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Video Time: Fat Biking Winter Groomed Trails

Looking back at a great day of fat biking on the winter trails at Grand Beach Provincial Park in Manitoba, Canada.

These are multi-use winter trails (Park designation) that are groomed for classic and skate XC skiing. Others use the trails as well (hikers and snowshoers, but they can mark up the trails).
We fat bikers with our wide tires (3.7 inches minimum up to 4.8 inches) and low tire pressure (below 10 PSI is advised) can ‘float’ on the firm-ish packed trails and cruise along at speed, while having great control (good grip).
As long as we stay off the set classic ski tracks, avoid the trails once it’s warmer (near O C) and ride in a smart courteous way, we can enjoy the trails and not conflict with others on the trails, especially the skiers. Our speed is very compatible with good skate skiers, while the classic skiers are much slower, so give a friendly warning as you approach them (just like skate skiers have to).


Groomed winter trails can be a blast for us fat bikers, as long as we use them correctly and with good trail etiquette! Remember though that while access to these trails may be allowed at this time and at this location (a Provincial Park – not a private ski trail location), this access could be lost. So … 3.7 inch minimum width tires, keep the pressure low and avoid the trails if they are warm/soft!

Grand Beach Fat Bike Throw Down #3: Even More Awesome in Pictures!

Fat Tom K Productions

Ok, so there are manyothersuperlatives that I could use to describe how AWESOME this past Sunday’s Throw Down #3 was, but hey, #1 was Awesome, #2 was More Awesome and yes, #3 was Even More AWESOME!

Our happy herd (think Big Fat Manitoba Bisons!) of 9 fatties started even earlier in the morning, due to rising spring temps, but in the end conditions turned out to be stellar!

We cruised the Grand Beach ski trails on our low-pressure fat tires and only left dimple marks behind!
The XC skiers we met and shared our potluck feast with were unanimous in their awe at how smoothly we floated on the packed snow trails and marveled at how cool are bikes are … “you can’t ride a fat bike without smiling“!

GB FB TD 3 - Greg's Pic 4 Photo Credit: Gregory McNeill

With all the sweet GoPro video footage I have from all three…

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Fatbike Wonderland

Fat Jon’s Post:

I rode my Pugsley up and down the trails at Grand Beach today. Wow! It was fantastic on the sandy trails and had SO much control up and down the hills. The fatbike smoothed out the trails and conquered the rock gardens, what rock gardens ? ha ha 🙂

Wouldn’t be surprised to see it roaring up a hill at a local race?

After 40 KM of hitting every rock and boulder my 60 gram tubes (26X1.9/2.3) held up fine

Fat Bike News: Grand Targhee Resort Embraces The Fat

Fat Ian’s Post:

“Grand Targhee Resort has become the first ski resort in the country to promote snow biking. Beginning this ski season, Grand Targhee will allow snow bikes on their groomed Nordic Trails as long as riders purchase a Nordic ticket for $10 per day or a Nordic season pass for $115. Grand Targhee is also hosting their first snow bike race on Sunday, January 15th to coincide with Teton Valley’s Winter Festival.”

Read more (and see some nice pics, like the one below…)

Grand Targhee

So… is there somewhere in Manitoba where a similar shared trail situation could work? (even on a trial basis?)