Nipissing University grooms a 3.75 km network of cross-country ski trails for both traditional and skate skiing. The trails are used by the Nipissing Lakers Ski Team to train and host ski races. The ski trails are open to the public and free to use for skiing. The trails are “homologated” or, in other words, course approved for athlete competition by the FIS International governing body for ski courses. The FIS set the standards for difficulty for different age and race categories such as length, maximum and total climbs. The young university athletes racing on these trails can get up to 60km/hr on the steeper downhills. Beginner skiers are cautioned to heed the signs as there are some challenging hills on the Education Centre ski network.
Fat bikes are welcome to ride the ski trails if conditions are right. Be careful not to bike on the track-set ski trails, these are maintained for traditional style cross-country skiing, and biking on them can ruin the efforts of the volunteer groomers. The wide trails groomed for skate skiing to the left of the track-set ski trails can be ridden if the snow conditions are such that the fat bike is not leaving ruts. If it is, lower the tire pressure or move to the singletrack trails. Snowshoers are asked to stick to the hiking trails so as not to damage the groom trails.
The best access to the ski trails are the far end of Parking Lot 8 at the main campus of Nipissing University/ Canadore College. There is a small shelter with a trail map, bench to gear up and fire pit to light a fire and warm your toes. The latest trail conditions are on Twitter @NipissingTrails.
Rules for Use
Fat bikers and snowshoers are asked to stay off the track-set ski trails.
From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 17. Turn right at Gormanville Road and left at College Drive. Turn left towards to Education Centre. Parking Lot 8 offers free parking on the weekends.
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