Cold temperatures and arctic air have left most of the western province shivering with cold winds of up to -55 °C, prompting ski hills to close and even backyard rink owners indoors. was forced to keep.
“We’ve been playing a lot of board games and watching movies,” said Lance Glor, who has a rink in Edmonton’s backyard for his four kids.
“It’s hard enough. Anything less than -20, it’s dangerous to get anyone on the rink.”
Environment Canada said all of Alberta and most of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, along with parts of Manitoba and Ontario, are under extreme cold weather warnings.
Winters in Edmonton and Calgary can range between -40°C and -55°C.
Edmonton and Calgary, as well as many ski hills in and around the Rocky Mountains, have already been closed for days due to extreme cold.
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Paul Klan with the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club said people can still ski cross-country. But even on the city’s popular Nordic trails in Goldbar Park, which is near the Klan’s home, the freezing cold keeps people away.
Klan, a former member of the national biathlon team, said, “Christmas Day, we don’t usually see a lot of people here, but come Boxing Day, you start seeing something else, and the numbers are definitely less. it occurs.”
“It depends on everyone’s comfort level. I really ski at almost any temperature. You just have to dress for it.”
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Environment Canada said cold, arctic air has accumulated over western and central Saskatchewan with cold winds of up to -45 degrees Celsius.
It said Arctic outflow winds and lower temperatures are also forecast to drop the mercury near or below -20 degrees Celsius over much of British Columbia. The agency said the extreme cold could continue next week.
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Cooler temperatures have been a boon for Iceville, the largest outdoor rink in the Prairies, being built for the second year in a row at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium, set to open at noon on New Year’s Eve.
Mark Rathwell of the Regina Exhibition Association, which operates the stadium, said last year when the crew was building the rink, there was some freezing and thawing. But this year, it’s been colder since they started making it two weeks ago.
It takes a lot of work to build a rink on a field because the field is built high in the middle so that it can flow. They have to create multiple layers of ice, starting from the outside, he explained.
“This year, icemakers told us we had ideal conditions, Rathwell said with a laugh. “It’s been cold.”
Several cities in western Canada have already opened emergency shelters and warming centers for people who have not been able to stay outside, including Vancouver, where it was -11 on Monday. That’s almost a record low for the city, which fell to 12.8 degrees in 1971.
Edmonton officials said Monday they were suspending non-essential snow clearing because of the extreme cold, noting it was risky for employees, contractors and their equipment.
Super-cold temperatures still continued on Monday in the Winnipeg area, including Oakbank, east of the capital, where Andrew Mead said his two children aged 5 and 7 are enjoying the family’s backyard curling rink.
It was still a relatively balmy-10 on Monday, but a sharp drop was predicted to occur overnight, and to continue to fall later in the week when Mead and his family had a rental in Riding Mountain National Park. -The frame was the cabin.
“As long as you’re bundled up and dressed properly, being outside on cold days is great,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to us.”
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