May I snowshoe the trails at Opeongo Nordic?
Yes! Please keep to the side of the track-setting.
When can I start skiing?
This year, we’re open Saturday December 1, 2018. Check back here for trail conditions and/or join our enewsletter list to receive special notices.
How many kilometres of trails are there?
We groom about 15 km of trails. To avid skiers, that may not sound like much distance but because of the hills and gorgeous terrain, it’s plenty of great cross-country skiing.
How far is Opeongo Nordic from Algonquin Park?
We’re located about 45 minutes east of Algonquin Park’s east gate.
Why do I have to sign in and out?
It’s very important for all trail users to sign in and out to fulfill our insurance requirements through Cross Country Ski Ontario.
Are skis or snowshoes for rent at the club?
No. If you’re in Ottawa or Toronto, Mountain Equipment Co-op rents skis. At Oxtongue Lake, outside Algonquin Park’s west gate, Algonquin Outfitters rents skis. Locally, the Killaloe Library has cross-country skis in its sports hub rentals.
What facilities are at Opeongo Nordic?
By the parking area, you’ll find Diane’s Yurt, with a woodstove, tables and chairs for snack breaks, changing boots and a great place to relax while you wait for ski buddies. The outhouse is about 25 metres from the yurt. There’s a sign-in board and gorgeous, well-groomed cross country ski trails. Trails are groomed using two Skandic snowmobiles and two Ginzu groomers (60″ and 80″). Please take home all garbage—there are no garbage cans.
May I make a fire in the woodstove?
Yes. Please do! It’s a good idea to bring kindling from home… there will likely be some in Diane’s Yurt, but it disappears quickly! Matches, paper and firewood are usually always plentiful.
May I hike or mountain bike the trails in the spring, summer and fall?
No. We are not permitted access to the various landowners’ properties during the spring, summer and fall. The cross-country ski trails are open (weather permitting) between mid-December and the end of March.
Are the trails hard to ski?
We purposefully added the word “hills” to Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club —it is hilly terrain, and on topographic maps of the area, the region is called the “Opeongo Mountains.” The ski club is also just 10 km downhill from the highest populated point in Ontario (Foymount). So… while we love and welcome beginners, the trails can be a bit challenging because of the hills! When in doubt, take your skis off and walk down hills.
Does Opeongo Nordic offer cross-country ski lessons?
No, the club doesn’t, but email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for names/contact info for local certified instructors.
Who owns the land the ski club is on?
There are five landowners who have given Opeongo Nordic permission to access their properties. We are very grateful to them!
How are ski club funds used?
Grooming the trails is our biggest expense and most of the membership and day-use fees are put into purchasing and maintaining equipment, as well as fuel. We have the laneway and parking lot snowplowed. A small portion of fees is used for promoting the ski club. $18 of every membership goes to insurance.
Who owns/runs Opeongo Nordic?
The ski club is a not-for-profit, managed by a volunteer board of directors and a dedicated membership.
Does anyone check the trails at the end of the day?
No. Do not ski alone! There is no end-of-the-day trail check.
Will my cellphone work at the ski club?
Cellphones generally work at the parking area and Diane’s yurt. They do not work as you head further out on the trails. Texting is always your best bet but it may not work either, especially in trail valleys.
I’d like to register my place of business so that my staff can ski all winter. How can I do that?
Register your business and staff as a family, click here.
Do I have to be a member to ski at Opeongo Nordic?
No. You can pay by the day when you sign in.
If I’m a member, do I have to pay daily too?
No. A season membership gives you a full season of cross country skiing!
Do I need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to the ski club?
The laneway into the club and the parking area are plowed but narrow and we do usually get a lot of snow! Use your best judgement as you start coming down Drohan Road. If you’re concerned, as you enter the ski club laneway, park by the big stump on your left.
I’d like to volunteer but don’t have much time. How can I help?
Awesome! Little things help a lot!
If you have 5 minutes, any one of the following is very helpful… sweep and tidy the yurt, tables and fireplace. Shovel the yurt’s entrance deck. Gather small bits of garbage and take home to throw out. Remove food left behind in the yurt (the yurt is not critter-proof!). Shovel the path to the outhouse. Bring in some firewood from the pile.
Bring from home… kindling, toilet paper, matches.
While skiing… clear a fallen branch or debris, trim back an over-hanging branch with folding handsaw/pruners, check in with other skiers and help them have a positive experience.
May I bring my dog?
Yes (if well behaved), but don’t tell anyone. It’s a contentious issue! Be a responsible dog owner so we don’t have to say no to dogs. Not only does poop need to be removed from the trails, please also shovel away pee around the yurt and parking area. If your dog is not good with other dogs or people, do not bring him/her. If you’re not sure, don’t bring the dog.