Outdoor activities come to a halt amid freezing temperatures in Alberta


Some outdoor activities in and around Calgary have been canceled due to dangerously cold conditions.

Several ski resorts closed for the day due to freezing temperatures. The coldest wind chill values ​​will be between minus 40 and minus 50.

In social media posts, Sunshine Village Ski Resort in Banff, Nakiska Ski Area near Kananaskis and Marmot Basin in Jasper said they would be closed on Sunday due to the extreme cold.

For the bundled up and the brave, other resorts, including Lake Louise Ski Resort and Castle Mountain Resort, remain open and some chairlifts are closed.

WinSport in Calgary said on Sunday that its ski and snowboard track at Canada Olympic Park will be closed on Monday, but the track is expected to reopen on Tuesday. The tube park is expected to be closed until Thursday.

Environment Canada issued an extreme cold alert for all of Alberta on Sunday as temperatures pose a risk of frostbite. The cold snap is expected to last until next week in many areas.

All of Alberta was on Environment Canada’s extreme cold alert on Sunday. (Environment Canada)

The Tim Hortons Western Canada Pond Hockey Championships in Chestermere have been postponed for a day in hopes that the weather will warm up soon. The event was scheduled to start on Monday, but was pushed back to Tuesday.

“We waited and waited and waited,” said Lesley Plumley, the event planner.

“We’re like this just won’t work. Safety is paramount to us for everyone… I think all of our participants are going to thank us for not letting them play in the very cold weather.”

An aerial view of the pond hockey rinks set up for the Tim Hortons Western Canada Pond Hockey Championships. The event has been postponed for a day. (Provided by Tim Hortons Western Canada Pond Hockey Championships)

In Calgary, drivers face icy sections of road, said Christopher McGeachy, spokesperson for the city’s roads department, in an email.

McGeachy said road salt is rendered ineffective when it’s colder than -12C, so crews apply sanding chips and gravel to the roads to improve traction.

He said staff would work day and night in cold weather to keep the roads safe.

The Zoolights outdoor event, at the Wilder Institute / Calgary Zoo, was also canceled on Sunday and Monday.


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