Delayed Opening

Due to very challenging snow making conditions – we have had very few nights with temperatures below -3 degrees – we will not have enough snow made to offer quality lessons this weekend (November 14 & 15) and we are forced to cancel the first day of  programs.

The Christmas holidays prevent us from extending the programs later into December, so we would like to offer you a Snow Valley gift card for the value of the cancelled day of the lesson program. To collect your gift card, please bring your lesson card to Snow Valley Guest Services.

Our weekend programs are now scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 and run for four weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

While there isn’t enough snow to learn on, we encourage you to come to Snow Valley this weekend, or any time during “Pre-Season Hours” to pick up your gift card, to pick up lesson cards and pre-fit rentals for the programs.

Picking up lesson cards and fitting rental equipment before the lessons begin will make it much easier for you to speed through lines on the first day of programs.

For additional information, please check out our website at or call 780.434.3991.


Opening Day: November 13…Hopefully!

IMG_6842Too ambitious?  Maybe, but we are making snow and otherwise we are ready!

Season pass sales were strong and lesson programs are practically full.

We are targeting November 13th, we hope, for a 5pm open time and YES it will be a Food Bank Friday to kick off the 2015-16 season.

If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding, “C’mon down” as they say on the “Price Is Right” game show.  (Did you know it’s STILL on the air?).

If you are someone who is new to the sport, be sure to sign up for our Discover Program: An on hill lesson before noon, a lunch break, another one hour lesson after lunch and the rest of the day to practice on all an inclusive lift pass and rentals!

Plus you get a FREE Area pass to return and practice more.  If you decide to purchase a season pass during the same season, Your $69.95 Discover fee will be applied to your season pass fee.  Way to go, team!

Learn to ski and snowboard right here at Snow Valley Ski Club because together we: Make Winter Fun!


A Loaded Gun…SNOW Gun!

20141109_130209Each season as we get closer and closer to winter, the question always comes up: How are you going to open in mid-November?

Easy: We make all the snow we need!

What isn’t easy is doing it.  Generally it’s a night time process to begin with.  Sometime around 1 or 2 in the morning, a call comes to the Chief Snow Maker, Marlin Van Zandt from the Snow Valley temperature guage saying “It’s time to make snow!”.  Then he calls the crew out, hooks up the hoses and flips the switch.  Presto: Snow.  Almost.

Before that, the wind speed and direction is taken into consideration.  Snow guns are aimed with precision to fill the flat area at the bottom of the hill. The actual air temperature is also factored in with regards to the velocity and volume of water.

it’s a big job, but we cannot open with out our snow makers and their loaded weapon:

A snow gun.  And remember: Iit’s loaded


Marmot Basin Long Range Plan APPROVED!

Marmot-Basin_Jasper-Canadian-Rockies-2014_4c-MediumGreat news from our long time mountain partner, Ski Marmot Basin:

Ski Marmot Basin is happy to announce that their 1st Long Range Plan was approved back on June 5th, 2015.

Read the Press Release for the Long Range Plan Approval.


  • Ski areas in national parks are managed through a structured suite of policy tools, including park management plans, the 2006 Ski Area Management Guidelines, site guidelines specific toeach ski area, and long range plans.
  • Long range plans are required for all national park ski areas and outline the ski area’s development and operation for a five to 15-year period.
  • The Marmot Basin Site Guidelines were approved in 2008 by Parks Canada. Since that time, Ski Marmot Basin has worked closely with Parks Canada to prepare their Long Range Plan submission.
  • Ski Marmot Basin is the second ski area after Mount Norquay to have an approved Long Range Plan.

Tune My Skis?


Your skis are specialized equipment that need specialized care.  Snowboards, too!

So take care of them throughout the season!

Snow Rider provides complete tuning services by our Wintersteiger certified technician and knowledgeable staff will be there to assist you.

But if you’re wondering how often you should tune your skis, or snowboard, read the FAQ section of this page…


Ski Swap is Coming October 17 & 18

SkiSwapHeaderCome drop off your gently used equipment and pick up some new OR “new to you” equipment to kick off the season!  There’ll be boots, bindings, snowboards, skis, poles and even jackets and pants.  Any helmet you see for sale will be a new item as we do not accept used helmets for consignment, nor to we accept straight skis.

Snow Valley’s Snow Rider Ski Shop will feature a fitting tent so you know what to look for when shopping for your kids or even yourself.

Some Edmonton’s finest ski and snowboard stores will also be on hand unloading last year’s items at huge discounts!  Look for Skiers Sportshop, Sundance Ski Shop, Blank Skate & Snowboard, Marmot Basin and more!

Plus we’ll have an Inflatable for the kids, a Food Truck will be coming Sunday during the Sale Day and other surprises.

All proceeds go to Snow Valley Ski Club, Snow Valley Racing Association and the Snow Valley Team Scholarship Fund.

Stay tuned for details as they come available!


Snow Making Project

Snow Valley Ski Club plans to replace its existing snow making waterline with a new upgraded line. The facility’s existing waterline, which was installed in 1984, has surpassed its life expectancy by 10 years and is now due for replacement. Pipe technology has advanced significantly since the 1980s and the new modern pipe that will be laid has a life expectancy of 100 years.

This snow making waterline replacement project was included in Snow Valley’s 10-Year Master Plan, which was approved by the City of Edmonton in 2013. Snow making is critical and essential to the operation of the Club and through this project, Snow Valley looks forward to ensuring effective and reliable snow making so that it may continue to operate a first-class ski facility for the citizens of Edmonton for many years to come.

This project will be completed in three phases over the next three years with each phase taking place in the fall/winter and lasting approximately two weeks. The final pipe-laying phase will occur in the fall of 2017 with final vegetation restoration taking place in May, 2018. This is a maintenance project and will not result in a change nor an intensification of usage of Snow Valley. Project work will occur during the daytime on weekdays and will comply with City of Edmonton noise bylaws. As the waterline will be completely underground, there will be no effect whatsoever on the visible landscape.

A public open house will be held upstairs in the Lodge at Snow Valley on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm to share information and details regarding this and other future Snow Valley projects. You are invited to attend.

Should you have any questions or require further information regarding this project, please contact Paul Robinson, Assistant General Manager of Snow Valley Ski Club at 780-809-2364 or


10% Off Season Passes – Right Now!

It must be September.  Snow Valley’s Tent Event was just last Sunday and now everyone is heading back to school.

You are welcome to buy your season pass at 10% off regular prices on line here.

10offSnow Valley’s Guest Services will be open the last week of September for pick up and purchase of season passes.  Plus you can book your lessons and programs if you come in or call Guest Services.

We’re looking forward to a great season and hope you are too!


Save 15% on Snow Valley Season Passes

It’s another hot August with temperatures ready to soar to 30+ degrees tomorrow and we’re talking Snow Valley Season Passes?

If you want to save 15% off the regular price, of course.



Guest Services will open the final week of August, September and October.

It all gets under way this Saturday on line and by phone.  Prices have remained the same for Family, Adult, Youth and Junior season passes.  If you want to come down and complete the whole process, beginning August 25th, Guest Services will be open for your convenience weekday evenings 4:00 to 7:00 pm and weekends 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until closing on August 31st.

The on line process has gone back to the system we used before last season.  Hopefully you find it easy and user friendly.  If not, you can always give us a call if you have any issues.

If you haven’t already noticed, we’ve also revamped our website.  Take a wander around and let us know what you think.  Your feedback is always welcome.

Welcome to the 2015-16 Season!