Brrr! It’s cold outside and with temperatures in the single digits I think I will just stay in and dream of a warmer day for outdoor play. There is so much fun to be had, outdoors in winter… downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and ice skating to name a few.
After this weeks cold snap it looks like the ice on the lake is good and ready for skating. But, I say this with a note of caution, there are several things to look for before ever going out on a frozen body of water. In the town of Derry the fire department will check ice thickness on Beaver Lake a couple of times during the winter, so you might call the fire department to ask about current conditions. I also recommend reading “Safety On The Ice” put out by NH Fish & Game.
A Couple of Tips
1. Ice should be bluish-black in color
2. Ice should be 4 to 6 inches thick to carry the weight of a person and over 10 inches thick to support an ATV or snow machine.
3. Never go out on ice alone and stay clear of open water, bridges, culverts, submerged trees etc.