|Natural Ice Skating in the Rockies|
"Secret" Lake Skating in the Rockies
There are plenty of beautiful places to skate in the Rockies but I'm always looking for that "secret" spot. That spot that does not have zillions of other skaters on it. Perhaps, that spot where I even to have to do my own measurements and determine if it's safe enough to go out on the ice. I also like beautiful scenery and it doesn't cut it for me to go skating in the middle of the town of Banff. I like to skate on lakes that get no grooming, no professional care, and are completely wild and natural.
|This is Ice Skating at its BEST on the Ghost Reservoir|
Is it Safe??
Is it dangerous? Possibly! Do we still skate on mountain lakes? Definitely! We just make sure that we see evidence that others have gone before us. Ice boats out on the Ghost Reservoir - good sign that it's safe! Other skating tracks and figure eights out on the ice - good sign that others have skated here and hopefully not fallen in! A cleared off hockey rink - very good sign because somebody obviously got out on the ice to clear off their patch of heaven for skating. And again, hopefully did not fall in!!
|Noah loves being blown down lake by wind|
Searching for a new place to skate in December
We were out in the mountains skiing in December and I asked if we could come home to Calgary via the Hwy 1A through Morley and Cochrane because I wanted to see if the Ghost Lake Reservoir was frozen or not. We'd checked back in November and it most definitely was not frozen! But by mid-December I had hopes that this gigantic lake would be frozen and snow free since it had been many a week since we'd had fresh snow.
|Skating on the Ghost Lake off the Hwy 1A|
Approaching the Reservoir I knew we were in luck because I saw members of the Ghost Lake Ice Sailing Club out on the lake. (the link is to the club's Facebook page if you want to follow them and find out when the ice is clear.) Here's a video of ice sailing too because I think it's super cool to watch!
|Ghost Lake Reservoir - Great for Ice Sailing and Skating|
Sunset Skating on Ghost Lake
The experience skating on the Ghost Lake was surreal! It was beautiful and we were the only ones out on the lake skating as sun set fell over the foothills on the night of the Winter Solstice.
|Sunset Skating on the Ghost Lake Reservoir|
|Celebrating the Winter Solstice on Ghost Lake|
Round Two of Skating on Ghost Lake
I was so overwhelmed by the experience of skating on the Ghost Reservoir that we dropped everything a couple days later to go back for round two. We managed to convince some brave friends to join us (who showed up wearing life jackets, lol.) Nobody fell in though and we all had a blast!
|Kids skating on Ghost Lake|
|No better skating rink than this!|
|Skating under the bridge was really cool!|
|Skating under the highway on the Ghost Reservoir|
Video of Skating on the Ghost Lake Reservoir
Additional Resources and Information on Skating in the Rockies
Ice Skating in Banff National Park - National Park website
Carrot Creek: Banff's Secret Skating Spot - By Jody Robins
Embrace Winter - Skating on Lakes - By Run Bikes YYC
8 Memorable Places to Skate in Banff National Park - By Meghan Ward for Real Banff
November is my Favourite Month to Visit Banff - Story on my blog about skating Johnston Lake
Skating Season in the Rockies - Story on my blog about natural skating in Banff