Friday, October 27, 2017

2017-Nov-22 – Winnipeg Richardson International Airport tour
    
Cancelled.
     
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

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 at a location with groomed snow

At this time of year, a few locations may have good snow that is groomed, or there may be no locations, or (hopefully) we've received so much snow that every trail system is groomed.

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-Feb-07 – Ski at Sandilands or Pinawa or Burwalde Woods

Sandilands

Pinawa


Burwalde Woods


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-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:

  • 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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