ski­ing and more

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