Birds Hill Provincial Park

  • Saturday 330-730PM. Started off doing Lime Kiln trail ,used the short cut to Esker, and back on to Chickadee . Was fine , just some bare spots in places. Ranged from slightly spongy in sunny sections to hard in shade. Still fairly decent classic skiing. Used red/silver mix of klister which worked ok. Switched to skate near sundown, and the track…[Read more]

  • Saturday morning, -1° to +5°, sunny.

    Classic: Anita doesn’t have anything to add to Brent’s report. Interesting that she was skiing for two hours and didn’t even know he was skiing at the same time. She knows him extremely well.

    Skate: I counted skate skiers and lost count after 40. There were also a few skijorers and a couple was k…[Read more]

  • Skied all the classic trail Saturday morning. They are in great shape, still a lot of snow. The first part of Chickadee has a couple bare spots that are starting the creep across the trail. Otherwise only a handful of one leg lifts required.

  • good afternoon session doing some classic and skate. Park still has excellent trail conditions that will last all weekend. Some walkers were on trails, I guess they think skiing is over. Lots of snow in the park, and skate pack is fast close to zero. Best to go early mornings or evenings this weekend. Tshirt weather!

    • Seen very few skiers out this afternoon. Maybe 4 classic and 2 skaters in 2 hrs . A few more were out after work. These are very very good conditions if you have waxless skis or use klister. I am amazed that so few skiers come out when temps get above freezing. These are actually some of the best times to ski. Will the park and other non…[Read more]

  • Late Friday morning we skijored the Spruce Trail. With the temperature just above freezing, conditions ranged from very good to icy, depending on sun exposure. There is still a good base, and only a few bare spots along the edge. Hikers and fatbikers have left more prints near the south end of the trail.

  • B&P posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 2 days, 13 hours ago

    We skied Aspen this afternoon, after it was groomed – we thought it was great!
    GUR and the bays were all very nicely groomed for skate skiing.
    Had hoped to find more classic trails groomed tomorrow/Friday. Other trails still very ski-able.

  • From Melissa Bergen, A/Park District Manager, Birds Hill Provincial Park on Thursday afternoon:
    Our groomer went out this morning to try the trails and was unsuccessful. We started to groom Aspen and it was ruining the previous groom as there is just not enough snow. We retracted as best we could over that section, and no other grooming was…[Read more]

    • Lime Kiln and Esker were really fast this morning, then at 12:30 I skied Aspen after the groomer and a few skiers had been on it. Aspen was very good, but not as quick (slick) as the ungroomed trails. Spruce trail is ungroomed, but the groomed GUR had a few V’s on it. The sun and +5C this afternoon may end things soon, so get out & enjoy! Many…[Read more]

  • Groomer was out this morning but it was after my ski.

  • Ultra fast trails! We were night skiing last night and with the temp and the really quick trails, we could have stayed out there all night! Riding good skin skis, never a problem with grip on the tracks in any icy conditions! All the grip in the world. Enjoy speedy tracks and get your fill before the weekend for sure. Nice to see a bunch of…[Read more]

  • Night skied in BHP till around 9pm. Conditions are quite amazing even though trails havent been groomed. A mix of double poling and striding with some Rode light purple ( an amazing wax), worked well.. Would have stayed much longer, but food and energy ran out. The clear night before was pitch dark, but it seems when there is some overcast the…[Read more]

  • Blue Stem this afternoon was fastest it’s been all winter- last snow has melted into tracks and you can ice glide and double pole forever – Summit could use a groom as its getting scary – 90 degree turn in back half of blue stem is fairly crazy too

  • Late Wednesday morning classic trails were super-fast, but still holding up well. Esker hill was so much fun that we did it twice! Many skiers with big smiles – enjoy before the upcoming warm spell…

  • Skate skied the GUR late Tuesday afternoon and the skate track is near perfect right now! I would only suggest that if you’re moonlight skiing, to watch out for the glazed areas that are only slightly icy. Fast and very fun yesterday! I will definitely be going be going back tonight to classic ski as well as the trails are in awesome condition…[Read more]

  • Tuesday morning, 1° to 2°, sunny.

    Classic — Aspen, Chickadee, west Bluestem: The well-formed tracks were snow, not icy, and the snow was much colder than the air temp.
    Skate — Group Use Road, including the two interior bays: The centre of the road was very firm (and fast), but the snow surface was soft enough to edge in and push off f…[Read more]

  • Sunday 4 P.M. classic west bluestem was very good thanks to the new snow.No bare spots and very little debris.

  • Anyone skated the GUR at Birds Hill recently?

    • quite a few skiers out in the GUR today, the fresh snow had been worked in. Only the odd slip on the ice below where it hadn’t been skied in yet, it was a bit slow -16C when I was there

  • Did bluestem this morning.. tracks are still excellent.. watch out for lots of pinecone debris especially in the first km or so of the trail.. I used skins on a compacted/ice mix and they worked out OK.. they were a little draggy at times, but I had the binding set forward..could probably back it off and got some more glide..at about the 7km mark…[Read more]

  • Excellent conditions this afternoon in BHP. A light dusting of snow made the icy tracks less slippery, although they are still a bit glazed in some areas . The skate track looks perfect . Full moon makes for great evening skiing. Enjoy while it lasts.

  • Aspen was extremely fast yesterday! 4:36/km yesterday on average over 7 km and that’s also using skin skis. I didn’t have one problem with grip yesterday on the skins, which doesn’t come as a surprise. The only time i have any issue with skins, are conditions with freshly fallen snow. Fast fast fast conditions out there and you don’t want to…[Read more]

  • The GUR was icy in places and fast. Poling was easy, but planting a ski was often a challenge.

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