Valley Ski Hill
The Valley Ski Club is a non-profit club established in 1947 by a small group of skiers that loved skiing and wished to share that love with the greater community. The first hill was established at Heatherly Valley, near Castor, Alberta. A tow rope and small lodge was all they needed to get the club off the ground.
In 1962 they relocated to the current location in the Battle River Valley near Alliance, AB. This gave the public easier access to The Hill as it was near a main highway.
In 1968 the tow-rope was repurposed to another part of the hill to make way for the T-bar installation. With the increased accessibility and new lift capacities it was soon time (1971) to expand the old lodge to make room for new skiers. With more and more skiers coming to The Valley, the desire for a longer more consistent season began to surface.
In 1976 that dream was realized with the installation of water lines and purchase of snowmaking equipment. The Hill could now give Mother Nature a helping hand. The Hill now had the capability of lots of snow, but conditions were still a bit inconsistent.
The purchase of the first groomer in 1985 went a long ways to keep the snow in good condition all season long. With a lodge, lifts, good location, and consistent snow conditions, things were looking really good.
Then, in 1989, the lodge burned down. However, it didn't take long for the community to pull together and rebuild the lodge bigger and better than before.
In 1997 The Hill suffered it's first in a series of land slides that have claimed part of the terrain and pose challenges still today. The community of The Valley Ski Club is working hard to find solutions for our little hill, the same way that we have through out our over 75 years.
The Valley Ski Hill remains a vibrant and fun place for people of all ages to come together and enjoy the sports of Skiing and Snowboarding. Our full-service lodge includes a kitchen, ample seating, snow school, office and Rental Shop. Two clubs (Battle River Ski and Snowboard and Valley Alpine Ski Club (Nancy Greene)) offer great programming for kids to learn skills they will use their whole life long. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and skilled group of Canadian Ski Patrol members who are always on hand to ensure the safety of our skiers. Our Snow School boasts many CSIA and CASI certified instructors to help new skiers and boarders get their start. Most importantly we have a great Club (our season's pass holders) who still embody the spirit that started all of this so many years ago. They love skiing/boarding and they work hard to make sure that the Valley Ski Hill can continue to be a place that others can fall in love with it too.