Ski at Opeongo Nordic

Monday April 1, 2019

Open now, with limited trails in use. Churchview, Peterson, Raspberry. CAUTION there is not a good base yet. Be aware you may ski into stones and sticks.

Come and experience fantastic cross-country skiing in the beautiful Opeongo hills!

Located in Brudenell, Ontario, Opeongo Nordic is close to the Madawaska Valley (Barry’s Bay, Combermere and Wilno) as well as Killaloe, Foymount, Eganville and Round Lake. We’re 40 minutes east of Algonquin Park and only 15 minutes south of Hwy 60 at Killaloe (Brudenell Road). We’re five minutes from the corner of Letterkenny Road and Opeongo Line.

Opeongo Nordic is a non-profit, volunteer-operated cross country ski club. We offer groomed classic and skate ski trails over rolling wilderness terrain. We are part of the Cross Country Ski Ontario / Cross Country Ski Canada club system.

Fall 2019 Notices

TRAIL CLEARING
Saturday November 30 • 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday December 1 • 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday December 7 • 10 am to 2 pm

Bring: raspberry-pruning device, gloves, eye protection, ear protection, water, snacks plus handsaws, pruners and/or loppers and a backpack. NOTE! Trail signage is NOT up yet (we take it down every spring).

YURT SOCIAL
Sunday December 8 • 1 pm
Join us for our annual Yurt Social… at Diane’s Yurt! We’ll do a bit of trail clearing, drink hot chocolate and enjoy a bonfire. You can also register for your annual membership. And…last year, we were lucky enough to open for skiing on that date!

JOIN THE LOPPET COMMITTEE
To all ski club members,

I’d like to start working on coming ski season loppet.  At the post-2019 debrief, there was a lot of good discussion about the loppet format, name, date, sponsors, target group and more. The basic structure for running the event is in place but could be fine tuned to incorporate new ideas to attract more skiers and increase community involvement.

The success and growth of the loppet can improve with the input and the involvement of a larger organizing group. I’m looking forward to coordinating this group to improve the participation, product and community involvement.

Anyone interested in joining this planning and organizing committee please contact me. The first committee meeting will be scheduled sometime later this month.

Peter Cruchet, email Peter at: pdcruchet -at- gmail.com


Memberships 2019–20 (Click here to register)

Adult: $73
Youth: $38
Family: $85 base, plus $18 per family member

Public Skiing
You don’t have to be a member to ski!
$10/person/day. Deposit fee in the box provided.
Sign in at the parking lot.

Save with Day-passes
Purchase a booklet of five day-passes for $35 and save $3/day off the regular day-use fee.
Buy booklets at: Killaloe at Grandma’s Pantry; Barry’s Bay at Mad Outdoors.

Snowshoeing
You’re welcome to snowshoe Opeongo Nordic’s ski trails as a member or for day-use fees/passes. Please stay to the side of the track-setting and give the right of way to skiers coming downhill towards you.

Click here to register for 2019-2020 season memberships!

Click here to register for the Kids’ Program, January and February 2020!

Click here to register for the Opeongo Classic Loppet, February 2, 2020!

Questions? Click here for our FAQ or email us at: ski@opeongonordic.com

Watch the video…


Emergency and Hospital

For emergencies, dial 911 and request the local fire department (BLR) is called for a medical assist. Opeongo Nordic does not have a fire route number or street address. The closest street address is 486 Drohan Road. Two volunteer firefighters live two minutes from the ski club.

The closest hospital is in Barry’s Bay, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, approx 40 minutes west of Opeongo Nordic.

Tow Truck

Holly’s Garage & Towing (CAA), 613-757-2731, info@hollysgarage.com
(Holly’s is less than ten minutes away from the ski club)

Trail Map

Click here for a printable map.

Ski club trails are open only in the winter.

Ski club trails are for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing only.

Opeongo Nordic’s trails cross over several private properties and access is granted only for winter use and for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing only.

Trail signs, markers and maps are taken down for the rest of the year.

