OPEN! Finally…

Snow Valley Ski Club is open for the 2016-17 season.

Man, that was nerve wracking!  The waiting ….and waiting ….and then…waiting some more! 

  • Lesson programs begin Saturday, December 3 (have you booked your make up lessons?)
  • Both carpets are open (Discover and Snowflake) along with the Quad Chairlift.
  • Limited terrain is available: Discover, Snowflake and Cascade
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Snow Guns Firing

We hope every one can come out and enjoy the snow.  Snow making will continue over night and in areas that are currently closed.

Remember Season Pass holders get discounts across western Canada resorts and shops right here in Edmonton. 

Next week is our Annual Winterfest – learn more here on our Events Page.

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FINAL FOOD BANK FRIDAY: 9a to 5p

FoodBankFridays2015(Stairs4034)AThis Friday, March 27th is the final Food Bank Friday!  ALL DAY you can ski or snowboard for just $10 with a donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank!  Come at 9:00 am or anytime before we close for the night and you can ride for just $10 with a donation.

So far we have collected just over 4000 kilograms of food.  We can do better with you help.

Thank you from Snow Valley Ski Club and the Edmonton Food Bank.

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Family Day is Coming Up

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This is always a great day to break up the winter with the whole family.  Activities abound throughout the city.  Snow Valley is no exception.  We’ll have our Annual Fun Race, Hot chocolate and much more all day long.  But who do we owe thanks for this ‘day off’?  We have to go back almost 25 years.

The holiday was proclaimed by Lieutenant Governor Helen Hunley, on the advice of her premier, Don Getty. Premier Getty said it was important for all Albertans to take time for their families, and that this holiday would emphasize the importance of family values.

The holiday was first celebrated in 1990.  Alberta was the only province in Canada to have a statutory holiday in February until Saskatchewan began observing it in 2007.

Getty came in for considerable criticism at the time. Many employers felt that an additional statutory holiday was an unnecessary financial burden. In response to the criticism, the holiday of Heritage Day was downgraded to a civic holiday, meaning employers are not required to observe this day. Under Alberta law, the employer may choose to observe Heritage Day as a general holiday, under which rules applying to general holiday pay will be used.

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Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass

The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass gives your child hundreds of reasons to ski and snowboard this New Year

Start the New Year off right! Pick up a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass and get your kids started in skiing and snowboarding.

Another year has come and gone, and we are all busy coming up with our own New Year’s resolutions for 2015. Most of us are aiming to lead happier and healthier lives by eating better, working less, spending more time with our family, and being more active. But what about our kids? It’s never too late – or too early – to get the kids started on their own goals to stay active and healthy in 2015. What better way to get them started right away than by getting them out and on the hills, skiing and snowboarding with the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass!

Any child in grade 4 or 5 (or who was born in 2004 or 2005) is eligible for a SnowPass and with over 150 ski areas participating in the program – including 31 ski areas in British Columbia, 19 in Alberta, 1 in Saskatchewan, 2 in Manitoba, 32 in Ontario, 57 in Quebec, 8 in Atlantic Canada, and 1 in the Yukon – it’s accessible to nearly everyone. Plus, it’s an unbeatable offer: it provides three lift passes at each and every one of the 150+ ski areas nationwide for Canadian kids in Grade 4 and Grade 5! For a full list of participating ski areas, visit www.snowpass.ca.

One of the great things about the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program is that it encourages children to get outside during the long Canadian winter. “Skiing and snowboarding are excellent ways to get kids outside and active in winter,” says Patrick Arkeveld, President and CEO of the Canadian Ski Council. “Skiing and snowboarding are healthy and fun outdoor activities, and what’s more, they’re family sports that create great family traditions and family memories.”

Now applying for a SnowPass is easier than ever! Visit www.snowpass.ca, upload your child’s picture and proof of age, enter your payment, and voila! Your child’s SnowPass will be sent straight to your home. You can also pay a little extra to have your SnowPass sent to you via XpressPost so that you receive it sooner. Details can be found on the SnowPass website.

For more information on the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program, visit www.snowpass.ca.

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Pump Up The Jam RETURNS

Looking for a fun and friendly competition for a beginner free style boarder or skier?

Pump Up The Jam is your solution!

Blank Skate & Snowboards presents Pump Up The Jam January 11th in the Skiers Sportshop Terrain Park. Kids 12 and under can enter this fun event ONLY at Snow Rider Ski Shop located immediately behind Guest Services at Snow Valley.

If you want to speed the process up, download the Pump Up The Jam Registration Package 2015, fill it out and bring it into Snow Rider before January 11, 2015.

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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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