park road to get consistent grooming

By Jim Stanford on January 29, 2014

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Skate skiing is an easy glide by the Tetons.

For skinny skiers, the Teton Park Road is about to get smoother.

Teton County has reached an agreement with Grand Teton National Park to groom 15 miles of the road for Nordic skiing. The county will groom at least once a week between the Taggart Lake parking lot and Signal Mountain Lodge.

As with other trails around the valley, the track will accommodate classic and skate skiing. Donations to the GTNP Foundation, a private nonprofit, will pay for the service.

The road is closed to vehicle traffic during winter. While a popular destination, the park has groomed it only sporadically in recent years as funding and staffing have allowed. Winds tend to eradicate the track quickly.

Jackson-Teton County Parks and Rec will groom on Saturdays and perhaps other days as well. The park will continue to augment the service when possible.

The agreement makes sense for tourism. Skiing or walking along the park road is one of the few premier activities in winter outside the ski resorts.

Besides, there are never enough excuses to go to Dornan’s.

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10 Comments so far

  1. sue January 29, 2014 5:35 pm

    Sweet!

  2. a fan January 30, 2014 8:40 am

    yessssss! thank you GTNP Foundation!

  3. KB January 30, 2014 10:15 am

    Unfortunately, the irrational prohibition of appropriate technology in the form of fat tired bicycles continues. These machines do less damage to the groomed surface than a skate skier or walker, and if their popularity stays on the current rising curve, they will be as popular as X-C.
    Its just a bicycle. Nothing scary or new here.

  4. Paul January 31, 2014 7:18 am

    Fat Bike would be nice and more so if allowed on Jackson Lake.

    Grooming the highway would be nice. You know, sand and plowing on a more regular basis. Car and truck got into it yesterday by Moose entrance.

  5. JWL January 31, 2014 9:59 pm

    Just think of the extra funds that could be raised if fat bikes were allowed? Rocky Mountain NP just opened to fatties.

  6. Scott February 10, 2014 9:31 am

    Props to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation for raising the money to groom the trail for classic and skate skiers. It is a great gift to the community.

    As for fat bikes, feel free to raise the additional funds needed to groom the bike path for your use.

  7. keith February 10, 2014 11:55 am

    scott, how would bike grooming be any different from classic and skate skiers?

  8. joe February 11, 2014 8:50 am

    its an ugly bicycle ridden by goofy Wilson people who are usually stoned. be very afraid, they are aliens in our midst. do not make eye contact, and If they start talking about their bikes, run.

  9. brian February 12, 2014 10:23 am

    grooming for fat bikes is exactly the same as for nordic skiing. opening up the option for riding fat bikes would likely provide additional opportunities for fund raising. A lot of fat bike riders are also nordies and are very willing to (and already do) contribute to grooming fundraising.

  10. Pat February 14, 2014 7:12 am

    Groom the Town roads. Can’t anybody grade the roads when they’re sloppy with slush so that it doesn’t freeze overnight? Can’t anyone pickup the snow so that cars can park in front of the Wort without blacking traffic? Can’t anyone get the storm drains clear so that the backup doesn’t flood every low spot?

    The city can’t get the basic stuff done right.

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