Recently I wrote about my family’s first visit to Hidden Valley Ski Resort for Snowseekers.ca. You can read it here. Hidden Valley is found in Alberta, 65km from Medicine Hat, nestled within Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Once a private ski hill, Parks Alberta now operates the family friendly park that features 9 runs.
The Cypress Hills region is absolutely beautiful in the winter, especially with a fresh dusting of snow.
The resort is surrounded by an abundance of rolling hills and pine trees that make for beautiful sight even on a cold day. Though we visit the region at least once a year, it’s usually during the summer when we camp. As well, we’ve always stayed on the Saskatchewan side, so it was nice to finally check out the Alberta side during winter to see what the season had to offer.
Being a family friendly learning environment was of the upmost importance to me and Hidden Valley came highly recommended. Though Jamie and me had skied before, we were far from competent, and this would be the first time for the kids. We were all grateful to be receiving some lessons via the resort’s ski school.
I must admit I’m always surprised about the process it takes to gear up for skiing. First, you have to figure out the right layers to wear. On the day we went in particular, the weather was frigid, so we all bulked up – which admittedly makes getting the actual ski gear on all that more fun.
Feeling like puffy Michelin men, we waddled our way to another building to collect our rentals. Since we were newbies, we needed to rent boots, helmets, skis and poles – all of which Hidden Valley offers.
After several attempts to find the right size and squeeze my feet into the stiff boots (is this extraordinarily hard or is it just me?), we were sized for skis and finally ready to get onto the hill!
Hitting the slopes at Hidden Valley Ski Resort
How did it go?
You’ll have to read my full Snowseekers story to find out. For now, I hope you enjoyed these images that captured our day out at Hidden Valley (Hint: It was kinda wonderful!).
Disclosure: Me and my family were guests of Hidden Valley Ski Resort and Parks Alberta who neither approved or reviewed this story prior to publishing.