Murphy’s Point Closed for the Season

Unfortunately, warming temperatures and rain have made the parking lots, roads and trails very icy and hazardous.  The Park staff decided earlier this week to wrap up the 2019-2020 winter season at the park. 

On behalf of the park staff, thank you for all your work, time and contributions that make our winter program a success. 

Murphy’s Point Provincial Park

Jackrabbits eat Taffy

It’s a little know fact that jackrabbits love eating maple taffy on snow. If you don’t believe us, check out the photo below. Last Sunday, a photographer in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park caught a whole nest of jackrabbits nibbling contently on the sweet stuff.

Jackrabbits from the Tay Valley Ski Club enjoy the sweet treat on a beautiful winter Sunday!

If you didn’t know, Jackrabbits is the name of our club’s kids’ ski program. Named after the famous Norwegian skier, Herman “Jackrabbit” Johannsen, who is credited with introducing the sport of nordic skiing to North America. Among many other developed trails in Ontario, Quebec, and New York. When he died at the age of 111, he had been the oldest person alive. He is buried in Saint Sauveur, Quebec.

While our Jackrabbit program won’t guarantee that kind of longevity, it will improve your children’s quality of life! If you or your children are interested, email our Jackrabbit leader and Club President through our Contact page.

Weather!

It looks like we may have a few weather challenges in the next couple of days. Warm temperatures and wet snow are not ideal for grooming. On Thursday, the cold will return  (temporarily) and the grooming team will groom all of the trails internal to the park. They will not be going to Lally.

More snow is great but 40cm is a lot for our grooming equipment. Stay tuned to our Facebook site for the latest.

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Photo from Shutterstock

Grooming update

Club groomers were out today. The classic tracks were rock solid and would require multiple circuits in order to redo them, however, once that was done they would set overnight and probably be the same tomorrow. The tracks are deep, well defined and icy. As things warm up they will be softer and less challenging. Our groomers had no choice but to leave them as they are. We need snow!!

The skateski was 100% refreshed and is in excellent shape. By loosening up the skateski trail from the trailhead, all skiers have an area that is not icy for their trip to the gatehouse.

There is no grooming activity planned in the next 5 days but after that we may get some more snow to help with grooming.

Another Great Loppet

Thanks to all the skiers who signed up and showed up in the freezing cold to compete in the 43rd Tay Valley Loppet. With beautiful fresh snow and sunshine, conditions were perfect for this year’s race. It was a great success.

Many thanks to Robert and Nancy for organizing, to the groomers for the excellent conditions, and to the dozens of volunteers who handled registration, marshalling, preparing food, and much more.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping making this year’s Loppet a success.

Find more information, results, and some photos on our Loppet page.

Tay Valley Loppet

The Tay Valley Loppet is open for registration!

Register through ZONE4 by clicking HERE!
Note that if you enter your entire family in one transaction, there is a slight savings due to the $1 per transaction fee.

For a complete description of the race distances, styles, deadlines, and fees, please visit our Loppet page.

A big thank you to these generous sponsors who are providing this year’s awards and draw prizes:

  •                                 Fresh Air Experience
  •                                 LAZL
  •                                 Greg Christie’s Ski and Cycleworks
  •                                 Fortune Farms
  •                                 Temple’s Sugar Bush
  •                                 Omya
  •                                 Bushtukah

Trail Etiquette

Click here to read Ontario Parks article on Trail Sharing. Photos from our very own Mursphy’s Point were used to illustrate the article. We’re famous!

For a full description click on the link but here, in a nutshell, are the five key rules of trail sharing etiquette:

  • Read the signs
  • Don’t hike or snowshoe on groomed ski surfaces
  • On unmaintained trails, don’t hike or snowshoe on ski tracks
  • Share the trail
  • Stay safe