Chris Ashley

  • Further to what Allan H posted skating on GUR.. ran into a group of 4 people walking on GUR who were also pushing large baby strollers, walking 4 across the skate lane… ran into them twice while doing this… finishing I ran into a group of 15-20 walking down the trail including a bunch of kids.. with the soft conditions its gonna leave alot of…[Read more]

  • BHP Sunday AM.. GUR skate.. I was outnumbered by the dog n ski crew by about 6:1 Still good out there, could def use a grooming on the skate track for sure… dunno why they don’t… Classic still excellent.. a little icier today from the use on the trail system.. still used skins and they worked great. Not sure how much snow we will get today or…[Read more]

  • BHP – Bluestem, Aspen, Esker – Fresh pow has been skied in on all trails… some limited icey sections..skins worked awesome today. Lookout hill is hard packed.. maybe walk it if you are nervous… A couple came off a nice hike on bluestem west as I was putting my boots on.. he wasn’t exactly a featherweight either so theres some nice boot prints…[Read more]

  • I emailed Joanne @ BHP about grooming the Group Use Road.. she said no grooming this week with the current conditions.. they are monitoring though and if there is a change that warrants grooming they will… classic tracks will be fast for sure with the cold temps…

  • Birds Hill Park 4-6PM +5C on the car… Did All of bluestem, parts of Chickadee and Aspen.. Skin skis.. in the sun, glide was awful.. trails that were in the shade were starting to speed up… but lots of portions where Id be on a quick section only to hit a brick wall in the wet snow.. Chickadee early going is very thin and the track is green to…[Read more]

    • Anita & I and a friend skied the entire classic trail system this morning. We all had exceptional grip and glide with skin skis. We knew that today’s melting would cause the entire trail system to become very icy. Classic on icy tracks is doable with skin skis or Blue (ice) klister, but it’s far safer and more fun for more people on re-groomed “su…[Read more]

      • Looks like some snow coming our way Sunday as well… I see 2-4 cm predicted on the Canadian stations and 6-12 on the American stations… and then like you said a considerable period of temps not above zero… we still may get a few good skiing weeks out of this!

  • Classic on Bluestem, Esker, and Lime… Blue from Chickadee Lot had alot of drifting, so I hopped into the Aspen track.. alot of debris on the early parts of Aspen/Bluestem.. gets to be a little less as you get more into the bush… All trails have debris, leaves, broken twigs etc… I had skin skis, I could imagine anyone with Klister would have…[Read more]

    • Yeah, I did use klister in the afternoon. Silver, and it worked quite well and didn’t grab any leaves or those deadly spruce cones.
      Towards evening I switched to blue under the heel, and worked ok. Purple klister would have been better, but I didn’t have any. After sunset tracks got harder and faster, and was mostly double poling except for…[Read more]

      • Yeah.. I think its supposed to hover around -1 most of the night but never go above that tomorrow and cloudy, but freezing rain or drizzle, possible snow showers in the aft .. who knows.. I look at 4 different forecasts and they all say something different.. all they have in common is that the temp drops in the aft and the wind picks up…

  • Skated tonite, wish I had done classic instead.. still good where the trails had been skied on, skate lane was very soft in places. Graveyard loop seems to have taken a detour where the old skate lane became the classic track now, and the skate track went into ungroomed territory for a short stretch… seemed like after Bonivital to Seine hadn’t…[Read more]

  • Saturday and Sunday Mid afternoon – Skate holding up nicely… classic you could see it looked like a slurpee in places.. Graveyard loop has a grass patch on the North side early going on the right side.. if you’re night skiing stay left.. slushy coming off blue oval to little dip to black diamond.. theres a dog bomb also on the 2nd uphill right…[Read more]

  • Anyone know if BHP got groomed in the hurricane.. can only imagine the drifting and debris in the tracks now… too bad since it the long weekend…

    • They were slated to be groomed again today according to the report. Maybe they cancelled it. Im not sure. They usually groom just before the weekend, but with all the wind,even if they did, there will be some damage.
      Murphys law regarding ski grooming is in full force this season, it seems.…[Read more]

  • A little bit of new snow in the freshly groomed tracks.. Bluestem was awesome this aft!

  • Classic Blue Stem and Esker – Tracks are very good.. East blue stem has the typical portions of debris in the track. West blue stem a little less used so not as fast..

  • Birds Hill got about 5cm of fresh snow overnight… intended on skating on GUR but it was super slow in the warm temps (and wrong wax)

  • BHP Awesome today.. great grooming..some debris especially Blue Stem east and some Lime as mentioned.. and BHP if you read these comments at all.. I personally want to say THANK YOU for having a park official in the Chickadee Lot today!

    • I counted at least 10 trail walkers pulling 6 sleds in my session from 3 to 6PM. The first was angry and confrontational when I merely pointed at the sign at the trailhead. The next 4 I didn’t bother with; 2 adults and two kids with sleds on chickadee between the GUR and Stables. Then another 2 adults with sled and dog on the same trail. At…[Read more]

  • BHP was great all weekend for classic and skate.. minus the 2 hacks that decided to walk right down the middle of the GUR today.. they saw me coming from several hundred meters away, I was up the middle, and I wasn’t moving…. they muttered something and I gave it right back to them to get off the groomed trails…

  • Chickadee, Esker, Lime Kiln, Bluestem from Lookout hill… for the most part very good.. chickadee of course sees the most abuse…. occasional short stretches of twigs / dirt.. 5cm of snow would fix it all…

  • Skate trail is hard packed/wind blown in places with the cooling temps (especially the North side) Occasional branch fragments from the wind, and lots of footprints conveniently right down the middle of the track especially on the North side… all it takes is for the park to hand out one of those $500 fines, and that’ll be the end of the hikers..…[Read more]

  • BHP skate is very good.. nice track up the middle… and yep.. there’s some footprints…. Was a constant light snow while I was there late afternoon…

    • Some nimrod had dumped a white plastic bag filled with dog poo on the skate track just by the small hill on the north side. Lucky I was climbing the hill instead of descending it. Would have been hard to see and avoid coming down the slope. These evil people really have a bone to pick with skiers, and need to be reported.

  • Skated Group Use Road this morning.. center is hardpacked now as mentioned, but I really had no issue on it.. only a few times where my ski got “loose” on the center section… dunno where the snow is they keep promising, but we really need it!

  • GUR today no issues really.. its becoming more like a hard packed side street more than anything now.. center section is pretty well flattened out… reminds me of spring conditions, minus all the deep footprints since theres really no snow to wreck… as I was leaving a couple showed up.. she was on her skis.. he was on his mountainbike… yep…

  • Group Use Road appeared to survive the warm(ish) temps today.. it was cooler out at the park than in the city and it was cloudy all afternoon… Looks like theres been alot of ski traffic (and hiking) traffic on the road… saw more people hiking on it than skiing… When I started at the Chickadee lot early this aft a family of 7 or so just came…[Read more]

    • I wish these walking morons would just leave the GUR alone. They can SEE the well defined ski pattern, but still INSIST on trampling all over it. It is all we have and still they have to DESTROY it. Just absolutely pathetic and mind boggling how people can be so ignorant. THERE ARE TONS OF PLACES TO HIKE, BUT THEY HAVE TO WALK ALL OVER THE ONLY…[Read more]

      • Yep.. the bad thing is around here for that road is the best conditions are actually mid march til its gone, and thats when the park stops grooming, then its just full on sidewalk..

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