@l-hansonactive 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Saturday afternoon the GUR was good and the other trails looked good. The main parking lot was full and people were jockeying for spaces like Walmart at Christmas. Do yourself a favour and use the overflow lot. You can pretend the walk in is your warm up
On Friday around noon the GUR was good, but a bit icy, which is no surprise considering the temperature. Three joggers had run around it soon after it was groomed and maintained the correct social distancing to leave deep divots all the way across.
Chickadee was great and quite fast. Thanks to the park staff for grooming this late in the season
Tried to skate the spruce trail Friday afternoon, but a Park worker told me there was a movie shoot there and the parking lot was full. I went to the GUR instead and found the trail was decent. Two cm of fresh snow covered an icy base. The combination was quite fast without being treacherous.
Skied bluestem onto esker onto chickadee onto bluestem. Trails were in good condition and the debris was no worse than it’s been most of the winter. The parking lot was full and of course that means a few entitled twits who read the sign and decided it doesn’t apply to them.
Beautifully groomed, perfect temperature. Conditions are great.
Classic and skating trails are in decent condition. The new snow has been packed by skiers on the classic trails, but even on the skating trails where there is a bit of loose snow, conditions are moderately fast. Grooming is scheduled for Friday.
At about noon on Tuesday the GUR had 20 or 30 skiers on it and no walkers. (There were a few footprints, however.) It had been groomed for skating, but was still on the soft side. With a temperature of -14, conditions were on the slow side. The two internal bays had also been groomed, but they appeared to be quite slow.
Skated the GUR on Thursday afternoon. It had 2-3 cm of packed snow but not enough to groom properly. All the other trails I saw had been packed with a snowmobile but not tracked. Think snow.
the problem is the GUR wasn’t initially done correctly by snowmobile. The CENTER needs to be run over several times by a snowmobile not just once, to pack it down. Now there where two tire tracks there before , the snowmobile went over the center, so now there is not a uniform density on the trail. Along with all the footwalkers making a mess, a…[Read more]
Ahhh good to know.. there went my weekend plan.. Windsor it is.. except Environment Canada is calling +2 and +3 for the weekend… I knew I should have sucked it up and went to Silverstar…
The GUR is in good shape( Friday afternoon). Slowly getting firmer by other skaters and even the warm weather for the weekend wont harm it much. The ground is too cold and the suns rays are too low, so will be really good skiing this weekend and into Christmas.
True… only problem is its gonna be the sidewalk for the hikers….
Late morning Sunday, the GUR was fast and not icy at all. By about one PM it was beginning to get softer and skating was getting slower. There are still no bare spots. The parts of the classic trails that I could see appeared to be skiable but I didn’t see any classic skiers.
Skated on the GUR late morning and found it quite icy to begin, so I cut onto Aspen for a few kilometers. By about noon, the road had softened somewhat and skating was fast. Still no bare spots and not too much damage from walkers.