It’s been a positive start to the ski and snowboard season at Alberta’s largest non-mountain resort.
David Martel, General Manager of the Canyon Ski Resort east of Red Deer says this is despite the warmer-than-normal weather we’ve seen over the past few weeks.
“The snow making season got an early start to it,” explains Martel. “November 1, we were able to make snow and we got a three week lead without even shutting our snow making system down.”
The strong start to this year’s season follows a busy off-season at Canyon. Martel says four new runs have been created, which includes a brand new beginner access from the top of both the triple and double chair lifts.
“This opens up a whole new bunch of terrain for the novice – intermediate skiers,” says Martel. “Most of the runs are novice runs. We’ve got a new mogul pitch which is an expert run, our slope-style course which is being built on the Waskasoo this year as well, that’s another expert course, as well as our cross course which is a blue run. It’s a family – friendly ski-cross type race course.”
Martel adds that this season will be a good opportunity to continue doing prep-work to host many of the ski and snowboard events during the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
“We have all the freestyle ski and snowboard events, as well as the alpine ski-cross. The freestyle ski events include moguls and slope - style while the snowboard is slope - style, snowboard - cross, parallel giant slalom and big air.”
As far as the lodge is concerned, Martel says an accessibility lift will also be added in advance of the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
“We are looking to upgrade our lodge, just for accessibility issues,” explains Martel. “Every year we try to do something in our lodge to bring it up to today’s standards. Canyon has evolved and come a long way over the last eight seasons. With the Canada Games work, that’s just made us evolve a little bit faster than we expected ourselves.”
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