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New ‘Ice Chute’ Slide a Cool Addition at The Forks

February 13, 2020 6:30 PM | News

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The Ice Chute

The Ice Chute at The Forks is now open. (MANITOBA 150 / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — An icy toboggan run at The Forks is now open as part of Manitoba 150 celebrations.

The Ice Chute was created by Manitoba firm Sputnik Architecture and is located on the south side of the market near the river’s edge.

“I took inspiration for the Ice Chute from black and white photos of the 1922 Winnipeg Winter Carnival. This is my tribute to that time, to the spirit of fun, thrills, and outdoor appreciation you can clearly see in the images,” said Peter Hargraves, principal, Sputnik Architecture.

The Ice Chute

The Ice Chute at The Forks is now open. (MANITOBA 150 / HANDOUT)

“What better way to embrace winter than through the beautiful, temperamental medium of ice?”

Ice for the project was harvested from FortWhyte Alive in the form of 144 blocks between 11 and 15 centimetres thick. In total, 45 tons of ice was utilized and 11 semi truckloads of snow from The Forks was used to create the slide’s ramp.

Hargraves and his team then used chainsaws and other handheld tools to sculpt the slide into a perfect slippery slope for all to enjoy.

If you’d like to slide 250 feet down the Ice Chute, you have until as long as Mother Nature allows it.


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