Kolapore wilderness trails

SKI Conditions

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  • 13 Nov 2019 11:27 PM | trail updates

    I skied a number of trails in the County Forest area today.  All were in very good condition.  There were a few wet spots in the low areas and I nicked one or two rocks but overall it was superb.

    Reminder: winter trails are for skiing only, no snowshoes no hiking

  • 04 Apr 2019 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    I left Kolapore on Tuesday, so I don't have first hand information, but I do know that the "glorious" conditions that existed on Monday are past.  With the melting that is inevitably happening with the strong sun, the ski season is probably over (except for the most fanatical, who may be able to find pockets of skiable snow).  Kolapore trail guide

  • 01 Apr 2019 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Yesterday I had an enjoyable ski breaking trail through County Forest and up Kingsway.  However, after noon the snow was warming and our skis were clumping and icing.  Today I started skiing at 8 AM, and had 2 hours of wonderful skiing.  Beautiful tracks with a trace of new powder overnight.  And the forest was beautiful - every branch covered with snow.  Lots of photo stops.  I'm afraid that the skiing will deteriorate quickly as the snow warms - clumping conditions.   Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 31 Mar 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Yesterday morning Kolapore received about 6 cm of snow in the morning, followed by rain in the afternoon.  Overnight there was 10 cm of new snow.  I just shoveled, and there is about 15 cm/6" of new snow in total.  Portions of the trail system where we had retained a snow base (areas in the forest where there aren't too many wet areas) should be skiable today.  Prepare to break trail - the snow will be reasonably heavy.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 30 Mar 2019 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    As I write this at 11 AM, Kolapore has received about 6 cm of wet snow (the temperature is just below 0), and it's snowing hard.  If we get the predicted snow, skiing may be OK in selective areas tomorrow, where there is still a decent base.  I think parts of County Forest should be OK.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 26 Mar 2019 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    I skied around County Forest yesterday afternoon, and would rate conditions as fair to poor.  Although there is still about 20 cm of snow in the bush, rocks and wet areas are starting to reappear on the trail.  Snow is disappearing in the fields.  The snow in the forest varied from icy to soft, depending on the orientation.  We are starting to get "reverse tracks", where the old tracks are higher than the adjacent unpacked snow.  If you are determined to ski at Kolapore, if it's after a cold night be sure to wait until the snow has softened.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 22 Mar 2019 5:37 PM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received about 3 cm of snow today (I'm posting this at 4:30 PM)  There is just enough new snow to make skiing OK, as long as you accept the fact that the underlying crust is going to be rutted in places.  There is still a substantial snow base in the forest.    I don't recommend off trail skiing - the crust is breakable.  As noted in a previous posting, the toilet at the Kolapore parking lot has been removed until spring arrives.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 19 Mar 2019 11:28 PM | trail updates

    Went in on the easy trails from the southeast access at noon today. Snow temperature exactly zero, I was on red wet/corn snow klister. Maybe half a centimetre of light, flurry snow on the surface of the trail. Could have probably been on hard wax instead, though the base was a touch icy and hard packed under the dusting of snow, so the tradeoff was less glide for better grip climbing little hills. Felt like late season, but still ski-able and no dodging patches of dirt or protruding rocks yet.

  • 19 Mar 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    There is still a base of snow in the bush at Kolapore, but conditions are deteriorating.  Yesterday I did a short ski, and there was enough fresh snow on top of the crust to making skiing OK but not great.  Off track skiing was actually better.  As we get into thaw/freeze cycles, the best skiing will be when the track has softened slightly.  Because of the reduced use of the trails, the Kolapore Trails Association has removed the toilet at the Kolapore parking lot - it will return when the trails start to dry out.  (This is a cost saving measure, because toilet rental is a major cost.)   Kolapore Trail Guide  

  • 16 Mar 2019 12:34 PM | Stephen Couchman Catherine Smart (Administrator)

    14 inches measure at the snow gauge including 2 of fresh powder over crusty base this morning. A little slow going and rocks poking through in some sections but still quite skiable. Liquid glide on the no-wax rock skis. Don't plan to set your record for the Church Loop or ski Red Death for the first time this season but it's all about the base and we still have one. 

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