Winter in the summer – photos of the off-season

Some parts of Canada have fairly distinct seasons: winter and construction. Empty skating rinks and quiet ski hills are the subjects for the weekly photo challenge, off-season.

community skating rink in Canada off season

This community skating rink is a baby soccer field in the off-season.

closed city ski lift, Alberta, Canada

ski season countdown has begun

city ski hill chairlift closed for the season

on a well deserved break

Have you heard the winter/construction season joke? Do you have something similar where you live?

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26 thoughts on “Winter in the summer – photos of the off-season

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  2. I understand now, thank you. Yes, it makes sense. 😀 I love winter (and cold weather), I wonder if I would mind such a weather. Maybe yes, I hate heat and I lived in Indonesia. 😉
    In Poland, even in Warsaw, which isn’t too close to the mountains, it’s possible it can snow even in April. We have two proverbs about snowy weather: in March like in a pot – meaning the weather is unpredictable and April weaves some winter and some summer. I think many drivers still had winter tires in April.
    Snow in May is possible, there can still be snow in the mountains, but we also had snowfall in May in 2011. Snow in June – not from decades ago. Snow in September is highly unlikely. It’s possible in some years to get in some parts of the country (mainly Eastern) snow in the end of October, or in November. But years with black Christmas also happen.
    Snow for Easter (for sure it was in 2012, 2013) is not exactly off-season (what the proverbs prove) but there are jokes about that. Like singing carols or wishing Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In Polish we say “Wesołych Świąt” and it can be used both for Christmas and Easter. “Białe święta” (white holiday) can thus refer to both, so if there were black Christmas and white Easter, then something along the lines of “we finally have snow for holiday… just no the right one.” could be often heard.
    I like this picture: The text is: We’ll probably better remember snow in May than over 20 degrees for Easter. We had 20 degrees for Easter 2014. 😉
    Cheers.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I really enjoyed reading about the changes in the seasons. I think the weather has also changed a lot over the years. The biggest change in Alberta in my opinion has been the number of days with freezing rain. I had heard about it in Ontario and Quebec but had no memory of it growing up. Maybe it did happen once in a while but it seems pretty normal now in the winter.
      I think the snow tires thing is interesting too. I grew up with all season tires and it wasn’t common to hear people using winter tires. Of course, they were sold, but it seemed that they weren’t used as often as now. The exception might be in the Rockies but even then, some people might stick with all seasons. Yet, living in Finland for a year, I was amazed that tires were changed like clockwork twice a year. On the other hand, I was told to let some air out of my tires to increase surface area in Iwaki, Japan. It rarely snowed there but if it did and you lived in a hire elevation in that area, I guess that’s what some people did for the few days when it snowed!

  3. Reminds me on Finland 😀
    Near our cottage is also a small winter sports resort and during summer there is mostly constructions going on or in case not it just looks like an abandoned creepy area

    • Yes! I think there are many similarities in geography between Alberta and parts of Finland. In fact, during one visit to a friend’s hometown, I honestly felt like I was in Alberta. We visited a ski resort in an area further north than Rovaniemi and it was interesting standing at the chalet deck looking down on the resort! It was so quiet but I could still imagine it during peak ski season.

  4. I’m from Winnipeg! Of COURSE we know about the 2 seasons – winter & construction – which also happens to be skeeters ‘open season’!!

    • Ha ha! Yahoo! I knew that *someone* out there knew what I was talking about. Oh gosh yes. The mosquitos some years are HORRIBLE. This year, they are massive but haven’t attacked me… yet. I have to remember to take my mother with me. She’s got sweet blood. Otherwise, it’s often me who gets eaten alive. I’ve heard the mozzies can be brutal in Winnipeg! And the flies!

      • Hahaha! There is something to be said for some folks just driving the mozzies into a frenzy and others just ‘ho hum’ can’t be bothered to work up a good blood sucking. 😉 And yes – mosquitoes in Manitoba are insane.

          • Manitoba is known for its unofficial provincial ‘bird’ – those nasty blood suckers!!!

            Back here in Maharashtra, we also have a serious issue with many carrying malaria and dengue. They regularly fog with chemicals I’m sure are banned in most parts of the world.

            Our best defence is actually one of those tennis racket zappers. We get great exercise swinging that all over the place frying the suckers!

