Cross Country Ski Trail Grooming at Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area

December 21, 2021

Ski grooming is provided free of charge courtesy of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. The grooming is done by a dedicated team of volunteers as conditions allow. Updates will be posted on this page and on LRCT’s Facebook page throughout the 2022 ski season. 

We’re gearing up to start grooming the trails in the near future! (1/18/2022)

Donations to support the grooming and overall maintenance of trails at the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area are greatly appreciated!

What to Expect:

  • Trails will be groomed by volunteers periodically and as conditions allow. Please keep in mind our trails are not professionally groomed and can be a little rugged.
  • All of our trails (whether groomed or not) are open to cross-country skiing. We are grooming select trails to provide free easy access for all levels of skiers.
  • Updates will be posted to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s website and Facebook page. 
  • Grooming may occur at any time, please be aware and step to the side to let the groomer pass.
  • The trails are not individually rated with a level of difficulty, but are generally easy to moderate.
  • Due to the width and general condition of the trails the optimal skis to use are classic skis (opposed to skate skis).
  • What does a “snowmobile packed” trail mean? This means we have driven the snowmobile on the trail to pack down the snow on the trail, but have not dragged the groomer behind the snowmobile which would make the typical “corduroy.”

Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area hiking trail maps are available in LRCT’s online store.

Groomed Ski Trail Etiquette

Be nice to the trails! It’s hard work for LRCT staff & volunteers to maintain them.

  • Trails are groomed for cross-country skiers.
  • Snowshoers, please be respectful of groomed trails and walk along the side.
  • Dogs are allowed with their masters on LRCT-owned property provided that the dogs are under leash or verbal control at all times, with certain exceptions.
  • Please, no walking in bare boots or microspikes.
  • No fatbiking.

Trail Updates 2022

1/18/2022 : We’re gearing up to start grooming the trails in the near future!