Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2016-Nov-09 – Manitoba Electrical Museum, Wildwood Park lunch/walk/discussion with three long-time residents

We will have a private, volunteer-led, one-hour guided tour of the Manitoba Electrical Museum, 680 Harrow St, starting at 10:00 AM. The museum's public hours are 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
    

Afterwards, we'll go to the Wildwood Community Centre (3 km away) for lunch. (Bring a bagged lunch.) We have rented their 2nd floor Main Hall from 11:45 to 12:15. We'll be joined by Harvey Peltz, who has lived in the Wildwood Park neighbourhood for 25 years, and also by Bob & Sue Piper, who has been involved in a number of activities surrounding the history of Wildwood Park over the years. While walking through the neighbourhood, they will tell us about living in Wildwood Park and point out local landmarks. They will also discuss the history of this unique area and its innovative (for 1946) urban design.       
Museum info:

Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. The museum needs to know the number of attendees by Wednesday November 2 (one week before the activity) and there may be a maximum number of attendees. We'll send a confirmation email message as registrations are received, and another message with any last-minute updates will be sent to all registrants on Tuesday November 8.
    
    
2016-Dec-14 – Ski at Birds Hill Park

Cancelled on Tue Dec 13 at 11:15 AM because Wednesday's weather forecast is for a high temp of -20°, with wind of 30 to 50 KPH => -36 windchill.

This activity was originally scheduled for December 21 as "Ski at a location with groomed trails", but it was moved to this date when the Cross Country Ski Refresher Course was moved to December 21.

Meet at the Birds Hill Park Stables area -- in the warm-up annex that has washrooms and is attached to the restaurant. Please be there by 12:45 so we can start skiing by 1:00 PM and be on the trails during the mildest part of the day. We'll aim for a skiing length of ~ 1 1/2 hours -- faster skiers will ski further than slower skiers. Kevin will ski back-and-forth to facilitate keeping the group (or groups) together and help ensure nobody gets lost or in trouble.

Trip rating: Novice to Intermediate.

Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.

  

2016-Dec-21 – Cross Country Ski Refresher Course at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre

This activity was originally scheduled for December 14, but it was postponed on December 12 due to the very cold forecast temperature.

Back by popular demand! We first offered this course in December 2014 and it was very successful -- 22 participants divided into three groups, each with a CANSI instructor. (We scheduled it again in early December 2015, but it was cancelled because of a lack of snow.)

Our instruction groups will be:

1. Improve your diagonal stride (the basic cross country skiing technique) -- beginner to intermediate

The goal of this lesson is for all participants to improve their diagonal striding and therefore be a more efficient skier. I'm assuming that all of you generally know how to ski and have skied in the past, although it may (or may not) have been quite some time ago. Some hills skills will also be covered. The instructor will work with this group in the Practice Grid area.

2. Review/refresh basic skills and learn/refresh more advanced techniques -- intermediate to advanced

The goal of this lesson is to become a more efficient (or faster) skier by dialing in your diagonal stride and then learning/refreshing other techniques such as turning, kick-double-poling (which is ~20% more efficient than diagonal stride on flat terrain and very slight downhills), and double-poling (which is another ~20% more efficient). There will also be a brief refresher on hills.

3. Hills -- intermediate to advanced

The goal of this lesson will be to ascend a moderately steep hill using diagonal stride technique and a short steep hill with herringbone technique, and to descend these two hills safely and confidently. Hopefully there will be time to work on both descending and ascending; descending is the priority. After a brief diagonal stride refresher, the rest of the instruction will be on hills. The instructor will ask each of you what you specifically want to achieve and try to accommodate you.

Participants will pay for their share of the instructors' fees (likely $5 of each instructor's $35 fee) and a Windsor Park Nordic Centre trail fee. Windsor Park opens at noon, so we'll schedule the course for 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. We'll have from noon to 1:00 PM in the clubhouse to get organized (grip wax skis, finalize the groups, etc), and Kevin will be available to answer questions about equipment/clothing and/or evaluate your equipment.

