Toby Creek’s Nipika Loppet last weekend. Photo by Jed Cochrane

Weekly Whiteway Report

Varied weather makes for unstable snowpack on the lake

It’s been quite the mix of wind, rain, snow, sun, and ice out on the Lake Windermere Whiteway the past few days. We are having no luck getting any stable snowpack out on the lake, so skiing is still off the table for the next while. Same goes up at the Lake Lillian Whiteway and Junior Johnson trails. Skating conditions are coming and going along with the freezing level, and we appreciate users staying off the trail when the ice is wet or when temps are doing a freeze-thaw, for your own safety and to help keep the trail in great shape.

With the Pond Hockey Championships wrapped up, vehicle access via Kinsmen Beach is again restricted and we would like to thank everyone for cooperating and sharing the space so well over the weekend.

We would like to remind drivers that motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Whiteway trail, as the tires can severely damage the skating surface if the ice is soft and it can be very dangerous for pedestrians. Please try to minimize your impact on the trail as much as possible, so it can continue to stay in world-class shape for the thousands of skaters who access this trail throughout the winter season!

Winter Whiteway Weekends!

If the weather cooperates, come join us this Saturday, 1-3 p.m. at the Kinsmen Whiteway trail entrance for a fire, hot chocolate, music, and a gliding competition! Kids and adults are welcome to attempt the challenge. Bring your skates and show us your best glide to win some great prizes! Event details on facebook.

Loppet event a hopping success

Thank you to our amazing team and volunteers for your tremendous effort this weekend at the Nipika Toby Creek Loppet. It was the biggest ever, with 228 Classic racers and 160 Skate racers from 3 to 73 years old. Lots of smiles and good times were had by all! It could not have been the success it was without our volunteers and sponsors who made the weekend run so smoothly. Shout out to Teck, Kicking Horse Coffee, Rainbow Donkey, LifeSport Calgary, Fisher, Swix, Cleanline Automotive, MaxWell Realty, and A&W for your support. Next year’s Nipika Toby Creek Loppet weekend will be January 26th and 27th, 2019, so add it to your calendar if you want to get in on the race action again next year!

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