Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
The groomed nordic trail begins at the Mill Creek Trailhead outside of Driggs.
This parking area is heavily used by winter enthusiasts including snowmobilers, cross country skiers, snowshoers, dog-walkers and plenty of fat bikers.
The road is Piston Bully groomed by Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP).
As a show of support, be sure to stop by Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, purchase a season pass sticker, and put it on your bike to help fund TVTAP's work. Before beginning the ride, take time to read the prominently displayed user etiquette signs directed at the winter trail users: snowmobilers, skiers, and fat bikers.
As always, a little bit of common courtesy goes a long way to getting along on multi-user trails! This trail is a groomed road that takes fat bikers four miles up a nice, gentle grade out to the turn-around where the Wilderness begins.
Be aware that this is a very popular trail; expect to encounter many skiers and their dogs for the first couple miles.
Also note that there is a lane on the left groomed specifically for snowmobiles.
The snowmobile traffic is light, as it is mostly used by backcountry skiers traveling the 4 miles to access the Wilderness, where their ski treks begin. The mellow, nearly flat grade allows for lots of easy views while pedaling along.
The route takes fat bikers past agricultural fields, then into a beautiful canyon and on into a lovely pine woods.
The grooming ends just past the Teton Canyon Campground, where the Wilderness begins.
Despite the mellow grade, the return ride is noticeably easier, which means less effort is needed to go faster.
That means, as with every winter ride in mountain regions, it is advisable to add another layer of clothes before heading back to the trailhead.
Be sure to enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the Tetons on the ride back. For adventurous fat bikers looking to up the game, consider riding Teton Canyon at night during a full moon! Those who have report it being so bright that riders even turn their lights off.