Pop-up ski library helps make winter sports more accessible for Winnipeggers

Library moves to different parks around the city

After a fresh layer of powder came down on the city, Winnipeggers visited St. John’s Park on Saturday to check out some skis from a pop-up library and make the most of a relatively mild winter day.

The Winnipeg Trails Association’s initiative Winterpeg is working to ensure that people don’t have to go out of the city to enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors.

“So they don’t have to hop on a on a bus or get in a car in order to have some fun near them,” said Anders Swanson, the executive director of the Winnipeg Trails Association.

Through Winterpeg, the trails association is moving the ski library to different parks in the city throughout the week.

“We’ve set up in dozens of locations across the city. And what that’s done is it’s made it a lot easier for people to try it. And it’s all free,” Swanson said.

On top of the skis, poles and boots for all sizes, there are also snowshoes, kick sleds and wheel blades for people in wheelchairs who still want to enjoy the outdoors.

Next Saturday, the ski library will be back at St. John’s Park as well as the Transcona Ski Trail and Bunn’s Creek.

The library exists because of a lot of generous Manitobans.

“What’s really special about this is that what made it possible is hundreds of Winnipeggers donating skis,” Swanson said.

More donations are always needed, he added, especially skis for children.

To learn more about donating equipment or to set aside some skis for your next outdoor adventure, visit the Winterpeg website.

Windsor Park Nordic Centre – Clubhouse Opening Day December 4th

Folks have been enjoying the groomed ski trails at Windsor Park Nordic Centre – 10 rue Des Meurons in Winnipeg – for the past couple of weeks and now the clubhouse is set to open for the season on Saturday December 4th at 9:00 AM.

Trail passes, both for the day or the whole season, are available to purchase online (preferred) from the website

Day passes can be purchased and ski equipment rented from inside the clubhouse. Come see the friendly staff inside!

As per the public health orders, there are no capacity restrictions or vaccination requirements* at this time (unless you are taking a lesson in our Ski School).

As with all indoor public spaces, mask use in mandatory while in the clubhouse. All concession items (coffee, hot chocolate etc.) are available as “take away” only.

Everyone is welcome inside the clubhouse (masked at all times) to use the washroom, put on your ski boots, pick up or return rental equipment, and purchase concession items. However, we ask everyone to not use the clubhouse for socializing. Please use our outdoor space just outside the clubhouse door to socialize and enjoy your après ski beverage. We are stacking the wood and plan to have a fire going all winter long.

Happy skiing everyone!

*all CCSAM-sanctioned events taking place at Windsor Park Nordic Centre require proof of vaccination status. This includes Wednesday Night Races, Ski School lessons (group, private, semi-private), CANSI certification courses or NCCP Coaching workshops etc. Please see the CCSAM Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for more detail.

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