From Melissa Bergen, A/Park District Manager, Birds Hill Provincial Park on Wednesday morning:
Upon a discussion with our Maintenance Supervisor this morning, we have determined we will be converting our signage from winter to spring/summer/fall and “officially” closing the ski trails for the season by the weekend. Most trails have det…[Read more]
Monday afternoon, 5° to 7°, sunny.
The Group Use Road was very good. It was generally very firm with a fairly soft top. A few short well-shaded stretches were very icy. There was one 10 metre stretch of bare pavement on the west section that requires an easy ski-walk on the grass, another 10 metre section in the SSW was bare with ice-under-water o…[Read more]
Friday afternoon, +1° to +2°, sunny.
Today was my worst skate ski of this season. 90%+ of the Group Use Road was hard ice-snow, which made it extremely difficult to fully weight shift, edge, and push-off hard. The other 10% was pure ice or very close to it. The west side (north-south section), the middle connector, and the two interior bays were t…[Read more]
Yeah it was probably better in the afternoon after you left. Mostly did double poling in icy places .I did 3 laps and could have done a bit more but saving something for the weekend. It was still very hard surface in the late afternoon . Hard on ankles and knees for sure, but I needed my fix. Met Arni and another older guy who said he was on…[Read more]
Yes, you started just after I finished. Arni started 10 minutes after you. I talked to him for 5 minutes in the parking lot. We hadn’t previously met but of course we knew of each other via trail conditions reports, so that was nice. The “other older guy” was Neil Ferguson, who is a very proficient/fast skate skier (and road cyclist) and one year…[Read more]
Definitely a more challenging skate today Kevin for sure. I didn’t feel near as confident as usual in my glide to push off phase as there was mostly nothing to push on and felt as though you could bail at any moment. Still managed to keep upright the whole time and did an average of 22 minutes per lap moving time which i thought was not bad…[Read more]
Monday afternoon, +14°, sunny.
I skate skied the Duff Roblin trail from the Cedar Bog parking lot to the west gate road. 2.75K round trip. 20m vertical ascent per lap. 22K in 1:35, so glide was OK. Good snow coverage, but one spot may be asphalt from edge to edge by the end of Tuesday. I would expect the Group Use Road to have better snow coverage.
Saturday morning, -1° to +5°, sunny.
Classic: Anita doesn’t have anything to add to Brent’s report. Interesting that she was skiing for two hours and didn’t even know he was skiing at the same time. She knows him extremely well.
Skate: I counted skate skiers and lost count after 40. There were also a few skijorers and a couple was k…[Read more]
From Melissa Bergen, A/Park District Manager, Birds Hill Provincial Park on Thursday afternoon:
Our groomer went out this morning to try the trails and was unsuccessful. We started to groom Aspen and it was ruining the previous groom as there is just not enough snow. We retracted as best we could over that section, and no other grooming was…[Read more]
Lime Kiln and Esker were really fast this morning, then at 12:30 I skied Aspen after the groomer and a few skiers had been on it. Aspen was very good, but not as quick (slick) as the ungroomed trails. Spruce trail is ungroomed, but the groomed GUR had a few V’s on it. The sun and +5C this afternoon may end things soon, so get out & enjoy! Many…[Read more]
Tuesday morning, 1° to 2°, sunny.
Classic — Aspen, Chickadee, west Bluestem: The well-formed tracks were snow, not icy, and the snow was much colder than the air temp.
Skate — Group Use Road, including the two interior bays: The centre of the road was very firm (and fast), but the snow surface was soft enough to edge in and push off f…[Read more]
From David Lumgair on Friday evening:
Hello ski folks,
Shannondale welcomes you!
Yes, 2 or 3 inches of snow has fallen very recently, and we groomed it!
The 2 weeks weather forecast suggests 2 days for skiing and then it melts a little every day.
That would be this Sunday and Monday!…[Read more]
From David Lumgair on Friday evening:
The following report is from a family that skied here at noon today. it was melting here. We had a wee bit of snow this afternoon.
Northwest up and Northwest down are great. The Wilson Meadow is grass and mud.
Zig zag is great for skate.
Tempest was mediocre
The hump is good.
The knob is…[Read more]
From Ardythe McMaster on Thursday evening:
We were excited to have 4.5 cm fresh fluffy snow on Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, it proved just too little to enable a good grooming job, groomer’s skills notwithstanding. Skiers should ski only on trails which have been freshly groomed.
From Ardythe McMaster on Tuesday morning:
Snow is not snow any more, it is ice. Trails are scary fast. All of the west side is closed. All major hills on the east side should be avoided, or walked down. Grass and twigs are showing up in some spots. Skiing on the flats is possible with klister, but even the small hills should be approached very…[Read more]
Tuesday late morning, -2°, cloudy. 12 Charleswood Ski Club members in 3 groups..
Classic: Icy to ice. Dirt is showing through in a few places. Good grip with skin skis.
Skate: Icy. It was difficult to push off firmly and maintain good balance, even with my stiffest skis. It got better as more skiers used it …or maybe the snow was warming…[Read more]
Saturday, -10° to -4°, sunny, windy but it’s a dense forest.
The week-old public health orders permitted the first weekend day trip / practice for the Charleswood Ski Club. 18 of us in 4 groups. Great temps / snow / tracks / people.
There were fewer people on the trails today than on the two Saturdays we skied at Sandilands in January. I don’t k…[Read more]
From Ardythe McMaster on Friday evening:
Our groomers have been out all of Friday evening, working to make our trails as good as possible. The trails should set up well overnight, and be ready for weekend skiers.
Come try them!
A reliable source has told me:
A short stretch of the Red trail has been impacted by one snowmobile. It entered the trail from Access Road #20 and exited 500 metres later at the northernmost hydro line. The damaged section is still very skiable. The classic track beyond it to the end of the trail is as good as the track from the start of the trail…[Read more]
From Ed Zwingerman on Friday evening:
Skied Beaver and Squirrel today. Very good conditions. Classic trails groomed except for north Beaver past the hut. Skier tracked and a bit slow, but so am I. Hills are great, fast, but not icy. Conditions don’t look great for skate skiers?
Best ski conditions of the year. Not much debris. Lots of snow.
From David Lumgair on Thursday evening:
The weather forecast is for warmer weather:https://weather.com/en-CA/weather/tenday/l/56779fdfb0f3b66fc66829b9943d087b9200bcd9cc95b12613ba3b8bd355f5c2
All trails have a very firm frozen base .
The Blue Trail has set tracks that are holding most of their shape.
The skate trails will…[Read more]
On Thursday evening my friend told me he had just talked to Reg the groomer. Reg skied today and says the trails are in good shape and we’ll have a good time when we ski at Sandilands on Saturday.
Thursday afternoon, -12°.
Skate: Moderately firm to moderately soft corduroy on the Group Use Road and its two bays. A+
Classic: Grooming in progress and finishing just as we finished.
Kevin & Anita Miller
From Joanne Podolchuk, Birds Hill Park’s District Park Manager, on Thursday morning:
Trails are being groomed today.
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