Seeing the bright side of a snowy Saskatchewan winter

November 29, 2012 - 8:12am
Warm winter weather in Regina's east end on Jan. 3, 2012. Karin Yeske/News Talk Radio
Warm winter weather in Regina's east end on Jan. 3, 2012. Karin Yeske/News Talk Radio

With record snowfall in November many people are longing for a return to last year's mild winter, but not everyone. You can still find people in the city who actually love Saskatchewan winter.

Regina Ski Club President Judy Young says her first reaction to snow really is joy. Record snowfall in November was considered great news in the cross-country skiing community.

“To be out on the trails and out skiing this early in the season is tremendous when you’re running a ski club,” Young explained.

She says most of the die-hard skiers were out after the first snowstorm but the second snowfall made the trail conditions even better.

“It’s absolutely beautiful, there’s so many pretty images and it helps you appreciate winter,” Young said.

She can even see a bright side to the freezing rain that wreaked havoc on the roads last week, as she describes being out on the trails around the science centre in the evening this week.

“The ice still on the leaves of the trees  and on the branches as well, was backlit by the sunset,” she said.

For people who know how to dress for the weather, Young says attitudes toward winter are a lot more positive.

“If you’re an outdoors person you tend not to obsess about the weather or focus on it, it is what it is,” she commented.

Cold, snowy Saskatchewan winters are not going to suddenly turn tropical, so if you are tired of complaining about it, you might as well embrace it.

“It is exhilarating you know to be out in the cold, especially in the winter when we spend so much time inside,” Young said.

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