Chris Ashley

  • Just skated tonite, still really good.. little icey in spots, getting wavey on the blue loop as the snow is thinning… grass patches to watch for at pump house, graveyard loop, and a patch of grass on the skate lane along archibald about 50 yard before the 2nd dip… Id start watching for cart path gravel to start poking through shortly…[Read more]

  • Chris Ashley posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 7 months ago

    Did bluestem this morning.. tracks are still excellent.. watch out for lots of pinecone debris especially in the first km or so of the trail.. I used skins on a compacted/ice mix and they worked out OK.. they were a little draggy at times, but I had the binding set forward..could probably back it off and got some more about the 7km mark…[Read more]

  • Grand Beach today was very good.. far end of Beaver is an offroad track basically with skier made tracks.. was kind of neat in the beginning, then I just wanted off of it.. lots of snow.. don’t bother skating.. very soft, and potted with footprints… my first time there, the only thing I could really complain about is the lack of trail signage…

  • Chris Ashley posted an update in the group Group logo of Windsor Park Nordic CentreWindsor Park Nordic Centre 8 months ago

    Skated WP this aft and its in great condition… enjoy the warmish weather while we’ve got it.. another cold snap coming Thursday…

  • Chris Ashley posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 8 months ago

    Like mentioned BHP was groomed…tracks are deep and firm.. snow is obviously pretty abrasive considering the temp and the new snow.. dress accordingly if heading out..Blue stem was great! Thanks BHP for the great job grooming!

  • Skate on Sat and Sun.. awesome conditions! A few thin spots but easily avoidable. Surprised how well its held up through the warm snap and lack of snow.

    • Also skated Windsor Saturday and Sunday! Agree with Chris’ comments. The recent snow(not very much) was indeed a help in allowing Jim to groom the skate paths more easily as showed early Saturday morning! Lots of fun skiing here this weekend.

  • Blue stem and Aspen this aft still holding up well… downhill is hard packed… some darker areas exposed on downhill I basically skidded around the corner to follow bluestem.. Aspen shows its wear in places… parking lot full, but Blue and Aspen were pretty quiet this afternoon.. lot half empty around 330 when I left.. park patrol sitting right…[Read more]

    • Kids and I skated GUR from 330-415. Saw 12 walkers in that time. Called Park Patrol who were responsive and came to GUR parking lot after my call. They were not there when we started our ski.

      The road is pretty beat up from today’s activity, primarily the round divots from the kick sledders. Still a pretty good ski though.

  • Skated BHP Group Use Road.. overall good.. it is hard packed and needs snow and a grooming for sure.. best part of the whole day was the park official at the Chickadee parking lot entry stopping you as you went in and asked if you were there to ski or walk…

    • The same could not be said for the Spruce trail regarding enforcement. 14 walkers encountered, 4 skiers, and lots of footprints. I called the Park office at the end of my ski, who said they would come. In the walker’s defence, the signage that the trail is for skiing/skijoring/dogsledding only is nearly nonexistent. This trail would benefit from t…[Read more]

  • Drove through St V park yesterday on the way home… lots of people out skiing, trails from what I could see from road side looked pretty thin and showed the lack of snow…

  • Birds Hill absolutely packed but no one hiking on trails!!! YAAY!!! Now we just need more snow.. My first classic ski of season as Ive been skating.. you can def tell the trail system has taken a beating and we need more snow.. for the most part OK, about 45 mins into my ski could feel things softening up. Need snow…

  • Drove through St Vital Park on way home..classic tracks were there, but blown in where its open…

  • City of Winnipeg webpage says city park trails are open.. don’t know if anyone can verify? Might stop by St Vital park on way home and take a peak.. also any updates on Grand Beach? The way that system was moving Grand Beach/Pinawa area should have been hammered hard…

  • BHP Skate on Group use Road… while as other posts have mentioned, for the lack of snow its actually good… minus the fact that I was out numbered by about 10 to 1 with the amount of people walking on the road.. conveniently right up the middle where the skate track is… some girl when I was leaving made a comment along the line “there are…[Read more]

    • Quite something how many walkers were there today. Call me a heretic, but I actually think one of the classic trails should be converted to a walking trail. There’s clearly sufficient demand, particularly this year when people are justifiably craving the outdoors.

      • Too me, it seems that the Group Use Road is the least “understood” to be a ski trail.. we are never going to get rid of people on there for sure, but if the park would put signs up saying hikers stay to the right or something.. I hope the classic trails don’t get hammered this year with walkers.. theres no classic track set so maybe I can see why…[Read more]

  • Can anyone comment on the La Salle river these days??

    • I’ve seen lots of ski activity on La Salle in my Strava feed. No personal experience but the photos and length of time skiing indicate good conditions.