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.
Birds Hill Park, Saturday morning, -5° to +2°, cloudy.
Skate skiing on the Group Use Road, including the two interior add-on sections (which I had actually written-off two weeks ago).
It was badly rutted down the middle and there were lots of footprints (including a herd of animals), but an icy crust along the sides created very fast skiing and j…[Read more]
Friday night 7-9pm Conditions on skate loop were very good with rain and new snow mix from Thursday storm . If you are going Saturday , go in the morning for the best glide, before it gets too warm. Park road is dry and good for cycling or blading also . You can ski in morning and bike in afternoon.
Thanks to all the members who have been posting ski conditions: they have been very helpful. I was at Bird’s Hill today April 5/19 at noon. I skied the Bluestem start to finish. I was surprised that conditions were so good. The melted areas were easily side-stepped and the kick and glide were better than some skis in mid season. I used my “…[Read more]
April 5th. Not a bad day for my first skate ski at BHP – if it’s still going to snow, I might as well ski! 95% of the track was white & firm, very good condition. A handful of short sections were showing damp & thin, but no bare spots to speak of. The classic tracks looked done. Forecast rain & temps will probably finish the skate track too after…[Read more]
Thursday 3-5PM. Was out on skate loop during afternoon storm. There is 1.5 inches of moist new snow on trails and loop. Was fairly good glide during the storm , but snow got wetter and denser as afternoon progressed and glide got worse . In all, should still be very decent skate and classic skiing, if trails get packed down by more skiers and if…[Read more]
Monday evening 8-10pm
Skate track was fast and icy. It is holding up very well and nowhere near
melting as quickly as the loose snow elsewhere. I think that that the 2nd grooming after the big melt
of a few weeks ago, packed the snow down very well. Its probably still a foot deep in
most places, and will last for a long time yet, if temps remain…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Monday norning, -2° to +2°, sun and cloud.
When I arrived at the park and saw a few mm (not cm) of new snow, I knew that skate skiing on the Group Use Road was going to be slower than I anticipated. Initially, the new snow reduced glide only a bit and it may have slightly improved balance and control, but once the snow started t…[Read more]
We classic skied Aspen and Lime Kiln starting at 9:30 am Sunday morning. Both were a mix of icy/fast where double polling was the name of the game, and lightly dusted new snow. There were still many areas where we could still classic ski well with blue kick wax applied, especially on the extra loop of Lime Kiln. Unfortunately, some inconsiderate…[Read more]
Late morning Sunday, the GUR was fast and not icy at all. By about one PM it was beginning to get softer and skating was getting slower. There are still no bare spots. The parts of the classic trails that I could see appeared to be skiable but I didn’t see any classic skiers.
Friday evening 730-930pm
A small amount of new snow gave a decent edge to the skis on the skate trail.
Conditions are still very good and classic trails are still good, and not as icy.
Things will hold up for a few days yet.
North wind whistling through the pines and sunset made for a memorable evening .
Overall I gave it a 9 out of 10..
Thursday morning and early afternoon.
The Group Use Road still has full snow coverage and should still be skate skiable until next week. It`s also still more-or-less flat; the edge lanes are rippled from melting in many places, but it’s not really a big deal. More footprints, but it’s still not a major issue — we’ll see what happens this weekend.…[Read more]
Skated on the GUR late morning and found it quite icy to begin, so I cut onto Aspen for a few kilometers. By about noon, the road had softened somewhat and skating was fast. Still no bare spots and not too much damage from walkers.
BHP Skated 6 laps tonite… melting was minimal if any.. Skate track is packed and fast. Only 2 very short sections where the sun had got to it and softened it up.. other than that firm. Portions hard to edge.. sides are fast a little ripply at times but not an issue.. worst part is about a 200 meter section just before chickadee where people…[Read more]
Had a good evening ski until dark. Trails were much better than I thought. Used skate skis on classic trails ,doublepoling with occasional sideskating on uphill gradients. Still well defined track in most places . Skated on group use road . Not bad at all, just a very hard track. If temps stay cool will be good skiing here for a while yet.
Birds Hill Park, Sunday afternoon, -5° to -3°, sunny.
Bluestem, north Chickadee, Esker, Lime Kiln, Aspen.
The tracks were “solid icy” when we started at 1:00 and “soft icy” by the time we finished at 3:30.
Almost totally still clean — a few short areas of debris and a handful of places where dirt was showing.
Most of the track is still f…[Read more]
The track is flat, some light ripply feel on the outer edges… mostly animal tracks on there from skijoring, didn’t see any human footprints…the middle portion from people skiing yesterday didn’t melt so the “v” was frozen in places in the shade… definately fast.. if you have good balance you could really let it rip in there for sure…
Sunday PM, skated Group use road.. temp was still around -5 so hardpacked, rutted from the previous day of skating up the middle. Sides were best option in my opinion. Hard to get an edge at time.. if you have good balance, you will be cruising! Classic on Bluestem was a different stpry.. both tracks still defined, but soft and slushy in places..…[Read more]
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