Gros Morne National Park of Canada
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Abundant snowfall, moderate winter temperatures, and beautiful scenery make Gros Morne National Park perfect for cross-country skiers. Together with the Gros Morne Co-operating Association, the park maintains 51.9 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Most trails are tracked for classic skiing, with some tracked for freestyle as well.
The ski season in Gros Morne extends from January to April. Average daily temperatures for Rocky Harbour are −6 °C in January, −8 °C in February, and −5 °C in March.
Visitor Centre Trails: 10.8 km of regularly groomed trails in a series of seven interconnected loops. Ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers, these forest trails are relatively flat with a few good hills. The Owl Trail is lit nightly until 10 p.m. Also, there is a sledding hill with no lift. (View map)
Trout River Pond: 5 km of trails consisting of three loops with varying terrain and difficulty featuring views of Trout River Pond and the Tablelands. The trails are groomed, as the weather permits, for freestyle and classic skiing. (View map)
Wigwam Pond to Stuckless Pond Trails: 14.7 km of classic trails, groomed as weather permits, through some of the park’s most beautiful forest. The main trail travels 12 km across the Lomond Peninsula from highway 430 to highway 431, allowing the option of a car shuttle, and a one-way a return ski. Two shorter loops branch off the middle of the main trail. A warm-up hut is located 4.5 km in from the Wigwam end. (View map)
Shallow Bay Trails: 6.8 km of single-track classic trails, groomed as weather permits, following the old mail route through forest and along sand dunes. The trails are flat and easy. There is an enclosed picnic shelter at the Shallow Bay campground. (View map)
Berry Hill to Baker’s Brook Trails: 14.6 km of untracked trails through forest and bog leading to the Baker’s Brook Falls. This trail system contains four trails: a 2 km one-way access trail and three loops. There are two warming shelters on the trails. (View map)
Plan & Prepare
- Check the weather forecast (Environment Canada).
- Choose a route according to your physical condition, skiing abilities, difficulty of the trail, and the time available.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back.
- Dogs are not permitted on groomed trails. They damage the track and present a hazard to both wildlife and other skiers.
- For longer ski trips, bring a first aid kit, food, and extra clothing. Dress in layers to control heat and reduce perspiration.