Snow Updates

We have many members who have homes or cottages near our trail system, so we will receive frequent Snow Updates on the condition of the trails and how much snow we have.  Our trail system covers a vast area and conditions can be quite variable from one location to another due to snowsqualls that come off Georgian Bay.  It would not be uncommon to receive three feet of snow in one area while another area would receive six inches depending on which way the wind is blowing, so the club will travel to the area most favourable depending on the conditions.  The conditions can vary greatly compared to other ski areas such as Kolapore and Copeland Forest, but generally due to the more northerly location and predominant westerly winds, our trail system will hold its snow the longest.

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  • 20 Jan 2020 7:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a fantastic day.  We had about 38 people on the bus for skiing or snowshoeing.  Conditions were excellent!  A winter wonderland.

  • 18 Jan 2020 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Finally Some Sunshine!

    It was minus 25 early this morning in Muskoka, but winds were calm. We were planning another ski day today, 3 of us from Gravenhurst, and 2 from Toronto. The area between Kahshe Lake and the Severn River would be our destination, starting off at the Muskoka Tourism Centre on Highway 11.

    Conditions, again, looked fantastic! There was a little more fresh snow here, on top of a solid base, however, a bit thinner than up in Gravenhurst. The base covered up the rocks underneath, bit still required us skiing around any downed trees … and there were many! During the late summer of 2018 a very violent thunderstorm swept through this area spawning what looked like a downburst, or straight-line winds, as well as some isolated tornadoes (evident from the several large trees snapped off part way up their trunks) We had to make some detours to avoid the mess.

    We glided across the marshes, and beaver ponds with ease, never encountering any slush. Moose, deer and coyote tracks were everywhere, as were otter slides, however there were no “photo-ops” In one spot a moose appeared to venture too close to a beaverdam, breaking through the ice, leaving a large open hole.

    We enjoyed our lunch in a sunny, and mostly sheltered spot overlooking a small lake. A layer of high cloud could be seen moving towards us, the first signs of what might be a significant storm for the weekend. Lunch was short, even though none of us felt the cold, however, we had a potentially long route ahead of us … best not to get too comfortable!

    We took a route towards the south, eventually reaching Bailey Lake, our turning point. We skied some challenging terrain, however all made it through without too many complaints. The last portion put us on an ATV track, a good route for a group starting to feel fatigue, after a long day.

    Once back at our cars, I discovered my car key battery was dead, and without any obvious spot to use the manual key, I had to call Janice, who came down with my spare key. Thank you!!

    A great day exploring the outdoors! Thank you as well Markus, for sending me the video last night showing where the hidden manual key slot was, and how to access it! Hopefully we will not need it on future outings!

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  • 15 Jan 2020 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's been reported that four inches fell overnight on Sunday night on the north part of our trails, with more snow during the day on Monday and Monday evening.  Significant "precipitaton" is anticipated over the next few days.

  • 15 Jan 2020 7:41 AM | Anonymous member

    Another day of "perfect" ski conditions, despite the lack of deep snow. It doesn't get much better than this!


    Four of us headed off skiing the lakes, ponds , and ridges between Gull Lake and Kahshe Lakes. We encountered the same perfect surface conditions, allowing us to ski with ease over all terrain.No signs of any slush, as all ice surfaces, including the "run-off" floods were solid.

    I would have loved some bright sunshine as well, however, with the temperature not far below zero, clumping would have become an issue.

    Another great day following the waterways and ridges up here in Muskoka!

    https://www.flickr.com/gp/76927845@N07/29J44f
  • 09 Jan 2020 7:21 AM | Anonymous member

    Four of us headed out for an afternoon ski into the area across the highway from Pineridge, following the beaver ponds and ridges between here and Kahshe Lake. 

    https://www.flickr.com/gp/76927845@N07/16j9Fu

  • 23 Mar 2019 4:38 PM | Anonymous member

    I enjoyed a short afternoon ski, following the ponds and ridges south of Hardy Lake.

    Snow conditions were fantastic! We skied on a rock solid 1-2 ft base with a soft sugary layer of corn snow on the surface.

    With the ponds being frozen solid, conditions couldn't be better!

    It would have been a great day for an all day ski, however schedules wouldn't allow for it today.

    https://www.flickr.com/gp/76927845@N07/18676s

  • 26 Feb 2019 7:11 PM | Anonymous member

    Despite the strong northwest winds, it was a beautiful afternoon for a ski. With the recent thaw, and rain, I was hoping a good consolidation had occurred. I had my doubts, as when I walked the bush behind the house there was no chance I could stay on top. I wasn’t sure whether even being on skis would be much better … only one way to find out.


    Elaine, Stephen, and I headed up to Hardy Lake for a short afternoon ski, south of the highway. I was pleasantly surprised at the firmness of the snow, not perfect, but enough to avoid the strenuous trail breaking we had recently been enduring. The 5-10 cm of fresh, wind blown snow, kept conditions from being too slick.

    We had a few hours to ski about, trying the ponds, ridges and forested areas. We stuck to the open areas when we had the winds at our back, opting for a more sheltered route when heading the other way.

    We were back at the cars in about 2 ¼ hrs, having enjoyed great off-trail conditions!

    https://www.flickr.com/gp/76927845@N07/yRScvk
  • 28 Jan 2019 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have lots of snow on our trails, and we should be getting a fairly large amount of snow this week as well.

  • 14 Jan 2019 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    We started out from Harrison Trail Road Junction and headed to Moon Falls.  My group hiked in icers and Louise's group wore their snowshoes.

    The snow conditions were at that transition point where in the woods and crossing a few grassy marshes I wish I had my snowshoes on.  A few post holes later we would be back on firm snow again.  Once we hit a frozen pond it was so easy just walking with our icers on.

    Beautiful clear blue ski  -18C morning.   It warmed up to a  nice -11C at lunch time.   With the sun we were actually sweating at times.

    Check out the photos posted. 

  • 07 Jan 2019 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We were pleasantly surprised to see how much snow were on the trails and didn't think they would be skiable,  however, yes, they were.  It was not as much snow as we're used to, but it was still fine although you needed to be careful if there were any exposed rocks in places.  Of course, we also complain when there's too much snow because it's slow going breaking trail!  Snow on ridges and open forests were good.  If you were in the hemlocks, the snow was very low and not skiable, so had to make your route selection take into account the type of forest cover.  Some groups skied about 50/50 trails/marsh type areas, while the snowshoers went wherever their legs took them.

    Marshes were mostly frozen with a good thick layer, but where there's running water, it was still open in places.  Some of the bigger lakes, you could still see quite a bit of open water.

    We had two snowshoe groups, one group using snowshoes, the other a mix of snowshoes and icers.  The ground was pretty firm with snow on top, but not so much that you would sink too far down.  You did want to have some type of claw on your feet, along with your poles.

    We had 37 people out for our first bus and whether you were a skier or snowshoer, all the groups seemed to have a very good day.

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