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  • 01 Jan 2014 3:03 PM | Anonymous
    I skied County Forest and the lower parts of Kingsway and John's Portage this morning.  Skiing on the flat to gently rolling trails in the County Forest is fair to good.  There is a very firm track, and the 5 cm of snow we've had in the past 24 hours softens it slightly.  I would not recommend skiing the steeper hills on the trail system unless you are a very good skier - the hills are rutted, and it will be difficult to snowplow.  In some places the safest way to go down a hill is to ski off the trail - there is a very firm crust under the fresh snow.  
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  • 31 Dec 2013 11:31 AM | Anonymous
    I continue to recommend not skiing on the Kolapore trails.  Kolapore had a slight thaw on Sunday which glazed the trails, which were already suffering from the freezing drizzle the previous weekend.  (See my previous post for more info.) Since Sunday Kolapore has received 2 - 3 cm of new snow - not nearly enough to freshen the trails.
    At the moment, the best local classic skiing is probably at Wasaga Nordic.  A number of Kolapore skiers had a good time there yesterday.  A squall was parked over the east side of Wasaga Beach, and the Wasaga trails had about 20 cm of fresh powder.  If you go there, be sure to do the outer loop including Monument Hill and High Dunes.  This is probably the most scenic and most enjoyable groomed trail in the region.
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  • 27 Dec 2013 4:37 PM | Anonymous
    Trail conditions at Kolapore today ranged from fair to poor to terrible.  The Kolapore area has over 40 cm of snow, but the crust created by last weekend's freezing drizzle is covered by a limited amount of new snow.  The best skiing is on reasonably level trails that have been skied in, like parts of the County Forest.  Even there, it is possible to break through the crust, and poles are constantly going through the crust.   
    I would strongly recommend against trying to ski any steep hills, because the trails will be rutted and it will be easy to break through the crust.  The worst skiing we encountered today was on Southern Crossing west of the 10th line.  Snowshoers had been through at some point, and had broken up the crust, which left a very rough surface for skiing.
    Yesterday we skied at Wasaga Nordic, and the skiing was excellent.  They have some challenging single track trails that many Kolapore skiers would enjoy.  There are times when it is worth going to an area with groomed trails!
    We need a substantial amount of new snow to improve conditions on the Kolapore trails.
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  • 25 Dec 2013 6:21 PM | Anonymous
    The trails are still suffering the results of the freezing drizzle on the weekend.  There is a crust on the snow everywhere, and on the trails there are very firm tracks.  This is marginally OK on flat trails, but not on hills, which will be fast and rutted.  As a result I don't recommend using the trails until we get about another 10 cm of fresh snow (we've had about 3 - 4 cm as of 4 pm Christmas Day).
    Some nearby areas have had more new snow.  Several of the Kolapore Trail Guides skied at Scenic Caves today, and there is about 10 - 15 cm of new snow there.  Skiing was pleasant, although there were a lot of twigs and branches on the trails (another result of the ice storm.)  I hear that Wasaga Nordic has had quite a bit of new snow, so I will probably try it tomorrow, unless Kolapore gets a decent amount of snow.
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  • 23 Dec 2013 10:30 AM | Anonymous
    The Kolapore area received freezing drizzle both Saturday and Sunday.  We recommend not using the Kolapore trails until we receive a reasonable amount of fresh snow.
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  • 21 Dec 2013 10:09 AM | Anonymous
    Last night the Kolapore area received freezing drizzle, and there is now a layer of ice on the trails.  We do not recommend using the trails at the moment.  If you insist on going out, probably the best areas would be where the trails haven't been skied recently.  You will break through the crust into fresher snow.  If I ski today (and the weather forecast isn't promising) I'll go to an area with groomed trails.
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  • 17 Dec 2013 5:53 PM | Anonymous
    Conditions continue to improve.  Since my last posting Kolapore has had about another 15 cm of snow.  The snow gauge is at 35 cm.  I know that this doesn't add up, but it means that the snow is settling, giving a better base for skiing.  Today we started at Entrance E in the County Forest, skied up Kingsway, and then did a loop around Wild Mouse.  Although I did scratch a few rocks, conditions were quite good overall (very good for mid-December!).  Get out and enjoy the snow.
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  • 13 Dec 2013 11:05 AM | Anonymous
     Over the past few days the snow squalls bypassed Kolapore - until last night and this morning.  We've had about 15 cm of new snow.  We have about 30 cm of snow in the bush, although there are still many thin areas, e.g., under cedars.  There are also wet spots on some trails e.g., Southern Crossing west of the 10th line.  The less rocky trails (e.g., County Forest) will be in good shape and many other trails will be skiable, although I would continue to strongly recommend rock skis.  I skied County Forest and the Kingsway - Jackrabbit - John's Portage loop today, and it was pleasant skiing as long as you accepted the inevitability of adding some new scratches to your skis.
    Saturday Dec 14 update:  I drove by the Kolapore parking lot (Entrance N) this morning and it is well plowed.  
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  • 11 Dec 2013 11:43 AM | Anonymous
    Kolapore received about 10 cm of snow last night.  The trails now have a bit over 20 cm of snow cover, most of which is light powder that will be easily compressed.  The skiing will probably be relatively good on less rocky trails such as those in the County Forest.  I would recommend waiting a few more days before going on the rockier and/or steeper trails.  Even with the colder temperatures skiers should still be aware of the possibility of encountering wet areas.
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  • 08 Dec 2013 12:27 PM | Anonymous
    There is about 10 cm of snow in the bush at Kolapore.  Most of this is a firm base, with a few cm of fresh snow on top.  This is NOT enough for decent skiing.  In addition, there are numerous wet puddles that need to refreeze.  The forecast for this week looks promising (cold, with a chance of flurries or squalls most days).  I'll post an update as soon as it looks like there might be enough snow for skiing.
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