Sandilands Ski Club

Prime Manitoba Nordic Skiing

Ski pass

All trail users are required to purchase a trail pass prior to skiing. Trail user fees enable the club to maintain the trails, facilities, and grooming equipment and are critical to the ongoing health of the club.

$5

Individual day pass

Sign in at Marchand Store prior to skiing, or pay digitally below.

$15

Family day pass

Sign in at Marchand Store prior to skiing, or pay digitally below.

$85

Individual season pass

News

Covid restrictions forced many people to the outdoors this past season, and the result was a huge increase in trail user conflict. Many people disregarded posted trail etiquette signage and proceeded to use the trails for forbidden activities such as walking, snowshoeing and tobogganing. With the lack of snowfall, it was a challenge to repair the damage from the trail misuse.

Link to Steinbach Online Article.

The Ski Club purchased a new 2021 Yamaha VK540 to replace the 2002 machine used to pull the grooming equipment in Sandilands.

A couple of Ski Angels used their spare time to the benefit of the Ski Club. These angels created 300 color coded skier signs for the Sandilands Trail system. They took down many of the old signs, as they posted the new ones, leaving the trails much less confusing.  Another Angel spent some of his spare time clearing the parking lots at Quarry Oaks and Sandilands when needed and chopping firewood.

Stay tuned as Jackrabbits news is developing. Between covid regulations, and the need for more parent volunteer coaches, this program may or may not run this season.

The Sandilands Jackrabbit Program is hoping to attract additional children, families and coaches to ensure the long term development of the program.  Initial time commitments for the coaches would be 1-2 hours of time every Saturday from early January until late March.  An introduction to Community Coaching certificate (or higher designation) would be required for those interested in coaching.  Family and children participating in the scheduled ski lesson time of approximately 1 hour each Saturday.  Additional information on coaching or participating in Jackrabbits can be requested through the Sandilands Ski Club email (sandilands.ski.club@gmail.com)

Between Covid restrictions and lack of snow in other parts of the country, a record number of skiers hit the trails once they were groomed.  Ski Club membership tripled and day use of the trails both at Sandilands and Quarry Oaks significantly increased. Above normal temperatures ran from January through to mid February creating a haven for skiers. Ski season ran from December 24,2021 to the beginning of March, 2022.  Thanks again to our groomers, who were able to make pristine trails out of little snow, the season was a huge success.

 Thanks again to our groomers who went extra the extra mile to provide excellent trails.  Sandilands, Quarry Oaks and Steinbach Fly In golf courses were groomed on a regular basis in a limited snow year. Despite the lack of snow our groomers had almost all trails in Sandilands and Quarry Oaks golf course packed by December 23.  Quarry Oaks was groomed on December 24th followed by a number of trails at Sandilands on the December 30, 2020.

Thanks to the works of 42 volunteers all trail work was completed before the start of the Ski season.  Before and after trail prep, volunteers were busy with hill work, mowing the trails, cutting fallen trees and scouting out work to be completed on trail prep day, posting you are here and trailhead signs.  The original date for trail prep was cancelled due very strong winds.  Despite its cancellation a number of volunteers were out in Sandilands working at clearing fallen trees and mowing trails.  An extended family, who had been assigned to trail work on the Red/Orange trails gave these trails a face lift as they cleared brush, cut down fallen trees and created and posted new signs to the trails.

Events

Sunday February 27th, 2022  

Skiers mark Sunday February 27th on your calendar as a reminder to come out and enjoy skiing on our pristine snow packed trails in Sandilands Provincial forest.  After your ski, stick around for a while and become acquainted with some of the skiers that you meet on the trails.  At 3 pm we will be meeting outside the new warming hut just off the parking lot on highway 210. We will be serving some hearty homemade food and we will celebrate our 30th Anniversary as a ski club.

This event is open to skiers of all ages, who are ski club members or who have paid trail fees for the day. If you are interested in attending the Sandilands Ski Day contact, Laurie @ 204-326-4267 or by email at Sandilands.ski.club@gmail.com by Friday the evening of 25th as we need to know how many skiers to prepare food for. Any changes will be posted on our website closer to the event.

Learn basic skills and techniques to make the most of your skiing this winter! Our certified coaches will help you understand the basics of balance, classic ski technique, effective use of poles, and everything you need to know to enjoy your time on the trails. Sessions will be geared towards new skiers, but will adapt to participants’ skill levels.

Session 1: Feb 19, 1:30-3:00
Session 2: Feb 26, 1:30-3:00

Location: Quarry Oaks Golf Club

Cost: Costs for members are included in the membership fee for the session. If not a member then a day use trail fee is required. Donations to the club are always gratefully accepted.

Sign up for one or both sessions by emailing    sandilands.skiclub@gmail.com     Limit of 12 spots available.

RSVP by Thu, Feb 10.

Covid has cancelled the ski swap again this year.

Steinbach’s Source for Sports will once again be carrying ski equipment. Shop local! Last year demand was through the roof and inventory sold out quickly.

Our Annual General Meeting this year will be not be held due to Covid. If you want reports on any aspect of the club, please email the club with your request.

  There will still be a $10.00 discount per registration for those who pay their membership/trail fees before Nov. 21 (if submitting paper reg ) and Dec. 4th digitally through zone 4 registration.

Please pay before snow falls, as insurance only covers those skiing with an active membership or who pay trail fees and sign in each time they ski at the Marchand store.

Jackrabbits program will operate if  Covid restrictions allow and there is a willingness from parents to commit to coaching. Families interested in enjoying a great winter outdoor activity for the whole Family contact Michael at jmdoig@mymts.net.

The Sandilands Jackrabbit Program is hoping to attract additional children, families and coaches to ensure the long term development of the program.  Initial time commitments for the coaches would be 1-2 hours of time every Saturday from early January until late March.  An introduction to Community Coaching certificate (or higher designation) would be required for those interested in coaching.  Family and children participating in the scheduled ski lesson time of approximately 1 hour each Saturday.  Additional information on coaching or participating in Jackrabbits can be requested through the Sandilands Ski Club email (sandilands.ski.club@gmail.com)

Learn to ski

Our Jackrabbits program is for anyone 5 and up. Come and learn to ski.

Club Partners

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About Us

Sandilands Ski Club has a storied past. For a peak into our past, and access to past race footage, aerial forest fire footage and more, click below

Trails

Sandilands Ski Club maintains three trail clusters.

REMEMBER TO PURCHASE YOUR TRAIL PASS PRIOR TO SKIING!

Fly In Golf Course

The Fly In Golf Course trail is all about convenience. Located near the heart of the City of Steinbach, it's close enough for a quick ski when time is limited!

Quarry Oaks

Quarry Oaks offers the only skate ski groomed trail in Southeast Manitoba, along with over 12km of pristine classic tracks winding through the oaks and rolling terrain of the Quarry Oaks Golf Course.

Sandilands Forest

The trails in Sandilands Forest provide over 35km of single tracked trail that wind up and down ancient glacial moraines and through mature stands of Red Pine, Birch and Poplar trees.

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