Cold Snap a Blessing for River Trail at The Forks

Skating Trail
Crews flood the Red River Mutual Trail on Sunday, December 28, 2014. (THE FORKS / TWITTER)

With Winnipeg being sent back into a deep freeze over the weekend, the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks is coming along nicely for skaters.

Crews spent most of Sunday flooding and grooming the rink to extend from the Historic Port to Churchill Drive. Temperatures felt close to -40°C with the wind chill yesterday — a welcome change for some hearty winter enthusiasts after more than a week of above seasonal temperatures.

The Forks hasn’t announced an opening date for the trail yet, and for now only the Arctic Glacier Winter Park and canopy skating rink are open to the public.

The colder weather also had Assiniboine Park to open the duck pond skating rink on Saturday. Skaters can get a reprieve from the chilly elements by the fireplace at the Park Cafe? inside the Qualico Family Centre.

North of the city, Stony Mountain Ski Area announced it would be closed today and Tuesday due to extreme cold. They plan to reopen Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— Staff