2023 Grooming Seminar / Workshop

Back by popular demand! We are hosting a snow/trail grooming seminar/workshop for all interested parties. 

Whether you’re a veteran groomer or just interested in getting some tracks set in your area, we welcome you to come exchange ideas, demo equipment and meet other trail builders and groomers.

When: Thursday, March 16, 10 AM – 2 PM
Where: Windsor Park Nordic Center, 10 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg
Cost: $0.00
We will have several pieces of equipment on hand: pulling machines,groomers,drags, rollers,etc. 

  • 2021 Yamaha Viking side-by-side w Camso tracks and Cab
  • 2020 Ski-Doo Skandic SWT 900
  • Ginzu Groomers
  • Snowdogs with tracksetters and toboggan
  • Steel roller
  • Meuller Tornado 2.0 Snow Tiller (no tractor on site to operate) 
  • various DIY rigs for all manner of ski trail grooming excellence

Please contact Laurie Penton at 204-471-3447 if you plan to bring any of your own equipment.

The day will start with coffee/snacks in our clubhouse and a few brief presentations on the following topics:

  • Community Trails – Starting a Local Trail Network from Scratch (Scotty Nystrom, Bourkevale Community Centre)
  • Funding Opportunities to Develop Ski Trails in Manitoba (Karin McSherry, Executive Director CCSAM)
  • Trail Signage – This Way Home (Laurie Penton, CCSAM)


  • 10 AM – meet and greet, coffee, general discussion
  • 11 AM – hands on look at equipment comparing features (pros/cons) of different types of equipment
  • 1 PM – opportunity to try out/operate equipment on hand
  • 2 PM – wrap up 

Q&A will occur throughout the session.
Please RSVP your attendance by email info@ccsam.ca.

Grand Beach Multi-Use Trail

With increasing demands for winter cycling trails, winter running trails and skijoring, Grand Beach Provincial Park has identified 5.9 kilometres of its existing trail system as Multi/Shared Use for the remainder of this winter season. Temporary signs have been installed at the trailhead.

Park staff plan to meet with user groups (including cross country skiers) later this year to conduct a full review of trail use, specific needs and best practices.

If you have any concerns or comments, related specifically to cross country skiing at Grand Beach and the sharing of trails with other user groups, please send them to the CCSAM Office info@ccsam.ca

Update: Riding Mountain ski trails

Thanks to Kurt Mazur for forwarding this article (below). Written by freelance writer Candy Irwin, it first appeared in the September 7th, 2012 issue of the South Mountain Press.

The bottom line:

  • Wasagaming trails will be groomed by Friends of Riding Mountain (includes: Campground, South Lake, connectors in town and our jackrabbit terrain park).
  • We’ve put forth a list of priority trails to RMNP for review. Volunteers propose to groom these trails once the park provides direction.

If you are a cross-country skier who, like many, prefer to ski on groomed trails, this article will put a smile on your face!  In view of the fact that Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) has been designated a 3-season park due to recent government cutbacks, a group of motivated volunteer organizers have decided to ‘step up to the plate’ to insure that enthusiasts can continue to enjoy RMNP in the winter.

On Wednesday, August 29th a Steering Committee meeting was convened and chaired by Greg Anderson, from the Elkhorn Resort.  Also present were George Hartlen, Friends of Riding Mountain National Park (Friends), Judy Snitynsky, Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette Constituency Executive Administrator representing MP Robert Sopuck, Kurt Mazur, organizer of the Jack Rabbit Ski Program, cottage owner Ed Mazur, area resident Bud Wilman, Tom Carberry from the Dauphin area, Tom and Ilse Ketelsen from the Rossburn area, and Jackie and Fred Goods representing the Westman Wilderness Society out of Brandon.  Also present were Richard Dupuis, Manager of Visitor Services for RMNP and Dale Wallis, Townsite Manager for RMNP.

The meeting began with an exchange of information to establish the facts necessary to move forward with a workable plan.  There are four ski trail groomers owned by RMNP and they will be made available to volunteers.  Chainsaw Certification would be preferable, and getting a course set up would be no problem, although much of the clearing work could be done with manual swede saws.  All volunteers are insured when working in RNMP once a Volunteer Agreement has been signed.

RMNP will have no staff available for backcountry services, like rescue services and first aid, but the absence of a Safety Specialist does not negate the responsibility of RMNP for the safety of visitors.  The R.C.M.P. and local Fire & Rescue groups can be relied on to assume some responsibility as well.  Parking lots at the trailheads will continue to be ploughed out, as always.

RMNP will continue to post ski trail information on their website for the public to access and so will Friends of RMNP, usually updated every Thursday throughout the winter.

Friends will oversee the packing, tracking and grooming of the Townsite and Campground classic and skate ski trails.  The lighting for evening skiing will remain in place.  Friends hopes to access grants, donations and sponsorships in order to hire someone on a contract basis, to ensure regular and consistent grooming of these popular trails. This will also ensure that the Jack Rabbit Ski Program, the RMNP Loppet and scheduled biathlon activities can go forward.

Once this information was shared, the Steering Committee decided to put forward a ‘wish list’ of the other most popular ski trails, which is as follows:  Beach Ridges, Hilton, Broadleaf, Edward Creek, Crawford, Deep Lake, Flat Lake, Compound Trail, Lake Catherine, South Lake, Grey Owl and Kinosao.  This list has been submitted to RMNP for risk assessment and their suggestions for which trails would be the most suitable for volunteers to sustain.  Trail grooming may involve mowing, repairs, tree removal and occasionally, re-routing as well as tracking.

The goal of this meeting is to move forward to meet the needs of ski trail users, namely families, seniors, competitive skiers as well as for young skier development.

If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, please email rmnpskitrails@gmail.com or call Greg Anderson on his cell at 204-782-0431.


Candy Irwin