Chris Ashley

  • Just did 2 laps of the Group Use Road… In all honesty, I just shortened my glide and had a great time.. Yes its lumpy, yes there’s ruts. some places is like a washboard, but in other places along the edges its awesome… there are no bare spots on it at all.. the most rutted part is at the Chickadee lot entrance, once you get away from there its…[Read more]

  • Spruce Trail 5PM – Although the temperature said it was only +1, and no sun, the trail was very soft… especially where the snow was deeper.. as pointed out earlier there are some trail biscuits in the early going (within the first 1.5km or so) There is also heavy foot traffic in the early going that soon disappears in the first 1.5km.. There are…[Read more]

  • Skated Group Use at 530PM today.. actually reallllly good condition! The little skiff of snow we got seemed to fill in some of the cobblestone feel from early week. Minimal walking traffic! Track in the direct sun was very slow , once the sun got behind the trees, it got fast really quick! If we could keep the walkers off of there we could pull…[Read more]

  • Skated Group Use road this evening at about 540 for an hour. I don’t think the temp ever really got above zero for long today and the cloud rolled in and didn’t let anything get soft. The center is very very firm… and lumpy… the edges were more of a crust and actually nice, minus the deep sasquatch sized footprints.. I went CCW around.. from Ch…[Read more]

  • Double poled Bluestem from the hill.. fairly fast icy conditions til I hit the forested back part and then the snow slowed right down… Skate on GU road is good.. middle is firm, both edges are soft and slow. Lots of groups sledding with dogs on the trail… still lots of snow on the road.. really wish the park would consider regrooming it.. put…[Read more]

    • I was waiting for a token people-walking-on-trails in this post. Hopefully you were spared. I was not. Two walkers on Group Use.

      In my experience, at least half the time people seem to be sincerely unaware of their transgressing on ski trails. I think that there needs to be a lot more signage as I think people often enter the trails from places…[Read more]

      • I had 3.. and dogs.. I’ve just given up caring… the unfortunate thing is, that group use road still has a ton of snow on it, is actually in great condition, and could get regroomed a few more times… the park has seems to have just given up on it.. they groomed when there was hardly any snow at all, now there is twice as much, and they don’t…[Read more]

  • Bluestem mid afternoon.. very slushy in places kind of like a Sprite Slurpee.. in some places the mid section of the track is washing away. It was slow going… can only imagine how fast it is first thing in the morning! There were more people cycling on the main road than I saw skiing.

  • 8AM BHP Chickadee, Esker, Bluestem West, and Aspen. Temp was -18.. the freeze thaw is starting to take it’s toll… conditions vary from ice to hard pack with good kick still. Chickadee is probably in the worst shape of the bunch. Several icy patches early going… occasional patches of twigs/branches under the tracks, especially on Chickadee.…[Read more]

  • BHP Skate on Spruce Trail – Lots of hiking activity in the early portion of the trail… disappears as you get going.. it was firm and fast this morning, I can imagine as the day went on it got slower. Classic on Chickadee, Esker, Blue Stem , and Aspen… all good!! Hopefully we can get some more snow and get a few more weeks out of this.. end of…[Read more]

  • Conditions are great in the park.. I did Bluestem and Aspen this afternoon. Poling is a little soft in places.. didn’t notice anymore tree debris than any other time in park.. there are already significant foot prints on Aspen and Bluestem from people hiking… some of the prints are pretty deep.. someone else on Bluestem after the warming hut…[Read more]

    • Conditions were good on the Group Use but there were also footprints. I did talk to one person walking on the trail and they clearly had no idea it was a ski trail.

  • I was planning on going to Falcon Lake tomorrow, I emailed ahead and was told that Falcon did not get any snow either in the early week storm we got. Classic tracks are icy, skate is fast I was told. Just a heads up for anyone planning heading that direction…

  • There was a very light skiff of snow at BHP overnight.. skating was firm under the little bit of snow.. the classic tracks looked like they would be OK, any icy section at Chickadee lot looked to be covered up anywhere the group use road crossed them.. should be fast for anyone getting out before the snowstorm!! Come on 30cm!!!