            • Ha ha! I love those tennis racket friers! I first saw them in Thailand and thought they were too gimmicky to actually do anything.
              The mosquito net I brought with me then was a joke. We literally had insects raining down on us. It was supposed to be full of DEET or something else but I guess that had worn off. (The net was a tad old.)
              When we got to our volunteer site, we found out that the site had just been opened since the previous volunteers had dengue fever. I stopped taking my malaria pills after only a few days because I burned so badly. I burn badly without help and the nurses told us malaria wasn’t a problem at that time and with no cure for dengue fever, the pills weren’t going to help me anyway. Ah… bugs. 😀

              • Hehehe! Indeed. The guest house I stayed in Bangalore last year had the most lovely luxury net over the bed. It was a fellow Canadian who decorated the room and he somehow tracked down an affordable, functional yet also quite aesthetically pleasing net… as in you felt like a princess sleeping in that bed! Damned if I remember the site he ordered it from!

                As for malaria pills – did you ever go on mefloquine (Lariam)? It gave me heart palpitations and made me loopy in 1990 so I gave up. Never taken any pills for malaria since as – what’s the point? I live here and yes we have a stupid number of mousquitos to contend with but.. that’s life, eh?

                Yup.. bugs…

                • Ooooo! A gorgeous mossie net. Now I have to see that! I got my net through Alberta Health when they used to sell them. Around that time, the chemical to treat nets was banned in Canada and I can’t recall if my net had the weaker stuff or not but I remember the package saying that it would wear off eventually.

                  Hmmm… I can’t recall which pills I had. They were awful. Besides the ridiculous sensitivity to light, I also didn’t feel like myself. I suppose there are times when it makes sense to take them but living long term somewhere? Well, I don’t think your body is meant to take those drugs long-term and I’ve heard of cases where people get malaria anyway. Sometimes you do your best but sometimes those little buggies get the best of you and hopefully medical attention is closer than not!

                  All of us volunteers got sick one after another with a weird malady that had us incapacitated for a day or two with almost fevers. With drinking rain water with little pink and green floaties, eating new food and being bitten so often that our legs looked like pin cushions, we were bound to pick up something.

                  • Maybe it was mefloquine – that can make you extra sensitive to sun / burn even more easily plus generally leave you feeling ‘off’.

                    Would love to know more about your volunteering – sounds like quite the experience!

                    As for close to medical attention… it isn’t an accident that we live a block away from a major hospital. Hehehe!

                    • Yes! That might be it. I’ve wanted to share more about my volunteering but haven’t been sure where to start and have had so many other bloggy ideas. Maybe I shall stop pondering and simply DO. ha ha ha! Got it… I think I’d live down the street from a hospital, too if I were in your shoes.

  5. I love the last photo of the gondolas in the off season. We are in northern Italy just now and they have to get all the construction done in the summer too. The beautiful mountain valley has a lot of building going on and you have to avoid the cranes in the valley shots.

    • Thank you! Wow! How is your time in Northern Italy going? Are you going to be posting any shots on your blogs? What type of construction are they doing these days? Lots of questions. 🙂

      • We just got back yesterday so have to do a lot of weeding in the garden and then sort through hundreds of holiday photos. I would really like to find a full width template to show of some of the shots to their best advantage, but then, yes, I will be posting some photos.
        They are building new hotels and new chalets up the valley. I guess they have to do all their work in the summer as there is a lot of snow in the winter like Canada.

        • I must check out your blog for Italy shots. And agree about finding a “full width template to show off some of the shots”. I recently went back to the Oxygen theme and it’s not as good a fit for photos as Fontfolio was. I’ve got a few other themes in mind to try on for size the next while but I’ll stick with the one I’ve got for now.

    • Ha ha! Good to hear. I was pretty sure at least a person or two would know the joke.
      Thank you! Are there indoor ski hills in Taiwan? That was a big fad in Japan a while back. I wonder if there are any still open these days. I guess when you go back to Canada for visits you go in the summer?

    • Sure! Many parts of Canada are filled up with snow and ice for what seems like an eternity some winters. Sometimes there is still snow in May, both on the ground and falling from the sky. If spring is cold and windy and rainy, it seems like there *was* no spring. Other years, it snows in September and feels like there was no fall. If you count snowfall months, some places can feel like winter lasts for 9 months. 😀 And then it can always snow in the summer in some parts.

      Since road construction can usually only be done in the summer, that’s when road closures take over cities and drive residents crazy. We’ve already spent all winter navigating icy, snow-filled roads and now we have to navigate huge potholes and road closures.
      😀 And yet we love to live here. Does that make sense??

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