Birds Hill Park has 38K of classic trails. The Group Use #1 Road loop (5.2K) plus two new-in-December-2017 additions (~2K) and the new-in-December-2017 out-and-back Spruce trail (~5.5K) are groomed for skate skiing and skijoring (and kick sledding … and dog sledding on the Spruce trail).
Please do not ski on trails that are designated for other uses. Skiing on horse, snowmobile, and walking trails does not have the same negative impact as horses, snowmobiles, ATVs, and walkers have on ski trails, but it does add to the level of conflict between different users.
There is a warm-up building at the stable area that is available for park users during regular park hours — it has a common area and two wheelchair-accessible washrooms / change rooms, and there are some vending machines.
Birds Hill Park’s new (2018-2019) District Park Supervisor is Joanne Podolchuk (Joanne.Podolchuk@gov.mb.ca 204-654-6730).
There are signs at the Chickadee and Riding Stables trailheads that inform park users that groomed ski trails are for cross country skiing only.
Birds Hill Park Patrol: 204-792-1849
Trail Conditions reported by Manitoba Parks.
See below for reports submitted by skiers.
Skated BHP and Classic this morning. The skate lane is hard packed with a very thin skiff of fresh snow on it still from the other day. Conditions were pretty quick. Only a few spots where couldnt get an edge to push off… Classic did 2 X bluestem… conditions varied from good kick n glide to ice and double pole, debris is hit and miss as…[Read more]
On Sunday afternoon the GUR was starting to get softer and squeakier, but skating was still moderately fast and there are no bare spots. We should have two or three days left.
I was expecting icy sugary conditions but was met with a layer of fresh snow.. I got a 2 lap shoulder workout… tomorrow AM will be rocket fast with the -8 overnight low…
I’m willing to bet that we have more than 2 or 3 days, even with +7/+8/+9 temps and sunny. Packed snow melts slowly and there’s a quite a bit of it on those trails.
Lime Kiln, Esker and Blue Stem are in near perfect condition with only the odd leaf in the tracks.
Skied Lime Kiln, Chickadee , and Bluestem. Great conditions. Avoided all the discouraging debris on the first few hundred meters of the Chickadee trailhead by using other trails to bypass the initial mess, or by going the wrong way for a while . The evenings are absolutely perfect time to ski . No traffic or crowds at all. A small smattering…[Read more]
Friday afternoon, -3°, cloudy.
Skate Ski on the Group Use Road, including the two optional loops.
Very nicely groomed, perfectly firm track, and nice snow consistency, but the track is littered with forest debris in a number of places from yesterday’s strong winds, and the snow is dirty (pine needles) in many places, which makes it slower than…[Read more]
From Corey Mohr:
Excellent spring skiing! I classic skied both Aspen and Bluestem tonight (Thursday) at -3C. Three blow downs of some older poplars were across the trails but you could ski around. With the high winds there is a fair amount of debris, etc. I used skins but could have used a blue or violet hard wax. Nothing is transformed, some…[Read more]
Wednesday late morning to early afternoon, -5° to -3°, partly sunny.
The classic tracks were much slicker than yesterday, so we needed one grip wax warmer (-0° to -1°). They will be icy after refreezing … except that they’re forecast to be refreshed with ~5cm of wet snow tonight.
Tuesday morning. -6° to -5°, sunny, very windy.
Classic — Bluestem, Chickadee, Esker west of Chickadee: Perfectly formed, very firm tracks with occasional sections of pine cones and other forest material that sometimes stuck to Anita’s -1° to -2° grip wax. The tracks will possibly be glazed by tomorrow, which will neccessiate and even sti…[Read more]
Skied the Esker/Yellow Ridge and Lime Kilm yesterday around 5:00 pm. The trails were nicely groomed.Hard packed and fast. Great fun>. Unfortunately, someone decided to enter the Lime Kilm with a snowmobile and destroy part of the trail as you enter the forest after the non-tree/open area. This extends up to a least the junction were you have the…[Read more]
We skijored and kick-sledded on the Spruce Trail on Friday afternoon. The trail was blown-in at the northwest loop, and generally chewed up by footprints, snowshoes and ski marks, but there’s a hard-packed base beneath the newest snow, and it was great for skijoring on this nice day.
We skied parts of Chickadee, Esker and west Bluestem Thursday afternoon. There is lots of blown-in snow in open areas, but some intrepid souls have skied through the drifts, setting decent tracks. Still good skiing in spite of not being groomed…..well skied in.
From Joanne Podolchuk, Park District Manager, Birds Hill Provincial Park:
Please be advised that our groomer is currently down for repair. Grooming of ski trails in Birds Hill will unfortunately not happen this week. We anticipate grooming to resume next week.
They should have a back up plan when that groomer breaks down (which seems to be a regular occurrence these days). Perhaps a grooming device that hooks up to a skidoo?
I just hope they keep grooming this year despite the anticipated warming temps next week.. last year as soon as it warmed up, they quit grooming and we were still skiing on the group use road for a month after the fact.. lots of snow this year…
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