|March 24, 2019||8:30 AM||-2 C or 29 F|
Crystal system groomed yesterday, trails will have firmed up mostly overnight, if you are leaving big ruts please refrain from riding.
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 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.
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|
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.
Green Circle Open
Red Circle Closed
|Kinsmen Lighted||2 km||FB|
|Crystal Creek||5 km||FB|
|Inner Loop||2 km||FB|