4 Wing warming up to outdoor winter activities

Skiing
If you want to give cross country skiing a try, Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre can provide rental equipment for the entire family. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Tania Fournier

Any mention of winter in Cold Lake could potentially scare people and motivate them to stay inside, in the warmth of their home, and we certainly won’t blame them for it. But what if we changed things up a bit and went out to be active?

Starting December 2nd, PSP & the Community Recreation department will be offering subsidized Kinosoo Ridge tickets to active members of the 4 Wing Defence Team.

4 Wing Base Fund is subsidizing the passes and will offer them at a special rate of $10 per person for the 2019-2020 season. Serving military members (including foreign personnel), DND employees, Defence Construction Canada, Defence Research and Development Canada employees, MFRCS employees, PSP staff, and their dependants, are eligible to purchase the passes. Purchase of tickets will be available at the Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre Welcome Desk starting December 2nd and will be restricted to two passes, per family member, per visit.

Appropriate identification is required at time of purchase, and the ticket will be marked with the user’s name. Kinosoo Ridge staff will then confirm identification of the Defence Team member when the pass is redeemed.

Alpine Ski

If you are a winter sport fanatic and already have your skis waiting by the door or if you are looking to try a new sport this winter alpine skiing at Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort is for you!

Beginner to advanced skiers will find the right trails from adaptive skier area, children’s programs to some extreme skiing in the terrain park. You can also improve your techniques with ski/snowboard lessons. Don’t have your own pair of skis? No problem, rentals are available onsite for an extra fee.

Tubing

We will also have subsidized tubing passes at Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort to satisfy the non-skiers in the family!

The Tube Park and the ski/snowboard terrain is scheduled to open on December 7 (weather permitted). Passes cannot be used in conjunction with visits organized by local schools.

Cross Country Ski

During the winter, the golf course is turned into a beautiful setting. Ten kilometers of groomed track of cross country ski trails that gives both the glider and skater an opportunity to enjoy their winter passion. For those who want to experience the sport, but do not have the equipment, the Sports Stores at the Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre provides rentals for the whole family. This activity is FREE and does not require any tickets.

Skating

Our outdoor rink located to the south east of the Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre, is known to be one of the best outdoor ice surfaces in Cold Lake due to its daily Zamboni® maintenance. On this ice you’ll find people learning to skate, playing a friendly game of shinny, or working on their figure skating routines. The use of the outdoor rink is FREE. Need a place to lace up, take a break or warm up for a bit? A heated skate shack is open from 0900 to 2200 hrs. Lights around this standard size rink allow for use into the evening, and on grey winter days.

Other sports and activities around the base
(toboggan hill, curling and snowshoeing)

You will find a modest toboggan hill, which is sure to provide safe entertainment for the young family members in the Martineau area. The Cold Lake Golf and Winter Club has a Curling Club who offers drop in opportunities for those wishing to try the sport in a social atmosphere. They host various clinics and workshops to develop curling skills. Snowshoeing around the base is also a great activity for the whole family and equipment can be rented at the Col J.J. Parr Sports Stores without any charge.

Winter provides many opportunities to be active outdoors and we want to make sure that you can enjoy sports and recreation without any risks of injuries related to the cold. Plan ahead and look at the weather forecast for ice conditions and temperature before participating in outdoor activities. Take a look around and make sure your environment is safe (ex: trees, water source, icy patches, animals, etc.). You can prevent injuries such as, and not limited to, slip and fall, broken bone, sprain, cut and abrasion, head injury by wearing the proper gear for winter activities. Stay hydrated and look for wind/snow shelters to help warm you up.

For more information on safe practices during winter, you can visit Alberta Health Services website at www.albertahealthservices.ca.

For more information, members may call the Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre Welcome Desk at (780) 840-8000 extension 7823, visit our website at www.cafconnection.ca or visit our Facebook page (@4wingconnection).