Three smiling university students on skates at outdoor ice rink.
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U of R at FROST: Five things to know before you go

09 February 2023
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With Regina’s average annual snowfall reaching approximately 100 cm (39.4 inches) and the number of days with fresh snow on the ground coming in at a whopping 56.2, it just makes sense to embrace winter with the second annual FROST Regina festival!

FROST Regina runs February 3-12 this year and on Saturday, February 11, you can join the University of Regina for a FREE public skate at Wascana Centre Ice Rink. Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the free skate is an opportunity to grab some friends and get on the ice.

You won’t want to miss it, but before you strap on your skates and enjoy some frozen fun on Wascana Lake, here are 5 things to know before you go:

No skates? No problem.

The U of R will be on-site on February 11 with free skate and helmet rentals in all sizes.

You’re among friends!

Feeling a little insecure about your skating skills? Don’t be. This event is judgement free and attracts skaters of all abilities from beginner to Cougar-level athlete. Rest assured that there will be quieter spots on the rink to get used to being on skates and where you can take a few gentle turns around the ice.

One smiling university student on skates at outdoor ice rink.
Even freezing temperatures couldn’t keep this Education student away from the ice.
Photo credit: U of R Photography

Bundle up!

 It’s going to be cold. And while the whole idea of a winter festival is to get out in the cold, there comes a point where the weather may turn too cold. With the comfort of students (and organizers) in mind, the U of R’s event won’t go ahead if the forecast the day before calls for a temperature of -20 degrees Celsius without the wind chill factor. At this point, though, Saturday is shaping up to be a perfect day for a skate.

Axel, Lutz, standing upright or your best fall – share your skating moves!

Did we mention this event is FREE?

In fact, FROST Regina offers a host of free winter activities throughout its 10-day run. Be sure to check out FROST site for details.

University student holding mittened hands of child while child to skate at outdoor rink.
Young skater-in-training gets a few pointers from the Cougars women’s hockey team.
Photo credit: U of R Photography

It’s a chance to explore the city!

FROST Regina festival events are offered at four FROST hubs throughout the city. The Wascana, Downtown (in and around Victoria Park), and Warehouse District hubs all offer free activities, while the REAL District offers a one-ticket admission to its events. It’s a great way to discover – or rediscover – Regina.

Two Cougar hockey players help a young child skate around.
Two members of the Cougars men’s hockey team help a would-be skater gain confidence on the ice.
Photo credit: U of R Photography

Learn more about FROST Regina activities and have fun out there this Saturday and all winter long!

About the University of Regina

Set in the heart of the Canadian prairies we are a comprehensive, mid-sized university where the opportunities are as limitless as the horizon. Our campuses are on Treaty 4 and 6 - the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda peoples, and the homeland of the Michif/Métis nation. It is our responsibility to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities to build a more inclusive future for all. Our three federated colleges, 10 faculties, 25 academic departments, and 18 research centres foster innovative research with practical and theoretical applications. We are committed to cultivating the potential of our 16,000 students and supporting their health and well-being. We take learning beyond the classroom through work and volunteer experiences to develop career-ready graduates.

Let’s go far, together.