I agree with Angela’s comments. I have never seen so much debris (pine needles) on the ski trail. I found it nearly impossible to ski in the tracks and wound up skiing out of the tracks instead. A beautiful day but fresh snowfall is the only cure for better conditions.
Park’s staff advise that trails were actually groomed today (Thursday) contrary to what the weekly Trail Grooming Report states and are in good condition. Also, a heads up there will be a group of children (100+) out on March 5 for a “ski day”.
We classic skied at GB early Saturday afternoon. Tracks were good with about an inch of fresh snow that has been well skied in. The skate area was soft and uneven, with ridges, humps and rough patches, especially on the north Beaver loop. I found a red dog’s bootie on the trail that I forgot to leave at the trailhead – please comment to this…[Read more]
Conditions leave a lot to be desired. 3ish cm of fresh snow. Skating would be miserable as the snow in the skate lane is much deeper than what was in the classic tracks. Skate lane also has some deep tracks and mounds (perhaps from the recent mechanical failure) which made the descents a bit dicey. Poling for Classic was often soft and…[Read more]
From Corey Mohr:
I classic skied Grand Beach on Friday. It was a combination of skier tracks, tilted/packed sections and groomed tracks. The Park staff mentioned, as Floyd said, they had a mechanical with the equipment and hope to groom Monday or Tuesday. Jack Pine Trail has the longest uninterrupted classic tracks.
Park staff advised that the trails are not groomed for this weekend. They went out yesterday to groom and broke down in the trails. They had to go and pull the groomer and the track setter back which also damaged parts of the existing trails.
Skied both classic and skate Sunday morning at GB. Classic tracks were excellent, but the skate surface is a bit soft, and hiker’s footprints have pitted the trails closest to the south parking lot. Plenty of snow, lots of people out fatbiking and skiing, and the soft snow was great for those steep downhills!
Skied Grand Beach today. The trails are in excellent condition. Classic tracks are deep and firm. The far eastern segment of the Beaver Pond trail though is not recommended with good skis until one more snow fall… from the creek on there is mud and gravel in the tracks pretty much all the way until you get back to the main trail. Thanks park…[Read more]
All ski trails at Grand Beach are groomed as of today and are in very good condition. Happy Skiing.
15 members of the Charleswood Ski Club classic skied Grand Beach on Saturday. -6° to -9°. Slightly transformed snow from Thursday’s melt. We had good grip with a -3° to -7° old snow wax.
The tracks are well-formed throughout the trail system, but snow coverage is very thin in many places. There are dozens of short sections where the track is dar…[Read more]
The trails were in fair shape as there are numerous exposed dirt/sand areas, all of which can be avoided and also the occasional rock poking thru. You can have a very enjoyable ski as long as you take your rock skis.
From Facebook on Thu Jan 3 afternoon:
“Grand Beach is groomed! A few sketchy spots where we could use some more snow but otherwise fast and fun as always.” (photos too)
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