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    Guide to First-Time Nordic Skiing, Fat Biking and Snowshoeing in Jackson

    By JH Nordic

    If it’s your first time in Jackson, and you’re looking to get into some Nordic skiing, fat biking, or snowshoeing, look no further than JH Nordic.

    Our comprehensive resources can guide you in making the most of your winter recreation experience. For help planning your first (or next) trip in Jackson Hole, check out our guide below.

    Where to Go

    Find a Nordic ski tour, fat bike tour, or snowshoe tour from local winter tour specialists, find your own tour/trail on JH Nordic, or take a lesson.

    Tour operators:

    Best Trails on JH Nordic:

    search for a trail

    Take a lesson at:

    Mountain preparation and Knowledge – BackCountry Zero – If you are interested in adventuring off-the-beaten trails in winter, this excellent local resource is a must-read.

    • Rent Nordic gear (skis, boots, poles), a fat bike, snowshoes, or bring your own.
    • Some tour operators will provide these as part of the tour – See list of Tour operators above or in the Winter Tour Outlook
    • Rental shops (see for the list)

    What to wear and bring on your tour:
    In a small backpack make sure to pack:

    • Warm layers: hat, gloves, wool socks, warm jacket, and base layers
    • Sun protection: buff, sunglasses, sunscreen
    • Wear a mask or buff (doubled up) in case of any close encounters
    • Water or thermos of tea or coffee and a snack
    • Phone or camera
    • Map (or follow GPS on
    Getting to the Trailhead
    • Car
    • Taxi or lift share (Uber)
    • Walk or Bike (some people strap their XC skis on their backpack and ride our pathways to their local trail)
    • Public Transit (the START bus goes to these trails)
    • Stilson stop: Emily’s Pond and Wilson Centennial Trail
    • Westbank Center: Teton Pines Nordic
    • East Jackson: May Park
    • Smith’s Food stop: School Loop

    Visit for a downloadable PDF map showing trails and START bus stops in JH

    Go Ski, Bike, Snowshoe
    • Plan ahead and prepare: parking is limited at many trailheads, so have an alternate plan.
    • Safety: keep you and your group safe, dress warmly, in layers, Remember all your gear!
    • Respect: wildlife, other people, wild places (Leave No Trace), rules, including dog rules.

    Check out the trail map on JH Nordic to find your trail and find your way.

    • Take some photos and videos.
    • Enjoy a snack, lunch on the trail, a hot drink, or some chocolate.