Eric Sokolowski

  • Tony Shaw posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 5 months ago

    I’d like to echo what some have said from time to time: THANK YOU to the BHP trail groomers for an absolutely amazing ski season!!!!

  • So, me and the G-man started today at 9:30 Apr 12 at the stables parking lot. Skied east Bluestem to the lookout, Chick loop,and Esk back to the parking lot. The ski track was very melted and shrunken, with the base of the track collapsing under my skis from time to time. I had decent luck keeping one ski in a track and placing the other…[Read more]

  • Tuesday, 7:00 to 10:30 AM, -1° to +6°, sunny, Group Use Road, icy to moist, needles and other forest debris reappearing, hoof prints, foot prints, and a kick sledder’s track that sank as deep as 5 cm in many places. Overall, good skate skiing. The current very warm temperatures and forecast rain late this week will accelerate the melting, but I t…[Read more]

  • I was out at 7:20 a.m. Mon. -1c. Chickadee had lots of footprints so I turned around and did West Bluestem in reverse direction. Still in pretty good shape and icy/crusty at that time of day. Lots of double poling and a very satisfying ski with effortless glide.
    Good snow base so who knows how long it will last.

  • Great ski Saturday morning on Bluestem, Esker, Lime Kiln and Aspen! Conditions were firm and super-fast when we started, but softening by noon. Lots of skiers out there enjoying the beautiful sunny day, and possibly last classic outing. Hope it cools off enough so the trails will still be skiable!

  • Friday 6-9pm. Classic tracks good, icy and some side crust in sunny sections, hard snow in shaded. Red wax worked well over a 15 km ski. GUR skate track looked awesome. Not many people out at the best time of evening. Would have stayed longer to do some skate skiing after dark , but did not pack donuts and coffee. Dumb… Fail…

  • B&P posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Friday, mid/late-afternoon… classic tracks still excellent.
    Thanks park staff and groomers for such a great job!

    • We were out this morning and skied in beautiful weather on freshly groomed trails. I would also like to give a big thank you to BHP for making the decision to groom the trails even though there are melting temperatures in the days to come. It’s been a fantastic ski season at Birds Hill – partly due to the weather, partly due to the excellent and…[Read more]

  • friday 815 am start: lime kiln-esker-eastern aspen. very good to excellent conditions. tracks were impeccable and it was crisp and flowy. best time to go is the (early) morning. although snow coverage is plenty, the warm temps will be turning this into ‘mashed potatoes’ real soon. enjoy while you can !

  • From Syd Jones, Birds Hill Park’s Park Operations Supervisor, on Thursday afternoon:
    Looks like skiing isn’t over yet. The park staff have pulled out all the stops and made the trails a priority. Please come out and enjoy your long weekend on Birds Hills many trails.
    All trails have been groomed.

  • Thurs. 1:45 -2 c. Groomer heading east on Bluestem from Chick lot.Esker was not groomed as of 2:00.Did west Bluestem.Snow was a bit sticky, sometimes clumping a bit underfoot.Overall good and should set up well overnight.

  • According to a post in “A Cross Country Ski Club” Facebook group today at 1:00 PM:

    “Trails are groomed. From Chickadee lot; Chickadee, Aspen, GUR groomed, bluestem not yet. Roads bare pavement”

    • In addition, Someone in the “Grooming Reports” Facebook chat called the park around 12:30 park staff reported “trails are groomed”. They did not indicate to what extent.

  • Birds Hill Park, Monday afternoon, -8° to -5°.
    Bluestem, Chickadee, Aspen, Esker, Lime Kiln: 1 cm of fine grained snow fell on the trail system overnight, so the previously icy/ice tracks now have a nice soft surface. Glide is slower than it has been, but it is still good because the new snow is now well skied-in. We really enjoyed today’s s…[Read more]

    • Yes, quite the afternoon in BHP. Skate track glide improved a lot probably due to the snow filling in the pores made by all the suns rays and also covered all the dirty snow . West Bluestem was quick. East Bluestem and Aspen seen lots of weekend use and was worn in places. Probably last chance tomorrow for a good ski in BHP , before the…[Read more]

  • Spruce was in great condition today.

  • Saturday:
    The Group Use Road was very firm at 10:45 AM (-3°, sunny), and still quite firm at 2:45 (-1°, sunny). The surface was extremely flat/level, with some remnants of corduroy from Wednesday’s grooming visible on the edges. The two interior bays were not quite as good.

  • 830 am start time: bluestem-esker-aspen-lime kiln – early start to a long ski before it got warm and soft. folks it doesn’t get better than this ! all trails good. tracks starting to shallow out a bit (south side) but still lots of sidewall to justify getting out. lime kin especially stunning this morning. started fast and crisp and even later aro…[Read more]

  • From Kurt Penner:
    Skied Esker Friday 4pm. Fully groomed, no bare patches on the trail. A bit icy in places, especially closer to the start/end of trail, but still pretty good.

  • Friday 7-930PM. Tracks are holding up very well, but icy in most places. Definitely klister time.
    Did the double pole thing on skating skis, with occasional marathon skate on uphill sections. Worked out well. Skate track is hard . A bit slow by usual spring standards , but still very good . Probably will last til May at this rate of melt . Thnx…[Read more]

  • Friday afternoon (-3C) the Spruce trail was softening in the sun-drenched areas, and there’s a bare patch near the NW loop. Still good snow coverage and should be skiable for a while yet…enjoy!

    • I really enjoyed Esker this afternoon – it was glorious in the sunshine, and excellent grooming.

  • From Al Stewart on Thursday evening:
    A beauty of a day at Birds Hill Park. Lime Kiln and Esker had chiseled tracks this afternoon. Top notch grooming! Kudos to the BHP staff.

    • Agreed. Best conditions all year. Red wax worked well for grip today . Looking for purple klister that no one uses anymore and wants to get rid of. I need purple klister for the days ahead.
      ….skate on GUR was very good too. Can use skate skis and double pole on classic tracks .

  • From Syd Jones, Birds Hill Park’s Park Operations Supervisor, on Thursday morning:
    Despite the lack of snow, Victor was able to do a really nice job on the trails yesterday. Come out and enjoy Birds Hill Park.

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