Grand Beach Provincial Park has 18K of trails that are groomed for both classic skiing and skate skiing.
New in 2020, 6K of the trails are now shared use with fatbiking, snowshoeing, and walking. Trails Map
Fatbiking with appropriately low tire pressure and snowshoeing have minimal negative impact on a skate ski track. However, walking on a skate track often damages it if walkers aren’t single file on the edge that is opposite from the classic track.
Grand Beach Provincial Park staff have faced many challenges in 2022. Four seasonal (summer) staff positions were vacant. High water levels on Lake Winnipeg created major challenges on the beach that consumed much staff time. Several signs have gone missing in the past year. They will be reprinted. Reports of missing signage are welcome from skiers and the public, so the park can try to stay ahead of this issue this year.
Park management has looked into obtaining new ski trail grooming equipment, but they were told by suppliers that there won’t be any grooming equipment available for purchase until 2024. Once availability and price are confirmed, the park will put in a request for the purchase approval. In the interim, staff are working on the old grooming equipment to make sure it is in as good condition as possible
Grand Beach’s Park Manager is firstname.lastname@example.org 204-754-5040.
Trail Conditions (interactive map, updated in real time) reported by Manitoba Parks.
See below for reports submitted by skiers.
From Edward Zwingerman on Saturday afternoon:
Skied Beaver, Squirrel and Boulder today. Snow conditions were ideal even though there has not been grooming for a while. Classic skiing trails were fast but the skate skiing looked pretty rough. The Beaver trail after the hut wasn’t great and a sign at the end of the trail says it’s closed? Everyone…[Read more]
Grand Beach has received just a bit of snow since the last grooming, but plenty of folks were out skiing it down today. The snow was fast and the classic tracks are holding up well. The classic grooming is much improved since our last visit. It was all nice smooth curves, with none of those sharp zigs that suddenly kick you off to the side that I…[Read more]
Fresh grooming Thursday, Feb 24th reported by the Province.
Skied the fresh powder at Grand Beach Sat afternoon. Thursday’s grooming is pretty much buried. It’s been a real challenge for the groomers to trade to keep up this year
Lots of snow but no grooming on any trails. I broke trail today on the Lester Beach access trail. Beaver trail to the pond has no ski tracks. Hope the groomer gets fixed soon!
Great ski today! Everything is in decent condition but a few CMS of fresh snow on the skate sections. Beaver pond is only groomed up to the hut at the pond. Skiers have tracked it after that. Thank you trail Blazers!!
From Ed Zingerman on Saturday evening:
Skied Beaver, Squirrel, and Boulder. Lots of fluffy snow. Not recently groomed, skier tracked but with lots of traffic conditions very good for classic. Not great for skate skiers. Hills were great with powder conditions. North part of Beaver closed past the hut but some skiers have been on it. All in all…[Read more]
From Mark Sinclair, Grand Beach Park Manager, on Saturday afternoon:
Our groomer broke down while grooming on Friday.
A minimal amount of trails were groomed.
Hopefully we can have it up and running early this coming week.
Lots of snow on top of Thursday’s grooming but there is now a well skied in skier track.
Classic skied GB on Monday and agree with Andy’s report. Just want to add that the Beaver Pond trail is only groomed up to the north warming hut (which is closed due to covid), where the groomer made a loop around the hut and went back the way he came.
From Andy Dwilow on Sunday afternoon:
Classic skied Grand Beach today. The single classic track was chiselled, firm, and fast – excellent! Terrain and course layout – world class!
The skate ski lane was, for the most part, soft, rutted, and uneven, with periodic areas of something pink (engine or hydraulic oil?) on it – poor! Interestingly, I…[Read more]
The day has finally come. Grand has been groomed and has tons of snow. Very good conditions !
There had been about 3 inches of fresh snow on the well groomed track. Slow going but beautiful.
Skied Grand beach this afternoon. Excellent classic track. It took about 15-20 minutes till my fingers warmed up and then was excellent. There s a skate track but no tracks on it, classic was fun. Thanks to the groomers
We drove out from Winnipeg only to discover that the Grand Beach trails still haven’t been groomed after the latest dump of snow. The Squirrel/Beaver trail was skier tracked.
Disappointed that this potentially world class ski area is so poorly maintained in terms of grooming.
A friend and I skied from Lester Beach to squirrel trail and back today. Lots of snow, very slow but no debris at all. Excited for the groomer to go through again! Does anyone else think the trail closed sign at beaver pond should be at the beginning of the trail and not at the end? Maybe they won’t need to close it at all this year.
From Mark Sinclair, Grand Beach Park Manager, on Thursday at noon:
Grand Beach ski trails have been cleaned and are groomed with a minimal snow cover.
We need to get a good snowfall before they will be in great shape.
Have a happy holiday season.
A light snow has improved the Grand Beach classic ski track. Still early season ski conditions.
The skate ski base looks soft and there is still some debris on it but people were still out skate skiing. Also the odd footprint has brought debris, sand or stones within eyesight.
One more snow and grooming should again improve the ski trail…[Read more]
Skied Grand Beach today. Parts of beaver, squirrel, and boulder. Surprised how skiable the track actually was. Not machine groomed but the skiier groomed track was fair with some debris but no real rocks exposed. The debris didn’t stick to my skiis like in the warmer weather. The beaver pond part of the beaver trail was closed. We did the classic…[Read more]
Did I have fun at Grand Beach yesterday? Yes. Is the skiing here an absolute gong show right now? Also yes.
In my view, recent reports underestimate the amount of debris on the trails. Twigs and needles are pretty much constant; branches and logs are regular. We are going to need a LOT more snow to bury this stuff deep enough that it won’t just b…[Read more]
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