Monday, 05 December 2016 08:00

Snow making underway at the Pass Powderkeg in Crowsnest Pass

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Preparation work has begun at the Pass Powderkeg Ski hill in the Crowsnest Pass for the upcoming ski season.

In late November, resort officials began their snow making. They’re hoping for colder weather this year for a successful ski season.
As of 2013, the municipality of the Crowsnest Pass has been supporting the Pass Powderkeg Ski Society in running the hill.
Lyle Hannan, director of community services and general manager for the ski hill, expects the Ski Hill Society will continue to run the hill with the assistance and support of the municipality for the foreseeable future.
The Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass provides the financial-related support for the Pass Powderkeg Ski Society to assist them in operating the ski hill which is located on leased land owned by the Municipality.
Hannan says they’re also continuing their trail expansion project they began last fall at the hill.
“We hope to open up as many as six new connector-runs on the hill for 2016/2017. We are also in the process of installing new trail signs and trail maps around the hill,” adds Hannan.
As of Nov. 23, it was still too early to tell what the ski season may look like. As well, it’s hard to say how snow making will go as they had just one day of snow making completed as of that date.
“We are excited about the continued improvements made to the runs and facility for this season,” adds Hannan.
There hasn’t been an opening date set. Hannan says their target date is for the Christmas weekend, but if they can open earlier they will. Overall, the hope for this season is to have colder weather for better skiing conditions.
“We are hoping to continue to build off of our membership base through improvements to the hill. We are also hoping some new partnership marketing initiatives with Castle Mountain will be a success,” he adds.
Last season was challenging with weather. Financially, Hannan says it was average.
They hope for more snow and cold this year.
They’ve sold a typical amount of passes for this coming season. Sales generally pick up closer to the early bird deadline Dec. 8.
As well, snow always reminds people to start thinking of skiing and snowboarding.
Ski and snowboard passes can be purchased online for the family ski resort.
For more information about the ski hill or for prices on passes, visit

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