Instruction involves some standing around, and the training grid at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre is somewhat unsheltered, so we'll cancel this activity at a less cold temp or lesser windchill than we'd cancel when skiing in a forest. Please dress warmer than you would usually dress for skiing.

This activity will be cancelled or postponed if snow conditions are poor. (Snow conditions are good, so this will not be the case.)

Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. Please indicate the level of instruction you'd like to receive, and even specific skills you'd like to acquire. The more info you provide when registering, the more likely we can create a group that will meet your expectations. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.

Please register by Sunday December 18 so that tentative groups can be determined and the proper number of instructors can be hired.

   
2017-Feb-08 – Ski at the Sandilands trails or the Pinawa trails

Cancelled on Fri Feb 3 at 1:00 PM. I've asked Francy to recruit a new activity or leader for this day.


As of Wed Feb 1, both Sandilands and Pinawa trail conditions are listed as fair or poor. Stay tuned for a further update soon.

Sandilands (click on Trail Conditions)

Pinawa

The location decision will be made in the week leading up to this activity. At that time, detailed info will appear here. The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will convey this.

Trip rating: Intermediate or perhaps Novice to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system and the choice of trails within that system.

Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.

  
2017-Mar-22 – Ski at a location with groomed trails


Late March can have excellent skiing conditions (like in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014), no snow (like in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016), or something in between those two extremes. So we may have many possible skiing locations, or there may be only one or two trail systems that still have groomed snow. Possible skiing locations will be determined in the week leading up to this activity, and the information may change as late as the day before the activity (as can happen with any skiing plans). The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will contain a status update.

Trip rating: Intermediate to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system, the choice of trails within that system, and whether or not the tracks are icy.

Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.
 

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Page updates:

  • Friday 2017-Feb-03 -- Cancel 2017-Feb-08 Ski at Sandilands or Pinawa.
  • Wednesday 2017-Feb-01 -- Update 2017-Feb-08 Ski at Sandilands or Pinawa.
  • Saturday 2016-Dec-17 -- List the three instruction groups for the Cross Country Ski Refresher Course.
  • Tuesday 2016-Dec-13 -- Cancel tomorrow's ski at Birds Hill Park because of forecast high windchill.
  • Monday 2016-Dec-12 -- Flip-flop the December 14 and December 21 activities.
  • Wednesday 2016-Dec-07 -- The major snowfall has guaranteed that the Cross Country Ski Refresher Course is a "go" unless it's very cold..
  • Wednesday 2016-Oct-26 -- There are now two Wildwood residents who will be walking with us.
  • Saturday 2016-Oct-22 -- Add registration info for Manitoba Electrical Museum, Wildwood Park lunch/walk/discussion with a long-time resident.
  • Sunday 2016-Oct-16 --  Add the Cross Country Ski Refresher Course (Dec 14) and the three 2016-2017 skiing activities (Dec 21, Feb 8, Mar 22). 
  • Thursday 2016-Sep-29 -- Update the Wildwood Park info.
  • Friday 2016-Sep-23 -- Change Manitoba Electrical Museum from Oct 26 to Nov 9 and add the Wildwood Park info.
  • Friday 2016-Apr-15 -- Add Manitoba Electrical Museum.
  • Sunday 2016-Mar-06 -- Cancel the March 23 ski activity.
  • Wednesday 2016-Feb-10 -- Ski Camp Morton: The east side trails are definitely not hilly and this was definitely a novice trip, not novice to intermediate.
  • Tuesday 2016-Feb-09 -- Add more info about our meeting place for Ski Camp Morton.
  • Monday 2016-Feb-08 -- Add updated trail conditions at Camp Morton.
  • Tuesday 2016-Feb-02 -- Change Feb 10 from Ski Pinawa or Sandilands to Ski Camp Morton.
  • Tuesday 2015-Dec-15
  • Thursday 2015-Dec-10
  • Monday 2015-Nov-16 -- Add more info about the Cross Country Ski Refresher Course.
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