Lady Slipper Road is a dirt logging road located just off of the TCH near the city of Corner Brook. The road is used frequently in the summer but during the winter months it gets turned over to skiers and snowmobilers.
The snowmobilers provide a nice groomed surface to ski on but if you venture off the road and into the forest you just might find a few powder slopes that are left wide open from clear-cut logging. Now I'm defiantly not an advocate for clear cutting, but I try to make the best of everything that I encounter. Often, cut lines make excellent ski slopes, provided that there is enough snow to bury any obstacles.
The best route for a day ski on Lady Slipper only involves about 2.5km of travel along the road itself. A right turn on a snowmobile trail (361 179) will bring you into the forest and some steeper terrain. From the road the trail begins to slope upward and in some places may require some sidestepping, or ski skins. Near the top of the hill, the trail steepens considerably but only for 60m or so.
There is not much of a view at the top but the reward of course is the ski down the other side. A narrow, gentle, downhill slope brings you out onto a small marsh and an unnamed pond. The trees around the pond offer a great sheltered lunch spot and the wide-open country shows plenty of signs of wildlife like moose and hares.
When I do this route I usually double back so that I can enjoy the steep downhill back to the road. With a map and compass, you could easily navigate your way back to the road, taking as long as you wished.
This is a ski route that does not require a great deal of skill. The ups and downs will give you a decent workout and a chance to work on your sidestepping.
It is a backcountry environment and you should at least have and know how to use a map and compass. Using snowmobile trails always requires caution and the use of music players is not recommended in snowmobile areas. If you hear a snowmobile coming, get as far off the trail as you can and try to remain visible to the driver.
The start of the road is just off of the TCH east outside of Corner Brook. The road begins at (349 186) and the backcountry trail at (361 179). Map 12A13
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