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]
From David Lumgair on Friday afternoon:
Shannondale skiing, for April 8 and 9, 2023, .
Ho ho! hello, ski folks,
The weather looks favourable for ccskiing.
The snow is fresh and fully firmed up.
Orange and Green Skate trails are groomed.
Yellow and Blue Classic Trails are groomed.
Thanks to Gord and Mike!
Come for your Forest Fix!
Thursday afternoon, -4° to -2°, sunny. Skate. A fair number of skiers, both classic and skate. Very good grooming, but the track ranged from very soft to moderately soft, which of course resulted in some loss of push power and also glide. I sure like skiing in these temperatures … on good snow … and in April.
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.
From David Lumgair on Thursday afternoon:
Shannondale CCSki trails will be great for everyone this weekend!
Gord, Mike and David are grooming trails at Shannondale!!
Lotsa new soft snow makes for pleasant passage on these trails.
The Yellow, Blue and the Orange Classic tracks will be set this aft, for Friday, Saturday and…[Read more]
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]
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.
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.
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.
From David Lumgair on Thursday afternoon:
Gord groomed 2 trails this morning.
Blue set up with mostly full shape track.
Orange Skate, presently, has a shallow mellow crumble surface.
And if the weather holds ;
We will likely groom the easy Yellow Classic and the Green Skate for the weekend.…[Read more]
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.
Chickadee and Bluestem were also groomed today (Wednesday).
The Group Use Road, including the two interior bays and the middle road, was excellent, pristine, perfectly firm corduroy.
From Al Stewart on Monday evening:
I skated some of the Biathlon trails, parts of High Lake and upper routes Sunday . Impeccably groomed as usual although the melt freeze temps made for a bit of frozen crust . A few rocks showing on the first portage descent on High Lake. I‘d advise walking down as it’s a steep fast chute. Really it still loo…[Read more]
From Sophia Munro on Friday evening:
Skied at 5:00 pm Friday and it had just been groomed. Amazing. Track a little icy at beginning but rest was debris-free, fast and no bare spots. Should be a great weekend.
From Edward Zwingerman on Monday afternoon:
Over the weekend skied Esker and Chickadee, today skied Lime Kiln. Faster track today and minimal debris, sunshine is wonderful. Great job of grooming..
From Al Stewart on Sunday evening:
I classic skied the High Lake trail on Sat and Sun this weekend. The trails were beautifully groomed for both classic and skate. Mid winter snow conditions and cold temps in the mornings but bright blue sky and mild in the afternoon. Next weekend should be great as well given the snow depth.
From Karen Nilsson, President of the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club, on Saturday morning:
As of Friday, the Agassiz Provincial Forest trails were still in quite good condition. The light dusting of snow that morning covered the pine needles. It’s been a good season!
From David Lumgair on Friday evening:
Hello CCSki enthusiasts.
Yes, we have had wind !
Donald, Where’s yer Troosers? – Bing video
And we will dress warm when we groom the trails.
The Wood fire will be warmin’ the Chalet well before lunch.
Challenges develop stamina, get yers here, eh!
From Syd Jones, Birds Hill Park’s Park Operations Supervisor, on Tuesday afternoon:
Just wanted to let everyone know that all the trails in Bird Hill Park have been groomed over the past 2 days. Come out and enjoy
From David Lumgair on Monday afternoon:
Good day CCSki folks,
Gord and Mike have been packing about 10 inches of snow on the trails here.
Yes, the Blue Classic trail is set, but is soft.
The grooming is in progress on the other Skate and Classic trails,
Do ski the trails here, and build your stamina!
Another way to put that is:
When the goin’…[Read more]
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