Hardwood Ski and Bike has over 40 km of beautiful, rolling trails through hardwood and pine forests for cross-country skiing. The trail network consists of 9 different loops ranging from 3 km to 22 km. There is a trail for every level of ability, from beginner to elite racer on terrain that ranges from gently rolling to challenging. For a truly Canadian experience, Hardwood Ski and Bike is the place to be this winter.
Hardwood grooms all of the trails for both Classic and Skate skiing, using the new, state of the art grooming equipment. This equipment allows us to groom in all snow conditions. Hardwood Ski and Bike provides the best cross-country experience in all of Ontario.
Classic skiing is the traditional style of cross country skiing. Using the same tempo as walking or running, classic skiing is done in tracks with your skis pointed straight ahead and your arms and legs move parallel in the direction of travel. It is great for most new and recreational skiers. It requires grip wax under the foot of the ski or a ‘waxless ski’ to move forward.
Skate skiing is the modern method of cross country skiing. Using similar movements to inline, roller, or ice skating, the skis are pointed out to the side and the skier pushes to the side on each step to achieve forward momentum. It requires stronger leg muscles and better balance than classic skiing. It is the preferred method of cross country skiing for cyclists and those that have done a lot of alpine skiing. No grip wax is required for these skis; just groomed trails.
WHAT TO WEAR XC SKIING:
As a beginner, you do not need to buy any special clothing for cross country skiing, but it does help to dress properly. Try to dress in layers that can be taken off or added as you get warmer or colder. Try to avoid cotton as it tends to soak up water, and denim, as both with leave you feeling cold. Synthetic fabrics are much better.
A Base Layer
A lightweight and tight fabric that manages moisture and breathes well, but does not leave a heavy feeling against the skin.
A layer that is more than a long sleeve tee, but not quite a sweater; it is warm enough to cut the early chill, but still breathable to keep you comfortable and warm.
A soft-shell pant with a windproof layer on the front and warm, stretch fabric on the back.
A warm, insulated winter jacket that has a wind-resistant face, and stretch panels located strategically to let you move while skiing.
To prevent moisture build-up and cold hands, your gloves must be breathable.
Happy feet = a happy you! If your feet are uncomfortable, you just won’t enjoy your day.
A toque or hat is a must for all winter sports. Look for a one with a close fit that covers your ears.
Buffs are also a great idea as a light option to keep that cold air out of your collar and really come in handy when you want to cover your nose and cheeks in extremely cold conditions.
Things to do
There is a trail for every level of ability, from beginner to elite racer on terrain that ranges from gently rolling to challenging.
If you can walk, then you can snowshoe! What a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the winter time, get some exercise and have fun all at the same time!