Kinosoo Ridge is developing its own unique ski culture on the banks of Cold Lake
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By BARB MARTOWSKI for #SkiNorthAB
Cold Lake, AB – You have to love alpine fans. Nothing will deter them, not even living on the Prairies. Prairie topography may be devoid of mountains, but it’s not devoid of big hills and alpine fans definitely make use of them.
In the 70s, ski enthusiasts From CFB Cold Lake Medley built a two-run, single tow rope ski hill to satisfy the need to ski. A few years later, it was evident that the little hill just wouldn’t do and it went through its first transformation, which included a geographical move, a decent lodge, more runs and an actual name. The name was in honour of a local Dene Nation legend about a big fish named, Kinosoo.
Today, Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort is owned by the MD of Bonnyville and has morphed into a full-fledge resort with a beautiful lodge, full line-up of rentals, 13 runs, a terrain park, tubing park, bag jump, five lifts, night skiing and a summit elevation of 647m, all nestled in 60 acres overlooking the actual lake of Cold Lake, home of the Kinosoo.
If You Go
Cold Lake is located a little over three hours northeast of Edmonton, Alberta and Kinosoo Ridge is a further 20 minutes east of the city. Similar to Sunshine Village's Great Divide where you cross the B.C. border, at Kinosoo Ridge, you'll come across a sign telling you you've reached the Saskatchewan border.
Along with Kinosoo Ridge, the Cold Lake area offers great accommodations and dining, plus winter activities that almost every Canadian grew up with: ice fishing, Nordic skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, curling and of course, skating. Looking for a workout? Look no further than the state-of-the-art sports and fitness facility, The Energy Centre. It has everything you need, including fitness classes and an indoor running track.
For more information about Kinosoo Ridge, including its reciprocal ski pass program, head to the official Kinosoo Ridge website
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