Turtle Mountain Provincial Park grooms 34 kilometres of trails for winter use. Since 2019-2020, the park has had new grooming equipment and is now grooming 28K of trails with a single classic track beside a multi-use track — skate skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and walking. Snowshoeing and fat biking can usually occur on a skate track without negatively impacting it.
The Dunseith trail south of the Adam Lake shelter and the John Lake trail (6K in total) are narrower, so they are only packed.
There is a new warming hut down at John Lake, where previously there was only a three sided shelter. It features a skylight and the tiniest wood stove ever. The new cabin marks the end of the line; the old trail along the US border is no longer maintained. But halfway down from the Vista-James intersection, there is a new Canntastic trail connecting over to the south end of Dunseith. The new map at the trailhead reflects this change, but the small maps at trail intersections do not.
The two maps under the Maps tab (below) are dated 2015 and January 2019. A new map was supposed scheduled to be published in 2020, but I can’t find it.
The rustic James Lake cabin, 5.5 km from the Adam Lake trailhead, sleeps ~12 people, is free to stay in, but must be booked with the Boissevain District Office 204-534-2028. There are also new Adventure Huts.
The local ski community has an excellent relationship with the Turtle Mountain Park staff . The trails are consistently well groomed.
Trail Conditions (interactive map, updated in real time) reported by Manitoba Parks.
See below for reports submitted by skiers.
Skiers planning on doing the Feisty Rooster take note that highway 2 west of Glenboro and highway 10 south almost to Boissevain are partially ice and snow covered. Give yourself extra travel time and you will be rewarded as the trails are near perfect and firm (small baskets).
Mary Lake, Intermediate, James Lake, Vista, Adam Lake and most of Dunseith have been recently groomed. Trails were hard and fast. The classic tracks were shallow but very solid, and sticking to them was the best bet for all manoeuvres because there was almost no bite in the skate deck if you wanted to herringbone, snowplough, or step…[Read more]