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 Corey Mohr:
Today, April 2nd RMNP has good spring skiing (until the weather warms) and some sections are melting but the snow cover is fine. Trails are skier tracked as the park received some fresh snow since the last update. Skied on a Grey Owl and Katherine-Compound which were skier tracked and Cairns Cabin was totally tour skiing. Nice…[Read more]
I skied Compound and Lake Katherine today (Saturday) with recently set firm tracks and very good conditions. Park staff have started prepping the course for the Riding Mountain Loppet now two weeks away (March 10) and if the long-range weather forecast holds out conditions should be great for the loppet.…[Read more]
On Friday and Saturday (Jan 5/6) a group of us skied Crawford Creek, Compound East, Wasagaming Campground and South Lake. Crawford hadn’t been groomed for a while but the skied-in tracks were in good shape and skis were running fast considering the -16C temp. Compound, Wasagaming Campground and South Lake were groomed on Friday and were generally…[Read more]
From Clarke Wilkie:
Here are two pics of packed and skied-in trail in Wasagaming. Some Otentiks are winterized and one could set off out the door. An option for those keen to get a few km in while waiting for snow in…[Read more]
Trails in RMNP are in good shape this week. Oak Ridge near McCreary is excellent and has a good track set for both the 3.4 km and 6.4 km trails. Trails off #10 & 19 are good after our snow last week. Looking for good skiing then join us in the park. – Pam
Today, Saturday Feb 18th, classic skied the Wasagaming townsite trails (Campground, town connector and South Lake). The Campground was in the best shape with mostly full depth tracks consisting of icy sections, some areas with untransformed snow and soft mush on the south exposed areas. South Lake was similar but the townsite connector was mainly…[Read more]
Skied the Compound Trail this afternoon (Sunday) and conditions were very nice; likely the same for most of southern Manitoba. The track was set Friday after 5 cm of new snow and tracks were mostly firm with some uneven side-hilling on sections of the trail. Walkers had their way with the last 2 km of the trail but they did keep off the tracks for…[Read more]
Latest trail condition report posted here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/tcond/cond_e.asp?oPark=100373
An even better source of trail conditions for Riding Mountain is at http://www.friendsofridingmountain.ca/ . Click on the appropriate link on that website home page.
Friends of Riding Mountain does the trail grooming.
The skating rink and trail is now open with lights set up in the trees for night skating.
La patinoire est maintenant ouverts avec des lumières dans les arbres pour le patinage de nuit.
Friends of Riding Mountain and RMNP have teamed up to offer some winter outings. Check out the interpretive offer: here
Les Amis du Parc National du Mont…[Read more]