|Night skating at a local pond - we cleared the snow and brought lanterns!|
|Night xc skiing at Confederation Park, Calgary|
- Keep excursions short. Your child may be able to ski 8 km, but what if fog rolls in or snowfall becomes heavy? Will you be able to find your way home?
- Stick to well marked trails in familiar territory. After dark is not the time to go off trail.
- Remember turnoffs and landmarks. A GPS unit and extra batteries can be helpful, if it works, but, but don't rely solely on it as gadgets can malfunction.
- Carry a cell phone, signalling device (flares, whistle, mirror), and firemaking kit. In rural areas, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a good idea.
- Stay off of natural ice at night! For more ice safety tips, please see this post: http://www.playoutsideguide.com/2015/11/pond-and-lake-ice-safety.html. While my poem mentions skating on a pond at night, it is a drainage pond in an urban area that is less than 2 feet deep!
- Take action against hypothermia and frostbite. More information here:
|Use glowsticks, a flashlight, or lantern to make a Magic Glow Mountain|
|Night skiing at Canada Olympic Park|
More Winter Fun
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- Snow Fun for Everyone
- The Best Ice Walks Near Calgary
- Playing Safe in Winter: How Cold is Too Cold (Tips to Avoid Hypothermia)
- Tobogganing for Idiots (Sledding Safety Tips)