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Skiing in the Grande Prairie Region

Hills that Offer the Best Ski Thrills

Skiing in the Grande Prairie Region

 

Up Here In The Unfiltered North, You’re Never Far From The Powder


With over six months of winter a year, you might not be surprised to learn that the Grande Prairie region is a hotspot for winter activities – and skiing is no exception. Popular among kids and adults alike, it’s safe to say that skiing is more of a tradition than a sport in Grande Prairie, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the most popular hills in the region for you to explore and enjoy first hand.

 

NITEHAWK YEAR-ROUND ADVENTURE PARK

The largest outdoor recreation park in the entire region, Nitehawk is home to some of the best slopes for both beginners and advanced skiers. The ‘jewel in the Peace Country’, as it’s affectionately called, offers skiing lessons from certified instructors to help make your experience as enjoyable as possible. They have a handy in-house rental shop too, just to make sure everyone can experience the slopes, whatever their level!

Beyond the piste, Nitehawk offers a lot of other fun on the snow. There’s plenty of hiking and running trails to get your snow-shoeing fix, you can play around on snow tubes, and even try the high-speed thrill of riding a luge (just remember to take a few lessons first).

 

LITTLE SMOKY SKI AREA

Ready for more ski terrain right here in our backyard? Look no further than Little Smoky Ski Area. Check out the beautiful trails their snowmaking team expertly works on each season, rigorously draining excess water to guarantee the fluffiest, crispest snow possible.

Centrally located on the Little Smoky River close to Falher, High Prairie, and Valleyview, the hill also has its own rental shop located in the lodge. There are also a variety of other amenities, including their Hilltop Café that serves excellent homestyle meals and a variety of beverages, and a skating rink on site. Their tube park will be open shortly, with the promise of more snowfall and cooler temperatures. Stay tuned!

 
 
 

WHISPERING PINES SKI HILL

Located in the picturesque Clear Hills, Whispering Pines is called ‘Northern Alberta’s Best Kept Secret’ for a reason – it features 100% natural snow and 19 pristinely groomed runs that make it heaven on earth for ski lovers.

The hill is also equipped with state of the art chair and t-bar lifts, a Sun Kid conveyor, and certified technicians to ensure you and your family have a hassle-free skiing experience. If you’re more of a apres-ski sort of person, the wheelchair-accessible log chalet has all the hot cocoa and marshmallows you need.

 

FAIRVIEW SKI HILL

Just a 15-minute drive up the hill from the iconic Dunvegan Bridge, the Fairview Ski Hill offers 15 runs that are serviced by 4 ski lifts – depending on your preference and expertise, you can choose any of the 20,000 feet of beautifully groomed runs.

The hill offers lots of space, a diverse terrain, certified staff, and a rugged terrain park to quench your urges for backflips and alley-oops. Stay up to date on the exact conditions on the mountain with their website’s helpful snow report which is updated every day.

 

MISERY MOUNTAIN

Don’t let the name fool you – Misery Mountain is a neat little hill that features 2 T-bars, 1 chairlift, and a truckload of exciting events. If you’re a fan of night skiing, Misery Mountain is another must-do on your list of hills to dry.

 

skier at powder king mountain resort

POWDER KING MOUNTAIN RESORT

Looking for some more challenging terrain a little further afield? Powder King Mountain Resort is a long-time lesser-known favourite of skiing enthusiasts. Roughly a 3.5 hour drive from Grande Prairie, this jewel of the Rockies features 38 marked runs, a triple chair, and two surface lifts.

Don’t risk the journey back to Grande Prairie tired after a day on the pistes – why not spend the night at the PK Hostel or the Azouetta Lake Lodge and Campground?

SPRING LAKE SKI HILL

An hour’s drive from Grande Prairie, Spring Lake Ski Hill is a smaller hill that nevertheless boasts a great, steady slope for beginners and over 10km of groomed trails for cross-country skiers. You can also try your hand at ice fishing, showshoeing, or snowmobiling in the area.

 

IN CONCLUSION

We hope you find this list useful and have tons of fun in the snow! Remember – don’t push yourself on a double black diamond (or even a blue or a green) if you don’t feel comfortable on the terrain, and if you ever feel the need to venture off-piste, make sure you bring an avalanche survival kit and let someone know where you’re headed.

Don’t forget to share your experience with us by using the hashtag #GPTourism on Instagram and Facebook.