The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge maintains a skating ovals in the winter. If you ever want to skate on frozen lake, this is one of the places to do so. Natural cracks do form on lakes, so beware that it does not have a perfect surface when skating. They also clear hockey rink size areas for hockey.
With cold temperatures and low snow fall, the lake ice is now perfect for skating, at least Patricia Lake. A handful of good local samaritans armed with shovels, they cleared a hockey rink and a loop path on the lake.
The temperature might be cold, but it is still great to get out and enjoy the fantastic views from the lake. If you want to warm up fast, bring a shovel and help maintain and widen the loop! Plenty of lake to play on.
Last week, we tested the lake and it was thin, this week, it is now good to go! You can even practice your fat biking for the upcoming Jasper in January event. There is snow just enough for grip where it has not been cleared.
This was Patricia Lake on Monday 5th of December. The ice is about 1/2 inch (1.27cm) thick and was checked scientifically by our @alpineart guy of @jasperweddings transport service. After stepping on to the ice, needless to say, it was not thick enough to support any weight just yet.
The lake looks hopeful for the end of this week, the nights are dropping to the minus 20 range, and if the snow holds off, the ice will be very smooth.
This is a warning to those who want to explore areas that are not ready for any activities on lakes. The crack shot off across the lake in mere seconds when the ice broke through along the bank.
Sometimes we focus on the outdoors when we live in a wonderland. We can skate outdoors, but local games are fun to watch. Check out the activity centre ice rink for games that might be happening.