Pandemic pursuit: Calgarian offers new Snowfeet rental service – Calgary

If you’re looking for a different winter activity to try, Calgarian Sandy Ivic has just started offering something new.

She said it brings a welcome break for those feeling trapped during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ivic has added a type of miniature skate called Snowfeet to the items she rents at a Skate Hut rental shop near the snowboarding track at North Glenmore Park in southwest Calgary.

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“It’s a combination of skiing and snowboarding,” Ivic said. “It’s more like a different vibe on its own.”

Snowfeet users attach to the bottom of any shoe they have, using a tie similar to that used in snowboarding.

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“I brought Snowfeet because COVID got us trapped,” Ivic said. People are looking for something new to do. Get out in nature.”


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Ivic offered a chance to try out Snowfeet for a few people in North Glenmore Park on Thursday.

“It’s a lot like Nordic snowboarding, and that’s a great combination – go ski and go snowboard,” said Steve Babcock.

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With many people wearing snow feet using ski poles with them, the activity also provides a workout for the arms.

“It’s fun,” said Mary Babcock. “And it’s always nice to learn something new, and I think that’s what COVID is lacking.”

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Ivic says Snowfeet is definitely becoming more popular.

“They are even talking about the possibility of this being a new Olympic sport,” Ivic said. “I mean, it’s really taking off in Europe and the US, but it’s very new in Canada.”

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