Snow and Trail Conditions
As of 2/15/2023:
(2/13/23): Groomers are parked and hoping to be back out on Thursday. Rain in the forecast but a cool down on the other side. Spring/late season conditions from here out. Conditions will vary from trail to trail, day to day. Use common sense and ride accordingly.
Bluehills Trailblazers annual Fundraiser is Saturday, Feb 18 from 12-4 at the Bruce Fire Hall.
-Please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation on your trail routes and for updates on trail maintenance and grooming.
Cross Country Ski Trails
Blue Hills Trails report:
Great skate skiing again yesterday (Monday) - like the best of March spring skiing. Thanks to Sunday evening's grooming, there was a fast sugar snow surface in the skate lane, adequate edge control, thrilling fast skating. Friday's freshly renovated classic track was pretty clean, and provided good striding - especially as sunshine and rising temps softened the glaze. The newly opened East Side Core Loop Bypass (intersections 15-20-21-22-24-25) is a bit rough, especially the 'Washout Trail' between intersections 15-20. Use caution descending between 15-20. If planning on skiing that section of trails, note that there is a segment of trail just west of #20 that is bare ground where loggers have been turning around. Plan on removing your skis to walk through that 100 meter section. Due to the destructive December ice storm, open trails are currently limited to about 45% of the East Side of the trail system, and Excelsior Road on the West Side. Click on 'Trail Conditions at the center top of each page on our website to view the daily updates and informative maps.
Ladysmith Area Trails report:
(2/3/2023): Jim groomed the east side skating lane and reports it as very good skiing. We also continue to work on our trail system after the storm in December. This includes the lighted trails at Ladysmith High School. There are a number of trees down and many branches still covering the trail. Jim has organized a work day this Saturday at 10:00 am to work on clearing the lighted loop. If we can get 8 or so volunteers we could get the trail cleared by noon. If you can lend a hand that would be great. Also there is a fun snowshoe hike of 1,3 or 5 miles on the Ice Age Trail on highway F south of Birchwood near Murphy Flowage Campground next Saturday, February 11. Snowshoes can borrowed from the Ladysmith Info Center at no cost.
-For more updates, check out the Ladysmith Area Trail Association Facebook page.
(2/14/23): DID YOU KNOW? Friday & Saturday Nights: Two Tubers for the price of one Starting at 5 pm.
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