Skiing at Saint John's
Skiing at Saint John's: What you should know.
Trail Conditions - Thursday, March 21, 2013
Hey, hey! Randy got his machine fixed and is out grooming trails. Let's make good use of this spring's cold and snow!
The trails on the north and west side of the Old Entrance Road - Pine Knob, Trinity - are all packed and groomed with tracks for both classic and skating. The Old Entrance Road has been plowed free of snow to allow school buses to make it out to the Sugar Shack for maple syruping, so that trail is done for the season.
Randy will be done grooming by about 6:00PM today, so the trails should be nicely set up by morning. Good skiing!
The Old Entrance Road has been plowed free of snow to allow school buses to make it out to the Sugar Shack for maple syruping, so that trail is no longer available for skiing this season.
We have closed the trails south of the Stone Gate due to logging operations (this includes the Hilary Loop). Our annual timber harvests will be in this area for part of this winter. You may ski through the Stone Gate and then take the first left up the hill onto Tower Fields where there is a large circle groomed on the flat field for both skating and touring.
Walkers on the ski trails...
While it is wonderful that people are out exercising in the woods of Saint John's we try to avoid having much foot traffic on the ski trail system.
- If you must walk on the groomed ski trails, please walk on the edge of the ski trail opposite the classical track.
- The Boardwalk Loop, Logging Loop, the Chapel Trail, and the SE side of the Old Entrance Road are not groomed for skiing and are perfect for walking. View a Trail Map.
- The woods and trails are plentiful for sharing. Thanks for your help keeping the ski trails great for skiing!
Support the ski trails...
The ski trails are part of Saint John's Arboretum. The land is owned by the monks of Saint John's Abbey and is generously made open for public use.
- The ski trails are groomed for the benefit of the ski team, faculty, staff, students, members of the CSB and SJU communities, and the Arboretum. All of the grooming is performed by volunteer efforts of a few individuals plus the help of a student employee.
- We collect no trail fees, yet if you are not part of CSB/SJU/OSB I ask that you join the Saint John's Arboretum at the $40 Supporting yearly membership level.
- By joining the Arboretum you will receive all the information and benefits of every member (including a free introductory cross country ski lesson!) and can freely use the trails . You will also be supporting the ski trails and the grooming we do. On the application please indicate that you are a skier.