The group use trail is skatable. I did almost 3 laps and had no problems. Icy subsurface makes it harder to plant poles, but its really not bad at all. Would be nice to get a few more skiers out to pack the surface and make it faster though.
The trails were packed and track set for both classic and skating last week and they are both in very good shape. The classic tracks are still well defined and the skate portion had maybe an inch of snow on top but still very doable. Some of the skate only trails looked like they had fresh grooming. There are some leaves and twigs on the trail…[Read more]
My friend has told me:
The road from the currently abandoned Warden Station to the Deep Lake campground in RMNP has been packed and tracked by Dave Juce from Hamiota and a neighbour. The classic track has a few cm of new snow which has been skied in on top of a hard set track. It is in very good condition and rock skies aren’t required. The a…[Read more]
With the lack of snow I decided to pull out my Cyclocross bike for a rip… all the classic trails are hardpacked ice underneath and rutted from walking.. there are defind fatbike trails on Chickadee and Bluestem… the Group Use road as mentioned is a black ice sheet with a trace of snow on top which made for great grip and a smooth ride on my CX…[Read more]
Went to BHP yesterday to have a look around. The classic trails are not skiable yet. However the group use area has some snow on top of a rutted icy asphalt. The constant snow and ice and melting , missed with rain ,drizzle and thawing, have created a black ice foundation.. Some tire tracks and mainly an inch of snow is there. The asphalt is all…[Read more]
Well there is a special weather statement for upto 10cm of snow by Sunday… but the regular city forecast is saying 2cm… who knows.. at this rate by the time we get on our skis it will be time to pull the road bike out again!
I was biking on the trails until all the rain on Sunday night. I did see one happy fatbiker on the classic trails yesterday. . I think its possible to skate ski already, but have to be careful at first . If we just get one or two cm of snow in the park, I think it will be no problem to pack down a fair skate trail.
I had an excellent long skate ski on my local storm water retention pond this morning (Wednesday).
The thick ice is fully covered with up to 4 cm of snow, and the bond of snow to ice is very good.
I’m really glad I chose my rock skating skis; apparently kids in my neighborhood like to throw stones onto frozen ponds.
Went on the ski trails today for a hike and some trail clearing. Beautiful sunny day in this little paradise with a some snow on the ground. There is a lot of debris on the trails and branches that need to be lopped. I will be going out again to do some more work. If you love these trails as I do please consider helping Parks to clear them so…[Read more]
TRAIL CLEARING WEEKEND – Oct.19-20, 2019
It was not me! I did not start an early snow dance! ❄️
No matter, there will be trails!
The valley was hit hard this past weekend with lots of heavy snow breaking trees and bending the shrubbery. The trails will need more TLC this year and probably more work bees but let’s get out there and s…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Saturday morning, -5° to +2°, cloudy.
Skate skiing on the Group Use Road, including the two interior add-on sections (which I had actually written-off two weeks ago).
It was badly rutted down the middle and there were lots of footprints (including a herd of animals), but an icy crust along the sides created very fast skiing and j…[Read more]
Friday night 7-9pm Conditions on skate loop were very good with rain and new snow mix from Thursday storm . If you are going Saturday , go in the morning for the best glide, before it gets too warm. Park road is dry and good for cycling or blading also . You can ski in morning and bike in afternoon.
Thanks to all the members who have been posting ski conditions: they have been very helpful. I was at Bird’s Hill today April 5/19 at noon. I skied the Bluestem start to finish. I was surprised that conditions were so good. The melted areas were easily side-stepped and the kick and glide were better than some skis in mid season. I used my “…[Read more]
April 5th. Not a bad day for my first skate ski at BHP – if it’s still going to snow, I might as well ski! 95% of the track was white & firm, very good condition. A handful of short sections were showing damp & thin, but no bare spots to speak of. The classic tracks looked done. Forecast rain & temps will probably finish the skate track too after…[Read more]
Thursday 3-5PM. Was out on skate loop during afternoon storm. There is 1.5 inches of moist new snow on trails and loop. Was fairly good glide during the storm , but snow got wetter and denser as afternoon progressed and glide got worse . In all, should still be very decent skate and classic skiing, if trails get packed down by more skiers and if…[Read more]
Monday evening 8-10pm
Skate track was fast and icy. It is holding up very well and nowhere near
melting as quickly as the loose snow elsewhere. I think that that the 2nd grooming after the big melt
of a few weeks ago, packed the snow down very well. Its probably still a foot deep in
most places, and will last for a long time yet, if temps remain…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Monday norning, -2° to +2°, sun and cloud.
When I arrived at the park and saw a few mm (not cm) of new snow, I knew that skate skiing on the Group Use Road was going to be slower than I anticipated. Initially, the new snow reduced glide only a bit and it may have slightly improved balance and control, but once the snow started t…[Read more]
We classic skied Aspen and Lime Kiln starting at 9:30 am Sunday morning. Both were a mix of icy/fast where double polling was the name of the game, and lightly dusted new snow. There were still many areas where we could still classic ski well with blue kick wax applied, especially on the extra loop of Lime Kiln. Unfortunately, some inconsiderate…[Read more]
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