|Night skating at a local pond – we cleared the snow and brought lanterns!|
Most of the activities you would do in the day are safe at night, as long as you know the area and there is ample light (use caution with skiing, skating or tobogganing). We enjoy cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and walking and playing in the snow, day or night. To make the most of this special time, bundle up, give each person a headlamp or flashlight, and throw some hot chocolate, marshmallows, and treats in your pack. Glow sticks are always a hit too. If you don’t have snowshoes for your kids yet, check out Tubbs Snowglow Snowshoes that light up with every step.
|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, but don’t rely solely on it as batteries can die and 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: https://www.playoutsideguide.com/2015/11/pond-and-lake-ice-safety.html. While my poem mentions skating on a pond at night, it is a shallow 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
- Winter activities to make you fall in love with winter – complete with local trip recommendations
- Snowshoeing with light-up Tubbs Snowglow Snowshoes
- 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)