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Lake Ice & Outdoor Skating


Most recent update: March 4, 2021 
ICE SURFACES ARE NO LONGER SAFE FOR PUBLIC USE.  

Due to warm temperatures and rapid melting, ice depth in all skating areas do not meet City of Lethbridge safety standards, therefore public skating on these surfaces is not permitted at this time.
Updates will continue weekly until conditions are met for safe public use.

Here are the current ice conditions for the designated skating areas:

Lake Thickness Condition Rating
​Nicholas Sheran Lake
​Average ice thickness:  
Poor
Does NOT meet City of Lethbridge standards for public skating. 
Chinook Lake

Average ice thickness:      

Poor
Does NOT meet City of Lethbridge standards for public skating.
Henderson Lake
Average ice thickness:    
Poor: 
 
Does NOT meet City of Lethbridge standards for public skating.
​Legacy Pond
​Average ice thickness:  
Poor 
Does NOT meet City of Lethbridge standards for public skating.


Our Process

Throughout winter, the Snow/Maintenance Foreman assesses the ice conditions once a week in the designated skating areas at Henderson Lake, Nicholas Sheran Lake, Legacy Lake and Chinook Lake using the following criteria:

  • The presence of standing water or open water
  • The amount of freezing that has occurred
  • Snow cover
  • Present thickness of the ice 
    • (minimum 12 inches for machine clearing)
  • Present condition of the ice
  • Present clarity of the ice
  • Air temperature

 

Once an assessment has been made from the information gathered, the Snow/Maintenance Foreman will share the information and declare if the lake ice meets the standards for public use. 

Ice measurements will not be taken if there is open water anywhere on the pond or lake.


Lake Ice in Lethbridge

The condition, strength and stability of ice can change dramatically depending on temperature, precipitation, wind and the amount of sunshine.

Unique weather variables such as frequent Chinook winds that can see air temperature going above freezing for six hours over a 24 hour period can cause ice to lose strength and stability.

Chinook winds bring warmer temperatures that can quickly affect the melting rate for ice along the shore and near bridges which can lead to open water. As well, following a Chinook, a rapid, large temperature drop can make ice brittle.

Storm Ponds

Storm pond water/ice contact is prohibited. Ice on storm ponds is not monitored by the City.

It is dangerous to walk, play or skate on any ice surface that has areas of open water. Water entering storm ponds can contain impurities and is warmer in temperature, which can contribute to unstable and unpredictable ice conditions. Water levels in storm ponds can fluctuate, increasing the odds of air pockets under the ice.  
Please stay off storm ponds at all times.

 

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is not permitted in designated skating areas.

 

Ice Safety

If you see someone fall through the ice call 911 immediately. Click here for additional ice safety tips including what to do if your pet goes onto unsafe ice and how to protect yourself around ice.