The ultimate winter day in the city is waiting — a morning cross-country ski in the park, vanilla maple French toast for brunch, and an afternoon game of curling with friends and family, all within one place at the heart of East Kildonan.
I met with Rossmere Country Club general manager Scott Parker and his team who say, over the holidays with all of your free time, "why not enjoy a free ski?"
"All we ask is that you be mindful of the greens," explains spokesperson Melanie of the sprawling winter landscape that is the Rossmere Golf Course, now blanketed in snow. Over 6,000 yards of breathtaking fairways are transformed each winter into a serene getaway.
"One of our members, Ross, volunteers to groom the trails each year."
Stay for the food and resort like atmosphere of the restaurant.
"New hours are to be posted in January for the full service, licensed facility," Melanie says.
With rolling hills and an urban forest as a backdrop, the scenery is second-to-none for enjoying an after-ski moment. The deep-seated chairs and panoramic views all add to the comforts while warming up with a bowl of homemade chili or Manitoba-made perogies.
Parker, who was one hour from his own winter vacation, suggests calling the office if you have any inclination to go curling.
"The ice is almost always available" Parker explains.
"We have leagues in the evenings but there are lots of spaces during the day and on Saturdays. There are six sheets, change facilities and viewing areas.
"Thanks to the likes of our ice cleaner, Mike Treger, we have a great playing surface in a rink that’s bright and well-maintained."
Whether you are a couple or a family looking for an active day this winter, bring your skis to Rossmere or reserve some of the abundant curling ice time available at 925 Watt St.
Evan Comstock is a community correspondent for East Kildonan.