• I just returned from a skate ski around the Wildewood Golf course and the loop to SJR. Slow but easy to set an edge. Classic tracks are almost all skied in. Enjoy before the melt. H

  • I just came back from BHP. I started skiing on chickadee from the parking lot to the tower and then I took esker to the horses barn and then esker to the tower and then chickadee to the parking lot. I started at 8PM. The fist part of chickadee had some patches without snow. Then, on Esker close to the Barn there were also some patches without…[Read more]

  • Floyd Reichel posted an update in the group Group logo of BirchBirch 1 day, 9 hours ago

    Looking to move up from early season flat land skiing and wanting to try some hills? Then go to Birch where I found the conditions, both classic and skate, to be very good. It was snowing heavily as I departed so bodes well for weekend skiing here and Pumpkin Creek. Bonus, Birch club membership is now available on Zone4.

  • As I turned into the restaurant parking lot today at around noon, I noticed a translucent shimmering wall of light ahead of me. As I drove through it I experienced a momentary flicker of vertigo, and then I passed into a parallel universe, as I found the trail conditions much less dire than described by others.
    Esker to the lookout is very, very,…[Read more]

  • Conditions are good. Not too icy. A bit challenging for beginners in spots but good overall. Some lights are out so use caution when night skiing, please. Enjoy!

  • I’ve been going out to BHP every day on the West Blue Stem. I start at the Chickadee parking lot and head west past the warm up hut until reaching thicker sections of leaves and debris. Then I turn around and go back to the parking lot. You have to lift your skis and step out of the tracks at times but overall it’s a very enjoyable ski with good…[Read more]

  • Birds Hill Park, Monday afternoon, 0°, skate ski on the Group Use Road.
    My review is much more positive than Anthony’s review from yesterday morning, possibly because he skied at a much colder temperature (harder snow) than me, or possibly because I had a few millimetres (not centimetres) of new snow on top. Even at 0°, edging into the e…[Read more]

  • XCSkiBirch posted an update in the group Group logo of BirchBirch 3 days, 13 hours ago

    Ski Birch is open as of Monday morning, November 29. We’ve groomed the South Trails for both Classic and Skate and they are in good shape. We’ll need some more snow to get the North trails properly groomed. They are packed and skate-able for confident skiers. We’ve also groomed a fat-bike trail starting from the Southwest corner of the Chale…[Read more]

  • I did a six km lap yesterday. It was an absolute disaster zone with multiple trees down over the trail with tons of debris on the trail. The occasional rock was poking out, and often there were no discernable tracks. It’s going to take a lot of chainsaws and muscle to clear everything, then require at least six inches of fresh new snow to cover up…[Read more]

  • Skied a lap of the group use road. My recommendation: don’t bother, but if you must, the west and northwest are the best, while the northeast is the worst. Rock skis would be wise if you have them. Lots of rocks at the westernmost part of the northeast campground trail. Skiing on the edges provided just enough “soft” snow to get an edge but it is…[Read more]

  • Elise Watchorn posted an update in the group Group logo of ShannondaleShannondale 3 days, 22 hours ago

    The snow at Shannondale yesterday was even nicer than last weekend – tracks were firm but hills were almost butter in places. Had another great ski around all the open classic trails, but the skate grooming looked excellent too. Finally tracked down Dave hand off our donation in person and got the full update on life, the universe and everything.

  • From Jim the Groomer: “ Good morning all skate is renovated. Ice is gone.”

  • Kevin Miller posted an update in the group Group logo of ShannondaleShannondale 5 days, 8 hours ago

    From David Lumgair on Friday evening:
    Greetings to Cross Country Skiers!
    Ho ho ho, David and Groomer Gord here,
    The Shannondale Trails have a full & just adequate coverage of snow for trail making and skiing.
    The ski trails surface is presently a bit crusty .
    Gord and David will be grooming the home 80 acres of about 20 kms in the early…[Read more]

  • Birds Hill Park, Chickadee / Esker / west Bluestem, Friday morning, -7° to -5°.
    The good: Tracks are generally very well defined and extremely firm. Sure, there are occasional rocks and areas of dirt, so you have to switch tracks or lift a ski, and also a few short very poor sections.
    The bad: Compared to Tuesday, there is 10x more debris on t…[Read more]

    • I second this notion. I skied Esker at 4pm today and as much fun as i had on the track sections with little to no debris, the other parts i was dodging everything. It was almost like a game to be played as there was that much to ski around at times. I was hopeful to not scratch up my skis, and I was victorious in the end!

  • Manitoba Parks – Trails Conditions & Advisories dated Wednesday November 24 says:
    Grand Beach Provincial Park – All Trails CLOSED
    Recent winds and heavy snow have caused numerous fallen trees blocking trails. Please do not use trails at this time as staff and equipment are working to clear trails.

  • From Gord Buhr on Wednesday evening:
    Aspen Trail,
    From the stables to the Bluestem turn off is terrible. Bare spots, debris and leaves.
    After that it gets better for a while until you’re on the return, more debris and leaves until the Chickadee parking lot where it improves again.

  • Elise Watchorn posted an update in the group Group logo of ShannondaleShannondale 1 week ago

    Had a great ski at Shannondale on Sunday. Even though the blue trail (a fave) is not fully open yet, there are lots of km of trails ready to ski — I had forgotten there were so many.

    They’ve received sufficient snow to make for nice grooming throughout, with good coverage even on all those steep descents. I appreciated the chance to get my cou…[Read more]

  • Brent posted an update in the group Group logo of Birds Hill Provincial ParkBirds Hill Provincial Park 1 week ago

    Lime Kiln Tuesday evening. A number of rocks poking through, strips of mud especially on the return portion of Esker. You could say “early season conditions”.

    • Agreed Brent. The BHP groomer did a great job in getting the trails ready last week. Thank you. Unfortunately a few melting days have caused the tracks to deteriorate in places and strong winds have caused a fair bit of debris to come down from the trees. One area to avoid is Bluestem from stable parking lot [some pavement showing and many…[Read more]

  • Skate ski today. Trails were good for not being groomed in the what looked like the last couple of days. Trails were fair and the skate deck was near perfectly flat everywhere. A little firm in spots and especially on the downhills and takes a little more control. There was debris around but nothing really that looked as though it would affect…[Read more]

  • There are a lot of fallen trees across the trails.

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