Blizzard of '86 brings back flurry of memories
Above average temperatures are bringing back a flurry of memories for some Winnipeggers.
People revisited a time when the city looked much different than it does this November.
The blizzard of 1986 brought Winnipeg to a standstill and left people digging out.
Monday marked the 30th anniversary of that infamous storm and some people reminisced while enjoying an activity outside that didn’t involve shoveling.
Keith Brazil spent the day at Winnipeg’s Tuxedo Golf Club. Usually it’s closed by now, but not this year.
“My snow tires are going on today plus I'm golfing, so I mean that's weird, but it's fun," Brazil said.
Tee times have been booked solid at the course this month, as above average temperatures have extended the season into the beginning of November. Last year, the course closed at the end of October.
Al Pinder's foursome took advantage of the extra playing time. 30 years ago, golf was the last thing on Pinder's mind.
The blizzard of 1986 dumped 35 centimetres of snow on Winnipeg over an 11 hour period, paralyzing the city and leaving cars stuck and buried in snow.
"I remember having to abandon our vehicle about two blocks from home and having to walk,” Pinder said. “It sat there until a city plow came along and I greased a guy's palm with 20 bucks and he ran the blade right beside the car and saved me many hours of shoveling."
Sean Piper was 14-years-old and remembers trekking through waist-deep snow. He and a friend used snowshoes to get around the city.
One snowbank was piled so high it led the two boys’ right onto the roof of a local shopping centre.
"We were wondering around on top of Unicity Mall that day, looking into the skylight,” Piper said. “They had this bubble kind of skylight on the top looking down on the centre court there. It sticks with me all this time."
This year, Piper wore a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses and the scene outside is much different with green grass and fields of Canada geese.
That's quite alright with Winnipeggers looking to squeeze in a few more rounds of golf before the snow settles in.
"You never know what to expect in Winnipeg,” Brazil said. “It can be like this one day and it could be like six feet [of snow] tomorrow.”