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!
Limberlost Orientation Tour – Jan 7, 2023
– New to ski touring at The Limberlost Forest? Join WWHSTA for a tour to get to know the terrain.
Tasso Highlands Tour – date TBC
– Join a guided tour of the proposed trail system in the Tasso Highlands and the valley of the Big East River. Backcountry touring experience required.
Twigfest – Feb. 4, 2023
– A perennial favourite, come to Ontario’s only (that we know of!) backcountry ski/snowboard festival!
Bellevue Valley Lodge Trip – Feb 9-12, 2023
– Play hooky from work and join a small, merry, traveling band of backcountry tourers for a weekend of powder in Goulais River, ON. Currently, all the spots on the trip are fully booked, but please email email@example.com to be placed on the waiting list.
World Telemark Day – Mar 4, 2023
– An annual, global celebration of all things telemark! Join us for a day of spring skiing at Limberlost – even if you are not on telemark equipment (we welcome all types of snow sliding!).
We will add more events and confirm dates as the season approaches, so keep your eyes open!
AGM and Fall Work Day/Weekend, Limberlost Forest Reserve – Oct 22-23, 2022
3 fabulous events, 2 wonderful days!
Join us for our fifth Annual Fall Work Day at the Limberlost Forest Reserve (please note: the work day has traditionally happened on Sunday, but we are changing it to Saturday this year). Help us get the hill ready for this winter of skiing. Afterwards, stay for WWHSTA’s 2022 AGM at Solitaire Lodge at Limberlost. There will be a potluck and social gathering after the AGM has wrapped up, with music! There are limited accommodations at Solitaire Lodge for WWHSTA members as well as camping and camping cabins with propane heat. On Sunday, we will offer a guided exploration of the nearby Tasso Highlands trails area, still under development. Contact us for more information on accommodations for that weekend: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the Limberlost website for more information on camping options: https://limberlostforest.com/campsites/
Limberlost Orientation Tour – Saturday, Jan 7, 2023
Join WWHSTA president and Limberlost “local” Jeff Mann for a day tour and ski at Limberlost Forest Reserve. After a day spent with Jeff, you will have an appreciation for all of the glorious backcountry skiing that Limberlost has to offer (and we bet you will return regularly throughout the rest of the ski season!). No cost, more details to follow.
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.