CAMPFIRE and MARSHMALLOW ROAST!

SUNDAY, OCT. 15th, 2-4 pm 
Join the Friends of Ellenwood Park for a family friendly Campfire and Marshmallow Roast. Come and experience a classic Canadian outdoor tradition. Park at the entrance gate and take a leisurely 15 minute walk along the main road down to the lake. Look for the children’s playground and you will see  the ski cabin, the fire pit is just beyond.  Newcomers to the area are most welcome! Marshmallows (halal) and toasting sticks will be provided. Bring a story to share and be sure to bring the kids! **This event is weather dependent and will be cancelled if it’s too windy or wet.

The FOEP will be hosting another classic bonfire at the Park (complete with marshmallows;-) on November 12th, from 2 to 4 pm.  These are ‘child friendly’ Sunday afternoons so that the whole family can attend, weather permitting.  More details will be posted early each month.  In the mean time, hold those dates!

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March 25th update…

Well… it’s the first weekend of spring.  How are you liking it so far?  It also happens to be the last weekend of March.  Remember that whole, “In like a lion, out like a lamb” business?  The next few days are forecast to be springlike indeed and lovely weather for a walk around Ellenwood – as long as you’re mindful of those icy patches underfoot.  The ski cabin will be closed for ski loans AGAIN… but sometimes one or two of us just like to hang out there for some peace and quiet in front of a hot wood stove, so stop by and see.  You might be lucky!  We’ve invested in some size 13 men’s ski boots for next (unfortunately) season so we’ll be all ready for you larger-footed gents as soon as Mother Nature decides to play along.  Until then, enjoy the lamb-like weather and a walk in the Park.

 

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March 18th update…

It’s a case of too much yet too little.  Too much snow on the ground preventing our Hunt for Gold to take place, but too little snow for getting out the skis.  A soggy combination.  As the sun hits the ground, it turns the snow into mush and throws a wet blanket on our plans this weekend.  Even the leprechauns have stayed away. So the Hunt for Gold is cancelled and the ski cabin will be closed, but it’s grand weather for a walk out at Ellenwood and spring is surely on its way! Maybe that’s the pot of gold we’ve been looking for;-)

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March 11th update…

Baby, it’s c-c-c-COLD outside!  Bundle up if you head out to the Park for a walk this weekend.  No snow means no skiing (…not enough glide;-) so the ski cabin will be closed while we c-c-c-continue to wait.

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March 4th update…

Cold enough for snow, but that’s about all. That means the ski cabin will be closed for ski loans again this weekend. Oh well… it’s still early in the month so by all means count your chickens, but not before they hatch.  Here’s something to think about while you wait…

If you’ve been thinking about getting your own cross country ski equipment or snowshoes, NOW is the time!  Stores like MEC and Hub Cycle put their winter sports gear on sale and the bargains are worth a trip to Halifax or Truro.  They also have staff who know how to FIT you for the right skis.  That’s right… in order to get just the right amount of grip along with just the right amount of glide, you need to be fitted for skis. Something to consider…

 

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St. Patrick’s Hunt for Gold

On Sunday, March 19th bring the wee folk out to Ellenwood where they can hunt for the gold coins that those mischievous leprechauns leave behind in the Park every year.  Afterward, they can trade all that gold for fun loot of their own to take home!

Meet at the ski cabin to register. The fun starts promptly at 2:00 and continues while supplies last.  Suitable for ages 4 to 10.  This event will be cancelled in case of bad weather. Check back here for updates before leaving home.                    Freewill donations are appreciated!

 

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Last weekend in February…

March arrives on Wednesday. Can you believe it?  Where did February go with all its deep, fluffy snow and fabulous skiing?  There’s an old saying that March comes in like a lion, but goes out like a lamb.  Whereas, Ethel Merman says, “There’s NO business like SNOW business.”   Have a look at the weather forecast for next week.  Who do you believe?

