Saturday afternoon the GUR was good and the other trails looked good. The main parking lot was full and people were jockeying for spaces like Walmart at Christmas. Do yourself a favour and use the overflow lot. You can pretend the walk in is your warm up
Birds Hill Park, all classic trails, Friday late morning to early afternoon, -14° to -9°, sunny, calm: A+.
Some of tracks have started to become a bit glazed, so consider using a grip wax that is one can warmer than the temperature.
On Friday around noon the GUR was good, but a bit icy, which is no surprise considering the temperature. Three joggers had run around it soon after it was groomed and maintained the correct social distancing to leave deep divots all the way across.
Chickadee was great and quite fast. Thanks to the park staff for grooming this late in the season
From Joanne Podolchuk, Park District Manager, Birds Hill Provincial Park on Thursday afternoon:
Ski trails have been groomed/track set today. Given the conditions, things turned out well.
Classic tracks and the group use road were in very good to excellent condition. However, almost immediately, there were boot prints on the perfectly groomed blue stem, chickadee and aspen trails, with some prints right in the tracks. I encountered 3 hikers on the bluestem and was told that they had looked online and found that particular trail…[Read more]
p.s. I received, what I thought was, a genuine apology.
Tuesday afternoon, skate track, -4C:
Some areas have packed new snow (Sunday evening’s snowfall), some areas have icy snow (Monday’s wind blowing away Sunday evening’s snowfall), and some areas have drifting (Monday’s wind blowing in Sunday evening’s snowfall).
From Al Stewart on Tuesday evening:
I skied Esker and Lime Kiln today at about 4pm and found the conditions to be very good. No ice, firm tracks and little debris. The recent fresh snow seems to have rejuvenated the trails. A very enjoyable ski using Rode Multi Violet kicker. Some other folks had Swix Blue and had good skis as well.
CLUBHOUSE CLOSED MARCH 17th. Trails Remain Open. https://www.ccsam.ca/windsor-park-nordic-centre-clubhouse-closes-march-17th-trails-remain-open/
Monday early afternoon – Grand Beach classic tracks had 2-3 cm of new snow, but were in very nice shape. Snow covered most of the debris and slowed us enough to make the most challenging hills less treacherous than usual. We had a great ski with the warm sun shining on us. There’s still plenty of snow…enjoy it while you can!
Monday afternoon, -7°, sunny.
Bluestem, north Chickadee, Aspen. The overnight snow (3+ cm) has further refreshed the tracks. As of mid afternoon, they had been nicely skied-in. Great tracks with beautiful soft cold snow.
On the other hand, after briefly checking the Group Use Road, I think a re-grooming would mix the loose new snow on top with…[Read more]
Theres more snow forecast for Tuesday night and all day Wed and wed night… I really hope they get out there and groom it… it will survive another few weeks for sure.. just gotta keep all the hack hikers off the GUR.. they are ultimately the ones that end it…
Monday 9PM- I found the classic tracks rather disappointing. No confident kick, and some railroading and wobbly. Hope they groom them soon.
I switched and enjoyed the skate ski more. The green glider worked well. Very sharp snow crystals haven’t turned into zillions of tiny ball bearings yet. Need more skate skiers to pack it down to make it…[Read more]
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