L Hanson

  • 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.

  • Thanks to the park staff for posting a new and hard-to-ignore sign that prohibits walking and suggests alternative hiking trails. The GUR still has some loose snow on it from the weekend but it’s still moderately fast.

  • Beautifully groomed, perfect temperature. Conditions are great.

    • Anita & I agree … except for the section on east Bluestem that already has divots from a dog walker.
      The Group Use Road today is the best skate track I’ve been on all winter … and I’ve been skate skiing since November 13.

  • 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.

  • Trails were freshly groomed on Friday. The crud that had blown onto the trails has been buried, and the fresh cordoroy and warm conditions made skating on the GUR fast

  • L Hanson posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 month ago

    I skied Aspen at about noon on Tuesday. All the trails had been recently groomed, and aside from some tree litter and localized drifting, were in great condition. Thanks Park staff.

  • L Hanson posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 month ago

    Friday at noon we skied chickadee, esker, and the GUR. Conditions were about as good as we get, with a bit of a mist that should harden up the few soft spots on the interior loops.

  • 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.

  • L Hanson posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 2 months ago

    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.

  • On Monday afternoon Aspen was still skier-packed but decent. A snowmobile had packed a base for the GUR and had begun doing esker. Conditions are improving every day. Thanks Park staff.

  • 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.

  • L Hanson posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 11 months ago

    On Thursday at around noon, the GUR had softened enough that skating was fast and offered some control. Still no bare spots. The classic trails appeared to be decent.

  • L Hanson posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 11 months ago

    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.