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]