Since 2012-2013, after the Federal Conservative Government announced that cross country ski trails in many national parks would no longer be groomed by park employees, volunteers have been doing the trail grooming in Riding Mountain National Park.
Friends of Riding Mountain National Park — website (Trail conditions are also listed here by clicking on the appropriate link.)
From October 15 to April 30, emergency services may be significantly delayed or limited during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4:00 PM), and may be unavailable after hours, overnight, on weekends, and on holidays. PARK VISITORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND MUST BE SELF-SUFFICIENT IN DEALING WITH ANY EMERGENCY THAT MAY OCCUR.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE IS NOT RELIABLE IN THE BACK-COUNTRY OF RMNP. Make sure that you tell someone where you are going and when you will return (RMNP emergency number is 1.877.852.3100).
Be aware that the weather changes during the day: check the forecast for the day and dress appropriately. Know your own skill level and avoid trails that are too challenging.
From Esther MacKinlay:
Friday 8 March — skied Grey Owl trail. Groomed for classic all the way to the cabin. Sometimes double tracked. Track firm and fast but not icy. Some tree debris and lots of animal prints on the trail but these did not hamper our wonderful ski.
Sunday 10 March — skied the Riding Mountain Compound trail and around Lake…[Read more]
Hi all, Yes, Whirlpool Lake campground and road are open again for the winter! Please keep in mind:
· Whirlpool Lake Road is a wilderness trail during the winter; you can hike, snowshoe, ski or fat bike it, but no vehicle access.
· Ice-fishing is not permitted on Whirlpool Lake.
· It hasn’t been decided yet if the area will…[Read more]
We skied a couple laps of the Wasagaming Campground trail this afternoon and overall conditions were pretty good. We were on skins at +2C, but other skiers reported good grip with a red grip wax. The classic tracks were firm for the most part and other than in the heavy spruce forest, there was no debris in the tracks. The ski experience would be…[Read more]
Skied the Ochre River Trail over NYE. One might assume that the $85 one pays to book Cairns Cabin for a night might cover at least one pass with a groomer before the end of December, but one would be mistaken: apparently the Park doesn’t maintain these trails in winter any longer, and the volunteers had not been out yet. The posted trail…[Read more]
From Esther MacKinlay:
We classic skied the Deep Lake trail all the way to the Bob Hill picnic site. The trail was recently groomed for both skate and classic to the Deep Lake campsite. Older grooming for both techniques further on to the Central trail junction, and then just packed onward to Bob Hill. Overall, we had a magnificent ski using our…[Read more]
From Elise Watchorn:
Skied six of the trails at Riding Mountain this weekend. The 16km Hilton was trackset and absolutely heavenly. Wasagaming and Edwards Creek were snowmobile packed and quite nice; Grey Owl and Broadleaf were also packed and decent. Kinosao (is this even a ski trail?) was neither tracked nor packed, but we enjoyed our adventure…[Read more]
From David Juce:
Deep Lake has been tracked for classic x-country skiing from the RMNP boundary to the Bob Hill junction which makes it a little more than 10 kilometers in length if you go all the way to Bob Hill for a total of a 20k+ round trip. We also put a trail into the Deep Lake campground (4 kilos in) so you can use the washrooms or have a…[Read more]
From Olivier Durand, Parks Canada:
We now have a good base topped with about 6-7 inches of fluffy snow, no bare spots, so conditions are great if you don’t mind breaking your own trail.
Trailheads have been plowed along Hwy10.
Hwy 19 is open and has been plowed too.
Note that the weekly trail report e-mail will resume as soon as t…[Read more]