The arrival of winter has outdoor enthusiasts antsy to attack their favorite sport. Grab your skis, snowshoes, fat bike and the other gear you’ll need and get to it. But don’t leave behind your trail etiquette. You don’t want to be that person to spoil the day for others.
At the ranch, we’re lucky to be at the doorstep of the Teton Wilderness that affords guests and visitors a variety of recreational opportunities. Our 20 km of groomed trails serve as the focal point of that fun and we want everyone to enjoy themselves.
We’ve got a few tips to make sure your winter adventure will be one to remember for all the right reasons. These tips will travel to wherever you recreate in the coming months.
Do Your Research
Regardless of where you’re going, spend time before hand to familiarize yourself with what the area offers. You’d hate to get your heart send on a day of Nordic skiing only to find out that’s not an option.
Our front desk is the obvious source to check on conditions and other information. But we also recommend visiting the Jackson Hole Nordic website. They do a great job of tracking trail conditions at the ranch and other locations in the area. It’s a great resource and we’re thrilled to have them as a partner.
We’re not the only ones who love playing in the snow. Our pets often want to join. Luckily, we strongly encourage people to bring their well-behaved dogs to the trails at the ranch. Other locations might have a different policy, so checking ahead can avoid everyone from being bummed out.
Right Sport for Right Location
Remember that all trails were not created equally. Specific routes are generally earmarked for specific sports. That’s why it’s important to check ahead of time to make sure the trail you want to use supports your sport.
At the ranch, our multiple trails offer something for everyone. But you do need to make sure that if you’re snowshoeing, fat biking, snowmobiling or Nordic skiing, that you’re on the proper trail. It might not seem like a big deal, but snowshoeing or fat biking across cross country ski tracks is not only rude, it could possibly endanger a skier. Honor the posted use on a trail
The wilderness is a vast space, but on a busy day a trail could be packed. Don’t be oblivious to others and hog the entire trail. Know who is around and let faster users pass safely. It doesn’t take long and again, it’s the right think to do. If you come upon someone moving slower, announce your presence in a polite way so you don’t scare them and pass only when it’s safe for everyone.
If you’re new to winter sports or a bit rusty, consider a tour from one of our experienced guides. They’ll be able to expertly show you the area and maximize the fun.