  • Bluestem early afternoon from Chickadee.. variable conditions depending on how much sun was on the trails… varied from decent kick to skiing on a slurpee with nothing.. by the time I was about 2.5km from finishing I was strictly double poling in the slush… Also skated the Spruce trail for first time.. its still firm, but I had wrong wax so was…[Read more]

  • Classic on Bluestem great.. very good.. just watch your poles in the deep horse tracks in the middle… minor blown in sections leaving Chickadee..skate on group use road and new extensions also very good… 3 people trail running on Bluestem… at least they were off the groomed track on the side, but still… park could make a fortune off hiking…[Read more]

  • BHP amazing conditions… nice and fast too… and guess what.. people walking on Chickadee… I did hear a group talking about hiking on the trails and a skier intervened and politely noted that they shouldn’t be walking on the trails and they didn’t… too bad the couple pulling their child in the sled didn’t heat the speech…

  • Cold day at BHP, Chickadee, Esker, Aspen, tracks are so firm that nothing has really blown in!! Inconveniently no less than SIX people walking on the ski trails… I mentioned to 2 people with a dog that they weren’t supposed to be walking on the trails and I just got ignored… I later skied up right behind them on Chickadee and just shook my…[Read more]

    • When I arrived at Group Use parking lot this afternoon an off-leash dog growled, then ran at me. Its owner was skiing on Bluestem. I later encountered a walker on the Group Use Road. I explained that his footsteps damage the trail and that it is against park rules. He was receptive and apologetic. Shortly thereafter, from the Group Use Road…[Read more]

      • Hey Anthony, I sent Kurtis @BHP an email explaining the 6 I saw… the signage is pretty poor and not in immediate view that you aren’t supposed to be there.. there needs to be a larger one lower… and something else at the group use road/chickadee junction… I guess if 2 signs don’t stop ya, nothing will… I’d suspect of the park officials sat…[Read more]

        • You’re right, unless one has presence of mind to look for information, the signs are not (obnoxious) enough to get the attention of people. You’re also right that the infractions are so frequent that a lot of money could be collected in fines.

          • This was the first time Id actually encountered so many people on the trails.. I usually just read about it… 6 today plus what you saw…luckily its cold and the track is firmed up so much its not doing any damage… I guess today was national “walk on the ski trails day”

      • There is absolutely no enforcement of the so called ‘rules’ at any provincial park in regards to cross country ski trails. They seem to run a skeleton crew in winter which is unfortunate as it is a year round park. The conditions will likely get worse under the current government

  • Skied Chickadee and Esker at 8 this morning.. fresh grooming on all trails except Esker wasn’t groomed (Lime was)… Chickadee was fast even at -22… Esker definately slower without the grooming… Started doing Aspen but felt soft, not firmed up yet so hopped back on Chickadee back to the car… Seemed no one was on the group use road yet except…[Read more]

  • Birds Hill Park Chickadee, Esker, West Bluestem. LOTS of powdery snow out there.. right tracks have been skied in the most… left tracks have been used by one skier it seems, or not at all in places. Slow going with the cold and new snow… should be awesome in there once the park grooms.. Clipper on the way for Tuesday.. lets hope its a direct…[Read more]

  • Nice and fast conditions at the park today.. Did Lime, Esker, and West Bluestem… seems the melt that effected the city avoided the park! Big thanks to the groomer who has done an excellent job with very little to work with!

  • Birds Hill Park (Bluestem) still good… some thin spots top of lookout hill.. staying right is best for the downhill… very windy and blowing debris in the track..

  • Just got back from a loop of bluestem from chickadee parking lot… overall very good considering the lack of snow.. there’s the occasional weed poking through the track in places, but not an issue.. the downhill at the warming hut is thin for snow at the top.. best to keep right by the stairs.. its only the very top, then its OK.. group use road…[Read more]

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