Are you one of those people who dreads winter and spends the entire season cooped up inside? You’re not alone.
But would you be willing to change your mindset about it? What would it take to make winter better for you?
The City of Saskatoon and a growing community of local people are trying to change that negative mind set about winter.
WintercityYXE is an initiative that aims to make Saskatoon more vibrant in the winter months, supporting organizations that are hosting winter activities, or improving the city through better winter design.
Winter events include Winterruption and Crokicurl on Broadway, Nutrien Wintershines in Riversdale, the Kona Festival at Wanuskewin, and Play Sask’s Learn to Play Yukigassen and Snowball Fight Tournament.
And the Winter Cities Shake-up is a conference from Jan. 23-26 about how to make winter cities like Saskatoon more liveable.
The conference will discuss how cities can be better designed for winter, the best ways to operate in winter, and how to encourage people to get outside and be active in winter.
Yukigassen: Saskatoon’s coolest winter sport
Like dodgeball with snowballs and a capture the flag element, yukigassen is a team-based winter sport with its origins in Japan. (“Yukigassen” is snowball fight in Japanese.)
Play Sask received funding from the City of Saskatoon toward the purchase of regulation snowball makers from Yukigassen International in Japan. These beasts cost $1,500 per machine, and help pump out the required 90 snowballs needed to play a match.
Want to try your attitude about winter and give it a try? See more details on our Yukigassen page.