MOOSE, Wyo. – A new interagency agreement will create 15 miles of trails groomed for

classic and skate skiing in Grand Teton National Park.

The national park and Teton County entered into an agreement in late January to

provide regular grooming along the Teton Park Road in partnership with the Grand

Teton National Park Foundation.

As an extension of community grooming activities outside the park, the county agreed

to pilot a program to groom the snow-covered road between Taggart Lake trailhead and

Signal Mountain Lodge in the park. The plan is for county crews to groom the road at

least once a week, generally on Saturdays.

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department maintains a series of

pathways in and around Jackson; in winter months, county personnel also groom some

of these paths for Nordic skiing.

Since 2002, park staff has periodically groomed the road when time and funding

allowed. Looking ahead, they will plan to augment the county groomers’ work on other

days of the week when possible.

Park officials and the Teton County Board of Commissioners reached this partnership

agreement in part to support healthy outdoor recreation on this popular winter trail,

according to a press release from the park. As a part of the agreement, Grand Teton

National Park Foundation, the park’s primary fundraising partner, will accept restricted

private donations for the purpose of grooming the Teton Park Road and reimburse the

county for its costs.

The grooming status will be provided on Grand Teton’s recorded road condition hotline

at (307) 739-3682 and posted at facebook.com/GrandTetonNPS.  The Teton County

Parks and Recreation’s tetonparksandrec.org/ website will also provide an update on

grooming status. Grooming will end when spring plowing operations begin.