Alison Steele

  • Alison Steele posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 2 months ago

    Friday morning – overcast with frosty trees…so pretty! Bluestem was firm, fast and a bit icy when starting out from the ranch, but softening and slower on the return, with the sun appearing. It seemed the worst part was the windy section between the stables and the tower as the crisp sides were grabbing my wide boots. Many skiers starting out…[Read more]

  • Thursday late morning the classic trails were well skied-in, and still firm but not icy with last night’s snow. I had great glide and kick on skin skis, yet my ski buddy struggled with no kick (-3 to 0 wax). Many human footprints on Chickadee, but overall very good conditions. If everyone can stay off the tracks during the warm afternoons, there…[Read more]

  • Lime Kiln early Monday afternoon – double tracks were wide and a bit sloppy with all the recent skiers that had been on it. Despite the lack of grooming, we had good glide and it was a beautiful day to be outside. Once again those cursed snowmobilers had crossed the trail in several places.

  • Monday afternoon we skied Lime Kiln. The weekend skiers did a fine job of setting tracks in the new snow, and conditions were good.

  • Skied Bluestem this morning, and it was in even better shape than Wednesday. They regroomed the south section that had been blown in…thanks to park staff for doing that! Many smiling skiers coming off the trails, including ourselves.

  • Great conditions on Bluestem Wednesday afternoon; although the south section from Chickadee to the stables was very blown in and drifted, so we hopped over to return on Aspen. Lots of deer and skiers enjoying the milder day.

  • 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.

  • Alison Steele posted an update in the group Group logo of PinawaPinawa 4 months, 1 week ago

    Fabulous classic ski on the Red trail today! With about an inch of sparkly new snow from yesterday, the skate deck looked soft, but a few classic skiers had skied ahead of us, making it the best ski of the season. Had a great chat with an interesting local fellow, and saw many deer. As usual, it was well worth the drive to Pinawa, and we are…[Read more]

  • We classic skied Kildonan Park and golf course on Wednesday morning. Seems like it hasn’t been groomed for a while and the golf course isn’t great – many blown-in sections and wonky tracks. The park’s tracks were more defined and in better shape. Just wish there were less roads to cross in the park. However it was a nice day with gentle snow falling.

  • Monday at lunchtime we skied Esker and north Chickadee. With at least 3″ of new snow, it was slow and a bit sloppy, but well skied in. There were several young skiers on today’s trails and plenty of families out enjoying the sleigh rides. About an inch of snow fell while we skied, and it was still coming down when we left at 1:00ish.

  • Alison Steele posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 5 months ago

    Thursday early afternoon we skied west Bluestem, most of Chickadee and the west half of Esker. There is nearly 3″ of soft fluffy new snow (thanks Santa for the early gift!), but all classic tracks had been skied in. A bit slow, but very enjoyable on a beautiful day. Esker had seen the most traffic

  • Alison Steele posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 5 months ago

    Sunday 2-4pm, we skied most of Aspen, Chickadee and Esker. This morning’s snow has covered most of the debris, and the classic tracks are well skied in, but soft. We didn’t see any film crews at the stables today, but it was very busy with sleigh ride groups.

  • Monday at lunchtime we skied Bluestem from the stables. Bluestem had a lot of debris, especially in the areas with aspen/poplar/evergreen trees. The parking lot was a busy place with film crews shooting a movie; however it was nice and quiet on the trail.

  • Thursday at noonish we skied Lime Kiln. It was similar to spring conditions, with thin sections from yesterday’s melt. It was icy, firm and fast; but skiable if you don’t mind hopping out of the tracks often to avoid debris, grass, rocks and churned up mud. The worst parts were nearer the stables, the optional loop, and just past the shack. We…[Read more]

  • Alison Steele posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 6 months ago

    Skijored part of Spruce early Saturday afternoon; -3C and sunny. Happy to report the Spruce trail has been groomed and has a beautiful corduroy surface…very good skate ski conditions!

    • Alison, “very good skate ski conditions” means there is minimal risk of skiing over a rock or gravel, correct?

      • Yes Kevin – to elaborate, the snow base is deep/firm enough that I didn’t encounter any rocks or gravel. There are some leafy patches, but the wide trail makes it easy enough to avoid the bad spots. I recommend checking it out!

        • I skate skied Spruce on Monday afternoon, but only because Anita’s dog walking group started from the Nimowin parking lot. I don’t agree with “very good skate ski conditions”. My opinion is: equal portions of good and fair, a few sections of poor, and the eastern half of the loop at the far end was excellent (~300m). In particular, the trail…[Read more]

  • We skied Bluestem early Tuesday afternoon. The tracks are sloppy from so much use, especially on corners and hills, but it’s still very good skiing. Let’s all do the snow dance, and hope for no rain!

  • Saturday afternoon we classic skied at Larters. Trails had been recently groomed, but tracks were very shallow due to the minimal snow base. Then we drove up to Petersfield to ski the trails on Netley Creek. Classic tracks vary from excellent to non-existent as there is so much (friendly) traffic on the waterway (snowmobiles, quads, trucks,…[Read more]

  • Thanks to the groomer for the excellent fresh grooming on Spruce. Conditions were optimal for skijoring with my dog Friday morning.

  • Saturday morning – had a fabulous ski on Lime Kiln and Esker…conditions are very good, even though the trails are well-used….busy place!! Thanks to Park Staff for the extra signage at park gates and trailheads telling hikers which trails are designated for walking. We only saw one hiker, but she kept off the ski tracks.

  • Monday afternoon we classic skied parts of Aspen, Chickadee, and Esker. All the classic trails had been packed but only skier tracked. When we left at 4:00, GUR skate trail had not been packed, so I assume the same for Spruce trail. There are many people out walking, especially near the Chickadee trailhead. We found Esker to be decent, and Lime…[Read more]