North of Toronto Area – Mild temps for most of the week a little above 0C. Then down next weekend to -8C. This Saturday is sunny with clouds for the week and light snow starting midweek.
Georgian Bay Area – Sunny on Sunday with temps around 0C till midweek when it starts to drop and snow by Tuesday. By next weekend it gets chilly down to -12C with sunshine again on Saturday.
Ottawa area – Mild temps around 0C this weekend with light snow and overcast skies. Heavy snowfall on Thursday with temps dropping to -12 by next Saturday.
Sudbury & Area + Soo (Sault Ste. Marie) Area – Cloudy and mild temps around 0C this weekend. Snow on Wednesday with temperatures dropping to -13C by Friday. Sunny skies next Saturday, more snow on Sunday.
(sorry no forecast last weekend, I was on my way to Ottawa)
*updated every Friday during the ski season
Snow Report - Nordic Ski Conditions
15 Dec 2018
machine groomed powder
15 Dec 2018
15 Dec 2018
14 Dec 2018
Waiting for snow
14 Dec 2018
Good conditions for classic sking from P5
22 Dec 2018
LATEST CROSS COUNTRY SKi trail REPORT.FRESH POWDER SNOW.ALL TRAILS ARE OPEN
20 Dec 2018
it was to snow then it became rain, will be nice today, snow up top , icy spots
22 Dec 2018
Need more snow
23 Mar 2019
30 km groomed for skate and classic. Full coverage. Great day for skate skiing.
29 Dec 2018
All trails were Crushed....Raked and double classic set
Any knowledgeable, seasoned Nordic Skier or Snowshoe enthusiast is welcome to login and add their review of the current trail conditions. This is not just for “resort” staff to update. So get involved and share your comments with this Nordic Ski community, Now! – SUBMIT a SNOW REPORT
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Weather Forecast and Snow Depth Map
New Snow for this Week
Snow Conditions in Ontario for Nordic Sports
Dan doing a snowstorm trek
Winters in Ontario are never long enough for those of us keen on getting out to do a few weekends of Nordic skiing or snowshoeing.
The season starts maybe a few weeks into December, then goes on through January, February, March, and perhaps a longer winter may go into April. In some areas, February can get too cold and windy to ski or snowshoe when it drops past -20C ….Berrrrrr (stupid cold)
Don’t judge the snow base of a northern resort by looking out your window in Toronto
Being by the lake it’s always warmer and there likely is way more snow than you realise up north.
Locations east and west of Toronto can be icy due to the temperatures fluctuating around freezing 0C. As well, certain areas as in Georgian Bay attract more snowfall. So it is never easy to tell.
I remember once driving to Hardwood on a sunny 5C day, seeing no snow till 10 minutes from it. The skiing was not only great, no one knew. We had checked (bonus!) …and that is one reason they are there, more snowfall in that area.
Generally speaking, the more north you drive the better the odds of finding a base to ski on.
There are pockets in Ontario that typically get more snow annually from the lake effect. Georgian Bay / Lake Huron winds can produce more snow across a belt east and south of the coast.
When I hesitate, and still go, I am always glad I did — You will too!
Resource Links: Local Weather & Snow Conditions in Ontario
Unfortunately, there are only a few websites to get a sense of the snow base. Most sites are for downhill resorts, and they make their own snow! Wish we could :^) .
Below are a few links to assess snow conditions in Ontario for Nordic skiers and snowshoeing. I also put links on individual trail pages on this site, if I find them.
Also if it does happen that the ski season goes into April, even with a good base, resorts could be closed. Yup, a combination of Nordic skiers losing interest (wishing for spring) scheduling of staff, and the unpredictability of forecasting Ontario winters.
Always check conditions before you go! Who knows, your favourite spot may have gotten a big dump the night before or it’s currently raining.
And the season is getting shorter with global warming. Ugh! Now one has to go further north. But if you have the need, Sudbury and beyond may still be doing it in April.
It takes good weather, enough snow, time, planning and driving to get out and enjoy the winter. The need to know is important.
I invite you to submit the next time your are out on the trails. Share with the Nordic community.
LINKS – Current Nordic & Snowshoe Trail Conditions:
Regional Ski Reports
Ontario Provincial Parks – The best site, with snow condition reports right at all the parks that offer organized Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Are they open? Conditions, with a Full Report.