When winter arrives, the club’s cross-country ski trail network at Hockleycrest will be open again. When snow conditions permit, the trails will be groomed with a roller, and if there is sufficient snow depth, a track will be set.
There are a few small changes to the trails for this year:
• A short new trail has been added, providing an easy-to-ski link between trail #7 and trail #5. This will allow less accomplished skiers to reach the easy trails in the central part of the network, without having to do any difficult hills on the way. The new trail section, 150m in length, will be designated as trail #25, and named “Easy Does It”.
• One section of trail #1, Mainline, between #16 and #4, will be designated as one-way northbound, so that skiers coming down one of the more challenging hills in our network will not have to deal with skiers coming up at the same time.
We will be installing new, more prominent signage at junctions between ski trails and walking trails, in an attempt to keep walkers off the ski trails.
• A new, very short walking trail link has been added, connecting Peter’s Path to the Hockleycrest Side Trail, near the north junction of ski trail #5 (Westside Story). This will give walkers an opportunity to go from the Hockleycrest trail to the snowshoe trail, without walking on ski trails.
• As we did last year, a short portion of the main Bruce Trail will be closed to hikers during the ski season, but will be replaced by an alternate route flagged with orange ribbons. This alternate also connects with the snowshoe trail Peter’s Path, which forms a more-or-less rectangular loop around the Hockleycrest property. This trail change will be posted on the BTC website beginning December 1, and continuing until April 1.
Trail users should remember that only the main Bruce Trail (marked with white rectangular blazes), the Hockleycrest and Harmony side trails (marked with blue rectangular blazes) and Peter’s Path (marked with orange ribbons) are open to walkers. All of the additional trails, which are opened only in winter, are for the exclusive use of XC skiers.
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