Jamie Paterson

  • Thursday late morning the classic trails were well skied-in, and still firm but not icy with last night’s snow. I had great glide and kick on skin skis, yet my ski buddy struggled with no kick (-3 to 0 wax). Many human footprints on Chickadee, but overall very good conditions. If everyone can stay off the tracks during the warm afternoons, there…[Read more]

  • 15 members of Nature Manitoba’s Grey Hares skied Aspen, Chickadee, and west Bluestem on Wednesday from 11:30 to 2:00. We saw the groomer and grooming equipment that Gary saw this morning. The trails we skied were all double tracked by the time we left. With sun from 11:30 to 1:30, melting would have peaked at 1:30. The new tracks were soft and…[Read more]

    • Anything done to the GUR or just classic trails?

      • Skated a couple of laps on GUR until 830PM. Trail is ungroomed and a bit rough but not bad at all. Some sponginess due towarm midday temps but firmed up during evening skate. Best to go in mornings or evenings when temps are below freezing and sun’s rays arent beating down. Just got to watch out for all the brown klister piles left by the…[Read more]

        • Good to see Im not the only one who feels the same about the brown piles… as a responsible dog owner at least knock it off… dogs don’t do their deal and run at the same time…

          • Hi there,
            As a dog owner, skijorer and kick-sledder I apologize for the irresponsible that don’t pickup after their dogs. But you shouldn’t blame the ‘skijoring crowd’ for that as there are still a lot of walkers on the GUR all winter coming with their dogs. The majority of the skijorers are well educated on that and pick up after their dogs. So,…[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.

  • Did west bluestem from chick parking lot.Single tracked and skier packed.Good glide and kick.No grooming noted as of 5 P.M. Monday.

  • Lime Kiln early Monday afternoon – double tracks were wide and a bit sloppy with all the recent skiers that had been on it. Despite the lack of grooming, we had good glide and it was a beautiful day to be outside. Once again those cursed snowmobilers had crossed the trail in several places.

  • Tough slog through Lime Kiln this morning – thanks to the person who broke trail, my wife and I did our best to add to your trail-really miss that groomer right now

  • I was on Chickadee around 1:30 Saturday afternoon heading towards the tower from the trailhead. People had walked in the tracks in that whole section. It was snowing and blowing but the tracks were fresh, so I was prepared for a confrontation. Sure enough, just as I was nearing the GUR, 2 people were returning from the tower, walking right in…[Read more]

  • So I hit the trails March 12 at noon. An attempt at grooming the right track on Aspen using a single track apparatus was mostly successful, however it obliterated the left track : a mixed result as the skier packed tracks were superior elsewhere in the park i.e. Chickadee, Esker, and from other skier’s reports Bluestem.
    There were some blown in…[Read more]

    • We went on the Aspen Sun. at 9:30 based on your report. It was great! The snow was soft and velvety under our skis as we followed the tracks made by Mystery Groomer. -15 with sun shining and everyone smiling. Glide was good as well.
      Perfect conditions for a midMarch Sunday Ski !

  • As many of us know, Birds Hill Park’s Pisten Bully has been “broken” since grooming the Group Use Road on March 2. Today, CCSAM and the Windsor Park Nordic Centre reached out to the park and asked if we can help. We were told they are in the process of having grooming equipment in operation by Monday. With as much as 5 cm of snow forecast for…[Read more]

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

    Skate skied the GUR this afternoon. No grooming still. Boooo. Howling winds, and powder were the conditions to contend with. Still, not a bad ski to be honest. It was still moderately fast zipping through some of that fluffy new snow. The classic trails that I passed all looked like they were in really good condition! Way to go skiers!

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

    The following posts appeared on the A Cross Country Ski Club Facebook group on Monday:

    “With the warmer weather, we have run into hikers (even snowshoers) on the trails every time in the last week.
    Stopped by the park office to get an update on the groomer. They got the new part, installed it and the groomer broke again. They are re-evaluating…[Read more]

    • 3 weeks + still to ski, and the trails are already done for… Didn’t BHP actually have a skier enforcement? I thought I heard something about that… I can’t see it being useful when said hackers..er hikers think they own the ski trails…

      • They are walkers, not hikers.
        In general, hikers invest in quality packs/boots/poles and yearn for 2 weeks in BC, the Rockies, the north shore of Lake Superior, and many other hiking destinations. In Manitoba in winter they ski, snowshoe, and hike on hiking trails. It’s walkers who walk on ski trails.

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

    Skated BHP Group Use Road, all good.. track is firm up the middle from use which is expected, still some corduroy along the edges.. fairly quiet in in there at 330 today.. 2 people walking there dog up the side of the road on the corduroy..I just can’t be bothered saying anything anymore…its pointless…

    • Classic trails were very fast after dusk, even though they havent been groomed.
      Doesnt anyone ski at night any more? πŸ™ Place was deserted after dusk.
      Hut was nice and toasty. Plenty of wood left.

      • We will be out there after dusk next weekend for a ski and a bonfire on Lime Kiln if you want to join us Bert! I agree with you, dusk skiing can be amazing!

  • 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.

  • From Melissa Bergen, Birds Hill Provincial Park’s Operations Supervisor, on Wednesday morning:
    Our groomer broke down this morning on the way out to groom our ski trails. We are working to get it repaired as soon as possible, but at this time we aren’t sure when that will be. I will give you an update as soon as we know more.

  • Birds Hill Park, Tuesday afternoon, -9Β°. Chickadee, Esker, Lime Kiln, west Bluestem, west Aspen: perfect conditions.

    We also saw a a wide swath of perfect virgin corduroy, but it wasn’t on the Group Use Road. It started (ended?) at the north end of the stables parking lot and went north through the polo field as far as we could see. Snowmobile…[Read more]

    • I like your comments Kevin, and it does seem like they give the snowmobile trail a priority over the ski trails. The snowmobile trail in the park is just a cut across trail from hwy 206 to 59 I’m sure the snowmobile clubs would groom it and get paid by snowman. This would allow more time for
      Parks to groom the ski trails.
      It just seems like the s…[Read more]

  • Skied Esker and Kiln last night. Trails were skier set only with the new snow, but there seemed to have been a lot of skiing done on them, so they were in pretty good shape, and decently fast. was a good ski! Days are getting longer πŸ™‚

  • Hi, my family and I went skiing on Chickadee this past Saturday, and I accidentally left my little ones xc skis at the parking lot entrance to Chickadee. They are black and yellow Fischer xc skis for a 4 year old. If anyone picked them up, please let me know at 204-295-9409. Thanks!

    • Thank you to everyone who contacted me about the found skis posted on the Facebook site! They were ours 😊

  • Skate at BHP is excellent.. still some corduroy left on the edges.. center was firm with the a small dusting of snow.. and yes… there was hacker err hiker marks down the skate lane…

  • So, I had moderate case of cabin fever, coupled with the frustration of looking out my living room window at the best snow in about 15-20 years,and seeing temperature readings in the frozen appendages range. Today Feb 23 promised a relatively “mild” high of -22C,so I ventured out to the park at 1pm in the heat of the day.
    Trails in perfect…[Read more]

  • -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.

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