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Hit the hill with your family

 Snowboarding is one way to enjoy the great outdoors on Family Day at one of our local ski hills.  - Photo submitted
Snowboarding is one way to enjoy the great outdoors on Family Day at one of our local ski hills.
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With a new Canadian statutory holiday to celebrate, Family Day, on Monday, Purden Ski Village is hoping to become part of the community’s new family traditions and fond memories.

Skiing the slopes and enjoying the fresh air is the obvious big draw to a day at the ski hill. But Steve Cutts,  a guest services rep at Purden’s, says there is lots to do for those who don’t ski but still want to enjoy a day outdoors with their families.

You also don’t have to break the bank, he says.

“Whatever you do, have fun,” says Cutts. “You don’t need to go downhill skiing or boarding to enjoy your family and the wonderful outdoors. Tobogganing or skating, cross-country skiing and having a couple of hot dogs over a smoky fire, are all memorable, inexpensive activities.

“Don’t forget to include your extended family. If you are basing your activity out of a cabin or a lodge, grandma or grandpa might love to be included.”

Cutts says families can get together and go out to any one of the local ski hills during the holiday. The websites for both Powder King and Tabor indicate they will be open Monday, he notes. Purden Ski Hill is celebrating Family Day by offering OffPeak Group rates to pre-registered groups of 20 or more skiers and boarders,

For “last-minute” people, Purden has provided a couple of locations where you can pick up 25 per cent discount vouchers (limited two per family) that are valid for the cost of the lift pass on Family Day. The locations are Ave Maria, 1638 20th Ave. or downtown at The Wildlife, 1255 Fourth Ave. There are limited quantities.

The most important thing is not how well you ski, says Cutts. You can always take lessons to learn or refresh or choose to watch rather than partake. The important thing is making and building on fun family memories.

“Non-skiing members of the family are especially welcome at Purden. The lodge has an excellent viewing area, a micro-library, free Wi_Fi and, most importantly, a fireplace to warm your toes. Be ready to share the excitement of your kids and grandkids when they come in for a warm-up break and lunch in the middle of the day.”

Check Purden’s Snow Report before you go at


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