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Slopes busy at Pass Powderkeg in the Crowsnest Pass

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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The Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill has seen a good season so far with expectations to have another month of hitting the slopes. New trails opened up this winter, with more opening up next season. The Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill has seen a good season so far with expectations to have another month of hitting the slopes. New trails opened up this winter, with more opening up next season. Photo contributed

Pass Powderkeg Ski hill has been having a good season so far — thanks to cold weather and plenty of snow.


Brad Murray, project manager with the Crowsnest Pass, says the hill has had the best snow in the seven years he’s been at the hill.
The past couple years were warmer with less snow, but at Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill, they were able to make their own snow. This year has been an amazing year without the need to make snow.
“The previous two years, we have proved that, with snowmaking, we can have a great season, even when the natural snow doesn’t come,” says Murray. “This year couldn’t be more different. Lots and lots of great natural snow so far.”
Opening day at the hill was Dec. 23, which was right on schedule and Murray says it was a nice day to get on the slopes.
“I’ve been saying, we are due for a good snow year. Mother Nature didn’t disappoint. Ski patrol had to dig the safety fences out and move them up, because they were buried (in snow),” adds Murray.
Some events coming up at the hill include cheap nights, which are all Thursdays in March with night skiing lift tickets only $15 each. There also will be Dummy Downhill on Saturday, March 11 where people will build their own entry to send down the course and off a jump.
Retro Day will take place March 18 where people will dig in their closets, or go hunt the thrift stores for the best retro outfits.
On March 26, people can attend Slush Pit where they end the season with a splash. People will be able to ski or board across 30 feet of water.
Participants can expect to be wet if they don’t make it across the full 30 feet.
There are still many skiing days remaining and Murray is confident in the success of the rest of the season.
“We always have great spring skiing on the groomers and in the terrain park, but I think we will have some more powder says yet,” adds Murray.
Murray adds the hill is currently in the middle of an expansion as well. There have been five new runs added this year with seven more to work on cleaning up for next season.
“Even though I know there is debris, from the logging, hiding in all that snow, those closed runs look like they will be so fun,” says Murray.

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