2014 Winterfest is here!


Food Bank Friday, November 28

Beginning at 3:00pm you can ride until closing for just $10 and a non-perishable food donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank.  Last week YOU helped us collect 61 kilograms of food.  We’ll have complimentary Hot Chocolate and the fire pit out for those hardy souls!

Winterfest Saturday, November 29

The fun kicks off with a Breakfast Special at the Downhill Grill from open until 10:00 am.  As everyone takes a few runs and warms up, we’ll begin letting people try our Obstacle Course at Noon until 2pm.  Finally, if you think there’s a new pair of skis in your future, Elan will be on hand with a complete set of demos for you to try out, while you’re here.

Safety Carnival Sunday, November 30

Safety is always paramount, especially at Snow Valley.  Here’s your chance to check your equipment and fit your helmet properly.  Look for displays in the Lodge from the U of A’s BAM, the Brain Care Centre, Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Ski Patrol, and the Winter Cities Initiative!


Preventing Frostbite and More when Training in the Cold.

Frostnip, frostbite, and hypothermia are the three primary cold weather injuries athletes are exposed to in winter. All three can affect athletes in different winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, ice skating and a few summer sports as well, such as football, field hockey and baseball. Fortunately, frostnip, frostbite, and hypothermia are completely preventable with an awareness of what they are and what measures are required to prevent injury.

ALPINE-SKIING-CANADA-WOMENHow do cold weather injuries occur?

For frostnip and bite to occur the temperature must drop below freezing (0°C), and skin does not necessarily have to be exposed. Hypothermia can happen anytime the core body temperature drops below 37°C; these injuries occur when the body’s heat loss is greater than the amount it’s generating.

Dress appropriately!

Dress in layers. Exercise intensity combined with the temperature of the outdoors will determine your insulation (clothing) needs. Layering ensures there is a barrier of air between your skin and the ambient environment which acts to reduce heat flow away from the body.

Multiple thin layers are actually warmer than one thick layer and enables you to make adjustments if you get too warm or cold. At the same time do not over dress, since wearing too much clothing can lead to excess sweating and cooling of the skin through evaporative heat loss.

General Guideline to Layering:
• 0°C to -10°C – Single long-sleeved synthetic layer
• 15°C to -20°C – Base layer with windbreaker or running shell
• Below -20°C – Add a second long-sleeved layer under coat

Wear a hat and mittens. This one may seem obvious but it is none the less important. To help keep you warm and prevent frostbite you want as little of your skin visible as possible.

Wear moisture wicking materials. Polypropylene and wool are able to help keep moisture away from the body. This helps limit the cooling effects of sweating, they are also able to continue to insulate even if they get wet.
Be aware that you may need to experiment before you find a combination of clothing that works well for you based on your exercise intensity, fitness level and body size.
Pay attention to weather conditions and wind chill

In preparing for cold weather training it is important to be aware of not just temperature but the wind chill. Wind, whether it be natural or man-made (such as the wind created by a skier going downhill), amplifies heat loss and reduces the amount of insulation provided by clothing by disturbing the pocket of air layering creates. The heat loss caused by wind chill, despite the actual temperature, can be extreme enough to cause frostbite on its own.

Awareness Equals Prevention

Whether you are enjoying a day at the ski hill or training for your next marathon, with the right combination of awareness and common-sense you’ll find out what works for you at particular temperatures and be able to safely and comfortably train outdoors all winter long.


References from the SIRC Collection:
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It’s a wonderful day!

Snow Valley opened officially last week but we’re finally opening regularly at 9:00 am beginning this Thursday (November 20th).

Thanks to schools bringing kids in for a day on the slopes, we open and you can take advantage.  If you have a day off from work, or start later in the day, a couple of runs will do wonders for getting the heart rate up and just generally feeling GREAT!

Experience Snow Valley during the week and meet some new friends.  You’ll be seeing us in a whole new light: Daylight!

