Sleeping Giant Loppet: Trail Conditions

Thursday, January 17, 2019   Report from Peter Gallagher, Loppet Coordinator

The huge snowfalls of Dec. 27 and Jan. 7 dumped more than 50cm of snow on Sleeping Giant Procincial Park. The heavy wet snow of the first storm left many downed trees and branches on the entire Loppet course. Park staff and crews of Thunder Bay Nordic Trails volunteers have been working very hard to clear the trails. The 20km loop around Marie Louise Lake is now open for skiing and work will continue on the upper 30km around Pickerel Lake and the Burma Trail.

Always check the TBNT snowphone listed below before heading to the park.

Be sure to call the CRC Communications Thunder Bay Nordic Trails 24 - Hour "Snow Phone"at 807-285-0801 for daily updated trail reports.

The Visitors' Centre is no longer open on weekends but skiers can still park at the Marie Louise Campground gatehouse and ski the trails from that location. Skiers can also access the trails from Rita Lake where an in-out course of any distance may be skied or the 30km loop including the Burma and Pickerel Lake trails can be completed.  The trails will be closed for a period of time prior to the Loppet for final grooming. Check the snow phone at 807-285-0801 for details or the Thunder Bay Nordic Trails website at

REMEMBER: If you are a Thunder Bay Nordic Trails member you must display your membership card on the dash of your vehicle while in the park. Non-members must purchase a day permit at the Joeboy Lake self serve fee station located just inside the park boundary.

To check out a map of the 2018 course, click here.