Sawmill Trail Conditions

Tue 2 Mar 10:21am

We double tilled the trail to break up the crust. Trail is skate and track set. Conditions will be fast so take it easy and enjoy. Later, Fred

Colpoys Trail Conditions

Tue 2 Mar 5:21pm

All trails have been groomed and track set today. Skiing on the trails in the woods is good, less so in the open area due to the high winds we had. The closed area around 'G' is STILL CLOSED - stay save. Richard

Jackrabbit Update

Thu 25 Feb 3:36pm

There are be two Jackrabbit sessions. 9:45 to 11:00 11:30 to 12:45. We ask that BSC members and the public to avoid starting or finishing their ski at the beginning or end of Jackrabbit lessons.

Welcome to the Bruce Ski Club
Grey and Bruce Counties, Ontario

The Bruce Ski Club operates some of the most affordable, accessible and best maintained cross-country ski trails in southern Ontario.

Members have unlimited access to the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails at all Bruce Ski Club locations. Individual and family memberships are available. Non-members may purchase a day pass at a very reasonable rate.

  • Sawmill Nordic Centre in Hepworth, Ontario, is our most popular location. This site has trails for novice and advanced skiers. The trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The centre also features a lit loop for night skiing and snowshoe trails cut through rolling hardwood and evergreen stands.
  • Colpoys Ski Trail is located northeast of Wiarton, Ontario. It offers cross-country skiing through gently rolling, sheltered woods and open fields. There are many great views across Colpoy’s Bay.

Trail reports: Trail condition reports are posted on our website and Facebook page. These are based on the last time the trails were groomed or checked. Conditions may have changed since the last report due to weather or other circumstances. As always, please ski with caution.

The Bruce Ski Club hosts events throughout the year for both novice and expert cross-country skiers. This includes the Jackrabbit cross-country ski program for children, an annual used ski equipment swap and ski races for adults, teens and children.

Special thanks to our patrons, sponsors, friendsmembers and volunteers. Together these people and businesses support the Bruce Ski Club’s mission of keeping cross-country skiing affordable.

COVID-19 Changes at the Trails

Guest Responsibilities

  • Masks or other face coverings that cover both the mouth and nose are mandatory at all times unless physical distancing can be achieved (a minimum of 6 feet). We also suggest wearing a mask while using the port-a-potty due to the confined space.
  • Guests are asked to refrain from visiting the Bruce Ski Club trails if they are ill or have had a known or possible exposure to COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.
  • Guests should not congregate in groups. Do your ski and head home.
  • The Bruce Ski Club is advising people from outside our region that they should NOT be traveling to our trails at this time because of COVID-19 lockdown rules.
  • We recommend that you download COVID Alert on your phone. This is Canada's free app that helps us break the cycle of COVID-19 infection. The app can let app users know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.
 
In addition, Bruce Ski Club has made the following changes at our trials to make them safe for our members during this pandemic:
 
  • Close Gerry’s Place (warm-up cabin) at Sawmill Nordic Centre
  • Break up the Jackrabbit program into two separate groups with two time slots to keep numbers low. Jackrabbits is postponed during the 28-day provincial lockdown.
  • Add a second entrance to the Sawmill Nordic Centre trails from the end of the parking lot.
  • Spread out ski racks to promote social distancing.
  • Post appropriate signs advising people to social distance.
  • Implement an online day pass purchase interface and encourage e-transfers.
  • If it gets too busy (aka parking lots exceeding capacity), switch to members-only skiing. We will also hire two ambassadors to work on weekends, to act as parking attendants, advise people of COVID-19 policies, and assist in day pass purchases and other matters.
  • Clean port-a-potties once a day.
  • Place signage on trails outlining COVID-19 protocols.
  • Cancel in-person races and switch to virtual events.

Latest News

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Things to Do During a Pandemic

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Jackrabbits Report – December 2020

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by Marilyn Suke On November 27 I would be far happier waxing skis than trying to decide if I should cut the lawn. Sigh. GBN has now started training at our Hepworth home. Great to all be together again. As well, we are (running) Jack’s time trials on Thursdays and...

Special Teams Update – December 2020

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Colpoys Ski Trail Report – December 2020

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Sawmill Nordic Centre Report – December 2020

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Letter from the Editor – December 2020

by Tom Hakala, with Jack Van Dorp As an addendum to last month’s editorial on adult ski lessons... I received a note from Marcie at Suntrail letting me know that Suntrail also offers adult ski lessons. Just call, email or drop in to Suntrail for details. Now on to...