Due to the cold temperatures forecasted for Snowfest on Sunday, January 20, there will be a few modifications made to the event for the safety of participants and volunteers. The overnight low on Saturday evening is forecasted to be -25c and Sunday the forecast calls for sunny conditions with a high of -19c.
Modifications to the event
- Start time is now 11:00am for Ski Loppet and Guided Snowshoe Tour
- Start time is now 11:30am for Fat Bike and Snowshoe Runners
- Self-guided snowshoers may participate anytime between 11:00am and 12:30pm
- Trail marshals and food stops will be on the course only from 11:00am -12:30pm
- The first food stop closest to the start/finish will have trail marshals and refreshments, the second stop (west) will be self serve.
- Due to the cold temperatures participants are encouraged to select shorter distances or multiples of shorter laps
- Trail marshals will only be present on the 1 and 2 K loops. Anyone opting to ski further onto the 5 and 10 loops, please note that no trail marshals will be present on the longer loops. Please dress for the cold and reduce your pace.
- Ski participants may change categories if they wish; a limited quantity of free snow shoe rentals are still available from Hiawatha Highlands
- All participants are reminded that a tour pace and clothing are recommended in such cold temperatures. Appropriate clothing to prevent frostbite is highly recommended. (see information and link below)
- On-line registration – now closed.
- Same Day registration opens at 10:00 am
- Brunch will be served from 11:15 – 1:30pm
- SNOWFEST LOPPET takes place at the Conservation Authority’s Sugar Shack at 1100 5th Line East
Canada has one of the most severe winter climates of any country in the world. Canadians across the country may face severe cold weather conditions that can affect their health. However, being active and enjoying winter activities and sports is a great way to stay healthy. Learn how to adjust to cold conditions so you can enjoy the winter weather by visiting the Government of Canada’s website.