Kolapore wilderness trails

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  • 20 Jan 2022 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received about 2 cm of snow overnight.  Ski conditions are good to excellent. Cold conditions have frozen the wet areas, and most rocks have decent snow cover.  I still think that rock skis are advisable if you have them.  The County Forest trails are open again for cross country skiing.  Most of the closure signs and barriers have been taken down.  The trails on the north side of the Forest are in relatively good condition.  Some of the trails on the south side are very rutted and rough because of the logging equipment.   Some snow has accumulated in the Kolapore parking lot since it was plowed this week, but it is usable.  The Metcalfe Rock parking lot has not been plowed.  Kolapore Trail Guide 

  • 18 Jan 2022 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    The County Forest trails are open again for cross country skiing.  The closure signs and barriers should be removed over the next few days.  The trails on the north side of the Forest are in relatively good condition.  Some of the trails on the south side are very rutted and rough because of the logging equipment.  Overall, skiing conditions were very good today.  The official snow gauge is at 30 cm.  I skied Southern Crossing, Quiet Pastures and the south end of Trail to the Summit, and was very pleased at how well the trails have frozen.  There are some advantages to frigid conditions!  Kolapore Trail Guide  

  • 16 Jan 2022 6:29 PM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received 4+ cm of snow several days ago, and this significantly improved conditions.  Snow cover is still thin, particularly on rocky trails.  I did a short ski at the south end of Trail to the Summit today, and was pleased to find that the wet areas are generally frozen.  This suggests our wetter trails are (or soon will be) skiable. The Kolapore parking lot was plowed several days ago by a volunteer (we are still trying to find a contractor).  The Metcalfe Rock parking lot has not been plowed, but can be used by vehicles with decent clearance.  The County Forest trails are still closed because of logging.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 14 Jan 2022 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received about 4 cm of snow overnight and into this morning.  This will help to improve the fast/icy tracks that I reported yesterday.  Snow cover will still be thin, particularly on rocky trails.  I would recommend that novice or cautious skier not use the trails.   The Kolapore parking lot was plowed several days ago by a volunteer (we are still trying to find a contractor).  The Metcalfe Rock parking lot has not been plowed, but can be used by vehicles with decent clearance.  The County Forest trails are still closed because of logging.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 13 Jan 2022 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    There is about 20 cm of snow in the bush.  When it is skied on, the snow cover would be less than half this, with lots of rocks showing through.  The tracks are fast because there was light freezing drizzle on Wednesday.  Given the speed and rocks, it is not a time for novice or cautious skiers to visit Kolapore.  The Kolapore parking lot has been plowed by a volunteer (we are still trying to find a contractor).  The Metcalfe Rock parking lot has not been plowed, but can be used by vehicles with decent clearance.  The County Forest trails are still closed because of logging.  Kolapore Trail Guide 

  • 08 Jan 2022 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    I did a 10 km loop today in the southeast quadrant, and can confirm that it is still rock skiing, and probably only for Kolapore veterans.  I guarantee that even in less used areas, you will hit lots of rocks.  Kolapore did not receive the dump of snow that fell at Collingwood.  Logging is continuing in the County Forest, so the trails there are closed.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 06 Jan 2022 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received about 12 cm of snow Wednesday, plus a few cm Thursday and Friday.  The heavy snowfall that hit Collingwood bypassed Kolapore.  The base is a bit over 20 cm, most of which is light powder.  That's thin for Kolapore skiing - rock skis would be essential.  The Kolapore parking lot was cleared Thursday by one of our dedicated volunteers.  We are still looking for an affordable contractor to carry out the work on an ongoing basis.  There is no snow removal at the Metcalfe Rock parking lot.  Logging is continuing in the County Forest, so the trails there are closed.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 02 Jan 2022 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    The snow blowing contractor who cleared the Kolapore and Metcalfe Rock parking lots has withdrawn his services because of insurance issues.  The Association is looking for other arrangements, but in the short term there won't be any snow removal in the two lots.  There is now about 15 cm of snow (less in some areas), which isn't enough to make most of the Kolapore trails skiable.  The County Forest trails are likely to remain closed for another week because of logging.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 01 Jan 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Snow accumulation in the bush is about 25 cm - 10".  Although this is the low end of the desirable snow cover for Kolapore, there is likely to be some OK skiing in selected locations.  Rock skis are recommended.  The County Forest is still closed for use.  Because the Kolapore parking lot is being plowed by a volunteer in the short term, overall there is likely to be less plowing than in the past.  The Metcalfe Rock parking lot is not being plowed.   Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 22 Dec 2021 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Kolapore has about 10 cm of snow.  This is not enough for pleasant skiing anywhere on the trail system.  The County Forest trails are still closed due to logging.  Kolapore Trail Guide

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