With a perfect ice skating climate, the Snootli Ice Rink was in full swing all through the holidays. A dedicated team of volunteers, under the direction of Caroline Granander, provided a fresh ice surface on an almost daily basis.
The entire community enjoyed the opportunity and hopefully we’ll see more of the cold, clear conditions
The rink has been a community asset for decades, with many heart warming tales of family and friendship, there too, are many a heart breaking stories of coastal weather conditions bringing grown men to tears. A lot of work can go into building a solid ice foundation only to have it destroyed by the elements in a matter of hours.
There was a time when a makeshift “zamboni” was constructed by eager minds and was used to clean and flood the ice surface. The fact is the true Canadaian ice rink is flooded by a lonely figure with a water hose and a thermos. So, while the NHL continued to lose its glare and audience, the game was on in Bella Coola.
Thanks go out to Caroline Granander, Jim Clair, Jared Etsell Denis Tippie, Patrick gunderson and numerous others for maintaining the rink as well as the community spirit.