Nestled away in the picturesque evergreen forests of the Cypress Hills Provincial Park is a great Ski and Snowboard facility waiting for you to explore.
In the early 1960's local Cypress residents developed a toboggan hill for all to enjoy. After a short time the Cypress Skiers Association installed a rope tow and began skiing down a natural gladed trail. This was the beginning of the Mile High Ski Hill. In 1967 the association relocated to an area with close to 700 vertical ft. and installed a T-Bar with several runs. A member of the original development group, Leonard McGee continued to develop and operate the Mile High Ski Hill. Mr. McGee would forever be known as "Mountain Man".
In 1981 Dave Fischer took over the operation and planning for the area. The Mile High Ski Hill named because of its elevation of 4594 ft. / 1400 m. was renamed Hidden Valley. The Alberta Government in 1987 invested in the Cypress Hills Park and Hidden Valley's Future. The reconstruction of Hidden Valley included a Quad Chair, Two Handle Tow's, a full service Daylodge, Snowmaking System, run development and re-contouring of the entire base area. Hidden Valley was operated by the Fischer Family until April of 2015 at which time Alberta Parks resumed its operation.
Today it is known for its consistent snow conditions, great facilities and friendly people. The trails are diverse, offering gentle slopes for beginners, cruising terrain for intermediates and more challenging runs for experts. The all-terrain park waits to challenge all levels of experienced skiers and snowboarders, while the Mini-Park offers a less aggressive area for our riders and sliders to ride the rollers and hit the jumps. To add to the winter adventure, you can enjoy the outdoors speeding down the Snow Luge, or gliding on the Skating Trail, riding on the Fat Biking Trails, or gazing in the planetarium, and snow much more! Activities are available in neighbouring townsite of Elkwater, only a short drive away! Contact Visitor Services at 403-893-3833 for more information and details.