Monday morning we skied parts of Lime Kiln and Esker. They’re deteriorating rapidly with the recent warmth, and there were many places where the tracks were flooded or completely gone on one side. Saw a few horse hoof prints, and some riders out, but it was still great to get one more ski in!
I skied late in days Sunday 3-6-pm-ish and only hit lime kiln. The ski to the cabin was near perfect for spring skiing conditions. The flooded parking lot and rough conditions At start (lots of pine tree debris, melted track) almost had us turning around but we plowed on and we’re shocked at how wonderful the trail conditions were! No boot p…[Read more]
Sunday morning 7:15 to 10:00, -2° to 0°, sunny.
The Group Use Road has a gazillion footprints. It was icy the entire time I was skiing on it. You just adapt after awhile.
The snow is still contiguous, although one very short section on the SW internal bay will be completely bare (impassible) by the end of today. Other than that, it should still b…[Read more]
Friday morning 7:15 to 9:30, -1° to +1°. Fortunately, clouds didn’t fully clear until 9:30.
Classic: Bluestem and Aspen are still fairly good. Icy-fast, but “soft-icy” at this temperature. There are a few places where the track has melted away, but it was a minor inconvenience. Very enjoyable ski.
Skate: The Group Use Road was very good. Like c…[Read more]
Just want to thank Birds Hill Park staff for grooming the trails 7 days ago and also throughout the winter. That decision resulted in fantastic conditions this past week for the skiing community to enjoy.
Thursday 11:30-1:00 – it was snowing when I started, and a light layer had settled in the tracks, but it was still a fast ski. Aside from evergreen debris on the return stretch east of Chickadee, Bluestem was in very good condition, and well skied in by the time I finished.
Thanks for the update Harvey. I’d never skied at Wildwood so gave it a try. Some places were too icy, others too soft, others too watery, but some stretches were just right. Classic tracks looked done. Skating will probably be done after tomorrow. Saw two others skate skiers out before dinner too.
Classic trails (Esker, Lime Kiln, Chickadee, Aspen), Wednesday 11:15 to 1:30, -5° to -3° and bright sun.
All classic tracks are still fairly well-defined, but they are widening. I encountered two bare spots of less than 1 metre long and only one track wide — on Lime Kiln and on Aspen. For the first hour, the tracks were ice/icy and of course e…[Read more]
Wednesday afternoon – sad to say the Spruce trail is deteriorating. It was soft/slushy with dirt patches in sun-exposed areas, then rock hard and icy in other areas, not very safe for skate-skiing. There were many dog walkers out. Has anybody been on the classic trails today?
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. .
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