It IS a wonderful day when skiing is on your agenda!DSC_0098


We Are Open 5pm Friday and 9am Saturday to Kick Off the Season

It’s official: Snow Valley opens all lifts and carpets Saturday at 9:00 am to launch the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season!

We’re also open to Season Pass holders on Friday (today) at 5pm.  And if you’re not a season pass holder – you can ride for just $10 for the entire evening!

C’mon down we’re ready and open!opening_2014



Opening Soon! oh boy oh boy oh boy….

2,000,000 gallons of water pumped up in the air and they’re not stopping yet!   Operations continues to make snow as long as conditions allow.  The wind began to shift late this afternoon and Marlin started to watch the big guns very closely.  Thankfully, he sat down a few minutes later.   The guns continued to roar.

This is the best time and worst time of year.  We want to open but we need to make MORE SNOW!  Arrgg!  20141109_130209

And so, the big guns continue roar and the snow continues to fall.  The whale continues to grow (that big pile of snow that gathers at the bottom).

As Klaus pushes the snow in our little red groomer, a ski hill emerges.



Pretty Soon We’ll Be Here!

Thanks to Mother Nature’s ‘hot flash’ episodes this fall, snow making is slow.  In lieu of the white stuff I give you a great reason to believe that we will be open soon.

Stay tuned for updates on an official opening date.  Just remember that if you notice no clouds in the sky, not much wind and temperatures below freezing: we WILL be making snow.


Now all we need is SNOW!

The staff are back.  The Ski Swap and Sale has come and gone.  The Halloween Haunt was a success.  The snow guns are out.  Now, we wait.

SnowValleySnow CannonsWe wait for the right temperature, most likely during the wee hours of the morning when we’re all wondering, “…should I get up and close the window or am I warm enough in bed?”.  An automated call gets the crew up and down into the valley.  If the wind is right, the hoses are secure and all is well: they hit the switch.

A phalanx of snow guns fire water into the air, freezing on the way down and collect on the ground below.  A ‘whale’ is formed, eventually.  The next team member is the Groomer! The Groomer tackles the whale with a great red monster of a machine.   Eventually he levels the whale of snow and pushes snow up each run.


And so begins the beginning of the season.


Halloween Haunt this Sunday

Dress up and come for a fun afternoon inside Rainbow Valley Campground.  Snow Valley’s annual Halloween Haunt goes this Sunday, October 26th from Noon until 4pm!  Admission is by donation to the Edmonton Food Bank.  Features will include Ronald McDonald’s magic show, tethered balloon rides in the Remax hot air balloon, Inflatable Fun Bouncy Castle, activities and more!  It’s fun for the whole family!

See you this Sunday noon to 4:00 pm for our Halloween Haunt!Halloween-Haunt-2014web



Ski Swap & Sale This Weekend!

It is happening this weekend, October 18 and 19!  You can drop off and consign your skis, snowboards, boots, poles (sorry no used helmets and no straight skis) for just $2 each between 9a and 4p on Saturday.  Come back Sunday between 9a and 3p to replace what you just sold!  In case of a line up we will have three food trucks on hand including Knosh Catering, Atilla the Hungry and The Patty Wagon.

This event is a fund raiser for Snow Valley Ski Club, Snow Valley Racing, and the Snow Valley Scholarship Fund.

Get more details on our the Events page.




Ski Swap & Sale is October 18 & 19

DSC_0419Time to dust off the old boots and skis and think about swapping them up for something that fits a little better!  Kids will benefit while parents will save on new (to you) equipment.

For those new to the experience, you can bring down your usable skis, snowboards, boots, poles and cleaned outerwear to consign.  The drop off portion is Saturday, October 18.  Then come select from other people’s consigned goods and get great deals on great equipment on Sunday, October 19 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  For more details please visit the Events page on the website.

Remember: we cannot take any used helmets or straight skis!

Entry is just $2 per person and $5 per family on Sunday.  All proceeds from entrance fees go to the Snow Valley Scholarship Fund and all proceeds from the sale go to Snow Valley Ski Club and Snow Valley Racing.