Photos with Santa Simon

Did you get a picture with Simon at the Holiday Celebration on December 14?  Go the Gallery and click on “2014 Holiday Celebration” and watch for your image.  Just call Snow Valley Marketing with the image number (2/116 or 45/116…you get the picture), who’s in it and we’ll send it out to you as soon as we can!  If you end up leaving a message, we’ll call you back to confirm.

Merry Christmas!

Tim Dea


The Destination is only half the Fun!

One thing about working at an “urban” ski area is that it typically is not considered a “destination”.  When you think of “Resort”, you think Jasper.  Banff.  Kimberley.  Then you think, “How am I going to get everyone there without losing my mind?”.

The answer always boils down to a simple formula of distance over time times the number of people in the vehicle.

D/T x P = LMMf*

*Losing My Mind factor

Entertainment and Fuel will always have an effect, as well.

Entertainment can come in the form to the very latest in technological advances in hand held and display and audio devices to the age old “car games” we used to play as kids.  I would also consider an audio book you can all ‘get into’ or, wait for it, read a book out loud.  Please don’t rely on one form of entertainment.  Experience tells us that while “trading” similar games or platforms works for a while, a fight will break out the longer the trip.  Music chosen by everyone is also a must when considering “cabin entertainment” over “personal entertainment”.  Therefore you must bring more than necessary to get to your destination (mainly because you still have to go home with them!). Extra headphones are also a blessing.

Fuel (other than the obvious for your mode of transportation – and where the next fill will come from) can come in the forms of snacks, drinks, or full blown ‘meals for the road’.

I personally suggest giving everyone as much as you want them to spill in your car/truck/SUV/CUV/RV or whatever.  It’s going to happen.  Not much more to say except don’t run out unless you’re willing to buy Gas Station snacks.

Now to the important stuff:  Safety.

The following was taken from the General Motors website and there’s a link to the complete article at the bottom.

Many items can be packed away as helpful tools and emergency aids, but every vehicle should at least have some basics:

·         Ice scraper to clear windshield, windows, and all snow off roof, which can otherwise blow off and impede other motorists.

·         Jumper cables because batteries are more susceptible to power drains in cold- weather conditions.

·         Cat litter or spare floor mat to be used for added traction if the vehicle gets stuck. A small shovel and a 50-foot tow strap are useful for freeing stranded vehicles, too.

·         Cell phone to call for outside help. And don’t forget to have a charger in the vehicle. GM vehicles equipped with OnStar also offer a built-in lifeline (as well as some other manufacturers).

·         Emergency supplies including extra warm clothes or a blanket, a flashlight with extra batteries, food and water, and a small first aid kit.  Read more here

And finally, somewhere to go:


Here’s a quick snap shot of some Alberta destinations courtesy the GoSkiAlberta website and more importantly the DEALS!

The Low Down on BC Resorts (just in case you really like to drive!)

Tim Dea


Holiday Celebration this Weekend

The kids will have a ball this Sunday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm with our 6th Annual Holiday Celebration featuring Santa Simon!  Santa Simon will be available for photos in our Snow Carved throne throughout the event.

The weather looks like it may even cooperate!

Upstairs in the lodge, will have crafts and cookie decorating while Snow Valley staff sing carols in front of the fireplace around noon (we MAY need your help).

We will also collect donations in support of the Edmonton Christmas Bureau and gently used outer wear for the Youth Empowerment Support Services in a large decorated box inside the main doors.

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See you there!


Preventing Frostbite 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:
1. Armstrong L, Hamlet M. Preventing cold injuries during training, competition and recreation. National Strength & Conditioning Association Journal. February 1989;11(1):51-53.
2. Cappaert T, Stone J, Castellani J, Krause B, Smith D, Stephens B. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Environmental Cold Injuries. Journal Of Athletic Training (National Athletic Trainers’ Association). November 2008;43(6):640-658.
3. Cold, cold, cold, five critical winter training issues. Racer’s Edge. February 1980;2(1):13-15.
4. Gassewitz D. Coaches Guide to Winter Weather. Coaches Plan/Plan Du Coach. Winter2011 2011;17(4):7.
5. Sue-Chu M. Winter sports athletes: long-term effects of cold air exposure. British Journal Of Sports Medicine. May 2012;46(6):397-401.


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!


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!

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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!

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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.



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.