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Trails

Snow. We get a lot of it! And the bounty is groomed so you can get out and play all winter long.

Beginner to Advanced

From the youngest member of your family to the oldest. Blow Me Down’s Nordic ski trail network is a winter playground for cross country skiers and snowshoers of all abilities and ages.
  • 42 km trail network groomed and track set for classic and skate skiing
  • 6.5 km of trails lit for night skiing
  • Snowshoe on the side of all trails
  • 5km of dedicated snowshoe trails through wooded areas
  • Biathlon range with 16 working lanes
  • Fat Biking on selected trails on designated nights
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Hours of Operation

Ski Season Hours of Operation:

Trail and lodge open daily

9:00 - 5:00

Night Skiing Monday

5:00 - 9:00

(*only locker room portion of lodge open on Monday nights. Canteen area closed.)

HOURS

Grooming & Weather Report

Blow Me Down Trails is located in a snow belt and the weather is changeable. Snow and grooming conditions vary throughout the day as the weather changes, so it’s always a good idea to come prepared for all sorts of weather, but these links will help you plan your clothing and route:

Biathlon Range

The Blow Me Down Trails Biathlon Range is home to a growing youth biathlon program. The range has 16 working lanes, which are 50 metres from the firing lane. Senior program participants use .22 rifles, while the Biathlon Bears {link to Bears program information} youth program participants use smaller targets at a shorter distance and fire a Daisy pellet gun.

Anyone using the Biathlon Range must be a member of the biathlon club and there must be a minimum of two people present.

If the flags are flying in the Biathlon Range, it means it is in use.

BIATHLON

Trail Etiquette & Safety

Blow Me Down Trails is a multi-sport facility, which means classic cross country skiers, skate skiers and snowshoers share the trail network. Please follow this etiquette when you’re out on the trails so everyone stays safe and has fun.

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing involve risks, dangers and hazards but we can all work together to make sure everyone stays safe.
For medical or emergency assistance while you’re at Blow Me Down Trails, please call one of the following numbers:

Here are some things to think about when you hit the trails:

Be aware of changing weather conditions

plan ahead for variations in the weather

Dress appropriately and bring extra layers

warmth and visibility are key to your safety

Cold temperatures increase the risk of frostbite.

Dress warmly, keep an eye on exposed skin, and go inside right away if skin begins to turn white

UV rays are reflected from the snow surface

it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen and sunglasses

Be aware of the snow conditions

and how they change your speed and ability to stay in control

Stay hydrated and fuelled

carry water and a snack, especially if you’re planning a longer outing

Don’t over do it

stick to trails suited to your ability and be aware of fatigue

Pay attention to where you stop on the trail

when you need to rest, move over to the side so others can pass

Groomers and snowmobiles may be on the trails during operating hours

give them plenty of space

In addition to other people and machines

you might encounter wildlife like moose and caribou (if you’re lucky!) Give them lots of space too

Watch for hazards

like exposed rock, ice, tree stumps and forest deadfall

Watch for streams, brooks, and exposed holes

in the snow pack above streams or brooks, especially in the spring

If the flags are flying in the Biathlon Range

it means it is in use and not open to the skiing public

Anyone using the Biathlon Range

must be a member and there must be a minimum of two people present

Cross Country Ski Responsibility Code

There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the trails, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.

1

Always Check posted trail conditions

Always check posted trail conditions
2

Ski in the direction indicated

ski in the direction indicated and obey all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails
3

Always ski to the right

Always ski to the right when meeting on-coming skiers and when skiing on double track
4

Yield the track

Yield the track to faster skiers and skiers calling ‘track’
5

Ski in control

Ski in control On two-way trails, descending skiers have the right-of-way
6

Do not stop

Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible to others. Move off the track quickly if you fall or during rest stops
7

Do not litter

Do not litter Take out what you pack in. Respect all property
8

Report all incidents

Report all incidents.

Trail Ratings

Blow Me Down Trails uses a standardized colour/shape rating system to indicate the difficulty level of individual trails. Each trail is rated according to its relative difficulty when compared with other trails at Blow Me Down.

Factors that determine a trail’s rating include:

SLOPE GRADIENT | TRAIL WIDTH | NORMAL SNOW CONDITIONS | FREQUENCY OF GROOMING

We recommended that all skiers work their way up from an easy trail to become familiar with the rating system.

Green Circle / Easy

Easy trails are appropriate for novice skiers with basic climbing and descending skills.

Blue Square / Intermediate

Intermediate trails are appropriate for skiers with competent climbing and descending skills. Steeper climbs and descents make these trails more physically demanding. Blue trails often require simultaneous cornering and descending, which requires more skill.

Black Diamond / Advanced

Advanced trails are appropriate for skiers that have well-developed climbing and descending skills. Black trails are the most physically demanding and often require precise maneuvering on hills with tight and high speed cornering.

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