It had a good run, but the Red River Mutual Trail has closed for the season.
Recent mild temperatures have made the trail unsafe for public use and forced staff at The Forks to retrieve the warming huts.
“This was one of the most difficult and challenging years for maintaining a trail,” said Paul Jordan, chief operating officer at The Forks. “It took a long time to freeze because of the fast moving current, heavy snow created slush pockets and caused large cracks in the ice and the brutal temperatures made it hard to make ice and maintain equipment.”
Jordan says crews won’t be on the trail testing it for safety, so anyone who continues to use it will be doing so at their own risk.
The trail opened January 10 and encountered thousands of skaters, skiers, and other winter revellers in its eight and a half weeks of operation.
Weather permitting, all land skating trails in the Arctic Glacier Winter Park, the canopy skating rink, snowboard hill and toboggan hill are still open.