Cross-country gliding…

Explore the 30-km of cross-country ski trails in popular Birds Hill Provincial Park. Groomed for skiing in the winter, this system of trails criss-crosses Birds Hill’s backcountry. The six trails vary from 4 to 14 km in length and are designed for novice to intermediate skiers. Shelters with wood stoves and firewood have been provided along several of the trails. Trailheads are at the riding stable restaurant and at the Chickadee Trail parking lot.

Bury the summer memories of the sandy beach at Grand Beach Provincial Park as it offers some of southern Manitoba’s finest cross-country ski trails. All five designated routes begin and end at the same staging area. Each is rated for different skill levels: the Jack Pine (2.6 km) and Blueberry (3.2 km) trails are recommended for novices; intermediate skiers will enjoy the Boulder Hill (6.1 km) and Beaver Pond (13.3 km) trails; and expert skiers will find the Squirrel Run (2.6 km) challenging.

Continue east to Pinawa for a glide through thick forest, spruce bogs and rocky outcrops. Catch glimpses of the Winnipeg River and Pinawa Channel through snow-laden tree branches. Time your visit to coincide with the annual Manitoba Loppet, held in January and open to all skier levels.

Book a cabin or room, and cruise for days on the trails in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Traverse kilometres of classic tracks on the connecting Whiteshell, West Hawk and Falcon Ridge trail systems. Detour south on the trip home and lose yourself in the dramatic bone-white stands of birch in Sandilands Provincial Forest.

www.ccsam.ca/where-to-ski/eastern-manitoba
www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks/recreation/ski_trail

Its Downhill from here…
Get a rush on the snowboard terrain park and groomed tubing chutes at Falcon Ridge Ski & Recreation Area in eastern Manitoba. Pump adrenaline on ‘The Bear Pit’ featuring two table tops, a quarter pipe and a fun box. Point your skis downhill on one of the 11 runs with a t-bar, two rope tows and a new handle tow for beginners.

Springhill Winter Park is located 15 minutes from downtown Winnipeg, located off Highway 59 North on Oasis Rd and hosts a hill at 130 foot vertical with ten runs. You can take part in skiing, snowboarding, ski and snowboard rentals, professional ski and snowboard lessons, night skiing, Canadian Ski Patrol first aid service, kitchen and licensed sports bar.  They have a quad chair lift, rope tow, terrain park, moguls, race run, half-pipe, and learning area.

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