Amazing conditions as we head into the holidays
The extreme cold means that the whole lake is now frozen and clear ice on most of the lake.
Based on ice conditions checks from December 24, 2022
The ice we checked today between Abraham Slabs and the Ice Bubbles Parking lot was over 18 cm thick (we only check to that depth, it appears to be much thicker). The cold temperatures have made for some clear ice with great bubbles this year.
The winds have picked up over the past 24 hours clearing most of the snow that was left. The weather forecast includes warmer days ahead, potentially reaching temperatures above 5C over the next few days.
Where to Go
Preacher's Point and Cline Landing are mostly snow-covered while the area from Abraham Slabs to the Ice Bubbles Parking Lot are in great shape.
Is it safer if I stay close to shore? Most accidents happen on the shore and near the shore where the ice is the weakest.
Plan Ahead to be Safe
Please make sure to follow a few simple tips to be safe on your next adventure:
- Know where you are going. We're seeing a lot of people putting themselves into dangerous situations simply by being in the wrong place.
- Don't get stuck. Parking lots and access are not always maintained. Driving down to the lake is a lot easier than driving back up. If you have any doubts, park at the road and walk in.
- Be prepared for the weather. It's cold and windy on Abraham Lake. Dress warm and bring extra clothes in your vehicle.
We share more ice safety information here. If you are not familiar with ice safety or Abraham Lake we recommend booking a tour with local guides.
A look back at the past few days on Abraham Lake
The last few days have seen temperatures below -30C. These temperatures have made for some great ice conditions.
We share this information to help visitors to the area plan their trip. This represents the conditions we have observed at a specific point in time. Ice safety depends on many more factors than just ice conditions and anybody going on the ice should have the knowledge and experience required to assess the risks, or should consider going with a guide.
Head Out With A Guide
Make the most of your adventure and head out with a guide. Nordegg Adventures offers guided tours on Abraham Lake from November to April. Snowshoes, ice cleats and kicksleds are also available to rent in Nordegg.