Winter has to be my favorite time of year, and my favorite part about winter is by far snowmobiling! The rush you get from being on a sled ripping down a trail at high speeds is incredible. Not to mention the amazing views these machines can bring you to, I love getting out on an isolated trail and eating lunch with good company, and an even better view! In this post I have shared our own snowmobile trail report for our local trails!
Black Canyon Loop
This has to be one of my favorite places to ride in the area. It’s great for both beginners who love groomed trails and great views and daredevils that want to carve their way through the tree lines in search of untouched powder. Starting at a lower elevation, and looping up to two mountain tops – this riding location has so many great views to soak in, and plenty of powder fields to play in along the way. For it being mid December, Black Canyon Loop has a decent amount of snow, with more on the way, next week we will be getting fresh snow on 5 of the 7 days! Time to gather your crew and make plans for next weekend to get some riding in before Christmas!
Togwotee Lodge is a super fun place to plan a family snowmobile trip! There are not many places out there that embrace the snowmobile culture the way they do at Togwotee. The beautiful lodge recently had a large remodel done, and is more ready than ever to show you an amazing time! They offer snowmobile guides, dog sled tours, ride in, ride out access to the lodge, and tons of trails that you can get to in seconds from the lodge. There is something so cool about waking up, putting on your gear, walking outside and hopping right on your snow machine for a day full gripping throttles and smiles from ear to ear! Togwotee also has restaurants that you can ride up to on your sled for a midday break. Currently Togwotee has a great base with more snow in the forecast. Stay up to date on current conditions by viewing their live webcam and plan your trip when the time is right! We are lucky to have such a great lodge like this right in our backyard, and being just a short distance from Jackson Hole the location is perfect for a winter getaway!
Mount Jefferson is a truly special place for snowmobilers, people travel from all over to go riding here. Jefferson always has great snow every year, although with a lot of snowfall comes danger as well. Mt. Jefferson has been known for avalanches in the past, typically avalanche danger comes into play when we have had heavy snowfall, followed by a good freeze, followed by more snowfall, the top snowpack is likely to chunk off down to the frozen layer and all the snow on top begins to fall down the mountain, causing an avalanche. Make sure you and your riding partners are trained in avalanche and use avalanche gear while you are riding. Last year a local rider, Adam Andersen was killed in and avalanche in Island Park near Jefferson. So his wife started The Adam Anderson Avalanche Project, who’s primary focus is to raise awareness on avalanche safety and more access to the expensive gear that comes with it. Avalanche safety is so important, and not talked about enough, head over to their Facebook page, share it with your friends and family and learn more about this amazing project. Jefferson is stacking snow nicely this year, this week Monday and Tuesday they are supposed to get hit with some heavy snow, which means riding this upcoming weekend should be spectacular! If you’re new to the sport and looking to try it out. Hit up the guys over at High Mountain Adventure in Island Park for a wealth of knowledge and your rental needs!
“The Adam Andersen Avalanche Project works to provide the proper gear and education to those to whom the mountains call. Where the sky is clear and the trees are tall and the snow is deep, we feel the pull and want everyone to return home safely.”
This is just my take on our local snow report, for more information on riding areas and who has the best snow – I always check out the SnoWest Forums. It’s a great community of riders sharing knowledge and information on the best places and times to ride. I hope this has give you a little inspiration to go out and rip up some snow with family and friends. Tune in throughout the winter for more snow reports on our wonderful local trails and ski resorts!