Events 2022/23

Here is a summary of WWHSTA EVENTS for 2023. Scroll down for more details. All events are “conditions dependent,” so stay tuned to the snow chair report for current conditions. Please note that our events are for WWHSTA members only, so be sure to purchase a membership before heading out!

Limberlost Orientation Tour – Saturday, Jan 7, 2023 

While there is decent coverage on a solid base, we cannot promise an epic Ontario Powder Day. If you are wanting to get familiar with the terrain at Limberlost and are happy to tour around in the woods (and if the conditions allow, maybe throw down a couple of turns through the trees), this is still a wonderful opportunity to get together.

Meet at the Buck Lake Landing parking spot at 10 am and don’t forget to fill out the Limberlost “Safety Responsibility Contract” online ahead of time. Bring snacks, lunch and an adventurous spirit. WWHSTA hats will be available at Limberlost on Saturday, so please bring $45 cash or prepay via e-transfer.

As always, this is a members-only event – if you haven’t gotten around to registering, you can do so here. To help with preparations, email Jeff Mann to RSVP. 

Tasso Highlands Tour – date TBD

A guided exploration of the proposed trail system in the beautiful hilly country of the Tasso Highlands and the valley of the Big East River. Last year’s crew included XC skiers, telemarkers, Hokkers, a splitboarder and an enthusiastic dog in tough conditions. With any luck the conditions will be better this season and we will explore new terrain. Stay tuned.

Twigfest – February 4, 2023

Twigfest, the heart and soul of WWHSTA, is a backcountry ski/snowboard festival organized by WWHSTA board member Jeff LeChef. In short, we join up to ski an area of natural maple glades on a large 425 vertical foot hill on remote crown land northeast of Kearney, ON, known colloquially as Nickle Peak. 

In advance, Jeff and his crew of volunteers set up a prospector tent with wood stove, Coleman stove and chairs for everyone to use. There will be pots and pans, and coffee and hot chocolate if you want to brew up a hot drink or cook something simple. 

WWHSTA will make the call on whether or not conditions are good a week in advance. If we have a solid base and 6 inches of powder, then it will be a go. 

The riding is fairly challenging, in wilderness conditions on a range of slopes from gentle to very steep. Twigginess varies. If you are comfortable at Limberlost you should have no problem here. We encourage everyone to ski within their comfort zone and we will look after less experienced folks. The hot tent will be situated at the bottom of a wide open, gentle bowl where folks can get warmed up and practice.

World Telemark Day, Limberlost Forest Reserve – Saturday, Mar 4, 2023

Celebrate spring skiing at World Telemark Day 2023, WWHSTA style! Conditions permitting, we will be based at the Top of the World Cabin at the Limberlost Forest Reserve, 11am-3pm. Participants are encouraged to dress and ski “old-school” as a nod to our telemark forebearers. Telemark equipment not required, feel free to lock down the heel or ride the single plank, just get in the groove.

Bellevue Trip 2023, Bellevue Valley Lodge, Goulais River, ON – Feb 9-12, 2023

In February 2022, four WWHSTA members headed up to Bellevue Valley Lodge just outside of Sault Ste Marie. The success of tis trip meant that we had to repeat it in 20323. The lodge has access to 1000 acres of high Algoma ridges, which owners Robin and Enn have been carefully and expertly glading for over three decades. Throw in the fact that the 200m-high ridges can get 250-300cm of snow in a winter and all of the ingredients are there for phenomenal ski touring. The WWHSTA group will be guided by Enn and other noted locals, with the most intimate knowledge of the best powder stashes. Note that there are ski options for intermediate to expert on this experience. 

The lodge features five beds, two bedrooms, bathroom, large, bright living area and a tidy kitchen. There is also a large drying room for all your wet gear. Save the date, pricing and more details coming soon.

Photo by Eric Batty