The Sandilands Ski Club grooms 38K of classic ski trails in the Sandilands Provincial Forest.
The two major parking lots will be cleared regularly. These are located across highway 210 from the Marchand Wayside Park and at the Yellow trailhead on highway 404. The Black trailhead lot will not be cleared.
You can purchase an annual Sandilands Ski Club membership (season trail pass) on the Membership page at sandilands.ca.
If you are not a Sandilands Ski Club member, a $5 day pass (trail fee) must be purchased in Marchand at the General Store on Main Street opposite the Wilderness Gate Lodge.
Non-members (of a CCSAM club) must sign the registry located at the Marchand General Store prior to every outing. Skiers who have not signed in before skiing are considered unauthorized trail users. All skiers acknowledge the risks associated with skiing and assume all risks in their participation
Please enjoy our trails and thank you for your support!
Trails are skier tracked, for the most park. We parked on 404 and saw a set of tracks heading towards the main trail area. We stuck to the opposite side of the road, and tracked in Yellow (plus some side branches). Saw grouse, deer, purple finches, snow bunting, juncos, wolf tracks, a black-backed woodpecker… As we headed out on our second lap,…[Read more]
Sunday 11:30-2:30 – fabulous conditions for the first half of our ski, but then it got above zero and sunny; softening the trails and causing sticky snow to gather on the bottom of our skis. There was also slushy ice/water at Green trail’s low spot (west of the big shack) that was dicey to ski through – I got a booter! However, it was well worth…[Read more]
If we go earlier enough tomorrow morning to avoid plus temps, do you think it will be too icy on the Green, Grey, and Black hills?
Good question Kevin! I don’t have enough experience at Sandilands to know how it’ll set up overnight, but I would avoid the low (flooded) section on Green – it was already pretty wet by 1:30. We didn’t ski the Black loop, but another skier advised us to stay on Green instead as Black was getting too soft by noon. There were several walkers on the…[Read more]
The Sandilands Ski Club’s website showed that the following trails were groomed yesterday (Friday) and are in excellent shape: Purple Loop, Green Loop, Grey Loop, Grey Connector and Black. I couldn’t agree with them more as we had one of our best skiing days of the season.
Saturday evening skied from the Yellow parking lot the full loop of the Green trail. Clockwise is definitely the safer direction as you approach a very flooded icy patch at much lower speed. Thanks to the warning signs we were able to approach slow and “tiptoe” across it. Other than that there is some amount of debris most which are avoidable by…[Read more]
Just back from taking advantage of the extra daylight hour. Parked in yellow lot, skiied from there to new shelter on grey connector, then green clockwise back to yellow lot. Just under 11k. Tracks in good shape, very fast with an icy glaze. Very Minimal debris. No bare spots. 3 rather large deer. Bottoms are indeed icy but no worse than other…[Read more]
A centimeter of new snow covering Friday’s grooming made for an enjoyable ski. All trails (except the closed blue trail) have now been skied on making the tracks pretty well defined and in good shape. Beware of ice in low areas on the grey and green trails. You might want to walk down some hills which look to be too fast and icy for comfort.…[Read more]
From Darryl Hrechkosy:
Skied Sandilands on February 16. Was pleasantly surprised to find the trails recently tracked. Was one of the first skiers on the virgin tracks on the Red and Orange. Perfectly tracked and set up. Tracks slick and fast with very little debris. What a pleasure! There were some brief icy spots on the east Red Loop, but very…[Read more]
Skied the grey, to the connector, to the green on Sunday. There is some ice at the bottoms of trail system on the east side of the grey loop (well-marked at the top of the hills). An iced over section on the green required us to take our skis off and walk, but the rest of the trails were groomed, zippy, although with some tree debris. Bluebird…[Read more]
Skied the red, orange and finished off with the grey loop today. There is some ice in the bottoms of the trail system but for the most part it is a few short sections. The club has done an adequate job of marking the main areas of concern (thank you for that!). The worst ice is on the red, on the back side of the horse pond. This is a flat…[Read more]
Sandilands in very good shape. Did the yellow and green loops on Saturday afternoon. Yellow parking lot a tad derp for the minivan but we were able to park. Cars might consider the road instead. Nice traffic on the trails, everyone happy to be skiing in -5 temps in January! Worst part of the trail was an iced part, maybe 50 ft long on the green…[Read more]
Skied the grey trail this afternoon. I just wanted to warn everyone that there is a big sheet of ice near the bottom of one of the hills. You cannot see it at the top of the hill as there is a curve just before you hit the ice. Be very careful!!
11 Charleswood Ski Club members skied all the trails that had been groomed on Saturday. (See http://sandilands.ca/the-trails). 5 cm of new snow was on top of the grooming; it`s now been well skied-in. Many other people were also skiing. It was a very good day at Sandilands.
I’ve heard that Sandilands was groomed on Saturday.
http://sandilands.ca/the-trails/ wasn’t updated as of Saturday evening, but apparently the same trails were groomed as on January 10.
(i.e. The “north half” of Green wasn’t groomed.)
Sandilands was a popular place today! Lots of skiers enjoying the good conditions. Black, Grey and Connector were freshly groomed. Green has mostly not been regroomed since the last big snow, but it has been well-skied and the old tracks are holding up quite decently. There are two icy sections to keep an eye out for: the one on Green described…[Read more]
Wonderful conditions in Sandilands where there is more snow than in Winnipeg. We used our good skis on the Green and Black trails. The Black trail is in very good condition. The Green trail is in good condition with the exception of the portion from the main warming hut going east (left) to the green/black intersection. There is also a large…[Read more]