Kolapore wilderness trails

SKI Conditions

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  • 03 Feb 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received about 18 cm of snow yesterday and overnight.  Be prepared to break trail today.  The snow gauge is up to 42 cm, although that is the unconsolidated snow depth.  The additional snow has improved conditions in the west half of the County Forest, where the recent logging left ruts.  The parking lot on Grey Road 2 at Kolapore has been plowed this morning by our dedicated volunteer.  The roads at the east entrance to the County Forest are well plowed, and offer roadside parking.  It is unlikely that the parking lot at Metcalfe Rock will be accessible. Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 31 Jan 2022 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received about 2 cm of light powder over the past 24 hours.  This will help to freshen up the trails.  Conditions should be good to excellent.  Get out and enjoy the trails before the minor thaw that is predicted for Tuesday afternoon.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 28 Jan 2022 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Kolapore received 8 cm of powder overnight.  Ski conditions should be excellent, as long as you are prepared for the cold.   Tracks were firm and fast yesterday - today you will need to be prepared to break trail.  The entrance to the Kolapore parking lot has been shovelled - there isn't enough snow in the lot to be a problem.   Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 26 Jan 2022 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    I skied some of the "trails less travelled" this morning, and conditions were very good.  There has been just a dusting of new snow the past few days.  The snow gauge has settled from 38 to 33 cm (15" to 13").  Much of the south side of the County Forest has enough snow that the skiing is OK after the end of logging, but between 4 and 5 many skiers might prefer the informal lower, flatter route.  Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 24 Jan 2022 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Although there were lots of skiers out yesterday, skiing conditions should still be good today.  There is 15"/38 cm of snow at the snow gauge.  It should be possible to switch from rock skis to good skis.  The Kolapore parking lot was plowed yesterday by our dedicated volunteer.  The Metcalfe Rock parking lot has not been cleared, but it should be possible for SUVs to get in.

  • 23 Jan 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    As I post this at 8 AM, Kolapore has received 11 cm of powder overnight, and it is snowing.  There may be some challenges with parking today.  The roads at the east end of the County Forest have been plowed and offer decent roadside parking.  I will update later in the day.  

  • 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

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