Birds Hill Provincial Park

  • 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.

    • Yep. classic tracks looked amazing… I ended up trying to skate with the wrong wax and ended up fighting the suction factor.. I wish I would have gone classic today…

  • 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]

  • BHP trails were all nicely groomed today (Thursday), however high winds blew lots of debris into the classic tracks, and avoiding leaves, pine cones and sticks was tricky. The skate track looked fabulous.

  • 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]

  • Monday afternoon we skied Bluestem, Chickadee and Esker. Tracks were fast, firm and fabulous! Aside from a little leafy debris here and there, conditions were excellent…hope it lasts awhile!

  • Group Use trail and the groomed alcoves are excellent today. 10/10.

  • The GUR was freshly groomed and fast on Friday afternoon. Skating was the best it’s been all season

  • Skied Aspen trail this morning. Trail was perfectly groomed! A great ski was had by all.

  • 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]

  • Trails are all groomed. :)) Left the Park at 8pm. The skate trail looks flat and awesome. Nice work BHP staff.

  • Wednesday night we skied Esker and the north loop of Chickadee. Despite being ungroomed, tracks were still surprisingly good, even on Chickadee where we expected to see lots of footprints.

  • Message from Birds Hill Park District Manager:
    Please be advised the groomer is repaired, it’s anticipated that all trails will be groomed by the end of Thursday.

  • 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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