Alison Steele

  • Wednesday afternoon, about -4C and sunny. We classic skied west Bluestem, part of Aspen and Chickadee. Let’s just say it’s still skiable….icy, shallow and hard, with exposed areas and turns deteriorating. We double-poled most of it. Chickadee was really poor (footprints and bare spots), and southwest Bluestem was the best. Had a short skate-ski…[Read more]

  • Wednesday evening 7:30, I skied Chickadee, parts of Bluestem and Aspen. Chickadee was iciest and fastest, but getting sloppy in places, and had many footprints near the parking lot. Aspen was still in decent shape, so was west Bluestem….better conditions than I expected, good snow cover and no bare patches. Saw 7 deer at the trailhead!

  • Late Monday morning Spruce trail was hard packed but softening in the sun. There is sufficient snow cover, but the south section nearest to the trailhead at Nimowin was in bad shape due to horse hooves leaving big divots and horsepoop melting the trail. The northern section was better, but snowmobiles have been on it, creating chunky areas. Still…[Read more]

  • Thursday afternoon we skied at Kildonan Golf Course. It had been recently groomed, and was in nice shape, although a little soft in places.

  • Early Saturday afternoon we classic skied most of the Grand Beach trails. The tracks were firm and fast, but the skate surface is thinning and starting to deteriorate in areas with sun exposure. We avoided the north Beaver Pond loop, as there was dirt showing through. It was a great ski, but more snow would improve conditions.

  • Great moonlit ski on Wednesday night! With -5C, fantastic glide and good kick, it was easy going. We found no evidence of the horse damage on Bluestem, and the return Esker hill was fast, soft and fun. Thanks to BHP park staff for a great job maintaining the trails this season!

  • Alison Steele posted an update in the group Group logo of SandilandsSandilands 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    We had glorious glide on Green, Grey and Purple today. There is plenty of snow, including some fresh stuff that made for safe downhills. The trails were well skied-in and in fabulous shape except for a flooded low-lying area along the green-purple trail, west of the new warming shack. Always a treat to ski at these beautiful hilly trails!

  • Friday afternoon we skijored and kick-sledded on the Spruce Trail. It had been recently groomed and was in pristine shape. With the warmth of the sun, the corduroy surface was the perfect softness for skate skiing, and we did not encounter any soft spots…..many thanks to the groomer!

  • Monday afternoon – we classic skied Seven Sisters and Pinawa’s Red trail. Both trails were in very nice condition with good glide and minimal debris….a great day to be out!

  • On Sunday we skijored and kick-sledded on the far loop of the Spruce trail. It had not been recently groomed, but was in fantastic shape for skate-skiing and sledding with a light layer of powdery snow. Many members of the Snow Motion group were also using the trail, and we were happy to see that there were no snowmobile tracks.

  • Alison Steele posted an update 9 months ago

    Feb 15-16 We classic and skate skied the beautiful, hilly trails at Falcon Ridge. Craig and Ryan had the trails groomed to perfection, including the High Lake crossing. We had a lovely stay at the Falcon Trails Resort….many thanks to Barb and Craig for their wonderful hospitality!

  • Saturday afternoon there were many skiers out enjoying the trails. Esker is also now groomed and in beautiful shape as are all classic trails. Lots of deer at Chickadee trailhead…..so tame! Friday afternoon we skijored and kick-sledded on the new Spruce trail. It was nicely groomed with just a few soft spots, and no snowmobile tracks. Kudos to…[Read more]

  • Fresh grooming early this afternoon on Chickadee and Bluestem…..excellent conditions! Group Use skate trail was pristine corduroy. Although we didn’t see the groomer, we assume he was completing the entire trail system.

  • We skied the lovely trails at Agassiz today (Sunday)…..it’s always a pleasure to ski these quiet trails in the woods. A little debris from wind in the evergreens, but otherwise the single set of tracks were well-skied in and in good shape. More snow there than in Winnipeg.

  • Thursday afternoon I skijored the north portion of the Spruce trail. With a dusting of new snow, it was nicely packed, with a few sticks poking through on the far northwest loop. I didn’t notice any signs discouraging motorized traffic, and there was evidence of snowmobiles in the last few days that had entered at the northwest corner of the park.…[Read more]

  • Thursday afternoon I enjoyed a classic ski at WPNC. The base is really well packed, but shallow and grassy in a few places…especially on the green trail. Seems lots of shoveling was done to cover bare patches, leaving uneven tracks. A good amount of the white stuff is needed to improve the fair conditions. Merry Christmas all….please add snow…[Read more]

  • Alison Steele posted an update 11 months ago

    We ski-jored and kick-sledded the south portion of the new Spruce trail this afternoon, and it was amazing! The wide corduroy surface was ideal to skate ski on, and had good traction for the dogs. There were a few spots where dirt had been churned up, but they were easy to avoid. This trail is a nice change of scenery from the Group Use…[Read more]

  • Monday morning 10:30, we were fortunate enough to follow the groomer on Bluestem from the stables to the tower where Kurtis and the groomer were talking. Thanks to park staff for a job well-done, and for listening to our request not to track the steep hill. It was a nice return ski on Chickadee and Aspen, where others had already skied on the new…[Read more]

    • The new Spruce trail, which was the north leg of the Tamarack snowmobiling trail prior to this winter, was also groomed today. It’s designated for dog sledding (which is a fairly rare activity in the park), with skate skiing, skijoring, and kick sledding also allowed on it. It’s an out-and-back trail that is ~5.5K long. See Birds Hill Park’s new…[Read more]

  • Sunday morning at Birds Hill Park, conditions were better than expected, although no machine track-setting has taken place. West Bluestem had one good skied-in track, with a few stems poking through on the southwest leg between the shack and Chickadee trailhead. Chickadee had a lot of walkers on it, and was worn thin in a few places. Aspen didn’t…[Read more]

  • Saturday night we skied Chickadee and part of Esker under a bright moon. The tracks varied from icy and shallow, to snowy but skied in. The tower hill down to Chickadee and Bluestem was glare ice, while the Esker hill had a good layer of new snow, making it easy to snowplow. Trails are fair, but very skiable….get out there while you still can!

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