The Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club maintains 11K of classic ski trails in the Agassiz Provincial Forest. The trails consist of four chained loops that gently wind through rolling gravel ridges surrounded by pine and spruce bogs, with the occasional poplar bluff. The trails are groomed by Carl Nilsson.
The trailhead is located on the south side of Hwy 317, 15 km west of Lac du Bonnet or 34 km east of the junction of Hwy 59 & Hwy 317 (or 80 km NE of the Perimeter Hwy & Hwy 59). There is no signage on Hwy 317, but the parking lot can be seen from the highway. Trail maps are provided at the trailhead, and all trails have excellent signage.
There is a shelter and toilet on the Blue loop (see the map — click the “Maps” link, below), but the shelter has only three walls and does not have a stove, although there is a fire pit in front of it. The map shows a shelter and toilet at the trailhead — the shelter doesn’t exist — the toilet is a port-a-potty.
The Charleswood Ski Club and Nature Manitoba have organized outings to the Agassiz Provincial Forest ski trails, and they have consistently reported good grooming; the trails appear to be track-set often.
Please support the maintenance of these trails by sending a donation to:
Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club
Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
or by Interac e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
The club president is Karen Nilsson, email@example.com .
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club on Saturday morning:
The Skandic was put away for the season, so trails will not be groomed. However, I cannot resist trying to go out and plow my own trail today. Dug my skis out of the closet. Someone figured us skiers needed a covid break! Hope everyone is healthy.
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club on Sunday morning:
Skied yesterday, trails were still quite good. Best place to be right now! Trails have not been groomed, not necessary, and likely wouldn’t do much. Hopefully, cool weather will continue.
A friend wrote on Monday morning:
I skied the Green and Blue trails yesterday, and they were actually quite good. We didn’t get a lot of snow last Wednesday in Lac du Bonnet, so it just took people skiing to “groom” them. We had a tiny bit of snow last night. Trails should be wonderful at these temps. I hope to get out again myself today.…[Read more]
15 members of Nature Manitoba’s Grey Hares skied all loops of the Agassiz Provincial Forest trails in different directions on Wednesday. We disagree with Karen Nilsson’s daughter’s assessment of the trails: they aren’t “not bad”, they are very good!
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club on Tuesday afternoon:
Carl isn’t planning on grooming the trails until after the snow expected Wed night / Thurs. Our daughter did the Blue and Red yesterday, said they were not bad.
On Tuesday at noon our group skied all four amazing loops of this wonderful single classic trail system. Tracks are in great shape and so sheltered from the wind…..a perfect day to be out! Thanks to the Nilsson family for their excellent care and grooming – sure love these trails!
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club on Sunday evening:
The trails were groomed this evening. So beautiful out there with the fresh snow on the trees! Should be in excellent shape for tomorrow.
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club on Monday morning:
We only got about two inches of snow. Satellite shows a possible small system coming through sometime before noon yet today, so Carl was going to groom the trails later this afternoon so they can freeze up overnite. Should be good for tomorrow.
Skied the Agassiz trails for the first time today. No change to conditions since the last update. Rock skis still recommended, until we get more coverage. The best snow right now can be found on the Blue loop.
Six Charleswood Ski Club members skied a couple laps of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club’s 11K trail network in the Agassiz Provincial Forest on Saturday. Conditions were very good considering how little snow has fallen so far this winter.
We saw about a dozen rocks at various places along the trails. I tried to pay attention to the…[Read more]
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club on Tuesday:
Carl tracked the trails today, and although the track gets a little thin in the rocky areas, the trails are ready to go! Happy Skiing!