This post is dedicated to the favourite winter pastime of skiing in Alberta. We’re all pretty familiar with the province’s most popular resorts, but even I was surprised to learn of places such as Buffalo Hill in Banff or Happy Valley here in Calgary. I also didn’t realize that communities such as Camrose and Cereal once had skiing facilities back in the day. I learned a lot while putting this post together and I enjoyed seeing resorts such as Norquay or Sunshine Village as they once were. It’s also pretty neat looking back at the early technology of skis, boots, and bindings and what passed for ski clothing that you can see in some of the photos. We certainly have come a long way since the sport’s earliest days. Enjoy this stroll down memory lane and then get out there for some fantastic spring skiing, summer will be here before you know it!
If you’re interested you can read more of my skiing (and snowboarding) related posts including profiles of a Snow Groomer, Snow School Instructor, Mountain Safety Manager, and Avalanche Rescue Dogs. The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives. Additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on each photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from Alberta. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.