Many thanks to those who posted trail reports this winter! They were useful and enjoyable to read. See you all on the trails next winter. As for me, it’s dry land skiing on my Nordic Track until the snow falls again.
That’s it for the ski season. Time to put the skis into the rafters, clean up the roller skis and hope this pesky snow goes away so that the season can begin
Birds Hill Park, Group Use Road, Monday morning, 9:30 to 12:30, -1° to +4°, sunny.
At 11:00 a front end loader began plowing the road, starting where the road exits onto North Drive. When I left for home, the plow was proceeding west from the road’s intersection with the Chickadee trail. The road surface is now mainly a thin sheet of ice with a b…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Group Use Road, Friday afternoon, 1:00 to 4:00, -2°, sunny, windy.
The track was generally nicely softened from the strong sun. Icy in the few shaded areas. The overall speed of the track was similar to Monday … moderately fast.
In a handful of places on the road, the track has started to narrow. The first “asphalt barricade”…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Group Use Road (including the two new-for-2018 sections), Monday afternoon, 1:00 to 5:00, 0° to +1°. mainly sunny.
For the first time in two weeks, the skate track wasn’t ice-hard.
At 1:00, many parts were icy and some parts were soft enough for good lateral ski stability and balance.
At 5:00, many parts were still icy, m…[Read more]
From Steve Scoles on Saturday evening:
Crust skied at Birds Hill Park this morning. Fun, but not quite the epic crust conditions we have had in the past at BHP. Skied the Pope Hill area and north (never have been north of that area before and got lost for a bit!). Skied the Folk Fest area and then the beaches, lakes and lookout area. There were…[Read more]
Conditions today (Saturday) at Mount Evergreen continue to be excellent for skate (groomed on Friday) and very good for classic which has moderate rock hard tracks on the front 5.5 km of trails. As Joanne reported the Green Spruce system has not been groomed and skin skis worked well. There is a donation slot in the small building at the…[Read more]
Just did 2 laps of the Group Use Road… In all honesty, I just shortened my glide and had a great time.. Yes its lumpy, yes there’s ruts. some places is like a washboard, but in other places along the edges its awesome… there are no bare spots on it at all.. the most rutted part is at the Chickadee lot entrance, once you get away from there its…[Read more]
From Steve Scoles:
Went crust skiing at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening. The crust is not so good in most places, but found a few spots along treed areas that were fun. The St Boniface Golf Course had a few spots that were good. But in general, you have to find the spots and will find most spots breaking through. Also lots of very hard icy areas.…[Read more]
Wednesday afternoon, about -4C and sunny. We classic skied west Bluestem, part of Aspen and Chickadee. Let’s just say it’s still skiable….icy, shallow and hard, with exposed areas and turns deteriorating. We double-poled most of it. Chickadee was really poor (footprints and bare spots), and southwest Bluestem was the best. Had a short skate-ski…[Read more]
From Bert Graef on Tuesday:
Skated 2 loops of the group use trail in the late afternoon. Its very hard in the middle and v rutted, so I mostly kept to the lesser used sides. Its not bad, but would be much better if the park simply groomed it ONCE . We could then have great skiing since the weather is cold and the snow is not soft, EVEN IN THE…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Tuesday afternoon, -8° to -6°, sunny, light wind.
I did a crust skate ski today in a large area south of North Drive.
My crust ski was not “fabulous” like Corey Mohr’s report (on Lake Winnipeg near Camp Morton), but it was interesting and it had some highlights.
Last Friday I w…[Read more]
From Corey Mohr:
Today, April 2nd RMNP has good spring skiing (until the weather warms) and some sections are melting but the snow cover is fine. Trails are skier tracked as the park received some fresh snow since the last update. Skied on a Grey Owl and Katherine-Compound which were skier tracked and Cairns Cabin was totally tour skiing. Nice…[Read more]
From Joanne Sanders on Saturday evening:
Skied at Mount Evergreen in Kenora today. Main trails were groomed on Thursday, classic and skate. Classic was a bit icy, skate and classic were fast and pretty decent for this time of year. The Green spruce system was not groomed. We had poor grip with our wax, skin skis were working well. Skate skiers…[Read more]
Oak Meadow and Skaters Waltz skate trails skied very fast and fun this afternoon. Snow texture varied from fine granular to coarse grain depending on the section. We will see how the snow sets up overnight and may groom it again Saturday morning if the snow gets too hard.
With a skiff of new snow on the trails we renovated Oak Meadow and Skaters Waltz skate trails this morning with the Ginzu. One bare patch on the uphill to Sunshine Hill, but otherwise we still have a good base on those trails. We’ll ski the skate trails later this afternoon and report. We have no plans at this time to renovate the classic…[Read more]
From Bert Graef on Wednesday evening:
Still some good skiing on the skate trail. Leg power must be applied carefully, as surface is very hard and there are some deep ruts . Was a great evening, as wind had died down and wasn’t too terribly cold. Just wished the park would at least groom the trail, as these very expensive grooming machines are…[Read more]
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