Monday, February 5, 2018

2017-Nov-22 – Winnipeg Richardson International Airport tour
    
Cancelled on Friday Oct 27.
     
http://www.waa.ca/services/tours was updated sometime around Monday October 23:
Winnipeg Airports Authority is pleased to provide the community with tours of the publicly accessible areas of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport's Terminal Building. At this time, we are not currently offering tours and will update this page when they become available. 

      
Francy will be scheduling another activity for this day.

2017-Dec-13 – Cross Country Ski Refresher Course at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre

Cancelled on Thursday Dec 14. The Windsor Park Nordic Centre had not yet opened by Mon Dec 04, so this activity was postponed to Wed Dec 20, but it's now highly unlikely it will be open by then.
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Back by popular demand! We've offered this course in December 2014 and December 2016. It was very successful -- 20+ participants divided into three groups, each with a CANSI instructor.


Our suggested/tentative instruction groups will be the same as in December 2016:

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.

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 10 so that tentative groups can be determined and the proper number of instructors can be hired.

2017-Dec-20 – Ski Sandilands

This activity was changed from Ski Pinawa to Ski Sandilands on Monday Dec 18.

Sandilands' Green, Grey, Purple, and Black trails (~20K in total) were groomed after last Friday's snowfall. Three trail conditions reports from this past weekend describe excellent conditions.
Trail conditions

Trails maps
    
Wednesday is forecast to be a fairly cold day, but the Sandilands trails are heavily forested, so there's never a wind chill. 

We'll meet at the Tim Hortons at the Southdale Mall on Fermor at 10:00 AM. 
Map
  
After stopping at the Marchand General Store to pay our $5 per person trail fee and sign-in, we'll park at the PTH 210 trailhead parking lot. It's a one hour drive, plus the brief stop. This is the hillier side of the trail system, which is why this activity is listed as "intermediate", but the beautiful new warming hut and outhouse is only 100m from the parking lot. We'll start a fire in the stove when we arrive.
   
Bring a bagged lunch. 
      
Trip rating: 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.


2018-Jan-24 – Ski the Lac du Bonnet CC Ski Club trails in the Agassiz Provincial Forest

This activity was added on Monday January 15. 
  
Monday January 22 note:  With the melting on Wed Jan 17 & Fri Jan 19, we carefully evaluated the skiing location. Environment Canada's Pinawa weather station, which is relatively close to the Lac du Bonnet CC Ski Club trails in the Agassiz Provincial Forest, reported moderate melting on both days (=> potentially icy trails). Meanwhile, the Victoria Beach weather station, which is quite close to the Duck Lake Ski Club trails in Pine Falls, reported a high temp of only 0° on both days. So we considered skiing at the Duck Lake Ski Club trails in Pine Falls instead (110 km NE of the Perimeter Hwy & Hwy 59, so 30K further from Winnipeg). But a handful of people who skied the Manitoba Loppet in Pinawa on Saturday said the snow was only mildly transformed (not actually icy), so I'd expect the Lac du Bonnet CC Ski Club trails in the Agassiz Provincial Forest to be similar or better. So I think we will stick with it unless attendees have a strong opinion/preference.
    
The Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club maintains 11K of classic ski trails in the Agassiz Provincial Forest. The trails consist of four chained loops that gently wind through rolling gravel ridges surrounded by pine and spruce bogs, with the occasional poplar bluff.
  
Trails Map
   
The trailhead is located on the south side of Hwy 317, 15 km west of Lac du Bonnet (or 80 km NE of the Perimeter Hwy & Hwy 59).

We'll meet at the Tim Hortons at Lagimodiere and Headmaster Row at 10:00 AM. 
Map
   
Bring a bagged lunch. There is a shelter and toilet on the Blue loop (see the map), but both are in poor condition — the shelter has only three walls and has a fire pit in front of the shelter. The map shows a shelter and toilet at the trailhead, but they don’t exist. If it's a cold day, we'll change the destination.

Trail Conditions: The trails are in good shape -- lots of snow. Another ~5 cm fell early on Sunday January 14 morning. That snow was groomed a few days later.
   
I will be collecting $5 from each participant and sending a donation to the Lac du Bonnet Cross Country Ski Club.
   
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


2018-Feb-07 – Ski at Pinawa or Sandilands

Monday February 5 note: We'll be skiing the Whiteshell CC Ski Club trails in Pinawa. There are currently 7 of us registered.
     
Snow conditions east of Winnipeg are very good and another 5cm fell on Tuesday January 30. I expect complete grooming to occur on all trail systems prior to the Feb 3&4 weekend. 

For this Wednesday February 7 activity, we'll determine the location on Monday February 5 based on trail reports and also on the preference of Grey Hares who register for this activity.

Pinawa (maps, grooming info)
  • Trail reports
  • We'll meet at the Tim Hortons at Lagimodiere and Headmaster Row at 9:45 so we can leave by 10:00. Map
    The drive is slightly over an hour (105 km).
  • We'll park at the Pinawa Club for bathrooms, $5 per person trail fee payment, and final prep. We'll also use it as our trailhead.
  • The Red trail warm-up shelter is 4K away. We'll start a fire in the stove and eat lunch there. 
  • Pinawa's trails are mostly in a forest, except for the Golf Course trail.
       
