BioSki

2420 South Bay Rd., Sudbury
Posted on December 29, 2019 / 656
BioSki
Listing Type : Cross Country Ski / Snowshoe
Location : Northern Ontario
Note : New Review
X-Ski km : 17
Skate km : none
Snowshoe km : 5
Skill Level : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : small hills, narrow paths, steep sections, tight turns, open fields, flat sections
Facilities : parking, chalet, toilets/outhouse, lodging near, drinking water, food close by, good trail signage, trails maintained, track set, gear rentals
Trail Fee : Yes

Length – 17 km

Cross Country track set – 17 km
Skate Skiing  groomed – none
Snowshoe trail – 5 km 

Skill – All levels

Terrain – A few level loops, most track is narrow and hilly.

Hours –  9 am – 5 pm, (chalet Hours 10-4 pm on weekends; 1-4 pm on Wed and Fri.)

Fee – Adult passes $10, Students/children $5 . Pay at chalet or money box.

Trail Map – Well signed, maps at junctions

Facilities – Parking, chalet, washrooms, snowshoe rentals, snacks, lodging close by

Highlights – Scenic, wilderness, open forest, lookouts

Phone – 705-674-5202

Website –  BioSki Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Club.  Facebook Page

 Current Conditions  – Phone hotline 705-674-5202

Similar Trails – Laurentian,  Kivi Park, Walden

Local Clubs –  BioSki ClubLaurentian Nordic

Access –  In Sudbury from Hwy 80, take Ramsey Lake Rd., turn on South Bay Road and drive to the end. There are some very steep hills to get there. (Avoid on an icy day.)

When in Sudbury, the closest place to go for locals is BioSki for 17 km of Nordic skiing and snowshoeing outdoor fun.

Situated in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area behind the university, it is easy to get to and offers wonderful scenic trails with panoramic views.

This is a great outing for the family or individuals to get some exercise and fresh air. Trails are well-marked and require varying degrees of skill to manage with something here for everyone.

The area is hilly as you will note driving to it, but there are flat loops beginners can try. Kurt’s Trail and the Flat Five are a good start that avoids lots of the tricky steep stuff seasoned skiers enjoy.

What I love about this area is the serene semi-open feel to the woodlands. As you ski or snowshoe the forest trails are more open with patches of white birch, shrubs and rock outcrops. This gives one plenty to view and with many lookouts across ponds and summits.

The trails are cut rather narrow and are suitable for only classic skiing. As such they are all one way and colour coded with a few shortcuts if you change your mind.

I found a few turns and inclines gave little space to maneuver climbing or for an emergency stop. Since then I have learned that numerous improvements were made to improve trail safety.

So be skilled enough to take on the challenges in the outback and know that on an icy day it is going to be fast and slippery.

I have also ventured out on Snowshoes on a glorious sunny yet -20C day. The trek to the view on top of Mount Ramsey was beautiful and went on forever.

Afterward, a visit to the BioSki Club cottage to warm up, buy snacks and a hot drink made for a good day. 

Surprisingly, as north as it is, over  the Christmas Holidays it is rarely open.  Apparently not enough of that white stuff. Regardless, enough for me and my son to finally check it out last year, ungroomed. (As seen in the photos.)

I must mention that right beside, and with a connecting trail, there is another set of 8 km ski loops behind Laurentian Univesity. (Review to follow, eventually.) There you can find an opportunity to do skate skiing and now night skiing on a newly illuminated ski loop.

Opening Hours
  • Monday :9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday :9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday :9am - 5pm
  • Thursday :9am - 5pm
  • Friday :9am - 5pm
  • Saturday :9am - 5pm
  • Sunday :9am - 5pm
BioSki Nordic ski trail map

BioSki Nordic ski trail map

BioSki Snowshoe trail map

BioSki Snowshoe trail map

 

Reviews
4.3
Total Score 2 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • February 9, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Like Capreol this trail system offers classic only skiing. The narrow trails remind me of the trails I used to ski in the early 1970's. There is a feeling of being part of the landscape when skiing narrow trails. However, the trails have been designed for safety with straight runouts for all the major hills. BioSki is located in a lowland area with some uplands which provide the hills. It requires a good hard freeze early in the season to make sure the low mashy sections are well frozen. Once that occurs the snow accumulates on top of a solid frozen base. Prolonged thaws can be a problem and the BioSki club is working hard to reroute trails onto higher ground where possible. When conditions are right and for the most part they are, this is a unique and very pleasant place to ski.

  • December 29, 2019 at 9:50 am

    A favourite ski and snowshoe destination for me. In Sudbury with very scenic trails, never boring. Summit views are worth the climb to the top.

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