Beautiful conditions and decent temperatures carved out the Snow Valley’s second annual holiday celebration yesterday.
With fundraising for Edmonton’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society taking place throughout the day, Snow Valley found a way to give back and provide some holiday fun.
“We wanted to celebrate the holidays with our community,” said Kristina Zelko, marketing co-ordinator for Snow Valley.
Two-for-one lift passes were offered to anyone who brought warm clothing donations and sweet treats were available for sale as well, with proceeds going to YESS.
The break in frigid temperatures helped bring out many people who took part in the holiday festivities.
“We have gotten a really good start to the season,” said Zelko.
With all the runs open and temperatures now levelling out to bearable levels, numbers are up from last year for Snow Valley so far this season.
“The snow is great, the weather’s great, so it’s been a great mix,” said Zelko.
Instructors were also out on the slopes, offering free tips to new and less experienced skiers and snowboarders.
“He always wanted to try it out,” said Dustin Koenig, father of Edwin Ramierz, 10, who was trying out snowboarding for the first time.
“We rushed here to get him on a board right away,” said Koenig.