A good way to toughen up is to go outside and play in the snow. That's what any good ol' boy would say. Just go outside and burn off some steam is what most parents will be telling kids, as the days get long waiting for school to come back in session.

The benefits of snow sports have been known for a long time. Skiing and snowboarding will bring you body awareness. There's no better way to workout your lower body as most snow sports place you in a squat position.

Imagine how well you'll sleep tonight after toboganning, skating, or moving some snow. It's scientifically proven that one of the benefits of cold weather is improved sleep quality. Take the skidoo out today, your circadian rhythm will thank you for it.

Your knees, ankles, and feet endure a lot more tension when trying to maneuver in snow. As you make your way through a snowy day you are also strengthening your joints. Your bones will become stronger due to the extra impact. You may even be able to prevent osteoporosis, and knee damage.

  • Cold weather increases appetite
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Fosters positive mental health
  • Great work out

We talked with Mike Harilen at the outdoor rink in McGowan Park. He was happy the weather was nice, as he skated with a young Shatara Bakanec. "I like that it's free," he said as he pulled her skates off in the warming area. 

"It was fun," said Shatara who doesn't play hockey. "I'd rather figure skate than play hockey". The reason why she came to the rink is less important than the fact that we all were able to join together for an afternoon of outdoor winter activities.

Kindersley has 3 outdoor rinks. They are located at McGowan Park, Kinsmen Park and in Rosedale. They're available for public use 8am - 11pm daily, depending on weather conditions.