Canada Olympic Park, Nakiska ski hills to open this weekend

The ski and snowboard hill at Canada Olympic Park will open this weekend, marking the official start of the 2018-19 winter season.

WinSport announced Thursday that the hill will open on limited terrain on Saturday, thanks to colder temperatures this week that provided ideal conditions for snow-making crews.

“Our crews were able to keep the snow guns blasting non-stop, around the clock for the entire week, which created a nice base of snow to allow us to open the hill,” said Mike Tanner, WinSport’s director of venues.

“We’ll keep making snow as the weather permits and will continue to open other areas and features of the park in the coming days.”

The hill will open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 9 p.m. during the week (including Remembrance Day Monday).

The west side of the main hill as well as the beginner area will be open, along with a select number of boxes and rails.

Earlier this week, Nakiska also announced it would be among the first in Canada to open for skiing this weekend.

Operations will open at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, continuing Saturday and Sunday.

The ski area will remain open weekends throughout November until its official full opening on Nov. 30.

“Continued enhancement to one of Canada’s largest snow-making systems makes Nakiska the place for early ski turns in Canada,” said Matt Mosteller, of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

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