Sleeping Giant Loppet: Trail Conditions

Wednesday, February 27 2019   Report from Peter Gallagher, Loppet Coordinator

Final grooming of the 50km of trails used for the Sleeping Giant Loppet began last week and will continue right through Friday night. You can expect the expertly groomed trails for which the Loppet is famous. Just don't step off the trail or you'll be up to your neck in snow. The trails will be closed to skiing on Friday to allow for the best Loppet conditions.

For a weekly updated trail report from park superintendent, Christian Carl, check out "Otario Parks Ski Report".

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 (except "Family Day" - see Ontario Parks Ski Report) 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 2019 course, click here.