I’m going with Ethel on this one.  The ski cabin will be closed for ski and snowshoe loans for the time being.  Maybe March will come in like a lamb and go out like a lion, in which case we’ll have another kick at the can before April showers bring May flowers.  That’s it for old sayings, Broadway classics, and February.  Thanks, Ethel… and thanks to Fanpix.net for the great picture;-)

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Heritage Day at Ellenwood…

As of 10:30 this morning, the ski trails around the Park are crusty, partially ice-covered and FAST!  Definitely NOT for novice skiers.  In the interest of safety, the Friends of Ellenwood Park will not be loaning equipment to anyone without previous cross-country experience.  The surface is not appropriate for snowshoe use.

The plowed walking path that leads down to the ski cabin is mostly ice-covered and all walkers should take great care when heading into the Park. Crampons on your boots would be a good idea.

Saturday and Sunday were busy, fun-filled days on the trails for snowshoers and cross-country skiers alike.  We met LOTS of new folks and a ton of kids who all did their best and had a very good time:-)  A reward of hot chocolate and marshmallows just sweetened the experience even more.  Because of the large numbers of visitors, the ski tracks are a bit chopped up.  **If we are able to get out to groom later today, I will be sure to let you know! In the mean time, have a wonderful holiday however you spend it.  I will attach a beautiful photo that was sent to us by one of our trail users yesterday.  It’s a keeper;-)

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Heritage Day long weekend update…

Did you know it is estimated that over 3.5 million Canadians own cross-country equipment, of whom almost 2 million ski once a week or more during the winter months? Cross-country skiing is a great Canadian heritage just like hockey and maple syrup!

If you happen to be one of the 33,001,605 Canadians who DON’T own their own equipment, why not come to Ellenwood Park this weekend and borrow ours?

The ski cabin will be open for business from noon until 4:00 Saturday, Sunday AND holiday Monday.  The conditions are perfect and the time is right. Please take time to review our SAFETY TIPS before heading out to the Park.  Just click on the ‘Skiing At The Park’ tab on our home page for everything you need to know.  Please bring a donation to help keep our snow mobile running.  We can’t groom without your help.  Ski ya later!

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Would you wear a bathing suit to the symphony?

I thought that would grab your attention;-)  If you think you’re ready to try skiing, you will need to DRESS APPROPRIATELY in order to stay warm while you ski or snowshoe. Staying warm extends your time outdoors and feels a whole lot nicer than being cold, damp and chilled:-(  Here are some useful tips from the Friends of Ellenwood Park…

LAYERING – Several pieces of clothing is better than one or two bulkier pieces. Snow pants and a winter jacket ‘can’ be worn, but you may feel restricted or overheat.

IF NOT COTTON, THEN WHAT?  Cotton is perfect for absorbing moisture… which is precisely what you want to AVOID when dressing up for skiing.  No cotton sweatpants or jeans, no cotton socks or cotton underwear. You will perspire and become damp and STAY damp.  Damp = COLD!  Here’s some good advice about fabrics…

#1 Next to your skin, wear underwear or tights, made of polypro or merino wool. It wicks away moisture so you stay dry.  Remember, DRY = WARM.  #2 Your next layer is for insulation… Once you get warm, you want to STAY warm, right? A top made from polar fleece, synthetic or wool is best for this. #3  Your outermost layer should be windproof clothing that sheds snow NOT rain gear which traps sweat inside.

THE RIGHT SOCKS ARE SO IMPORTANT!  Always start with a pair of dry socks made from wool or polypro, NOT COTTON. Nice shin-length ones are best. Don’t over layer the socks. If they’re too thick, it will actually make your feet colder. You should have space to wiggle your toes inside your ski boot. You can try wearing a ladies’ knee-hi nylon stocking under your regular socks. It stops your sock from rubbing and helps prevent blisters.  Thin or ankle high socks are great for the summer, but have NO place inside a ski boot!

ACCESSORIES? Everyone should wear a woolly toque. Skip the scarf, it’s a nuisance. Mitts are warmer than gloves, but they need to be the kind with an outer fabric that sheds snow. If you do feel cold, spin your arms in circles and hop up and down. You’ll be warm in no time.  DRESS APPROPRIATELY and you’ll ski what a difference it makes!

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