Saturday, October 12, 2019

2019-Dec-11 – Cross Country Ski Lessons at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre

We've offered these lessons each December since 2014. It's been a very successful activity each time -- 20+ participants divided into three or four groups, each with a CANSI instructor. (Post-activity anonymous comments from previous years are available on request.) 

Depending on the desires and skill levels of participants, possible instruction groups could be:

1. Improve (or learn) diagonal stride (the basic cross country skiing technique) – beginner, novice, and participants who have not skied very much in the past few years

The goal of this lesson is for participants to learn or improve diagonal striding. The instructor will work with this group in the Practice Grid area.

2. Improve your diagonal stride (the basic cross country skiing technique) – intermediate or getting there, and have skied a fair amount in the past
  
The goal of this lesson is for participants to improve diagonal striding and become a more efficient skier. Some hills skills may be covered.

3. Review/refresh basic skills and learn/refresh other 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 learn/refresh other techniques.


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


5. Hills intermediate

The goal of this lesson will be to ascend a moderately steep hill using diagonal stride technique, ascend 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.

Cost:

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.

Time:

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.

Weather:

Instruction involves some standing around, and the training grid at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre is not well sheltered, 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.

Registration:

If you are interested (or might be interested) in attending this activity, please contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net ASAP to register ... or if you have questions or comments. Please indicate which of the five instruction you'd prefer, and also 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.

The registration deadline is Wednesday December 4 at 8:00 AM. At that time, registrants will be contacted and asked if they'd like to commit to the activity by agreeing to pay in-person at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre on Wednesday December 11. We will then determine if we have a sufficient number of registrations to form instruction groups and hire instructors.

This activity will be cancelled or postponed if snow conditions are poor or if the number of registrations is insufficient to form instruction groups.
      
      
2019-Dec-18 – Ski at a location with groomed trails (snow dependent)

At this time of year, hopefully at least one trail system will have good groomed snow.

The location decision will be made during 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: 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.
   
    

2020-Jan-22 or 2020-Jan-29 or 2020-Feb-05 – Ski at a location to be announced

February is the prime cross country skiing month. Almost every trail system should have groomed snow, but some will be much better than others (as per trail conditions reports on CCSAM's website and the various club's/trail's websites).

The location decision will be made during 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. Possible locations are Sandilands, Pinawa, Agassiz Provincial Forest, and Pine Falls.

Trip rating: 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.
   
    
 
2020-Mar-11 – Ski at a location with groomed trails (snow dependent)

At this time of year, a few locations will probably 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: 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.
 
        
2020-Mar-18 – Snowshoe (hike) along the lower Bird River

Last winter in February, March, and April, our friend was part of groups that snowshoed (February and March) or hiked (April) along a section of the lower Bird River that has a series of rapids and a waterfall in beautiful rugged Canadian Shield topography.  All three of his trips were a great experience, but arguably the March snowshoe was the best.

Our friend plans to attend this Grey Hares activity. 

Photos: (Feb 3, Mar 16 – the 7th to 14th photos, Apr 19)

Location:

Map from the north Perimeter Hwy to the parking location (137 km / 1.5 hours) 

"South towards the Bird River from the parking lot is a mishmash of unmarked trails. Keep right and you'll hit the lowest set up rapids in about 15 minutes. From there, hike up-river. There are numerous scenic access points to the rapids and waterfall for ~2 km. Total hiking distance: ~5 km. Allow for 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy the river."
   
Carpooling:

We'll meet at the Tim Hortons at Lagimodière and Headmaster Row at 9:30 AM.
Map 

If you'd like to share a ride to the carpooling location, we can help facilitate.
  
Lunch:
     
Depending on the temperature, we'll either find a spot to eat along the river, or we'll eat in cars when we arrive. 
                
Snowshoes:

Hiking without snowshoes is not recommended. Modern snowshoes provide excellent traction on ice, and of course all snowshoes greatly improve flotation on snow.

There are places in Winnipeg that rent them, or perhaps there are Grey Hares who own a pair, won't be attending this activity, and are willing to lend their pair. (If that's you, please contact us.)

Hiking poles with a winter basket (or ski poles) are also useful, as are waterproof boots.

Weather / Snow Conditions:

If an early spring melt occurs, or if highways are poor, or if the weather forecast is poor, we'll cancel this activity. We'll make the decision as early as possible.

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.
  
    
2020-Apr-08 – Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre facility tour (John Hirsch mainstage)
 

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's John Hirsch Mainstage is a National Historic Site. It is recognized for its contribution to Canadian theatre and for its unique Brutalist architecture.

Brutalist architecture in Winnipeg

Facility tours provide a behind-the-scenes look at Royal MTC for interested groups to gain a unique perspective on how they produce the plays you see on stage. Tours may visit the carpentry shop, wardrobe, props department, rehearsal hall, and more!
   
