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Mission_RidgeSaskatchewan has little to offer in the way of downhill skiing but if you find yourself north of the Dakotas with a skiers itch, Mission Ridge Winter Park is a little gem located in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Because of its geographical location, the park gets minimal snowfall so they rely heavily on machine made snow. Machines produce 99 percent of the Winter Park’s 100 inches of snow annually.

Winter Park features 9 trails, accessible through four chairlifts over 25 acres of skiable terrain. Although the park is small, the majority of their runs are technically difficult. Out of their nine runs only one, “Half-Mile Highway” is considered easy, which is also their longest run, measuring 2600 feet. The surrounding landscape is relatively flat, but beautiful and desolate, nonetheless.

The Park offers ski lessons but only for kids. 90 minute group lessons are offered daily, for between $60 and $150, depending on the equipment the student owns. Unfortunately, Winter Park only offers classes for kids. There are no hotels or condominiums at the actual park but there are plenty of lodging options in Fort Qu’Appelle. A nice bed and breakfast will run you about $120 per night.

Winter Park may not offer the long and abundant runs that some of the resorts in the US Rockies offer but their lift tickets are priced accordingly. $28 will get an adult a full day lift ticket and if you only want a hand-rope pass, they’re available for $15.

Mountain Stats

  • Annual Snowfall—>1 foot
  • Trails: 1 Easy, 3 Difficult, 5 Very Difficult
  • 4 lifts
  • Longest Run—.5 miles
  • Lift Ticket—Adult: $28, Students and Seniors: $22, Children $17

Winter Park is a hidden ski paradise that is well worth the cheap lift ticket fee.

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