The Thrill of the Chill

Enjoying the snow in new (fluffy and fun) ways.



Yes, we proved it at Northwestival: the thrill of the chill is all ours at U/D!


The wonderful times shared at Northwestival just a few weeks ago did more than fill our social media feeds with marvellous memories. It was amazing to see so many people warming up to winter!


Our wondrous winter celebration filled our hearts with a renewed appreciation of winter joys.


We gathered around open fires and indulged in s’mores. We had our faces painted in icy blue hues with sparkles! We kept moving to keep warm … to the beats of live performers! What fun we had at our Warm Up to Winter community celebrations!


It’s amazing what good boots and a few extra layers can do to open doors to wintertime adventures unlike anywhere in Canada!


So close to home at U/D.


So — in the spirit of Northwestival — let’s keep the snowball rolling and find some fresh ways to play in the snow in and around U/D.









Did you know that Winsport is lit at night for after-daylight downhill!? Don your ski gear, grab your goggles and get in on the action. If skiing is not your thing, check out the Tube Park at Winsport, too, for more downhill fun and action.





Whoever likes a friendly snowball fight is going to LOVE some of the new ways to battle it out! There are snowball launchers that catapult your spheres farther than ever before possible. We love snowball shapers that mold snow into rubber duckie look-alikes, hearts and mini-snowmen! Or play it safe indoors with faux snowballs of soft felt. Perfect for a gentler pelt!





We love Confederation Park for a smooth, snowy glide down the hills! It’s one of the most popular places to toboggan in Calgary.







Did you know those big tired Fat Bikes that always turn heads as they bound by are available for rent at UCalgary Outdoor Centre?!




Speaking of rental bikes, once you’ve mastered the big wheels, bouncing down the trails, we strongly suggest a completely different biking vibe! If you have never tried an ice-bike, now is the time and Bowness Park is the place! They have rentals and it’s an ultimate winter good-time. Be sure to check out the 1.6 km skating trail around the park while you are there. 



TIP: Whatever you choose to do to embrace winter out of doors, pack snacks or even a picnic for wintery al fresco eats, treats and drinks! Did you know that Monogram Coffee has a ‘secret’ side room to warm up in apres-adventure? You can order one of their exclusive-to-University District coffee slushies here too!


When it comes to loving winter in new ways, the first step is to dress the part. Be sure to bundle up and remember to take care of your pets in winter too. 

However you play it, we know winter looks good on you! Please share your advice for braving the elements in fun new ways! Tag us in social media and spread the wintery word! Share your tips and suggestions with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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