Winter Fatbiking

As a result of the growing popularity of winter mountain biking, Provincial Parks is excited to now provide nearly 10 kms of new groomed fatbike trail at Brookvale Nordic Lodge. We ask that you follow the following guidelines to protect our relationship with landowners and minimize the impact of fatbiking on our existing skiing community. We cannot stress enough that it is up to YOU to protect the success of this initiative as well as future investment in the sport.

Brookvale Provincial Ski Park Fatbike Trail Map [PDF]

Key guidelines:

  • Nearly 10 kms of single track fatbiking trail will be groomed. Access is from the Brookvale Nordic Lodge.
  • Please remain on fatbiking trails. Do not ride on cross-country ski trails.
  • Only ride when trails are open. Please respect closures to support our grooming efforts.
  • Please do not walk on any of our trails without skis or snowshoes! It creates irreparable holes.

 

WINTER FATBIKE RIDING ETIQUETTE

  • Numbered bike plates are mandatory and must be visible.
  • No bikes on the groomed Nordic Ski Trails.
  • The winter fatbike trail does cross some Nordic ski trails, you must yield to skiers and please avoid congregating at these intersections.
  • Tires must be 3.7” or wider and tires pressure must be less than 10psi.
  • Trail could be closed at any time due to changing weather, especially with new snow or temps above 0 degrees. Please obey signage if trail is closed for grooming or on account of poor conditions.
  • Be a good trail citizen, if conditions cause you to leave ruts that will impede the future health of the trail system, leaves the trail - don't keep riding.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport - stay polite and educate other bikers. Discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we'll all have a good time this winter.
  • Bikes yield to all other users, be careful at crossings. Cross-country skiers don't have brakes, so bikes are responsible for staying out of their way. Watch skiers poles, they can be fragile and expensive.
  • Do not ride if the snow is too soft. As a general rule, if you have to get off and push your bike, the snow is too soft and you shouldn't be on the trail.
  • If you are leaving a trough deeper than an inch or are having a hard time riding in a straight line, it is probably too soft to be on the trail.
  • Spread the word about winter fat biking, make it fun, and keep it safe.