Click here to register for season memberships

Click here to register for the Kids’ Program

Click here to register for the Opeongo Classic Loppet

Questions? Email us at: ski@opeongonordic.com

Welcome to Opeongo Nordic

About Opeongo Nordic
Opeongo Nordic grooms and maintains cross country ski trails, for both classic and skate skiing. The trails are located on beautiful rolling wilderness terrain —...
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Contact Us
Located in Brudenell, Ontario Opeongo Nordic is close to the Madawaska Valley (Barry's Bay, Combermere and Wilno) as well as Killaloe, Foymount, Eganville and Round...
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Nearby
Emergency and Hospital For emergencies, dial 911 and request the local fire department (BLR) is called for a medical assist. Opeongo Nordic does not have...
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Youth Program
Opeongo Gliders The Opeongo Gliders Youth Program provides the opportunity for kids to learn how to cross-country ski, play games and meet new friends, all...
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Annual Loppet
Opeongo Classic Loppet 2020 Sunday February 2 Click here to register now! You'll be taken to Zone4.ca for the registration process and payment. Take part...
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Trail Map
Click here for a printable map. Ski club trails are open only in the winter. Opeongo Nordic's trails are on several private properties and access...
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FAQ

Emergency and Hospital

For emergencies, dial 911 and request the local fire department (BLR) is called for a medical assist. Opeongo Nordic does not have a fire route number or street address. The closest street address is 486 Drohan Road. Two volunteer firefighters live two minutes from the ski club.

The closest hospital is in Barry’s Bay, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, approx 40 minutes west of Opeongo Nordic.


Tow Truck

Holly’s Garage & Towing (CAA), 613-757-2731, info@hollysgarage.com
(Holly’s is less than ten minutes away from the ski club)

Which weekends are we trail clearing this fall, 2019?

Tentative dates are: Sunday October 20, Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27, Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24, Saturday November 30. Bring: raspberry-pruning device, gloves, eye protection, ear protection, water, snacks plus handsaws, pruners and/or loppers and a backpack.

When is the Yurt Social this fall?

Sunday December 8, 1 pm, 2019, at Diane’s Yurt.

What’s the date for the Opeongo Classic Loppet, 2020?

Sunday February 2, 2020


Are the trails two-way or one-way only?

All trails are two-way. Downhill skiers have the right-of-way. If you fall, please fill in your sitzmark, ~noun, ‘sits-ˌmärk,’ definition: a depression left in the snow by a skier falling backward.


May I snowshoe the trails at Opeongo Nordic?

Yes!


When can I start skiing?

In 2018-19, we opened on Saturday December 1, 2018. Usually we open closer to the end of December. 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 about 50 minutes east of Algonquin Park’s east gate and Algonquin Park’s Leaf Lake ski trails. We suggest you ski one day at Opeongo Nordic and the next at Leaf Lake! Makes for a great overnight ski vacation. More details on our Nearby page.


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.


Where can I rent cross-country ski equipment?

Hilltop Ski Rentals (one minute from Opeongo Nordic)
hilltopskirentals@gmail.com
text: 613-401-8242 • phone: 613-757-1404

Other options… Locally, the Killaloe Library has cross-country skis and snowshoes in its sports hub rentals. 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.

Can I rent skis or snowshoes from Opeongo Nordic?

No…. but see above!


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. Click here for details on nearby accommodations, shops and restaurants.


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.


Why is it called “Diane’s Yurt”?

We fundraised in order to purchase the yurt in 2015, and we had a particularly significant donation with the request that the yurt be dedicated to Diane Brown, who passed away from the disease of alcoholism in 2014. She loved kids and cross-country skiing. The plaque above the inside of the door reads: In loving memory of Diane Brown, 1958-2014, Never give up, never surrender.


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. Opeongo Nordic trails are a great way to prep for the Canadian Ski Marathon and the Gatineau Loppet.


Does Opeongo Nordic offer cross-country ski lessons?

No, the club doesn’t, but email us at ski@opeongonordic.com 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.

Board Members
Paul Jorgensen
Peter Cruchet, Loppet, Maps and Signage
Linda Deluca, Treasurer
Monica Prymack, Loppet Committee
Allyson Saunders, Social Media, Opeongo Gliders Head Instructor
Duncan Noble, Secretary
Karl Soopalu, Chief Engineer

Co-ordinators
Beth Kennedy, Publicity
Wendy Milne, Data Analyst
Marnie MacKay, Assistant
Chris Hinsperger, Loppet Committee

Trail Groomers
Tammy and Dale Thompson
Ed B.


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. Dog-sledding is not permitted.