Gary Wickens

  • Gary Wickens posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 week ago

    The 3 classic trails that have been groomed continue to provide excellent skiing at BHP. Firm tracks with very little debris. Thanks to BHP for deploying the snowmobile based grooming equipment in the absence of the PistenBully. As we know , the PistenBully makes durable tracks that are second to none but under low snow conditions , the snowmobile…[Read more]

    • I have been advocating for years for the use of light equipment in early season and low snow conditions. It is clear that great trails can be made with light equipment. Having multiple tools for different conditions is the best.
      I agree a this should be permanent tool for grooming options.

      Thanks again parks

    • I agree! Great idea to throw to the parks staff.

  • Road Conditions Report
    I went out at 11 on Fri. to participate in the trail breaking but unfortunately the roads in BHP haven’t been plowed. I went in from the East Gate and around the corner from the stop sign. I soon came upon a guy who was stuck and being pulled out by a tractor from the ranch. That was it for me.
    My advice to fellow skiers is…[Read more]

    • Getting in from the Hwy 59 entrance was better, but snowy single-track. Some small cars had made it in to Chickadee. I was surprised to find the roads uncleared. They were doing some plowing as we left this afternoon.

  • Sun. a.m. update. 8:30 plus 2. Tracks and trail surface still frozen. Starting to soften up by 9:30.
    Did E. Aspen from Chickadee lot to crossover to E. Bluestem. First 300 m had walkers but thinned out after. Good double poling. W.Bluestem even better.
    Plus 10 this afternoon. Good time to stay home to watch the Back 9 of the Masters – the best…[Read more]

  • Went Fri. 8:30 a.m. -2. Aspen from Chickadee parking lot to crossover to Bluestem. East Bluestem to tower back to parking lot via incoming Chickadee. Trail surface was still frozen from overnight. Only a few skiers had been ahead of me on Bluestem. Could use some more to help work in the tracks .
    Who knows how long this will last as there’s a good…[Read more]

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

    BHP trails [Aspen,Bluestem] still a go as of this a.m. if you like high speed double poling on ice[which I do]. Not sure what tomorrow will bring though. Best track is on West Bluestem followed by East Bluestem and Aspen from Chickadee to stable.

  • Gary Wickens posted an update 8 months ago

    Was at BHP at 7:25 this a.m. -1 with a skiff of snow on the icy tracks. Made for a bit of kick to go with the glide on Aspen and Bluestem. Both trails have gotten progressively better this past week due to skier traffic. Unfortunately walker traffic has had the opposite impact. They have moved from Chickadee onto East Aspen and Bluestem. New use…[Read more]

  • Wed. 10:30 a.m. Some of the classic trails groomed ! Aspen , Chickadee and Bluestem at least 1 track on each by snowmobile with 4 ft. leveller and light weight track setter. Thank you groomer!!
    Not sure about Esker and Lime Kiln [didn’t appear to be groomed from the restaurant ] and definitely no grooming on GUR.
    Anyway we had an excellent ski…[Read more]

    • Classic trails were both spongy in places and moist- icy around 6 pm . Borderline klister conditions. Didnt want to bother with sticky wax so went skate skiing instead. GUR is ungroomed and a bit spongy, but will be pretty good at zero and below. Best to go early mornings or in the evenings when temps drop.

  • Gary Wickens posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 9 months ago

    We had a great run on Esker this a.m. The tracks have held up very well since last week’s grooming and they are very quick! Go now if you can get there before it snows.
    The GUR has been groomed since Wednesday.

  • -22 , no wind , sun is shining and freshly groomed trails. Thanks BHP. It should be a great week of skiing with no blizzards in the forecast.

  • Blizzard beaters take note. As of 10:30 Esker tracks were not blown in at all since yesterday’s grooming and Chickadee only a little more so in open areas. Big thank you to BHP for grooming the trails twice this week despite forecasts of snow soon to follow.

  • I just got back from BHP [Wed. 3 pm]. Hwy. 206 was icy and windblown but the ski trails were not. I did the West Bluestem and it was excellent . A bit crusty underneath from yesterday’s melt but the tracks had a thin cover of new snow which had been worked in by previous skiers. Thank you trail breakers!
    A really good glide at -9 and a fun ski!

  • I just got back from BHP. -23c , sun is shining , no wind in the trails , fresh tracks – what could be better?
    Thanks BHP! Let’s get those tracks polished up for Wednesday. -1 expected!!
    I’d also like to thank the Mystery Groomer who set the single track on Sunday. You made my day!

  • I just noticed on the Manitoba Parks Interactive Map that the cross country ski trails at BHP, including all classics plus the GUR, have been groomed as of today! Looks like a great afternoon for a ski.
    See you out there!

  • As has been mentioned, the classic tracks at BHP are in need of a grooming after recent snowfalls. They are a bit sloppy but this was offset this p.m. by the glide which was really good. It was also nice to see all the skiers who came out today to enjoy the trails – the most I’ve seen this season.

  • Today completes 4 weeks since the BHP classic trails were first groomed on Nov.18. Last year first groomed on Dec.23. Tracks are holding up well , especially in forested sections. If you can work around a bit of debris in places , you will have a very enjoyable ski [95% good].
    My preferred route – Chickadee parking lot to Esker , around Esker and…[Read more]

  • Gary Wickens posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 year ago

    I’ve been going out to BHP every day on the West Blue Stem. I start at the Chickadee parking lot and head west past the warm up hut until reaching thicker sections of leaves and debris. Then I turn around and go back to the parking lot. You have to lift your skis and step out of the tracks at times but overall it’s a very enjoyable ski with good…[Read more]

  • Cranberry Portage is experiencing the same warming trend as southern MB. Daytime highs in the mid teens peaking at low single digits this weekend. Both trails were groomed yesterday. Mild weather skiers are invited to get back out there to enjoy some great skiing!

  • Gary Wickens posted an update in the group Group logo of Cranberry PortageCranberry Portage 1 year, 10 months ago

    The snow keeps coming – another 10-15 on Thurs. with more on its way! Al , the trail groomer, has been very busy and has fresh tracks on the trails for the weekend. Skiers will enjoy the snow in the trees and a smooth trail surface – even the notoriously uneven Athapap North trail. Summer trail damage [I’m on your wavelength Chris from Sandilands]…[Read more]

  • Gary Wickens posted an update in the group Group logo of Cranberry PortageCranberry Portage 1 year, 10 months ago

    The Athapap North and South trails were groomed for classic today. Skiers are invited to experience the best combination of mid January temperatures and trail conditions that we’ve experienced in many years.

  • Gary Wickens posted an update in the group Group logo of Cranberry PortageCranberry Portage 1 year, 11 months ago

    According to Brenda , trails in Cranberry Portage are recently groomed for classic , the tracks are firm and quick with ideal temps for skiing. With daytime highs never below -15 for the next 2 weeks , now’s the time to enjoy these beautiful trails. -30 is on its way eventually. Let’s go skiers!

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