Cross-Country Skiing

Tall trees covered in fresh snow, winding trails through quiet woods and the chatter of chickadees make for the perfect cross-country ski adventure. All levels of skiing welcome. 

Where can I cross-country ski?

Crawford Lake

5 km of trails

Crawford XC Skiing Crawford Lake offers cross-country ski trails on escarpment trails through woods and fields. It is also the site of a rare meromictic lake and reconstructed Iroquoian village.

The Pine Ridge Trail offers beautiful pine plantations and open fields perfect for wildlife viewing while enjoying this winter wonderland.

Although the trails are easy to moderate, they are not groomed so folks are often Adventurers and are willing to break their own trails. Be sure to pack your own skis.
 
ExplorerAdventurer

Number of trails: 3
Groomed trails: N/A
Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions)
Rentals: N/A

Trail Distance Time Difficulty
Snowshoe Trail (snowshoe trail marker) 3.4 km 1 hr 30 min Easy
Pine Ridge Trail (green) 3.6 km 1 hr 45 min Moderate
Woodland Trail (red) 1.5 km 45 min Easy

Hilton Falls

16 km of trails

Hilton XC Skiing Hilton Falls has beautiful groomed trails through escarpment woods and beaver meadows. A highlight of your skiing adventure is the beautiful falls waiting for you. It is stunning in winter!

Trails are suitable for all levels of skiers to enjoy. Ski rentals are available for those who want to try it for the first time.

For Adventurers looking to get the heart rate up, head out and do all 16 km. For those Explorers looking to get a great photo of the falls, head out on the yellow trail.

 
ExplorerAdventurer

Number of trails: 3 (some areas may not be available due to ice storm)
Groomed trails: YES
Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions)
Rentals: Available

Type

Rental Fee/Day

Rental Fee/Half Day

Notes

Adult

$    25.00

 $    18.00

15% discount to members

Child

$    18.00

 $    11.00

 

 A security deposit is required for ski rentals 

Trail Distance Time Difficulty
Hilton Falls Trail (yellow) 4 km 1 hr  
Red Oak Trail (red) 3 km 30 min  
Beaver Dam Trail (orange) 9.5 km 2 hr  

Mountsberg

14 km of trails

Mountsberg XC Skiing Cross-country ski trails run along shoreline, through woods and sugar bush, and along the Wildlife Walkway with bison, elk, and birds of prey enclosures.

The Lakeshore Lookout Trail follows the shoreline of the Mountsberg Reservoir and features three smaller loops that take the visitor through plantations, wetlands and woodlands.

Trails are great for Family Fun folks and beginners, although they are not groomed. Be sure to pack your own skis.

 
Family FunExplorer

Number of trails: 2
Groomed trails: N/A
Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions)
Rentals: N/A

Trail Distance Time Difficulty
Wildlife Walkway 1.6 km   Easy
Lakeshore Lookout Trail (blue) 5.6 km   Moderate

 


Cross-Country Skiing Etiquette & Safety

Conservation Halton trails pass through sensitive natural areas that protect plants and wildlife. Staying on the marked trails and not littering or removing natural materials helps protect these beautiful parks. Many of the trails are shared with winter hikers. Skiers should keep to the right and yield to other trail users.

There are some risks associated with cross-country skiing in natural areas. Some of the trails follow shorelines of creeks and lakes and cliff edges where caution should be exercised when skiing. Certain weather conditions may make trails unsafe such as ice and high winds. Watching children carefully, being aware of weather conditions and being careful on hills will make your skiing adventure fun and safe.

As with any outdoor activity, cross-country skiing is safer with a buddy. If you are cross-country skiing alone, make sure someone knows where you are and when you are expected to return. Respect your ability level as cross-country skiing can be strenuous. Choose shorter routes, particularly on ungroomed trails (Crawford Lake and Mountsberg), until you are comfortable with the sport. Dress in layers as you’ll work up a sweat!