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Cross Country Ski Network, Snowshoe Trails & Corridor Aérobique
Morin-Heights, who maintains a cross-country and snowshoe trail network of 130 linear kilometres, of which 65 km is track set, is a member of the Réseau de ski de fond des Laurentides.
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Approximately 80% of the trails cross private property, and it is primarily due to landowner’s goodwill that such a magnificent network exists. The majority of these trails are for winter use only from December 1st to April 15th.
With the exception of the Corridor Aérobique, the Basler and other short sections of trails, the network is single track set, with a recommended direction of travel to ensure safety. The narrow width of most trails combined with hilly terrain provides a unique attraction not found in many other centres. It is for these reasons that Morin-Heights remains a classic style network.
X-country & Ski and snowshoe map
The Cross-country ski and Snowshoe trails map is also on sale for $3 at ski centres and at the Town Hall.
Ski & snowshoe rentals
Track set trails are maintained by two snowmobiles and are limited by terrain and snow conditions. It takes a minimum of 16 machine-hours to reset the network in ideal conditions. This can increase dramatically due to snow depth, type and frequency of storms.
The extensive 90 km of backcountry trails are cleared in autumn but are ungroomed during winter. Two-way traffic is permitted on backcountry trails; however, skiers should plan their route accordingly if it includes a section of track set trail with a recommended direction of travel.
Skiers venturing on to backcountry trails should:
Morin-Heights does have a search & rescue team, but the size and ruggedness of the network make search and evacuation difficult in the best of conditions. Cell phones do not work in many areas.
In case of emergency call 9-1-1.
Snowshoers are invited to try out the 18 km of snowshoe trails maintained by the Municipality of Morin-Heights as well as an additional 12 km of trails at Ski Morin Heights. Please consult the service centres for information or to obtain the map.
Dogs and Walkers
Dogs and walkers are forbidden on ski trails. However, dogs are allowed on snowshoe trails providing they are on a leash (also to protect them) except between 10:00 and 15:00 on weekends and during holidays (Christmas ans school break). Their owners must clean up after them. Please read the document below regarding trapping on public land.
Several incidents, some of which were serious, have resulted from encounters between skiers and dogs. Additionally, imprints left in the snow by dogs, walkers and snowshoers make it very difficult to ski. Gliding and wax adhesion are affected by damaged snow surfaces, resulting in aggravating slippage and added track-setting costs. Proper ski and poling tracks are vital for skiers and a large portion of trail fees are contributed specifically to grooming.
Access points to the Network
The main point of service is maintained by the Municipality:
CORRIDOR AÉROBIQUE PAVILION: 50, chemin du Lac-Écho
Open every day from 8:30 to 17:00. (by mid-December)
Tickets and season’s passes, maps, information, a waxing table and parking.
Exit 60 of Highway 15 North. Take Route 364 W., towards Morin-Heights for 8 km. When you are at 1st set of traffic lights in Morin-Heights, turn left onto chemin du Village and left at the first stop on chemin du Lac-Écho.
Telephone: 450 226-1220
Fax: 450 226-8786
Off season: 450 226-3232, ext. 131
Other Access points:
Free parking is available at the designated centres indicated on the map.
Parking By-law 430 states that it is prohibited to park on streets and roads at all times between December 1st and April 15th. Offenders will be fined accordingly.
Trail Tickets & season’s passes
All skiers and snowshoers must purchase and display a valid day ticket or season’s pass to use the networks. Revenues from tickets and or passes are used to maintain and develop the trail network. Tickets and passes are on sale through all access points.
Patrollers are on the trails to provide assistance and check tickets and passes.
Agreements with neighbouring networks permit ski trail access to the Viking and Sommet Morin Heights networks, but skiers must park in one of the Morin-Heights designated parking areas.
Tickets may be purchased at all participating centres. Purchase your passes at the Corridor Aérobique Pavilion. For the current fee structure consult the brochure below.
Rules and Regulations
Accommodations and Spas:
Morin-Heights has many types of accommodations to offer. Consult the Directory for a detailed listing.
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