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  • Saturday morning, 6:45am.
    Skied the chickadee track. Conditions were good and surprisingly quick. There are tufts of grass poking out on occasion and the odd twig making its presence known. The tracks held up to the warm overnight temperature and if the sun stays at bay, the tracks may hold throughout the day.

  • Friday afternoon 2:30 BHP +1c
    Skied Esker, and parts of Chickadee and bluestem. The sun and warm weather has had little effect on the trails, just the odd spot.
    All the do not walk on the ski trail signs are up, just a few foot prints on the trails.

  • The 3 classic trails that have been groomed continue to provide excellent skiing at BHP. Firm tracks with very little debris. Thanks to BHP for deploying the snowmobile based grooming equipment in the absence of the PistenBully. As we know , the PistenBully makes durable tracks that are second to none but under low snow conditions , the snowmobile…[Read more]

    • Allan H replied 1 day ago

      I have been advocating for years for the use of light equipment in early season and low snow conditions. It is clear that great trails can be made with light equipment. Having multiple tools for different conditions is the best.
      I agree a this should be permanent tool for grooming options.

      Thanks again parks

    • I agree! Great idea to throw to the parks staff.

  • HBock posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 day, 23 hours ago

    Thanks to the BHP staff …great grooming for this time of the year!

  • Bluestem double tracked and in superb condition! The grooming was so good that it makes me wonder if the PistenBully has returned from Calgary. No noticeable seam in the middle of the 2 tracks and a perfect transition the whole width all the way! Thanks BHP staff!

  • Wednesday mid-afternoon we were happy to discover that Esker was groomed. It was double-tracked and in good shape aside from the occasional grassy spots. Lime Kiln was only skier tracked.

  • BHP Bluestem was surprisingly a good ski this morning. Firm groomed double tracks all around the 14 km loop. Just a few spots with some grass poking through the snow. Used our good skis. No problem. chickadee was also double tracked and did not appear to have any walker damage yet.
    GUR didn’t look to have been recently packed and there a…[Read more]

    • Allan H replied a minute a
      There are just the two trails groomed chickadee and bluestem,
      i’m thinking nothing will be done on the group use road till the work is done and the trucks are off the road. It was plowed from the gate heading east today. So if you are on bluestem where it crosses the road by the gate, it is bare pavement.

  • Skate skied Windsor today and it was quite good! All areas are packed and firm, and with the temperature today, fast conditions! Well worth heading down for skate skiing. No classic tracks at all yet. I used my rock skis but could have probably even used my good skis. Just be careful around the gravel paths as I saw a tiny amount of gravel…[Read more]

  • Allan H posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 5 days ago

    Hi, at birdshill this morning, I would like to thanks the park staff for setting the tracks today. I skied bluestem to the shack then back chickadee, chickadee is in really good shape, bluestem a little thin in spots.

  • From Kathleen Brown, Birds Hill Provincial Park’s Manager, on Monday morning:
    Good morning,
    We have some construction that will be happening in Group Use 1 Site 2. This means that there will be a portion of the Group Use Road from the gate to our service gate at Site 1A that will be utilized for bringing in equipment and garbage bins. There will…[Read more]

  • From Bortolo on Saturday:
    BHP – Group use road. Tried to skate ski the GUR. Just too much snow. That’s right tooooooo much snow. Not sure why it wasn’t packed for the weekend. Whomever decided to pack about 300 meters east of chickadee a few days ago and then stop. Rest of road was not packed aside from two or three 18 or 24 inch tracks. Not sure…[Read more]

  • Birds Hill Park, Sunday afternoon, -7° & cloudy.
    We saw fewer skiers than we expected for a Sunday afternoon with a mild temperature, but still a decent number. Very few walkers.
    East Bluestem from the Chickadee parking lot to the stables has been machine tracked! A+.
    Continuing on Bluestem to the tower is packed with an OK skier-set track, as…[Read more]

  • Short jaunt today, but I can verify that the trails are being packed! Chickadee was already packed, east bluestem was being packed, and the GUR first pass with corduroy was being completed at the time. I would not suggest skate skiing yet though as I tried with my rock skis, and I was hitting pavement on every pole stride plus a scratch in my…[Read more]

  • Can anyone verify that some trails are groomed?? Thx

  • Thursday noonish we classic skied west Bluestem, and it was a tough slog. With inches of soft new snow, the undefined tracks were slippery. It snowed the entire time we skied, and there was an inch+ in the back of my truck. Back at Chickadee parking lot, we saw a tractor pulling a packing device. It came south off Chickadee and turned east onto…[Read more]

  • In the past week I’ve been asked three times if I knew the status of the grooming machine at Birds Hill Park. Here’s my answer:
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    CCSAM staff and recreational skiing volunteers had a meeting with staff from Manitoba Parks on November 2nd. Bird’s Hill Park’s Operations Manager told us that the park’s Pisten Bully was currently at a service c…[Read more]

  • Wednesday afternoon ski on chickadee, all of west bluestem, and parts of Aspen. Very few tracks on Chickadee due to hikers but was a fun double pole and the snow pack through there is great due to the walkers. Careful going down the dip on Chickadee from the tower. I have a new scratch in my ski from something creeping up there. West Bluestem…[Read more]

  • Tuesday afternoon, -4° & cloudy, Bluestem, Chickadee, 250m of east Aspen.
    Thanks to Alison, Arni, and dbaniuk for their trail conditions reports, and also thanks to the skiers who set very good tracks.
    There were some new negatives on the trail system today. Almost all are the result of a backhoe and at least one Manitoba Conservation pickup…[Read more]

    • In addition to the pickup truck that honked at Anita, there was a Manitoba Hydro truck parked on Aspen. Apparently it was working on the hydro poles that run along Aspen.

  • Monday afternoon we classic skied west Bluestem in a clockwise direction, and were delighted with the trail conditions. Better than expected! Other than some twigs, there is good snow cover, and the tracks are decent, thanks to the first skiers!. A beautiful day to be out with the deer and Chickadees.

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