Kolapore wilderness trails

SKI Conditions

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  • 01 Mar 2012 12:13 AM | Anonymous
    There have been some challenges with the plowing (lack thereof) of the Kolapore parking lot recently.  This lot is normally plowed as a public service by Grey County.  For some unknown reason it was not plowed this past weekend, when we probably had the heaviest snowfall of the winter.  It was still not plowed when I went by on Tuesday, although enough brave souls had bashed there way in that most vehicles would now be able to get in.   We will be following up on this issue.  When this type of problem arises it is possible to park on the roadside at Metcalfe Rock and pick up the Kolapore trails there. 
    Kolapore Trail Guide

  • 25 Feb 2012 11:11 AM | Anonymous
    As I write this at 9:15 (don't believe the time stamp), there has been about 20 cm of new snow since early Friday, and it is snowing hard.  Environment Canada is suggesting we could get another 10 to 15 cm.  Skiing should be great.  In the short term parking may be a consideration - the Kolapore parking lot may or may not be plowed.  The town plow has plowed the Townline, so roadside parking is available at Entrance E.
  • 24 Feb 2012 2:27 PM | Anonymous
    Kolapore has received about 5 cm of snow overnight and today, and there is a blizzard as I write this posting at 12:30.  There is a crust under the new snow, but if we get as much as is predicted, there should be good skiing this weekend.   I was delighted to see that someone else did a posting last weekend - please follow their lead.  (I didn't do a posting because I was away cross-country skiing in the Laurentians and in the Quebec City area.  Quebec has so many fabulous trails, and many areas have good snow conditions.  There is a metre+ of snow a short drive north of Quebec City.)   Kolapore Trail Guide  
  • 20 Feb 2012 10:45 AM | trail updates
    Beautiful day in the County Forest this past Saturday.  Soft snowfall most of the morning, but warm temps made us wonder about our "no wax" skis.  36 cm on the gauge at stn.11.  Great to see John's Portage Open again! Hemlocks snow-loaded like a Lawren Harris painting!
  • 12 Feb 2012 10:37 AM | Anonymous
    Kolapore had 15cm+ of snow overnight.  The snow gauge is up to 40 cm, which is the highest it has been all season.  Skiing was generally very good, although you will still hit the occasional rock.  Enjoy it while it lasts!
  • 11 Feb 2012 7:30 PM | trail updates

    As you can see in the previous post, Kolapore has about 4 cm of new snow.  The Scenic Caves website this morning claimed that they had 12 cm of new snow, so several Kolapore Trail Guides went there to check it out.  Yes, they did have the 12 cm, and skiing was excellent.   (Skiing at Scenic Caves is relatively expensive - $18.50 on weekends.  Two for one passes are available on page 17 of the 2011- 2012 Winter Guide published by the Ontario Snow Resorts Association.  Copies of the Guide are available in the Georgian Triangle Tourist Information Centre in Collingwood.)  We are hoping that the potential squalls will improve Kolapore conditions in the near future. 

    Kolapore Trail Guide     

  • 11 Feb 2012 10:58 AM | Anonymous
    Kolapore has received about 4 cm of snow overnight.  This is not enough to provide decent skiing on the icy, rutted tracks.   There is more snow in the forecast for tonight - I will provide an update tomorrow morning.
  • 06 Feb 2012 6:45 PM | Deleted user
    The following comments are based on a ski around County Forest this afternoon.  There is still snow in the forest  - 15 cm at the snow gauge, and less where it is packed on the trails.  Rocks are starting to appear, and there are some wet spots.  Skiing was fair this afternoon because the mild weather (+3) thawed the icy track.   County Forest has had a number of snowshoers, walkers and dogs, so the tracks are deteriorating.  After the trails refreeze, (which will happen this evening) we strongly recommend not using the trails until there is new snow.
    Kolapore Trail Guide (NOT Brandon)
  • 01 Feb 2012 7:50 PM | Anonymous
    There is still a reasonable amount of snow in the bush at Kolapore, although many rocks are starting to re-emerge after the thaw yesterday and today.  (The snow gauge was at 27 cm - 11" yesterday morning, but that was before the real thaw.)  There is enough snow (particularly in the less rocky areas) for decent spring skiing as long as the snow is soft.  Once the snow refreezes the trails will be icy and rutted.  Under those conditions, skiing on the Kolapore trails is not recommended until we get new snow.
    Kolapore Trail Guide 
  • 29 Jan 2012 10:32 AM | Anonymous
    Kolapore has received over 15 cm of snow in the past 24 hours.  Skiing should be excellent today.  On the less used trail you should be prepared to "break trail" - wear your gaiters.
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