Skate Canada 2012

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Really, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. jtpc

    jtpc Active Member

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    Should be a really nice arena. The Windsor Family Credit Union Centre just opened a few years ago.

    A site that provides arena reviews for the travelling hockey fan has a few pics of the arena and some information on it:

    http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/spitfires.htm
     
  2. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

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    Oh you can get there. But sometimes to make the flights/connections work it requires more time, and time is money. :) Neither Lee or I live super close to airports, so we have to allow for driving time too. For instance, to make my flights work for Cdn Nats in London, the flight I had to take was 6 am, which means you go into the city a day early as the weather is too unpredictable to start driving say at 3 a.m. So, in that case, London was 2 extra days to make it work. It is what it is.
     
  3. KatieC

    KatieC On hold

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    Windsor is nice, may even be doable.
     
  4. Lynn226

    Lynn226 Well-Known Member

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    Windsor operates a cross border bus, but it doesn't look like you can catch it at the airport in Detroit. Perhaps some locals FSUers will know about other options for those flying into Detroit.

    http://www.citywindsor.ca/003929.asp

    I miss attending Skate Canada. Maybe next year.
     
  5. DaveRocks

    DaveRocks Well-Known Member

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    A 2 and 1/2 hour drive! Looks good to me! :)
     
  6. jenji124

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    :cheer2: this works out well for me, it's drivable. I'll have to plan on this one since I was unable to make it to Mississauga
     
  7. Really

    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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    I just checked Expedia -- no direct flights from either Edmonton or Calgary, and all flights are over $800. Ain't gonna happen.
     
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  8. professordeb

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    For me it depends on wether I go the US or Canadian way.
    Go the US way and it means crossing the border at Sarnia/Port Huron and then again at Detroit/Windsor. Shorter driving time -- about an hour from PH to Detroit but who know how long the wait may be on the bridges.
    Go the Canadian way and it's 2 hours minimum.
    If I don't have my mom still living with me, it *could* be doable.
     
  9. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

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    So much for (me) kvetching about how difficult Lake Placid is to get to. :slinkaway
     
  10. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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    awww. Happy for those who live close by or have an easy/cheap/short trip to the event. I'll have to wait until SC is in the west. It will be back at some point...and I'll be there in a flash. :cheer2:
     
  11. manhn

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    Not sure why Skate Canada would want Skate Canada and Worlds so close together. Won't that adversely affect the attendance numbers of both events? Unless the HST has dramatically improved the economy of Ontario, which they tried to sell to British Columbians.

    So, I suppose Canadians will be really far away like Hamilton?
     
  12. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

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    Cynic. ;)

    Maybe Edm or Calgary.
     
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  13. normie

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    Wow, 5 years in a row that Ontario will get to host Skate Canada. Perhaps, we should rename the event Skate Ontario... This is not a criticism of the host cities who I am sure have a done a wonderful job hosting the events.

    I just wish other parts of the country would get a chance to host Skate Canada.
     
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  14. Fridge_Break

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    So tempting to schedule a visit home in Michigan around this time! Any idea when tickets go on sale?
     
  15. Rock2

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    They handed out a card in Mississauga with the date on it. Late Nov 2011. something like the 24th....ish...
     
  16. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

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    The AGM was in Calgary in 2004.

    I've been looking into flights to Windsor from Calgary for synchro nationals. The event falls outside WestJet's seasonal service there, so my only option is Air Canada. I've looked into flying into Detroit, which is idiotic, but possibly a better option.
     
  17. Nan

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    What is the situation for hotels and restaurants within walking distance? Google doesn't make it look promising.
     
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  18. Lutzcy

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    THIS.:cheer2:
     
  19. Alixana

    Alixana who is on vacation!!

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    Currently, there aren't any hotels within walking distance. Supposedly they're building a hotel attached to WFCU Centre, but not sure when it's supposed to open.

    There are no restaurants within 5-10 mins walking distance, I think it's more like 15-20 mins. Within the facility, there's Tim Hortons and the usual vendors.

    On the plus side, there's LOTS of parking.
     
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  20. Nan

    Nan Just me

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    Thank you Alixana. :)
     
  21. Aaron W

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    I wonder if the official hotel will be at Caesars Windsor so that the skaters & officials can gamble during any free time? :)
     
  22. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    Back in 1998 at Skate Canada in Kamloops, the official hotel was attached to a casino. Many a skater/official was seen parting with their hard earned cash at various slot machines.

    Will decide later in 2012 what event I wish to attend in the 2012/2013 season. With Worlds too pricey, Skate Canada in Windsor is a possibility.
     
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  23. HeatherC

    HeatherC Go Team SW Florida! =)

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    When SC was in Kitchener a few years ago, I had no problem driving some folks to and from the arena if they were staying at the same hotel as me. I have no problem doing that again for Windsor. I'm ecstatic that a GP event is close to me again. I haven't been to one since the SC in Kitchener and they're always SO much fun. I've all ready told my mom about this and now that she's crazy addicted to attending skating competitions too ;), we're all ready planning for Windsor. :cheer:
     
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  24. Nan

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    I think I've talked my sister (non-skating fan) into coming with me. I would be staying with her in a suburb of Detroit and driving over every day.

    Any advice on how much time to allow for passing into Canada each day?
     
  25. Fridge_Break

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    My friend and I were considering this as well*. We have friends that live in Detroit and were just going to crash their house/apartment and drive back and forth each day... no idea on how much time it would take to cross the border... the last time I did that was when I ran across it for the Detroit Marathon and was screened ahead of time. :p

    *That is... depending on where I am at the time... as of right now it looks like I'll (hopefully) be in Illinois, but who knows... but we've been begging for SA to come to Detroit for years, and Windsor is basically a Detroit burb... but if I end up on the west coast it wouldn't be worth it :(
     
  26. purple skates

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    Depends, of course, on the traffic and time of day. Last Friday it took less than 10 minutes to get across the bridge at about 9:15 in the morning. When I went over in the beginning of October, it was about the same at 9:00 am on a Saturday. They had only one lane each way, too, because of construction. By next fall, I assume all lanes will be open.

    Can't say about the tunnel - it gives me the creeps so I avoid it.
     
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  27. Nan

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    Thanks to both of you for the time estimate. I know at one time, it was quite a long wait, I wasn't sure if that was still true or not.

    sk8er 1964, I feel the same way about the tunnel. :yikes:
     
  28. oleada

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    I didn't cross over at Detroit but both entering and leaving Canada through Niagara Falls took maybe 10 minutes.
     
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  29. Fridge_Break

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    I've run through the tunnel -- that thing is shadier than slim shady. :yikes:
     
  30. Nan

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    Thanks, oleada. :)