Wildlife at Telemark

The Telemark Nordic Club encompasses  just under 3000 acres (1364 hectors) located in mixed  forest, and is surrounded by crown land. The chalet is located at 1000 meters (3300 feet) elevation, with the highest trails located at 1280 meters (4200 feet) of elevation.  The diverse geography with steams, ponds, forests and grassland is a sanctuary for many animal species.

The reason for the higher than normal animal density is the 112  kilometers of maintained trails are easier for animals to travel in winter,  than thick forest, with deep snow. Carnivores follow what can be their prey onto the trail system.  Also, there is water and  food for most animals. Rather than seeing the animal in winter, you will often see animals tracks in the snow.

There are many species of animals that can be seen on the trails, or in the surrounding forests. Some, like moose or mule dear, are more common than elk or grizzly bear. Some animals can be seen all year around, and some are less common in the winter, such as the black bear. This is because some mammals are hibrinating during the ski season. The best time of the day to see wildlife during the winter is earlier in the day, as animals walk the trails at night, and start to leave the trails when skiers and snowshoers arrive.

Following is a list of animals that live at Telemark. The are listed from the most common to the least common. Click on the animals name for an article that describes the animal, and how to recognize their tracks in the snow. A wolverine was seen in daylight on Fern Creek Trail hill in December 2015. If anyone can find a footprint sketch we will include this mammal.

Mule Deer, Coyote, Moose, Snowshoe Hare, Lynx, White Tail Deer, Cougar, Bobcat, Red Fox, Marten, Weasel, Black Bear, Grey Wolf, Grizzly Bear, Elk, Sasquatch