As a community, we’ve invested in grooming equipment to keep many sections of our trails usable and fun during the winter. The most popular winter trail activities include fat-tire biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Cedar Valley Association of Soft Trails (CVAST) grooms soft trails throughout George Wyth State Park and Hartman Reserve in January. The CVAST Facebook page provides maps of groomed trails and a variety of events on soft trails during the winter season.
The Cedar Valley Nordic Skiing Facebook Page posts the conditions of the groomed ski trails and has information about getting free ski lessons. Anyone interested in signing up for ski lessons can do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll need to provide Cedar Valley Nordic Skiing with the level of lessons needed and whether you want classic or skating technique.
Our paved and soft trails are popular destinations for area fat-tire bikers. Fat-tire biking in the winter is a great way to stay in shape in the off season and see some of our unique trails. Fat-tire bikes should stay off the trails in warm winter weather. Riding on wet snow can make deep ruts in the trail that ruin the trails for other winter trail activities.
Our paved and soft trails are popular destinations for area snowshoers. Snowshoeing is best when the temperature is below 25°F, so that the snow isn’t wet. There’s no official start date for snowshoes to be used on the trails, but keep in mind that contacting concrete with your snowshoes may damage the teeth.
George Wyth State Park, Katoski Park, Byrnes Park and Gate Park trails are groomed to support both classical skiing and skate skiing. We’re proud that the trails are groomed by Cedar Valley Association of Soft Trails and the Waterloo Leisure Services using a special snowmobile provided by the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership.