A Manitoba teen has died after a skiing accident at Holiday Mountain last week.
The 13-year-old girl from Prairie Spirit School Division was on a field trip at La Riviere when she was badly hurt after losing control on an advanced run and crashed into an orange plastic fence that separates the run from an adjacent T-bar line.
The girl’s family made the decision to take her off life support on Tuesday.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy over the holidays, the City of Winnipeg reminded citizens on Monday.
Toboggan hills are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with winter slides operating from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Regional skating rinks — 43 of them in total — are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Construction on the Peguis Pavilion skating rink in Kildonan Park, and the Duck Pond skating rink in St. Vital Park is still underway.
Cross-country skiing trailers are located in Kidonan Park, Harbour View, St. Vital Park, La Barriere Park and Living Prairie Museum.
For more of the city’s winter activities, visit Winnipeg.ca.
With the first dumping of snow already on the ground, skiers are getting ready for a full season ahead.
The Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba is holding their 31st annual Swap Shop on Saturday, November 23.
The seasonal event is a community sale of new and used cross country ski equipment, where knowledgeable volunteers and local retailers also assist people with their purchases and to pass on valuable information about the programs offered by CCSAM and the cross country ski clubs of Manitoba.
Asessippi Ski Area and Resort welcomed its one millionth guest on New Year’s Eve.
The western Manitoba ski hill near Inglis says more than 1,150 guests rang in 2013 on the slopes on December 31 — a 10% increase from last season.
“Guests are really enjoying the upgrades we made this fall,” said Roz Pulo, the resort’s marketing director. “With more lifts, we now have people spread out in different areas, which means less congestion and shorter lift lines.”
Asessippi installed a new 650-foot magic carpet in the beginner area, named the Ollie Express. They also expanded the tubing park and installed a handle tow in the Robin’s Run Terrain Park. Upgrades to the Squirrel Chair were completed and opened just a few days after the resort did.
Asessippi Ski Area and Resort is now open for the season, albeit in gradual stages.
The ski hill just west of Inglis, Manitoba had a few runs open last Thursday, but by Sunday there were 12 runs groomed and open. More runs are scheduled to open this week as more snow continues to fall.
Asessippi is kicking off its season with the Get Amped traditional freestyle competition. Thirty-two competitors will enjoy mild temperatures on the hill, as they show off their skiing and snowboarding maneuvers.
The resort is open daily over the holidays, except on Christmas Day. Snow conditions and operating hours can be found by visiting Asessippi.com.
Winter enthusiasts will appreciate that the ski trails at Assiniboine Park have been freshly groomed.
Staff were out on Thursday prepping the trails after a layer of snow, and then again on Friday touching up some other areas.
The trails take skiers past the Lyric Theatre and gardens, beyond the Duck Pond shelter and back to The Park Café. Other inner trails weave in and out of the park to make for a longer trip along Roblin and Corydon Boulevards (download trail map).
“During the winter, the trails are typically groomed twice a week as weather permits. We do not groom the trails if it is snowing and will commence grooming when the snowfall stops,” according to the Assiniboine Park website.
Trails are open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The park’s toboggan hill is also operational, which is located on the north side of the Nature Playground. However, skaters will have to wait a little longer before the Duck Pond is hard enough to glide on. Last year, staff opened the pond on December 30.