MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Winter officially kicks off Tuesday, but things don’t look quite like it after a weather roller coaster melted a lot of snow in Minnesota last week.
The wild weather didn’t stop Chris Van Hoven from training for the Birkebeiner at Theodore Wirth Park, one of the several Twin Cities metroparks that provide skiers with artificial snow.
“We shouldn’t have shoveled. It was all gone! “Van Hoven said.” We love going outside, so we’ll definitely get out. But it’s definitely different. “
Brave tobogganers made a few runs through the patchy snow in Minneapolis on Monday. For more snow, the chances are better in the north or in the many resorts of Minnesota.
Welch Village just opened a brand new quad chairlift, and 12 tubing runs are reopened on Buck Hill in Burnsville.
“We’re all manned for this winter and look forward to being open and ready when the weather permits and we’re getting enough water,” said Larry Umphrey, director of athletics, water sports, ice rinks and golf for Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
During the warm weather last week, the outdoor ice rinks in the cities were badly affected. Edina plans to open hers on Tuesday while St. Paul and Minneapolis are still more cold.
“Our crews are out almost 24 hours a day flooding ice rinks as long as conditions allow,” said Umphrey. “We hope that in about 10 days we will be open and available for safe and fun ice skating outdoors.”