Fat Bike _Conditions_

Fat Bike Conditions

Temperature

We are typically 1-3 degrees lower than the Sault here at Hiawatha. As the conditions change, it may lead us to close the trails.

DATE TIME TEMPERATURE
March 30, 2017 9:00 AM 1 C or 33.8 F

TRAIL CONDITIONS.

 

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SNOW BIKING PILOT ON THE CRYSTAL TRAIL SYSTEM

SOO FINNISH NORDIC SKI CLUB, HIAWATHA HIGHLANDS, KINSMEN CLUB OF SSM, SSM CONSERVATION AUTHORTY AND SAULT CYCLING CLUB

We would like to announce the start of a pilot program to introduce snow biking at Hiawatha. The pilot includes riding on the Crystal trail system (excluding Mable Lake trails) only.  Pinder and Red Pine systems are not included for fat biking. The trails must be hard-packed and deemed suitable for snow biking by Hiawatha Highlands.

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RULES AND GUIDELINES

1. ENSURE TRAILS ARE OPEN

Check-in with the Hiawatha Highlands website (http://hiawathahighlands.com/ski-conditions/), or call the office at (705) 256-7258 to find out BIKE conditions before heading out. BIKE conditions may differ from ski conditions!

2. DO NOT RIDE IF THE TRAILS ARE SOFT

Even if the trails are open, do not ride if you’re sinking in more than an inch. Use common sense: the goal is to not damage the ski trails.

3. HAVE A VALID TRAIL PASS

Snow bikers are required to have a valid trail pass. Daily and evening rates are available from Hiawatha Highlands. Purchase your pass online or in person at the Kin Centre.  Bike trail passes are the same rate as a ski trail pass.  See our Rate page for rates http://hiawathahighlands.com/rates/

      Early Season          Reg Season Type Daily
            $150                            $175 Adult $15
            $135                            $150 Senior $13
             $90                              $100 Student $13

4. USE A SNOW BIKE – NO REGULAR MOUNTAIN BIKES ALLOWED

Tires must be wider than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi to ensure enough floatation to not damage the trails and to provide adequate traction.  Safe temperature would be anything -5 and higher.  If it is soft it is not good biking conditions.

5. FOLLOW SIGNS & RIDE ONLY IN THE POSTED SKI DIRECTION

Start at the Crystal trailhead (the blue Soo Finnish Nordic building) and follow the signs to the right. If unsure, follow the Vs left by skate skiers.

6. RIDE ON THE FIRMEST PART OF THE SKATE TRACK, NEVER ON THE CLASSIC TRACK

The goal is not to damage the ski trails and no biking on Snowshoe trails.

7. YIELD TO ALL OTHER USERS

Be especially careful of crossings. Pay attention to skiers that may come up behind you. Communicate and move to the left to allow them to pass through the middle of the skate lane. Give all skiers a wide berth. Watch for poles too.

8. BE A GOOD TRAIL CITIZEN & AMBASSADOR FOR THE SPORT

Stay polite and be courteous to all other users. Spread the word about snow biking. Educate other riders, follow the rules (and intent of the rules) and discourage bad behavior. Make it fun. Keep it safe.

9. LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME

As with snowshoeing and skiing on these trails, dogs are not allowed in the winter.

10. DO NOT WALK ON THE TRAILS

Your post holes damage the trails. If you need to get off your bike, walk on the furthest left of the trail.

The Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club organizes a number of events, riders should be aware of the dates and times of these events, so riding plans do not conflict with them (check the Soo Finnish Nordic website: http://soofinnishnordic.com/?page_id=10). The Jackrabbits program is run every Saturday morning from 10-12.

Snow bikers should stay off the snow machine trails on Conner Rd. for the obvious safety reasons.

Trail Conditions

  Green Circle Open

  Red Circle Closed

Trail Length Open   Type
Kinsmen Lighted 2 km   FB
Crystal Creek 5 km   FB
Hiawatha 2.5 km   FB
Inner Loop 2 km   FB
Olympic 2.5 km   FB