Cross-country Skiing

Hockleycrest Ski Trail Network 2017/18

The Hockleycrest Ski Trail Network consists of 14 km of single-track trails on land belonging to 5 landowners: the Taoist Tai Chi Society, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, the Moule/Cohen family, the Wilson family, and the Coptic Orthodox Church (Mother of God Monastery).

This ski trail network owes its existence to the generosity of these landowners; please respect their property and their privacy.

Trails are marked and maintained by one volunteer. The trails are groomed (packed and track-set) when snow conditions permit, in order to make them safer and more enjoyable for trail users. New for this year: all trail sections are wide enough to be groomed. Every effort is made to ensure trails are cleared and safe; however, we cannot guarantee this. Trees are prone to falling at any time. Do not ski on extremely windy days.

THESE TRAILS ARE SUITABLE FOR INTERMEDIATE OR BETTER SKIERS (NOT FOR BEGINNERS)

The 22 numbered trails are marked with yellow diamond shaped markers at every trail junction. Please stay on marked ski trails at all times.

This year, a section of the Bruce Trail main trail has been closed to walkers and reserved for skiing only. An alternate route for walkers has been opened for the winter. Skiers must stay on the designated ski trail; walkers must stay on trails designated for walking.

A portion of the Hockleycrest Trail (#3) is wide enough to accommodate skiers and walkers side by side. Please obey signage indicating which side to use. (e.g. ski right/walk left, or ski left/walk right)

Sharing the trails courteously will ensure a safer and more enjoyable outing for everyone.

Do not ski on trail sections marked as “not suitable for skiing”. These sections are still available for walkers and snowshoers.

Some trails are suitable for skiing in one direction only, due to steep hills and/or sharp turns. Please ski in the direction indicated. Skiing the wrong way on a one-way trail could result in serious injury.

USERS OF THESE TRAILS DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK

Trail and snow condition reports can be found at www.hockleycrest.blogspot.ca

 

 

You can download a map of the 2017-18 Hockleycrest Ski Trails.

Odd numbered routes run predominantly North/South Even numbered routes run predominantly East/West
1.       Mainline [3.6 km]
1a Mainline one-way uphill [0.2 km] 2.       Gazebo [0.3 km]
3.       Hockleycrest [1.7 km] 4.       Tornado Alley [150m]
5.       Westside Story [1 km] 6.       Central Park [0.4 km]
7.       Around the Pines [0.8 km] 8.       Get Down [80m]
9.       The Pasture [0.7 km] 10.   Field and Forest [0.4 km]
11.   Tamarack [130m] 12.   Southfield [1.0 km]
13.   Harmony [130m] 14.   Logging Trail [0.1 km]
15.   The Lowdown [160m] 16.   Pine Cut [0.2 km]
17.   Northfield Circuit [0.9 km] 18.   Roller Coaster [0.4 km]
19.   Stonehedge [0.3 km] 20.   North Plateau [0.8 km]
21.   The Ash Grove [0.3 km]

 

We are continuing the skate skiing loop consisting of portions of Central Park, Westside Story, Hockleycrest and Southfield, which was initiated in 2015. The total length of the skate loop is 2.5 km. It has been cleared to a width of 3 metres, and will be packed flat with a classic track set along one edge. The skate loops are marked with red arrows containing the word “skate”.

 

Trail and snow condition reports can be found at www.hockleycrest.blogspot.ca

*****

Sunday, February 25 – Cross-country Ski and  Snowshoe Outing at Hockleycrest

** EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW **

Some of you may recall the Caledon Hills Loppet, which was held several years ago at Hockleycrest.  Uncooperative weather and snow conditions, as well as the work required to set up the course led to its demise. This year, Sally and Dave are going to try to resurrect this fun event.

Rather than the “fun race” format of the past, this year’s outing will consist of a guided ski tour of some of the 14 km of ski trails, and a separate guided snowshoe tour of some of the other trails in the area. The distances will be kept short, with the goal being that everyone will be done in 90 minutes or less, just in time for a pot-luck chili lunch. There will be options available for those who want a more gentle outing over relatively flat terrain, and for those who are a bit more adventurous and want to get into some hills.

Please register in advance (up to Thursday February 22), so that we can contact you in case we need to make a change due to weather or snow conditions.

Email:  salydave@sympatico.ca   Phone/Text:  647-973-6150

Start Time:  10 a.m. (potluck lunch at 12 noon) CANCELLED

Location:  Hockleycrest Farm, 933445 Airport Road, Mono, east side of road, 4.4 km north of Hwy. 9