Ultimate Guide: Where to Ski in Edmonton

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It’s hard, even for an Edmontonian, to deny: one of the first things that pop into your head when you hear “Alberta” is skiing and our Rocky Mountains. And I’m not running them down. Those shale and limestone behemoths are great for a weekend away, but what about when you want to get your ski on without the four hour drive?

The Capital region is home to some great hills that are just the thing for noob skiers and pros who need some local powder practice time on the slopes.

Edmonton Ski Club 9613 – 96th Ave, Edmonton: The Edmonton Ski Club bills itself as the “Centre for family snow sports in the heart of Edmonton” and the view of the downtown skyline from the top of the hill on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River is one of the best in the city! The Edmonton Ski Club offers lessons, rentals, camps, an after-school drop off program for kids, and a terrain park.

Hours of Operation:
Tentative opening: December 1, 2016
Tuesday – Friday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 780-465-0852
Email:edmontonskiclub@gmail.com

Rabbit Hill just North of Highway 19 at D-25512 Township Rd 510A,  Leduc County Just outside the city you’ll find Rabbit Hill Snow Resort. Rabbit Hill offers lessons and rentals and a terrain park for the snowboarders. There is a pick up/drop off bus service to locations in Edmonton, St. Albert, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and Devon on Saturdays and Sundays to ease your way to the hill.

Hours of Operation:
*opening date still to be announced*
Regular Season (November 26, 2016 to March 19, 2017)
Monday to Friday – 10am to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday – 9am to 5pm
Late Season (March 20 to March 29, 2017)
Monday to Wednesday – 10 am to 5pm
Phone: 780-955-2440
Email: info@rabbithill.com

Snow Valley 13204 Rainbow Valley Road, Edmonton (on 119 St, off Whitemud Fwy) Conveniently located in Southwest Edmonton, Snow Valley is a great spot to practice your snow sports! They offer rentals, lessons and not one, but two terrain parks–beginner and advanced.

Hours of Operation:
*opening mid-November, weather permitting*
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: 780-434-3991
Email: ski@snowvalley.ca

Sunridge Ski Area 10980 17th St, Edmonton Just across the river from Rundle Park, nestled in the Strathcona Science Park you will find the Sunridge Ski Area. In addition to the lessons, rentals and terrain park at Sunridge, they are pleased to offer tubing. The exhilaration of tobogganing multiplied!

Hours of Operation:
*opening November, weather permitting*
Skiing/Snowboarding:
Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sun: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Tubing:
Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 4:00pm

If you are interested in making a day trip of it, you may want to check out Alberta’s largest non-mountain ski resort: Red Deer’s Canyon Ski Resort. The smaller hills of Long Lake near Thorhild,  Silver Summit in Edson, or Tawatinaw Valley Alpine and Nordic Centre in Westlock are good for practice.

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