A friend wrote to me on Monday morning:
“I skied Bluestem this morning. It was very marginal rock skiing. I noticed someone else was out classic skiing too. Once more snows comes, I hope more skiers get out as the fat tires are all over in this weather. Nice to be back on snow!
The field was by the overlook would likely be nice for skating.
Apparently the large amount of lake-effect snow that fell on East Selkirk on Thursday-Friday also hit Birds Hill Park. I’ve seen a Facebook post that said “First winter run in the deep snow at Birds Hill Park.” Does anyone have other info?
I’d say that’s a touch overstated. Marginally more snow than in the city. I was there this morning for a hike at Cedar Bog. Out of curiosity, I drove to the Chickadee parking lot. Looked like ski tracks from one person heading in the direction of the Chickadee trail (mostly trampled on from hikers). No evidence of any skiing on Aspen or Bluestem.…[Read more]
Thanks for the info Anthony.
I may go there on Monday to check out the Group Use Road with my rock skating skis. Or, if the snow on the classic trails is being packed by walkers, they might be skate skiable.
Unrelated to BHP, but I saw someone classic skiing in Wildwood today along the fairway at the Tennis courts…If we got an inch more tonite and tmrw it would covered.. A few of us were on our CX bikes last Sunday (pre snow) in BHP Chickadee, Aspen, Blue Stem, and the Spruce ski trails.. we all commented on how much snow is actually needed to fill…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Group Use Road, Monday morning, 9:30 to 12:30, -1° to +4°, sunny.
At 11:00 a front end loader began plowing the road, starting where the road exits onto North Drive. When I left for home, the plow was proceeding west from the road’s intersection with the Chickadee trail. The road surface is now mainly a thin sheet of ice with a b…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Group Use Road, Friday afternoon, 1:00 to 4:00, -2°, sunny, windy.
The track was generally nicely softened from the strong sun. Icy in the few shaded areas. The overall speed of the track was similar to Monday … moderately fast.
In a handful of places on the road, the track has started to narrow. The first “asphalt barricade”…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Group Use Road (including the two new-for-2018 sections), Monday afternoon, 1:00 to 5:00, 0° to +1°. mainly sunny.
For the first time in two weeks, the skate track wasn’t ice-hard.
At 1:00, many parts were icy and some parts were soft enough for good lateral ski stability and balance.
At 5:00, many parts were still icy, m…[Read more]
From Steve Scoles on Saturday evening:
Crust skied at Birds Hill Park this morning. Fun, but not quite the epic crust conditions we have had in the past at BHP. Skied the Pope Hill area and north (never have been north of that area before and got lost for a bit!). Skied the Folk Fest area and then the beaches, lakes and lookout area. There were…[Read more]
From Steve Scoles:
Went crust skiing at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening. The crust is not so good in most places, but found a few spots along treed areas that were fun. The St Boniface Golf Course had a few spots that were good. But in general, you have to find the spots and will find most spots breaking through. Also lots of very hard icy areas.…[Read more]
From Bert Graef on Tuesday:
Skated 2 loops of the group use trail in the late afternoon. Its very hard in the middle and v rutted, so I mostly kept to the lesser used sides. Its not bad, but would be much better if the park simply groomed it ONCE . We could then have great skiing since the weather is cold and the snow is not soft, EVEN IN THE…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Tuesday afternoon, -8° to -6°, sunny, light wind.
I did a crust skate ski today in a large area south of North Drive.
My crust ski was not “fabulous” like Corey Mohr’s report (on Lake Winnipeg near Camp Morton), but it was interesting and it had some highlights.
Last Friday I w…[Read more]
From Corey Mohr:
Today, April 2nd RMNP has good spring skiing (until the weather warms) and some sections are melting but the snow cover is fine. Trails are skier tracked as the park received some fresh snow since the last update. Skied on a Grey Owl and Katherine-Compound which were skier tracked and Cairns Cabin was totally tour skiing. Nice…[Read more]
From Joanne Sanders on Saturday evening:
Skied at Mount Evergreen in Kenora today. Main trails were groomed on Thursday, classic and skate. Classic was a bit icy, skate and classic were fast and pretty decent for this time of year. The Green spruce system was not groomed. We had poor grip with our wax, skin skis were working well. Skate skiers…[Read more]
From Bert Graef on Wednesday evening:
Still some good skiing on the skate trail. Leg power must be applied carefully, as surface is very hard and there are some deep ruts . Was a great evening, as wind had died down and wasn’t too terribly cold. Just wished the park would at least groom the trail, as these very expensive grooming machines are…[Read more]
From Gary Wickens on Monday evening:
Recent snowfall and at least 2 weeks of – 0 day time highs are making for some excellent spring skiing conditions in Cranberry Portage. All 4 trails are receiving new tracks on Tues. Mar. 27. Skiers are advised to avoid Athapap North Caution Hills and Yellow Loop once melting resumes. In the meantime enjoy the…[Read more]
Birds Hill Park, Tuesday morning from 8:15 to 10:45, -2° to +1°, sunny.
Classic (Aspen, Bluestem, north Chickadee): The tracks continue to deteriorate.
Skate (Group Use Road): Reviews from the past few days (Scott, Chris, Les, Dan) accurately reflect today’s skiing.
Skiing at these temps is very enjoyable.
Kevin & Anita Miller
From Scott Bias:
Two of us skated the group use road On Monday morning. Trail was firm with a bit of give, which softened up further toward the end of our ski, as the temperature climbed to +2. As noted in other reports, there is plenty of snow. There was evidence of walkers but no deep ruts which was a pleasant surprise. And, with only 4 cars in…[Read more]
From Corey Mohr:
On Sunday, March 25th from 2-5pm I skied BHP. I started out skate skiing the Spruce trail which has excellent coverage, more debris is starting to pick up and came across two people on horses laying piles on the skate deck. Pretty sad. I classic skied the Lime Klin, Chickadee and Bluestem. Both the west side of the Bluestem and…[Read more]
From Bert Graef on Saturday evening:
Skied till 830 pm (dusk). Skating was effortless, fast and magical. A rare evening like this one makes all the frustrations of the past season go away, and restores my faith in a sport where things just sometimes get exasperating.
From David Lumgair, Saturday 11:45 AM:
Good day eh!
Classic tracks full shape groomed with new snow,
Skate trails full new snow coverage and groomed,
weather cloudy and freezing, for Sat and Sunday,
“Fresh Air IS Health Care, Help Yourself “!
I dream of the day that Manitoba Parks is as committed to cross country skiing as Alberta Parks.
The last grooming at Birds Hill…[Read more]
Couldn’t agree more. I’ll be writing a letter to the Minister of Sport (Cathy Cox) in the hopes that a few small changes be made to benefit the cross country ski community here.
Good idea… it just seems historically around here parks gives up mid March regardless of conditions… I don’t know if its give up or just can’t be bothered.. I think BHP goes a great job grooming, but early in the season when we had hardly any snow, they groomed.. then we get 20cm worth, and up until about a week ago there was still more in…[Read more]
Because they only groom once a week (on Thursday) if it snows on or after Thursday then basically a whole week elapses before there’s grooming again. It makes no sense. They should groom when necessary, not by an arbitrary schedule.
Ive seen them groom sometimes early week, but you are right.. its generally a Thursday and doesn’t matter what happens in between Thursdays..
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