Windsor Park Nordic Centre

Covid-19 Update

SKI COVID SAFE THIS WINTER

Ski clubs and facilities all over Manitoba are utilizing many Covid-19 resources to make “pandemic adapted” plans for this ski season.

The current Public Health Order allows for outdoor recreational activity such as cross country skiing “so long as all participants maintain a separation of at least 2 metres from each other.”

Windsor Park Nordic Centre has developed its own Covid-19 Protocol and a Covid-19 Scenario Plan that aligns with the Provincial Pandemic Response System. 

At the moment, all organized sport and recreational activity is on hold. Everyone is reminded to keep following PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES. We all have an important role to play in stopping the spread of this disease.

Stay safe, everyone!

Looking Forward to the 2020-2021 Ski Season!

Yes, Windsor Park Nordic Centre will be open for skiing this winter!

Yes, everyone will need to follow all COVID-19 Protocols and Provincial Health guidelines while skiing at Windsor Park and everywhere else in Manitoba.

We are working on a Windsor Park Nordic Centre specific COVID-19 Protocol that will cover trail passes, rental equipment, lesson, clubhouse use etc. We will post that asap. In the meantime, changes to consider are:

  • Online purchase of day and season passes only. No walk ups.
  • Online reservation of rental equipment only. No walk ups.
  • Smaller lesson groups with staggered starts (we are not reducing the number of lessons, just spreading everyone out).
  • No storing of personal items in clubhouse.
  • More sheltered, physically distanced, outdoor spaces and seating to account for the lack of indoor space available. 
  • Clubhouse washrooms will be limited to maximum 2 people.
  • More practice grid and skate ski spaces to accommodate recreational skiers, club and lesson programs.
  • More happy, healthy skiers sharing our trails and staying 2 meters apart at all times.

Stay tuned for all of the details and our plans to keep our ski community safe and active this season! 

Swap Shop Cancelled – Online Buy and Sell Suggestion

The annual cross country ski Swap Shop has been held in mid November for over 30 years, but like so many other events during the COVID-19 pandemic, CCSAM has decided to cancel it this year (and that was before Winnipeg was moved to level orange under the province’s pandemic response system for 28 days starting on September 28th). The Windsor Park Nordic Centre is far too small to accommodate physical distancing for hundreds of people. We had considered renting a much larger facility, but the extra cost, extra work, many unknowns, probability of decreased attendance, and other factors convinced us that the only Swap Shop in 2020 would be an online one.

We informed the ski shops, who supply 75%+ of the equipment for sale each year at the Swap Shop, about this decision, and we asked them for ideas. Most shops are very busy right now … as they have been since Phase 1 reopening in early May.

There are a number of online buy & sell platforms that individuals can use to buy or sell products and services — Facebook and Kijiji are the two most obvious, but rather than just hope buyers and sellers of cross country ski equipment in Winnipeg/Manitoba find each other, we’ve decided to provide leadership — a specific suggestion.

Facebook’s Marketplace is popular and there is also a Manitoba Cross Country ski gear Buy, Sell and Trade public Facebook group, but many people don’t have a Facebook account (and won’t create one).

Kijiji is also very popular. The volume of listings can make it difficult and time-consuming to find exactly what you’re looking for, and there is usually a lot of dusty, low-end, old technology XC ski gear listed among the downhill ski and snowboard stuff. However, if everyone who wants to post an ad to sell (or buy) quality cross country ski gear puts their ad in a specific category and tags their ad in a specific way, other people should be able to find it easily. (Yes, you need a Kijiji account — or need to create one — before posting an ad, but Kijiji is much less intrusive and controversial than Facebook.)

Our suggestion when posting an ad on Kijiji:

  • Post your ad in Kijiji Winnipeg — in the Buy & Sell category, Sporting Goods & Exercise sub-category, Ski sub-sub-category.
  • For Ad Type, you have to select either I’m offering (for sale) or I want to find (wanted). If you select I want to find, the word Wanted will automatically be inserted as the first word in your ad’s title after it is posted.
  • Select Cross Country under Type.
  • Select one of the options (Skis, Boots, Poles, Accessories, Clothing, Other) under Item.
  • Here’s the key idea: Include one or two “special” words in your title: CCSAM, and for kids gear: Jackrabbits (plural … ending with s).  Alternatively, you could add these “special” words to the optional Tags, but we’ve found that it’s much more effective to add them to your title.

To search for cross country skiing ads on Kijiji you don’t need an account. To find ads that were posted using the above posting suggestion:

  • Go to Kijiji Winnipeg.
  • Limit your search to the Buy & Sell category, Sporting Goods & Exercise sub-category, Ski sub-sub-category.
  • Use these filters:
    Offer Type (Offering, Wanted),
    Type (Cross Country),
    Item (Skis, Boots, Poles, Accessories, Clothing, Other).
  • Search for CCSAM or CCSAM Jackrabbits.

Try searching. A few ads have been posted.

Hopefully this helps.

We’re looking forward to a great cross country ski season, despite the pandemic. As we move closer to the start of ski season, we’ll be updating the CCSAM website with news about the Windsor Park Nordic Centre, Manitoba Parks, and any other changes (restrictions, etc) we learn about.

Kevin Miller
CCSAM Board of Directors, Recreational Skiing
k.a.miller@mts.net

Windsor Park Nordic Centre Clubhouse Closes March 17th. Trails Remain Open.

Dear skiers,

Thank you for your support in what has been another wonderful ski season at Windsor Park Nordic Centre!

The new snow we received yesterday made for excellent trail conditions today and for another few days to come, at least. With more snow expected on Thursday, it’s looks like we can keep the trails groomed and the lights on for at least another week or two. As per usual, this time of year we are on a day-by-day basis, in terms of skiable conditions.

We had planned to keep the clubhouse open until this Sunday, but in light of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public heath and safety we decided today to close the clubhouse for the season, effective tomorrow (Tuesday March 17th).

Enjoy the last glorious days of skiing*!

*Ski at your own risk. Be mindful that conditions, at this time of year, can change by the hour. We do not recommend skiing on waterways, including the Seine River crossings at Windsor Park.