Details:

  • Location: 174 Market Ave [add a link to a Google Map]
  • Time: ??:?? . The tour will last for ?? hours.
  • Cost: $?.?? per person.
  • Group size: Minimum ??. Maximum ??.
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More info: ????
  
Trip rating: Novice
    
Registration:

The registration deadline is ?????. 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:
  • Saturday 2019-Oct-12 -- Add 2019-Dec-11 – Cross Country Ski Lessons at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre, three skiing activities, the snowshoeing activity, and the RMTC Tour activity.  
  • Saturday 2019-Sep-21 -- Add 2019-Oct-02 – Lawn Bowling / Mini Golf / Shuffleboard / Horseshoes
  • Tuesday 2019-Sep-03 -- Update the Paddling section for 2019-Sep-16 Riding Mountain Camping (oTentiks).
  • Friday 2019-Aug-23 -- Add 2019-Sep-16 Riding Mountain Camping (oTentiks).
  • Wednesday August 7 -- Add 2019-Aug-28 – Paddle Caddy Lake Tunnels ... and more (Tue Aug 27 to Thu Aug 29).
  • Friday 2019-Jul-05 -- Remove 2019-Jun-26 – Paddle Netley Creek. Add 2019-Sep-16 Riding Mountain Camping (oTentiks), 2019-Oct-02 Lawn Bowling at Harbour View, 2019-Oct-30 Trail Maintenance Sandilands.
  • Thursday 2019-Jun-06 -- For 2019-Jun-26, Paddle Devil's Creek is our Plan A.
  • Sunday 2019-Jun-02 -- Add 2019-Jun-26 – Paddle Netley Creek or Devil's Creek.
  • Saturday 2019-Apr-20 -- For 2019-Apr-24 Kismet Creek Farm, all recent changes and additions are highlighted in red.
  • Friday 2019-Mar-08 -- Add 2019-Mar-13 – Ski at a location to be determined after the forecast snow event on Saturday.
  • Sunday 2019-Feb-03 -- Change 2019-Feb-06 – Ski at a location to be announced to 2019-Feb-06 – Snowshoe at Birds Hill Park.
  • Wednesday 2018-Dec-19 -- Cancel 2018-Dec-19 – Ski at Burwalde Woods.
  • Thursday 2018-Dec-13 -- Change 2018-Dec-19 – Ski at a location with groomed snow to 2018-Dec-19 – Ski at Burwalde Woods.
  • Saturday 2018-Nov-10 -- Remove all Spring-Summer-Fall activities.
  • Tuesday 2018-Oct-23 evening-- Update to 2018-Oct-31 – Scavenger Hunt at The Forks.
  • Monday 2018-Oct-15 -- Add 5 Fall-Winter-Spring Schedule activities 2018-Dec 12, 2018-Dec-19, 2019-Feb-06, 2019-Feb-27, 2019-Apr-24.
  • Monday 2018-Oct-15 -- Update the Registration section for 2018-Oct-31 – Scavenger Hunt at The Forks.
  • Saturday 2018-Sep 29 -- Update 2018-Oct 17 – Fort Gibraltar Tour, Walk Whittier Park and/or Lagimodière-Gaboury Park with an updated registration date -- see the bold text.
  • Sunday 2018-Sep-09 – Add 2018-Sep-26 Paddle the La Salle River from the Red River to La Barriere Park (and return).
  • Sunday 2018-Sep-09 -- Add a link to photos of the Tulabi Falls yurts.
  • Tuesday 2018-Aug-25 -- Update Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike: We now have 5 yurts and 21 Grey Hares have expressed interest in this trip.
  • Wednesday 2018-Apr-25 -- Update 2018-Oct 17 – Fort Gibraltar Tour, Walk Whittier Park and/or Lagimodière-Gaboury Park with JP Brunet joining us.
  • Tuesday 2018-Apr-24 -- Update Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike: Yurt #6 became available, so I reserved it!
  • Saturday 2018-Apr-14 -- Add Fort Gibralter Tour, Walk Whittier Park and/or Lagimodiere-Gaboury Park. Also add Scavenger Hunt at The Forks.
  • Saturday 2018-Apr-14 -- Remove both Bicycle Tune-up clinics.
  • Tuesday 2018-Apr-10 -- Add "Handlbar & Stem" to the list of topics for the  Bicycle Tune-up Skills Clinic.
  • Monday 2018-Apr-09 -- Minor updates to Bicycle Tune-up Skills Clinic.
  • Monday 2018-Apr-09 -- Add Bicycle Tune-up Skills Clinic.
  • Saturday 2018-Mar-24 -- Update Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike with the "Manitoba Park's rules ..." paragraph in the "... only 12?" section.
  • Wednesday 2018-Mar-21 -- Update 2018-Apr-4 – Bike Tune-up Workshop with the location of the workshop and clarification of the registration deadline.
  • Tuesday 2018-Mar-20 -- Remove all 2017-2018 Fall/Winter/Spring activities. Add 2018-Sep-18 to Sep-20 – Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike.
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