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Hosted by: The Craigleith Ski Club

Blue Mountains, Ontario

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Start Time 1:00pm




Championship Distances 5km - 10km

for Ladies and Men

Snowshoe Canada membership 

Cost: Annual - $25.......Day of Race - $5

This is your chance to participate in a National registration.

Beautiful courses along

The Niagara Escarpment

All age categories will receive awards.

Free kids race prior to the main event.


and follow the prompts for complete event information.

Your registration includes:

  • Custom Entry Gift
  • Computerized timekeeping
  • Championship Awards in all categories
  • Age Division Awards
  • Bib Draw for Sponsor Prizes
  • Food, snacks, refreshments

Registrations can be made with Race Roster until February 17, 2017, 5:00pm. Fees apply. $ 5 fee for on-site registration.  Non-refundable enrollment except major cause. Changing distance possible onsite. 



National Champions will be determined for Ladies and Men at both 5km and 10km distances in the “Open” division.  The 10km start time will be 1:00pm sharp, with the 5km group starting at 1:30pm sharp.  This will reduce wait times for both groups prior to the awards presentation at 3pm in the North Lodge.

A Craigleith Community “Switchback Challenge” 5km race will run along with the main field for those Craigleith members, not participating in the championships. 


1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, in all Open Divisions.


The following age divisions for Ladies and Men.

19 & under                        20-29                        30-39                        40-49

50-59                                60-69                        70+

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, for Ladies and Men, in the Craigleith Switchback Challenge.

A 1km children’s race will be held at 12:00pm for all those 12 years old and under.



Both 5km and 10km courses start at the base of our Comet ski run, adjacent to the Comet Express chairlift, and follow the same route uphill to our Switchback Trail, leading participants to the top of the Niagara Escarpment (approx. 1.5km).  From there, both courses head out onto a mixture of groomed and single track forested trails which loop back to the top of Switchback, for a fast descent back to the start/finish line.


The primary climb on the 5km course is to the top of the escarpment immediately following the start (approx. 1.5km), with only a couple of short steep sections to navigate before returning to the top of Switchback for the downward run home. 


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The primary climb on the 10km course is to the top of the escarpment immediately following the start (approx. 1.5km), but participants will be tested with no fewer that 4 other significant uphill sections as the route takes you out to the Loree Forest Loop on the Bruce trail before returning home.  The trails will vary from tight, forested, single track, to wider groomed sections, and everything else in between, including some very technical areas where your skill will be tested. 


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The southern Georgian Bay area is anchored by the towns of Collingwood, Blue Mountains, and Wasaga Beach, and is often considered a four seasons playground for those living in Southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), offering a full range of sports and leisure activities year round, while only a short two hour drive away.    The population of the area can easily triple on any given weekend, with part time residents occupying their cottages and chalets, and visitors staying in one of the many hotels, rental properties, and B&B’s, or camping in the provincial parks. 

Winter is prime time in Southern Georgian Bay, as the area is home to no less than six private ski clubs, and the world famous Blue Mountain Resort.  Downhill skiing on the Niagara Escarpment is complimented by snowshoeing and nordic skiing on the extensive trail system used for hiking and mountain biking in the summer months.  The Bruce Trail winds its way through the area, and provides miles of excellent marked trails for outdoor enthusiasts.

Please use the following links for more information:



The aforementioned links will provide you with numerous options if you are planning to spend the weekend with us.  There are three main areas you should visit if you have the time, those being Historic Downtown Collingwood, the Village at Blue Mountain, and the Town of Thornbury.  All offer a wide variety of shops and boutiques, restaurants of every size, shape, description, and cuisine, live entertainment, art galleries, not to mention all your favourite outdoor winter activities.  The Craigleith Ski Club does have a vibrant après ski scene in its main lodge, which you may want to check out if you are here Saturday evening.




Our host hotel for the 2017 National Snowshoe Championships will be the Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre, conveniently located along Highway 26 on the west side of Collingwood, minutes from race central at the Craigleith Ski Club.   Offering a wide range of choices for accommodation from single rooms to 1-2-3 bedroom suites, and a full compliment of in-house services including a full spa, swimming pools, sauna, hot tub, fitness center, and dining at Gustav Chophouse & Bar.

Please visit for more information and to book your stay.  Be sure to mention the Snowshoe Championships when contacting the hotel.

The Georgian Bay Hotel, 10 Vacation Inn Drive, Collingwood, Ontario. L9Y 5G4

Toll Free - 1-800-482-7894



With today’s GPS and navigation systems, a long description of the routes you might take to Craigleith Ski Club would seem out of place here, but suffice to say that the easiest route, and most dependable in the winter months is to take Highway 400 North or South to Barrie, exiting at exit #98 – Bayfield Street, which is actually an extension of Highway 26, and if you follow signage, will take you all the way through Collingwood to the ski club on the west side of town.  There are many cross country routes that might save you five or ten minutes, but 400 & 26 are major roads and generally in good condition all winter long.

We are two hours from midtown Toronto and an hour and a half from Pearson International.  Train and bus service is available, but schedules are not favourable.  If not in your own vehicle, car rental is advised. 


Address of Craigleith Base Lodge

164 Craigleith Road

Blue Mountains Ontario L9Y 0S4


Address of Craigleith North Lodge  *Race Location*:

212-214 Craigleith Road

Blue Mountains Ontario L9Y 0S4 


Registration fees

10km National Championship Closed

  1. $40.00
    Nov 1 - Feb 17

5km National Championship Closed

  1. $40.00
    Nov 1 - Feb 17

1 km Children's Race Closed

  1. Free
    Nov 1 - Feb 17

Craigleith Community 5km Closed

Switchback Challenge

  1. $25.00
    Nov 1 - Feb 17

Event Schedule

  • February 19 10:00 AM EST - Registration / Check-in North Lodge

  • February 19 12:00 PM EST - Kid's Race (Boots or Snoeshoe)

  • February 19 1:00 PM EST - Championship (10km) Ladies & Men

  • February 19 1:30 PM EST - Championship (5km) Ladies & Men

  • February 19 1:30 PM EST - Craigleith Community 5km

  • February 19 3:00 PM EST - Awards Presentation North Lodge

Contact Information

Event Location

212-214 Craigleith Road, The Blue Mountains, ON, Canada

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