Carbon County has been suffering with very cold temperature for weeks now. Just knowing the thermometer is hovering down in the teens and below is enough to make people want to curl up inside and hibernate.
But the cold and snow has actually motivated some to seek outdoor activities. Sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are popular in the area. Sledding hills are abundant and Carbon County maintains an ice skating rink at the Fairgrounds.
For the past four years Carbon Recreation and the Fairgrounds have held a free ice skating party at the rink in January. В This year the event was on Saturday January 12 and ran from 11-2.
Skate rentals were free and Main Street Grill provided free chili. The Coffee Shop sent over gallons of hot chocolate and there were s’mores to make at the fire pit. Wood to keep a warm fire going was donated by Sutherlands. The skaters rocked out to music provided by KUSA radio.
The skate rentals were booked with 40-50 each hour despite the sub-freezing temperatures and the ice was smooth as glass. Last year’s event had 277 people attend and at least that many were expected for this year.