Bert Graef

  • To whom it may concern . Please delete me from the group and these pages. I want nothing more to do with it. I tried my best to give up to date conditions ,especially to those folks heading out on the weekend, but since some are ungrateful and object to my reports and opinions on what has been a very difficult season. I am going my way, and…[Read more]

    • Dear Bert: I For one appreciate your ski reports and thank you for your perspective. Any report is better than none and most of the time useful. You cannot please everyone all of the time, and some people none of the time! That is reality. That being said, I don’t think most skiers have a problem with your ski reports, but may take issue with…[Read more]

  • Skate skied the Group use road in the afternoon. Was a fairly decent glide and trail is holding up well. Just a few parallel grooves and ridges to look out for. With no snow in the forecast, this is the best it will be for Christmas break. The classic trail running parallel to the skate trail looks good in most places.

  • Friday afternoon. The skate trail on the Group use road is very good. Even with the warm weather predicted, the snow pack is too dense and cold for any appreciable deterioration over the next few days. There is a fair classic trail running parallel to the skate trail also. Enjoy the weekend at BHP.

  • The classic trails are rough and not defined. The skate loop would be great if it were only groomed, or if more skaters would pack it down . Its rough slogging on the skate loop with 3-4 inches of unpacked snow. Come on BHP, get that machine out of the shed and do the skate loop at least.

  • Did a few laps on the Group use trail. Kind of hard going because of the tire tracks and softer lumpy snow in the middle. If the park would only pack down the snow by going it over several times with a vehicle and in the middle to pack it down, we would have a half decent skating track at least. Its not rocket science, but I guess no one really…[Read more]

    • Supposed to get 5-10cm tonite and tomorrow.. hopefully the wind stays somewhat light , probably gonna be alot of fluff that will just blow away into the bush…

  • Bert Graef posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 4 months ago

    The group use trail is skatable. I did almost 3 laps and had no problems. Icy subsurface makes it harder to plant poles, but its really not bad at all. Would be nice to get a few more skiers out to pack the surface and make it faster though.

  • Went to BHP yesterday to have a look around. The classic trails are not skiable yet. However the group use area has some snow on top of a rutted icy asphalt. The constant snow and ice and melting , missed with rain ,drizzle and thawing, have created a black ice foundation.. Some tire tracks and mainly an inch of snow is there. The asphalt is all…[Read more]

    • Well there is a special weather statement for upto 10cm of snow by Sunday… but the regular city forecast is saying 2cm… who knows.. at this rate by the time we get on our skis it will be time to pull the road bike out again!

      • I was biking on the trails until all the rain on Sunday night. I did see one happy fatbiker on the classic trails yesterday. . I think its possible to skate ski already, but have to be careful at first . If we just get one or two cm of snow in the park, I think it will be no problem to pack down a fair skate trail.

  • Bert Graef posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 year ago

    Friday evening 730-930pm
    A small amount of new snow gave a decent edge to the skis on the skate trail.
    Conditions are still very good and classic trails are still good, and not as icy.
    Things will hold up for a few days yet.
    North wind whistling through the pines and sunset made for a memorable evening .
    Overall I gave it a 9 out of 10..

  • Bert Graef posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 year ago

    Thursday evening 800-930pm
    Skate loop was hard and fast. Classic trails are icy and had an easy time just doublepoling.

  • Bert Graef posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 year ago

    Had a good evening ski until dark. Trails were much better than I thought. Used skate skis on classic trails ,doublepoling with occasional sideskating on uphill gradients. Still well defined track in most places . Skated on group use road . Not bad at all, just a very hard track. If temps stay cool will be good skiing here for a while yet.

  • Trails are all groomed. :)) Left the Park at 8pm. The skate trail looks flat and awesome. Nice work BHP staff.