Daily Archives: 2014-11-30

A Limited Future for Cancellations?

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

For the 2014-2015 season the coaches hope to significantly reduce the number of cancellations due to weather.  While we can’t control Mother Nature, we can hide from her (sort of).  The coaches have been actively pursuing for the last few months these two potential just-say-no-to-cancellations improvements:

  • Attempting to gain access to wind-sheltered ski areas.  Most of our prior cancellations (including today’s) have not been due too-cold air temperatures but rather due to too-high wind speeds which cause high windchills.  We have been seeking authorisation to ski in areas sheltered from the wind (complete with mechanical grooming).  If we are successful in securing that authorisation, we would likely run outdoor sessions on days like today (super windy but not crazy cold).
  • Coach Jeff may be close to securing a fabulous indoor facility for those days when it really is too cold (wind or no wind) to be skiing outside.  We have been awaiting very-important-paperwork from our national ski association, Cross Country Canada (http://cccski.com), so as to make this a possibility.

We will let you know if and when anything improves.

“Sunday Session (4)” Sunday, 30 November 2014 [Cancelled!]

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

Today’s session, “Sunday Session (4)”, for Sunday, 30 November 2014, has now been cancelled.

Environment Canada’s latest forecast (http://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/mb-38_metric_e.html) indicates for today: “Blowing snow with visibilities frequently less than 1 kilometre this afternoon. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 20. Wind chill minus 36.”

At skiing time, the hour-by-hour forecast (http://spotwx.com/products/grib_index.php?model=meteocode&zone=r1.15&tz=-6&title=FPWG11&lat=49.8963&lon=-97.297) is for -21 degree Celsius air temperature with a -33 degree windchill.

This is colder than our published -27 degree windchill outdoor activity cutoff (https://assiniboineparkjackrabbits.wordpress.com/about/is-it-too-cold).