Kolapore wilderness trails

Trail Conditions

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  • 13 Dec 2013 11:05 AM | Anonymous
     Over the past few days the snow squalls bypassed Kolapore - until last night and this morning.  We've had about 15 cm of new snow.  We have about 30 cm of snow in the bush, although there are still many thin areas, e.g., under cedars.  There are also wet spots on some trails e.g., Southern Crossing west of the 10th line.  The less rocky trails (e.g., County Forest) will be in good shape and many other trails will be skiable, although I would continue to strongly recommend rock skis.  I skied County Forest and the Kingsway - Jackrabbit - John's Portage loop today, and it was pleasant skiing as long as you accepted the inevitability of adding some new scratches to your skis.
    Saturday Dec 14 update:  I drove by the Kolapore parking lot (Entrance N) this morning and it is well plowed.  
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  • 11 Dec 2013 11:43 AM | Anonymous
    Kolapore received about 10 cm of snow last night.  The trails now have a bit over 20 cm of snow cover, most of which is light powder that will be easily compressed.  The skiing will probably be relatively good on less rocky trails such as those in the County Forest.  I would recommend waiting a few more days before going on the rockier and/or steeper trails.  Even with the colder temperatures skiers should still be aware of the possibility of encountering wet areas.
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  • 08 Dec 2013 12:27 PM | Anonymous
    There is about 10 cm of snow in the bush at Kolapore.  Most of this is a firm base, with a few cm of fresh snow on top.  This is NOT enough for decent skiing.  In addition, there are numerous wet puddles that need to refreeze.  The forecast for this week looks promising (cold, with a chance of flurries or squalls most days).  I'll post an update as soon as it looks like there might be enough snow for skiing.
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  • 30 Nov 2013 12:23 AM | Anonymous
    The Kolapore snow gauge is back up to 31 cm (12").  Ski conditions were good today.  As noted in the previous post, there are some wet areas where caution is required.
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  • 25 Nov 2013 12:35 PM | trail updates
    Ski season on the Kolapore Wilderness Trails started yesterday.  There was 30 - 35 cm of snow at the south end of the trail system.  (Today the snow gauge was down to 23 cm - the snow is settling and melting from the ground up.)  I skied in the County Forest and up John's Portage, and skiing was quite pleasant.  Some caution is required.  Because of the wet summer and fall, there are numerous puddles on the trail, which are now slush under the snow.  In the County Forest the three worst wet spots in the middle of the trail are: between 6 and 11 (it's easy to ski on the north side off the trail); between 6 and 7 (there is an alternate trail marked by flagging tape); and in the usual wet area west of 4.   There are undoubtedly a number of other wet areas, but the one part of the trail system that I would strongly recommend avoiding is the cedar swamp on Quiet Pastures south of 58.  When I cleared this trail in early November, it was awash - the corduroy logs were floating in the puddles.  Please post additional updates - follow the instructions above.  If you are aware of a major problem, please also send an e-mail to info@kolaporetrails.org
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  • 24 Mar 2013 11:28 AM | Anonymous
    After the Kolapore Vision Meeting yesterday (watch the News page for updates) the Kolapore Trail Guides went skiing in the County Forest.  The snow gauge is up to 30 cm (12").  There is good snow coverage in the bush.  With the warmer temperatures, you need to be prepared for spring conditions.  This means that it can be either soft and mushy (when the sun warms the snow) or hard/icy, particularly in the morning if it cools down overnight.
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  • 21 Mar 2013 5:43 PM | Anonymous
    Since my last post on Monday, there has been about 20 cm of new snow, and today it is still powder snow.  In the next day or two I think that there will be decent skiing in the bush, as long as you don't mind spring skiing.  The sun is very strong, so the snow surface will be starting to melt even if the temperature is below freezing.  As the previous post noted, it is best to avoid open areas such as Northwest Passage, because the earlier snow base will have melted and the strong winds this week may have blown off the new snow.
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  • 18 Mar 2013 2:53 PM | trail updates
    Tried to ski Northwest Passage yesterday afternoon but had to give up due to lack of snow over rocks and in open areas.  There was more of the fresh snow mentioned in the previous post in the bush.  Even there, rock skis are a must.
  • 18 Mar 2013 2:13 PM | Anonymous
    I went out for a St Patrick's Day ski at Kolapore, and it was better than I had expected.  Kolapore received about 5 cm of new snow Saturday night/Sunday morning, which considerably improved skiing from when I was out on Friday.  I skied through the east end of the County Forest (which has some rutted areas because of logging), and then had a pleasant ski around Kingsway, Jackrabbit and John's Portage.  I scraped rocks a few times, so "rock skis" are desirable.  As noted in my previous post, open areas may have very little snow left.   As I've mentioned previously, there is a special public meeting to develop a longer term vision for the Kolapore Trails and the Trails Association on Saturday March 23.  Everyone is welcome - see the events tab for more information
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  • 16 Mar 2013 10:08 AM | Anonymous
    There is still snow on much of the Kolapore trails, although the base is diminishing.  At the snow gauge we have 20 cm (8").  About  5 cm of this is newer snow on top of a firm base (in the bush).  In open areas and on south facing slopes the base can be down to 0.  I skied around County Forest yesterday and would describe the skiing as mediocre.  The trails are starting to develop "reverse tracks", where the old tracks are higher than the adjacent snow.  This happens in the spring because the tracks are compacted, and melt more slowly than the adjacent snow.  The most pleasant skiing  is off track in open deciduous forest - you can go anywhere.  We've had a cm or two of snow overnight.  I'm planning to ski at Scenic Caves today - I think the skiing will be much better than on the Kolapore trails.
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