• It was optimistic to hope that the province would’ve groomed Grand Beach, or even plowed the road to the trailhead. A single track went out-and-back up Blueberry, not sure where to. And a couple of snowshoers. Great snow cover. Such a shame the province can’t do better with these trails.

  • From Andy Dwilow on Sunday morning:
    Saturday afternoon. Twin Towers, Matoo, and Jackrabbit beautifully groomed for skate and classic. Add blue sky, warm temp, and amazing scenery – what a day!

  • I echo Kevin’s comments about ski width; they definitely would have an advantage with wider skis. However, we still conquered Blue Stem and had a great workout. The trail was a mix of soft, crunchy snow to crunchy ice with perfect spots occasionally and some boot drag on the high walls with marshmallow snow polling. The conditions are excellent to…[Read more]

  • From Lynne Mitchell-Pedersen on Saturday evening:
    Six of us had a glorious day.
    We wish to thank from our hearts all the wonderful folks who made those trails for us. We are an older crowd and could not have skied without the broken trails. So, a big, ‘Thank you!’bless you all!

  • Saturday afternoon, -5° and sunny.
    We skied on Aspen from the Chickadee trailhead to the inbound/outbound Aspen/Bluestem junction (1K from the stables), Bluestem to the tower, the 3.5K skier-tracked Esker loop back to the tower, Chickadee return to Aspen, west Aspen U to the Chickadee trailhead. The skier-made tracks were all very good.…[Read more]

  • Esther MacKinlay posted an update in the group Group logo of ShannondaleShannondale 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    We classic skied at Shannondale today. Arrived around 11AM with sunny skies and approx-7C. We used Skin skis. Trails were freshly groomed. Grooming was well done as per the norm from Super Dave and Gord. I think there was actually more than 5 km of groomed classic track. We skied over 20km and didn’t want to stop.
    Our friends were skate s…[Read more]

  • Saturday A.M.. Roads have been cleared as well as chickadee lot. West bluestem was deep single track and well worked in.Good glide and kick, better than what was expected.Forget about skate skiing.

  • It was a brilliant ski today, my first time at Wildwood. I am told that the skier groomed trails do not follow the usual routes, but I did not get lost. Good times, and the snow was fine!

  • So, I set off to the park for the 11:00 trail breaking/packing happening. Hwy 59 to the park was icy but passable. I took the turn in to to West gate and marvelled to myself: wow, this road is cleared better than the main drags in Wpg., until immediately after the park gate booths. Thereafter, there had been no snow clearing with a single path…[Read more]

    • Great idea d baniak, thanks! We arrived a bit late. Saw that to left (Bluestem W) and to the right (Aspen/Bluestem) were being skied, so we went straight and did Chickadee to the tower, and a loop on Esker. On Esker where the in and out trails pinch right together (where we looped backed) the in trail of Esker had been driven on by something, but…[Read more]

    • I was thinking to myself as I was heading back to town , I wonder if people were able to make it through from the West Entrance. Sure enough they did. Ha ha. Glad that they did as now there are skiable trails to continue the ski season. Perhaps the roads will improve with traffic as the ski trails will.
      I will be leaving this area and will…[Read more]

  • Road Conditions Report
    I went out at 11 on Fri. to participate in the trail breaking but unfortunately the roads in BHP haven’t been plowed. I went in from the East Gate and around the corner from the stop sign. I soon came upon a guy who was stuck and being pulled out by a tractor from the ranch. That was it for me.
    My advice to fellow skiers is…[Read more]

    • Getting in from the Hwy 59 entrance was better, but snowy single-track. Some small cars had made it in to Chickadee. I was surprised to find the roads uncleared. They were doing some plowing as we left this afternoon.

  • Kevin Miller posted an update in the group Group logo of ShannondaleShannondale 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    From David Lumgair on Thursday evening:
    Hello ski folks
    Yes, mostly Gord and I have been packing snow and grooming trails.
    We will have about 10 kms of Skate and almost 5 kms of Classic tracks set ready for your weekend skiing pleasures !
    David and Gord!

