Sleeping Giant Loppet: Trail Conditions
On Friday, January 24th, our amazing Park Maintenance Foreman groomed all 62km of skiing trails in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. The 18km loop around Marie Louise Lake has seen the most passes with the Piston-Bully and is therefore in the best shape with regards to firmness. The Burma Trail and Pickerel Lake Trail are both open for skate and classic though they remain slightly on the soft side at this time (as of January 27, 2020). The Thunder Bay Lookout Road is groomed for both skate and classic. This 9.3km trail (18.6km round-trip) leads you to possibly the most picturesque viewpoint in Ontario accessible on a groomed cross-country skiing trail. The 10km Ferns Lake Loop on the east side of Highway 587 is groomed for classic only. The park has received over 100cm of snow so far this winter (with compaction and sublimation our current snow-depth is approximately 75cm) and it is a winter-wonderland out here. We are pleased to see the entire ski trail network open this early in the season and are anticipating a Sleeping Giant Loppet for the ages. Come ski it to believe it! The park's rental cabins are available year round and can be reserved by calling 1-888-668-7275.
For daily trail updates, please call the Thunder Bay Nordic Trail Snow-Phone at 285-0801.
Christian Carl | Park Superintendent – Sleeping Giant Node – Ontario Parks
RR#1 Pass Lake, Ontario, P0T 2M0
P: 807-977-2502 W: OntarioParks.com
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 www.tbnordictrails.com/report.
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 2020 course, click here.