Snow Valley Ski Club

Snow Valley Ski Club is a ski area located inside Edmonton, Alberta just off the Whitemud Freeway in 119 Street in Rainbow Valley. The resort functions as a not-for-profit organization. The slope caters primary to beginner skiers and snowboarders, with only 15% of the area designated as advanced.

Snow Valley
Snow Valley is located in Edmonton
Snow Valley
Snow Valley
Location within Edmonton
Snow Valley is located in Alberta
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Snow Valley (Alberta)
Snow Valley is located in Canada
Snow Valley
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Snow Valley (Canada)
LocationEdmonton River Valley
Nearest major cityEdmonton
Coordinates53°29′03″N 113°33′20″W / 53.48417°N 113.55556°W / 53.48417; -113.55556
Vertical40 m (130 ft)
Top elevation665 m (2,182 ft)
Base elevation625 m (2,051 ft)
Skiable area20 acres (0.1 km2)[1]
Runs8
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg40% - Easy
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg50% - Intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg10% - Difficult
Longest run549 m (1,801.2 ft)
Lift system4 (2 chairlift, 2 magic carpet)
Lift capacity3,500 skiers/hr
Terrain parks2
Snowfall122 cm (48 in)[2]
Snowmaking95%
Night skiingYes
WebsiteSnow Valley

It has one pulse quad chairlift, one triple chairlift, and two magic carpets. Snow Valley also has a variety of features and man made jumps in their beginner and advanced terrain parks.

HistoryEdit

Snow Valley was opened in 1961 by members of the Eskimo Ski Club. The original lodge was built in 1972 with two rope tows. In 1981 a T-bar replaced one of the rope tows, and limited snow making was added to extend the ski season.[3] In 1988 a Triple chairlift was installed, along with expanded snow making capability. A significant amount of landfill was completed on the North Hill, where present-day terrain park is located.

During the summer of 1995, Snow Valley management took over responsibilities of the adjacent Rainbow Valley Campground. The campground operates in the summer off season.

A new 17,800-square-foot (1,650 m2) lodge was constructed in 2001, replacing the old lodge and maintenance buildings. Additionally in 2001 the first magic carpet was added. A second magic carpet replaced the handle tow in 2003.

 
The entirety of Snow Valley Ski Club's terrain can be accessed by the high-speed pulse quad chairlift, installed in 2008.

In 2008, Snow Valley opened a first-of-its-kind high-speed 'pulse' quad chair. This chair replaced the t-bar and opened up more terrain.[4]

Summer ActivitiesEdit

During the off season, the Snow Valley Ski Club not-for-profit operates several seasonal summer attractions. Only attractions that have been present for over 3 years are included in the list below.

Snow Valley Aerial ParkEdit

The Snow Valley Aerial Park is a 15m (50ft) tall aerial-adventure tower built by German-based company Kristall Turm and operated by Snow Valley Ski Club. The tower was the first of its kind built in Canada[5] though there are now several Kristall Turm towers in the country.[6] The Snow Valley Aerial Park features approximately 100 Edmonton-themed features and was opened to the public in 2017.[7]

Rainbow Valley CampgroundEdit

The Rainbow Valley Campground ins a long-running campground in Alberta, opened sometime before the 1970's,[8] as the Whitemud Creek Mine operation (which closed in 1970) was described as immediately adjacent to the campground. The Rainbow Valley Campground today has over 75 sites and is open from May until October.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ GoSki (2005). "Snow Valley Ski Club - Statistics". Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  2. ^ Alberta Ski Resorts (2007). "Snow Valley". Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  3. ^ Snow Valley. "History". Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  4. ^ "New chair gives speedy lift to top of Snow Valley". Edmonton Examiner. 2008-10-30. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  5. ^ "Paula Simons: With aerial park plan, Snow Valley hopes to scale new heights". edmontonjournal. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  6. ^ "Massive rope running 'aerial adventure park' opening in Squamish | Venture". dailyhive.com. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  7. ^ Robertson, John (May 15, 2017). "Aerial attraction will take Edmonton's river valley to new heights". CBC News Edmonton. p. 1. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  8. ^ "The Last Edmonton Coal Mine: Whitemud Creek". Edmonton City as Museum Project ECAMP. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  9. ^ "Campground - Rainbow Valley Campground Edmonton, AB". www.rainbow-valley.com. Retrieved 2022-03-31.

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