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 Clarke Wilkie on Saturday evening:
Hilton trail was great – small amount of debris, mostly spruce needles, and a few icy patches under spruce trees, but firm sidewalls and base this morning. No bald patches and the creek still frozen. I am not sure if others are up this way but as of today it was a great ski with fantastic glide in but still…[Read more]
From Pam Little on Wednesday afternoon:
Trails in RMNP on the east side like lower Bald Hill and Oak Ridge are in great shape and track set. If you are looking for quiet trails (we are serious as you will hardly ever meet anyone) with some awesome views come to our side of the park. The Agassiz road is plowed and cleared regularly. There are a…[Read more]
Skied RMNP on Dec 22nd and found a good base of snow. Hilton had good conditions, although plenty of debris (leaves / needles / cone scales / seeds) on the trail. There are some mowed (but not mowed short enough) brushy stems to dodge, as well intact stems growing mid-trail to whip your inner thighs. However, twig conditions were better than this…[Read more]
My friend has told me:
The road from the currently abandoned Warden Station to the Deep Lake campground in RMNP has been packed and tracked by Dave Juce from Hamiota and a neighbour. The classic track has a few cm of new snow which has been skied in on top of a hard set track. It is in very good condition and rock skies aren’t required. The a…[Read more]