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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  • 12 Jan 2017 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starting approximately late tonight until early afternoon with west and northwest winds which would mean the right direction for us to receive lake effect snow off of Georgian Bay.

  • 12 Jan 2017 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While we did have rain overnight which took away some of the base, or just compressed it more, the snow is still soft, so think of snow  that's not hard but good for snowball fights or building snowmen.  It will make life easier trail breaking.  It is currently snowing up in our trail system with at least flurries for the next couple of days.

  • 11 Jan 2017 11:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sunday, January 8, 2017 was -18 Celsius. Due to the earlier mild temperatures we had a solid base and soft dry snow on top which made for effortless skiing. However, snow is a great insulator and since the streams, marshes, and lakes had not frozen totally before the snow squalls hit our ski area we had some slush. A skier hits slush in the cold temperatures and you have hard rock ice on the bottom of your skis. At times members were busy scrapping.  We learned to avoid these dubious spots and all had an enjoyable day.

  • 11 Jan 2017 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few of us were up on the Trails and the conditions were really good.  Snow had time to compress  so trail breaking was much easier than on Sunday with all the new snow.  It felt a little like spring skiing since the temperatuares were above zero, so no problems with clumping, able to go straight up hills.  There were new fallen trees/branches with the windy weather, so we tried to remove those off the trail -- others that will have to wait until next year with a chainsaw, but easy enough to still get around.

  • 11 Jan 2017 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The snow had compacted a bit more so less of a slog breaking through trail.  Lots of snow.  While Toronto had rain most of the day on Tuesday, we had snow.

  • 01 Jan 2017 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lots of snow on our trails!  We were sinking about one feet on average on nice fluffy snow, although some of the trails further east, the snowfall was heavier and sinking a couple of feet.

    Little creeks and wet areas were still appearing, so care needs to be taken going down the valleys.  Many of the lakes are still not frozen yet, so land routes are best.

  • 26 Dec 2016 8:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a mixture of freezing rain and rain today, not really all that unusual for this time of year.  Good news is, we should still have a pretty good base even with the rain (some years we are down to nothing but by the first bus, the snow has built up again for good skiing conditions).  With the temps getting cold again, the base will be rock solid which is a good thing for the new snow to build on top.

    Snow and snowsqualls are forecasted in the next week or so, so we should have plenty of snow by the first bus, if not earlier.  Lakes, creeks, marshes are still pretty well wide-open.

  • 25 Dec 2016 3:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We went skiing on the trails for a few hours today.  The last couple of days, we've had some warm days so the snow consolidated quite a bit and there was still about 15 inches of base, although it was pretty much rock solid (good for base, not so much for skiing as you didn't have the give) so it was a roller coaster ride going up/down  hills, especially in the hemlocks.  It was kind of like spring skiing with just a bit of granular snow on top.  Open ridges were better.  More snow will be needed but that is coming -- will just need to wait a few days.

  • 21 Dec 2016 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's a Winter Wonderland!  There's approximately 18 inches of condensed snow on the trails.    Yesterday, I was only sinking about 4 inches.  Rocks are pretty well covered, so you might get an occasional scrape if you're not paying attention.  Waterways are still unsafe.  Anything with running water is still open.  A number of people have already been skiing on the trails.

  • 12 Dec 2016 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We've probably had about 30 cm of snow on our trail system and more to come.  Bear in mind that the snow will settle to about half of what's fallen or less.  Minimum to ski is usually around 30 cm+ to avoid most rock, although some will still be showing.  Temps have been getting colder so our ponds and marshes are now starting to freeze up nicely, although not safe to travel on yet.

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