  • So, I am rejoicing in the snow dump, but not looking forward to breaking trail.
    There are many enthusiasts out there enjoying Bird’s Hill trails, so I am proposing a trail breaking blitz Friday April15 at 11:00 am starting at the Chickadee trail head.
    I envision groups of 2/3 skiers taking on a specified part of the Bluestem Aspen and bits of the…[Read more]

  • Skate skied group use area this morning, phenominal conditions!!! Firm base, crisp surface almost no lost edge on push off … and I havnt skate skied since December!!! Get out while you have the chance.
    Classic skied east Bluestem – great double poling and / or very good with waxless. Esker also in good shape. Lime kiln destroyed by horse…[Read more]

    • I agree. This afternoon (Tuesday) the edges of the Group Use Road were indeed excellent for skate skiing … except the most western north-south part which had a lot of pure ice and one area with lots of bare pavement. The plowed 600m section at the Group Use Road middle road and Chickadee parking lot area results in skiing the GUR out-and-back…[Read more]

      • Ha ha, u provide a much more thorough description than what I offered up. Perhaps phenomenal was a bit too generous!? At the suggestion of a long lost friend I met on Saturday, I skied the area that was partially cleared by a front end loader. It was among the best! Only 4-6cm of hard pack snow but smooth and a good catch with the ski edge…[Read more]

  • Sun. a.m. update. 8:30 plus 2. Tracks and trail surface still frozen. Starting to soften up by 9:30.
    Did E. Aspen from Chickadee lot to crossover to E. Bluestem. First 300 m had walkers but thinned out after. Good double poling. W.Bluestem even better.
    Plus 10 this afternoon. Good time to stay home to watch the Back 9 of the Masters – the best…[Read more]

  • john kim posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 8 months ago

    start – chickadee; start time 5 pm bluestem-west, aspen-west, group use road. soft, but only because of the time of day. other than that, not bad and fair-good coverage everywhere ! even saw semblance of classic trax on all trails. corroborate kevin’s observation re: plowing (site 7b to washrooms near site 4 sign) but you can still ski where t…[Read more]

  • d baniak posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 8 months ago

    So, I arrived at 11:30 Apr.8 and skied Aspen loop backwards , up Chickadee backwards to Bluestem west loop and back to the Chickadee parking lot. Firm track with decent glide.
    I still had some energy,so I decided to go east on the Aspen to the “crossroads” to see if anybody had skied the east Bluestem , which from my observations and GW’s…[Read more]

  • Kevin Miller posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 8 months ago

    Birds Hill Park, Friday morning, -2° to +1° and sunny.

    Classic, at a temp just below freezing: Thanks to Chris (dbaniuk) and the other skiers who set a nice track on west Bluestem on Thursday afternoon. It was fast and crispy at -2°, and generally a perfect depth. I skied it in both directions and saw 4 other skiers. I also skied west Aspen in…[Read more]

  • Gary Wickens posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 8 months ago

    Went Fri. 8:30 a.m. -2. Aspen from Chickadee parking lot to crossover to Bluestem. East Bluestem to tower back to parking lot via incoming Chickadee. Trail surface was still frozen from overnight. Only a few skiers had been ahead of me on Bluestem. Could use some more to help work in the tracks .
    Who knows how long this will last as there’s a good…[Read more]

  • d baniak posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 8 months ago

    So, I arrived at the Chickadee lot around 1pm Apr.7, hoping that earlier skiers had packed the Bluestem west of the Chickadee: I was not disappointed. I did the trail backwards and met the first and second skiers on the trail.
    About 2-3 inches of snow had accumulated, and 1 track on the west Bluestem is now doable. At the lookout I packed the…[Read more]

    • Chris, thanks for this report. I had planned to ski at Birds Hill Park on Friday — skating skis on the Group Use Road in the afternoon, but now I’m considering going mid-morning and classic skiing on your (and others) tracking on west Bluestem, north Chickadee, and west Aspen.

  • Kevin Miller posted an update in the group Group logo of Windsor Park Nordic CentreWindsor Park Nordic Centre 8 months ago

    From John Kim:
    tuesday ~1030 am start, areas skiied -as much as i could, wax – really !?
    many of wp trails are on life support with icy trail conditions ranging from poor (unpassable/dangerous) to fair (at best). considering how good they were sunday, they have substantially deteriorated since. graveyard and blue sister trails have coverage as…[Read more]

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