Sandilands (maps, grooming info)
  • Trail reports
  • We'll meet at the Tim Hortons at the Southdale Mall on Fermor at 9:45 AM so we can leave by 10:00. Map
    The drive is about an hour (90 km).
  • We'll stop at Marchand General Store for bathroom, $5 per person trail fee payment, sign-in, and final prep.
  • We'll then drive to the PTH 404 trailhead parking lot. This is the flatter side of the trail system, which allows skiers to avoid the hilly part of the trail system (along PTH 210) if they'd like.
  • The south warm-up shelter is 4K away. This is the smaller 8-year-old shelter. We'll start a fire in the stove and eat lunch there.
  • Sandilands' trails are mostly in a fairly dense forest.   
     
Bring a bagged lunch. 

I expect that we'll be back to Winnipeg at around 3:30. 
      
Trip rating: Novice to Intermediate.


Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. Please tell us whether your preference is Pinawa or Sandilands, or whether both are OK with you. 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.

2018-Mar-14 – Ski at a location with groomed snow

At this time of year, a few locations may still have good snow that is groomed, or there may be no locations, or (hopefully) almost every trail system has groomed snow.

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, the choice of trails within that system, and the condition of the trails.


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.

2018-Apr-4 – Bike Tune-up Workshop

Bring your bicycle to [central indoor location that charges us a reasonable rental cost, allows us to bring in bikes, and is large enough for 25 attendees] for a 2 to 3 hour workshop where you will learn:
  • how to give it a quick check,
  • how to do some thorough checks,
  • to identify problems, and
  • what to do (or who to contact) for various common and discrete problems.
The workshop will begin with an explanation of general bicycle info, followed by basic maintenance, which you may want to learn how to do yourself or decide to have a bike shop do for you.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions. We’ll end the workshop with lunch.


Fee: The $nn rental fee for [the location] will be divided among all attendees. 


Registration Deadline: Wednesday March 28.

Kevin Miller has extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience as a bicycle mechanic … and as a road cyclist, mountain biker, day-touring cyclist, and all-year transportation cyclist.


Contact Kevin 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:

  • Monday 2018-Feb-05 -- Update 2018-Feb-07 – Ski at Pinawa.
  • Wednesday 2018-Jan-31 -- Update 2018-Feb-07 – Ski at Pinawa or Sandilands.
  • Friday 2018-Jan-22 -- Update Wed Jan 24, Ski the Lac du Bonnet CC Ski Club trails in the Agassiz Provincial Forest with "melting".
  • Monday 2018-Jan-15 -- Add Wed Jan 24, Ski the Lac du Bonnet CC Ski Club trails in the Agassiz Provincial Forest.
  • Monday 2017-Dec-18 -- The Dec 20 skiing activity was changed from Pinawa to Sandilands
  • Thursday 2017-Dec-14 -- Cancel the Cross Country Ski Refresher Course. The Dec 20 skiing activity will be in Pinawa.
  • Monday 2017-Dec-04 -- Update the 2017-Dec-13 and 2017-Dec-20  activities.  
  • Friday 2017-Oct-27 -- The Winnipeg Richardson International Airport tour scheduled for November 22 has been cancelled.
  • Saturday 2017-Oct-14 -- Add 2017-Nov-22 – Winnipeg Richardson International Airport tour and 2018-Apr-4 – Bike Tune-up Workshop.
  • Tuesday 2017-Oct-10 -- Delete Spring/Summer/Fall activities. Add the Cross Country Ski Refresher Course (Dec 13) and the three 2017-2018 skiing activities (Dec 20, Feb 7, Mar 14).
  • Saturday 2017-Sep-23 -- Update 2017-Sep-26 to Sep-28 – Nutimik Lake Camp/Bike/Paddle: the red update.
  • Sunday 2017-Aug-20 -- Update 2017-Sep-26 to Sep-28 – Nutimik Lake Camp/Bike/Paddle: the bolded September 10 sentence.
  • Friday 2017-Apr-27 -- Update 2017-May-03 – Paddle the Seine River: clarification of starting time.
  • Thursday 2017-Apr-27 -- Update 2017-May-03 – Paddle the Seine River: water temp.
  • Wednesday 2017-Apr-26 -- Update 2017-May-03 – Paddle the Seine River: There is adequate clearance under all the bridges.
  • Thursday 2017-Apr-20 -- Remove all 2016-2017 Fall/Winter/Spring activities. Add 2017-May-03 – Paddle the Seine River and 2017-Sep-26 to Sep-28 – Nutimik Lake Camp/Bike/Paddle.
  • Tuesday 2017-Mar-14 -- Change 2017-Mar-22 – Ski at a location with groomed trails to 2017-Mar-22 – Manitoba Museum Guided Tour.
  • 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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