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

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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

 

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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.

CANNOT WAIT!  AHHHHHH!

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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.

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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.

New_Groomer

And so begins the beginning of the season.

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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

 

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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.

THANK YOU EDMONTON SKI AND SNOWBOARD COMMUNITY!

#SVSkiSwap

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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.

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