Kolapore wilderness trails

SKI Conditions

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  • 30 Jan 2015 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore has received about 10 cm of snow over the past 24 hours, and it is still snowing as I write this at 8 AM.  This should help to freshen up the trails.  I will expand this post after skiing on the trails.

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  • 25 Jan 2015 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received 5+ cm of powder snow last night.  I don't think we lost any base yesterday - temperatures stayed below 0.  Conditions are likely to still be fast (after the first few skiers) because of the firm tracks.  Some hills will still require more than normal caution.

    As I have noted in previous posts, the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association is now responsible for managing and paying for the plowing of the Kolapore parking lot.  If you want this service to continue (along with the provision of a toilet and trail maintenance), please support the Association.

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  • 22 Jan 2015 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    I skied in the County Forest and vicinity yesterday afternoon, and the tracks are very fast.  The trails have the firm tracks from Sunday, plus some compacted powder.  The flatter trails are OK, but I would be reluctant to ski on steeper hills - it could be too fast and rutted.  We still have a decent snow base (33 cm at the gauge), but we really need more fresh snow.

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  • 19 Jan 2015 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    Kolapore has received a few cm of snow overnight and today.  I don't think this is enough to cover the icy and/or rutted tracks.  I would recommend waiting for some more snow.  If you are desperate to get out, the off trail skiing may be OK.

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  • 18 Jan 2015 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    Unfortunately the temperatures at Kolapore went above freezing last night.  We didn't lose much snow, although the snow has compacted.  At the moment the snow is still wet and creates spring skiing conditions, but as the temperature drops the trails will become icy.  Once that happens, I would strongly recommend staying off the trails until we get a decent amount of new snow. 

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  • 16 Jan 2015 12:17 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received about 10 cm of snow early this week, plus another 5 cm+ Friday morning.  The snow gauge is at 36 cm (14").  Over the past two days I've skied Trail to the Summit (one of the wetter and rockier trails) and Southern Crossing for the first time this season, and conditions were quite good.  There are a few wet spots, but it is easy to bypass them. 

    If you are coming in at the Kolapore entrance there have been inconsiderate walkers and snowshoers on the trail, so ski conditions on some trail segments will be mediocre until we get fresh snow.  (The snow this morning may have helped.)

    As I've noted before, the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association is arranging and paying for snow plowing now at the Kolapore parking lot.  If you want snowplowing to continue, please join the Association or make a donation.  Roadside parking at entrance W (west end of County Forest) is limited.  If you want to access the south end, there is better parking at entrance E, just off Grey Road 2.

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  • 09 Jan 2015 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    On Friday Kolapore received about 15 cm of snow.  The snow gauge was at 40 cm.  (For those who have looked at earlier postings I know this doesn't add up - the snow is settling.)  Skiing should be excellent this weekend, although there will be a lot of trail breaking on Saturday. Bring your camera - the snow is hanging on the trees.

    I'm pleased to report that the Kolapore parking lot is in good shape on Saturday morning - it was plowed late enough yesterday, and there isn't much of a hump from the County plow.  The Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association is arranging and paying for plowing now.  If you want snowplowing to continue, please join the Association or make a donation.  FYI, a skier told us today that there is very limited roadside parking at the County Forest Entrance W.  There is lots of roadside parking at the County Forest Entrance E, just off Grey Road 2.

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  • 07 Jan 2015 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore has received about 15 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours.  The snow gauge is at 37 cm (14").  It is hard work breaking trail today. 

    I expect that the Kolapore parking lot will be plowed by some time this afternoon.  As noted in my previous post, Grey County is no longer plowing the parking lot, so plowing is being arranged and paid for by the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association.  Please support the Association if you want plowing and other trail maintenance to continue.

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  • 05 Jan 2015 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    Kolapore has received about 15 cm of powder snow in the past 24 hours.  The Kolapore snow gauge is at 25 cm.  Although there will be some wet spots and rocky areas (hey, it's Kolapore!), overall skiing should be quite good.  Rock skis are still recommended. 

    The Kolapore parking lot on Grey Road 2 was plowed Jan 5.  Plowing is now being arranged and paid for by the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association.  If you want plowing to continue, please support the Association.

    Kolapore Trail Guide 

  • 02 Jan 2015 10:41 AM | trail updates

    Kolapore received about 10 cm of snow over the past 24 hours.  There is now about 15 - 20 cm of powder snow in the bush.  This compacts down to about 2 cm of snow after a few skiers have been through.  This is thin for Kolapore skiing, but some of the less rocky trails (e.g., much of County Forest) are OK if you use your rock skis.  I wouldn't go on some of the rockier trails unless you want an excuse to buy new skis.

    The Town plow is going a bit wide at Entrance W, so there is room on the shoulder for a few cars.

    Kolapore Trail Guide 

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