Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff Canyon Ski Resort employee Ethan London checks on one of the many snow guns pumping out the white stuff at the hill Tuesday evening. The ski hill will open this weekend with two lifts running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The blue T-bar will service the Sundeck runs, while the magic carpet lift will take skiers and snowboarders to the top of the beginner run.

Red Deer’s Canyon Ski Resort opens this Saturday

Red Deerians won’t have to travel far this weekend if they are looking to hit the slops.

The Canyon Ski Resort officially opens on Saturday.

“Things have shaped up quite nicely actually. We are well on our way, and we are projected to open as planned,” said David Martel, general manager of Canyon Ski Resort.

The beginner area, the terrain park, the sundeck and springbok will all be open, with the rest of the hill soon to follow.

“If temperatures stay the way they are, we may see our triple chair open as early as the following weekend,” said Martel.

Martel said he was hoping to start early this year, but Mother Nature had other plans.

“We thought we’re going to get a good head start on things with all the natural snow we received, but we were delayed in the snow-making process due to above average temperatures,” said Martel.

The hill opened on the same weekend last year.

To celebrate the opening, all lift tickets will be $20 this weekend.

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