Went for an evening skate at about 9 pm and 1 degree. It was pretty good! If you want to be picky, the track was a wee bit chewed from the skating, poling and a few boots when it was very soft in the afternoon. And there are a few thin/wet spots. But overall very good. A little icy, but edging wasn’t bad. Lights were on too. The river crossings…[Read more]
Monday morning – the north portion of Spruce trail was hard and fast for skating, with many footprints (human and dog). Hope the afternoon walkers stayed closer to the edge to keep it skiable for the days ahead. Thanks to everyone for posting helpful reports, to park staff for the wonderful grooming, and especially Kevin for all his hard work!…[Read more]
Monday morning, -7° to 0°. We skied all classic trails except Aspen east of Chickadee.
All tracks are still very well defined. They are icy, except near the trailheads where they are closer to being ice.
We did 90% double poling. Skin skis worked great for the few short/steeper ascents. There are many instances of Vs cutting across the tracks, b…[Read more]
Skied lime kiln Sunday afternoon and wow, so happy to see so many skiers out enjoying the trails. No walkers on line kiln so tracks looked perfectly set. Kudos to the staff and management at BHP for all their efforts this year keeping the trails beautifully groomed and managing trail use conflicts. I hope to take advantage of these amazing…[Read more]
Sunday 11:30-2:30 – fabulous conditions for the first half of our ski, but then it got above zero and sunny; softening the trails and causing sticky snow to gather on the bottom of our skis. There was also slushy ice/water at Green trail’s low spot (west of the big shack) that was dicey to ski through – I got a booter! However, it was well worth…[Read more]
If we go earlier enough tomorrow morning to avoid plus temps, do you think it will be too icy on the Green, Grey, and Black hills?
Good question Kevin! I don’t have enough experience at Sandilands to know how it’ll set up overnight, but I would avoid the low (flooded) section on Green – it was already pretty wet by 1:30. We didn’t ski the Black loop, but another skier advised us to stay on Green instead as Black was getting too soft by noon. There were several walkers on the…[Read more]
Further to what Allan H posted skating on GUR.. ran into a group of 4 people walking on GUR who were also pushing large baby strollers, walking 4 across the skate lane… ran into them twice while doing this… finishing I ran into a group of 15-20 walking down the trail including a bunch of kids.. with the soft conditions its gonna leave alot of…[Read more]
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club on Sunday morning:
Skied yesterday, trails were still quite good. Best place to be right now! Trails have not been groomed, not necessary, and likely wouldn’t do much. Hopefully, cool weather will continue.
Trails freshly groomed again on Saturday morning. Conditions remain very good, especially for skate. Classic tracks are holding up well due to being hard and icy. – Thanks to Jim the groomer for keeping up with the snow conditions. .
From Clarke Wilkie on Saturday evening:
Hilton trail was great – small amount of debris, mostly spruce needles, and a few icy patches under spruce trees, but firm sidewalls and base this morning. No bald patches and the creek still frozen. I am not sure if others are up this way but as of today it was a great ski with fantastic glide in but still…[Read more]
I skied Skaters Waltz and Oak Meadow. Skaters Waltz was freshly groomed this morning and is in very good condition. Oak Meadow has not been groomed since last week but is still in good condition. The start of deer pass has a melted bare patch but everything else is fine. I will go again tomorrow.
Anybody know/heard if Skater’s Waltz and Oak Meadow are still navigable after last weekend’s unexpected resurrection?
The Sandilands Ski Club’s website showed that the following trails were groomed yesterday (Friday) and are in excellent shape: Purple Loop, Green Loop, Grey Loop, Grey Connector and Black. I couldn’t agree with them more as we had one of our best skiing days of the season.
Saturday afternoon the GUR was good and the other trails looked good. The main parking lot was full and people were jockeying for spaces like Walmart at Christmas. Do yourself a favour and use the overflow lot. You can pretend the walk in is your warm up
Heard a report from Friday March 20th the tracks were icy and pretty much non-existent. Elsewhere would be better consider the fresh grooming at Windsor, Bird’s Hill and other places. Too bad we didn’t get the snow that had been forecasted.
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