Alison Steele

  • Classic trails were all groomed by 3:00 and were fast – they should set up nicely for the weekend. Sadly, there are a few areas beneath large evergreens with thin snow and grass showing through….wish we had more snow!

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    Feb 18 – we classic skied from Woodward’s to the hut, then did the Cottonwood. It was a cold sunny day, and with new snow in the tracks, it was slow going with some blown-in areas. Beautiful terrain that never disappoints – thanks to the dedicated folks that maintain these lovely trails!

  • Saturday morning – the Spruce trail had been beautifully groomed on Friday; however since then a vehicle has traveled along the entire length, creating tire grooves – some as deep as 3″. There’s also lots of tree debris from the high winds, but easy enough to avoid when skate skiing.

  • Sunday and Monday the classic tracks were in excellent shape with some new snow covering the trail debris. I heard that the Spruce trail did not get groomed on Friday.

  • Thursday morning Grand Beach classic tracks were slow with newer snow. We were nearly finished, and coming up the “cardiac hill” climb when the groomer came down the hill. Sure hope the groomer was able to smooth out the big divots caused by walkers at the beginning – looked rough for skating!

  • On Tuesday at noon our group skied all four amazing loops of this wonderful single classic trail system. Tracks are in great shape and so sheltered from the wind…..a perfect day to be out! Thanks to the Nilsson family for their excellent care and grooming – sure love these trails!

  • Friday at noon I skijored part of the Spruce Trail, and was happy to see it had been freshly groomed. It was a nice combed surface, perfect bite for skate-skiing, with just a few softer or leafy areas. It could still use more snow pack for this trail to be amazing; but it was a delightful ski; and my dogs loved it too! Many thanks to the groomer!

  • Tuesday at noon I skijored on the Spruce Trail. Unlike the rest of BHP ski trails, it wasn’t groomed last week and has lots of fluffy new snow. There’s too much loose snow for a decent skate-ski, but my enthusiastic dog was pulling at a fast pace, and I hardly used my legs. Dogsled teams are also enjoying this beautiful, quiet trail through the forest.

  • Monday afternoon we classic skied Chickadee and parts of Esker and Lime Kiln. There must have been many skiers out on the weekend, and conditions are better than expected. Lime Kiln was the best of the 3 with less stubble and a decent double track. Beware of the rocks on Chickadee’s downhill at the tower.

  • Wednesday night we skied Esker and the north loop of Chickadee. Despite being ungroomed, tracks were still surprisingly good, even on Chickadee where we expected to see lots of footprints.

  • We skijored and kick-sledded on the Spruce Trail on Friday afternoon. The trail was blown-in at the northwest loop, and generally chewed up by footprints, snowshoes and ski marks, but there’s a hard-packed base beneath the newest snow, and it was great for skijoring on this nice day.