Last updated Monday 16th January 2017
Up till this week we have had great conditions on our trails for skiing and loads of people have taken advantage of them. However, since the mild spell this week we have lost a lot of snow and several places have become very icy, in particular the initial slope down from the Trailhead. Though the base remains in most places, overall the conditions are not good for skiing. We must hope for more snow soon so we can do some grooming.
There is a tree down across the short trail through the woods to the fields with the hermitage. Until this is cleared you have to remove your skis to climb over. The Ignatius people have been doing some work back at the old hermitage so the trail there might be affected anyway.
We think all our skiers know NOT TO WALK ON THE TRAILS. If you encounter anyone walking on the trails, by which we mean the whole width, not just the grooves for classic skiing, please politely ask them not to. The deep footprints caused by walking can be a hazard as well as making the trails rough. There are signs requesting no walking which you could point out.
Please use the small envelopes provided in the mail box under the Trailhead sign. Larger envelopes plug the drop box. Thanks.
This season the payment system will be the same as before - put $5 ($4 senior, 60+) in a small envelope (provided in the mailbox), sign it, and drop it in the box before skiing. After 8 skis the rest are free! Or you can pay $40 ($32 senior, 60+) for the whole season. Make cheques out to Guelph Nordic Ski Club. Other amounts are available for children and families - see Membership below.
Places to look are: Play It Again Sports, 218 Silvercreek Parkway in Guelph, who sometimes have second hand cross country ski equipment and often new equipment as well. Another source for equipment is Russ Mater who is local and will order and deliver equipment. He generally doesn't have a lot on hand, but does have specials now and again. Paramount, 30 Arrow Road, sells new cross country ski equipment and clothing. Speed River Cycle got out of the business a few years ago.