SKI GRANDE PRAIRIE
If its downhill skiing or cross country skiing you enjoy, winter fun awaits you at either the Nikehawk Ski Area or the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails.
Nitehawk Recreation Area
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DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com talks with Duane Stevenson (General Manager of Nitehawk) on the facilities of the Nitehawk Recreation Area. (2010)
Nitehawk Recreation Area chair lift.
Canada Games Wapiti Nordic Centre.
Owned and operated by the Wapiti Ski club.
Over 35 kms of trails ranging from beginner to advanced. Trails are groomed. Electric Avenue is a four km trail that is lighted for night skiing.
Events of the Peace Country
SKIING - Downhill
Located just 14 km south of Grande Prairie, Alberta on Highway 40 and Highway 666 is the Nitehawk Recreation Area. (4 km northeast of Grovedale Alberta) On the South Bank of the Wapiti River.
The Grande Prairie Ski Club was established in 1960 to operate the Nitehawk Recreation Area. Today it offers 9 runs for skiers and snowboarders for all ages. The Ski Hill provides ski lessons and rentals with over 250 sets of skis and 100 snowboards. It has a triple chair and platter lift.
The Highest Elevations is 695 meters. Vertical Rise is 145 meters, and the longest run is 2,200 meters. Beginner slopes to Black Diamond. 2 lifts: Triple chair and platter lift. New connector run opened in 2003.
The Northern Extreme Freestyle Team uses the Summer Aerial Water Ramp for aerial ski and snowboard training. It is also the Northern Alberta centre for training of ski & snowboard instructors.
Nitehawk Recreation Area. (780) 532-6637. For more information visit the Nitehawk Recreation Area website: www.nitehawkskiarea.com
At Nitehawk Recreation Area, the Bunny Hill is good for the beginner or less experienced skier.
SKIING - Cross Country
Located just 6 km south of Grande Prairie, Alberta on Highway 40 is the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club. (On the north side of the Wapiti River)
The Wapiti Nordic Ski Club is open 7 days a week and generally the season runs from December 1 to March 31. The Steve Cooper Lodge which was built in 1994, is located 1.5 km off Highway 40 and houses a fireplace, canteen, waxing facilities, washrooms and showers. Ski Rentals are available here.
The Wapiti Ski Club trails are for everyone to enjoy. Day passes or annual memberships are required and are available at the lodge.
Ski Lessons are offered for both adults and youngsters.
In the summer, the area is used as bicycling trails, walking and running trails as well as nature trails.
For more information phone (780) 539-9050 or check out the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club website: www.wapitinordic.com.
Ski Hills in the Peace Country
Fairview Ski Hill, 13 km south of Fairview and 6 km west off the highway. (8 km north of the Dunvegan Bridge) 22 different runs from beginner to intermediate to expert runs. 4 ski lifts. (1 T-bar, 2 platter, 1 rope tow at the Bunny Hill) Ski lessons, chalet, concession. Rentals: Skis, snowblades and snowboards. Season passes are available. (780) 835-4725.
Worsley is famous for the Whispering Pines Ski Hill. Located 25 km northwest of Worsley, Alberta. 2 t-bars, fully equipped lodge, chalet, rental shop, ski/snowboarding school. 17 different runs. Vertical rise of 460 feet. Well groomed natural snow. Toll-free 1-866-685-2594. website: www.skiworsley.com
Little Smoky Ski Hill located at the junction of Highway 43 and the Little Smoky River. Snowboarding, cross country skiing, bunny hill. 7 downhill runs and over 10 km of cross country trails. T-bar, chalet, ski lessons offered. Rental Equipment available: skis, boots, snowboards. Season usually runs from mid December to mid March, open 10am-4pm Thur-Sun. (780) 837-8144. Little Smoky Ski website.
Misery Mountain Ski Hill is located on the west side of the river at the Town of Peace River. Open Wednesday and Friday from 6:30pm-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. (780) 624-4881. www.miserymountain.com
Powder King Ski Village, located 110km southwest of Chetwynd, British Columbia on highway 97 in the Pine Pass in the Canadian Rockies. Powder skiing, as the average snowfall is 41 feet. 24 runs, 1 triple chair, 2 surface lifts Slopes to 2,100 feet. 2 restaurants, ski shop, 60 room overnight accommodations. (250) 962-5899. www.powderking.com
Spring Lake Resort and Campground.
27 km north of Hythe. Ski Hill with T-bar, and Chalet. 10km of groomed trails for cross country skiing.
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