Proposed Rockyview/Calgary XC Ski area

by Bob Truman on April 5, 2017

in XC

This was sent to me today by Greg Foord:


I have Identified a plot of land owned by MD Rockyview on the western boundary of the city on 101 street west that would be most suitable for a XC ski area.  Administration from the MD has indicated enthusiasm for this project but approvals are dependent on  organizations and individuals taking responsibility for construction and operations.

The demise of skiing at winsport/cop and the inherent difficulties of golf course snow maintenance make this a timely and viable opportunity as this area provides:

  • Treed protection from warm winds
  • Greater snow accumulation due to elevation
  • Variable terrain providing 6 to 8 km of pleasant skiing

If this idea is to proceed; considerable help and leadership in the areas of fundraising, construction and operations are necessary.  Representatives of local ski clubs toured this area recently and indicated interest that I hope will translate into action.

I am willing to take this through the approval process but I am looking for others to participate (or even lead) in this initiative. Please do not hesitate to contact me


Greg Foord

403 519-7356

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MaSid April 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Municipal reserve type properties can fall into several land use categories and effectively regulated by various provincial acts, plus any additional municipal regulations or circumstance/negotiation at time of subdivision. Environmental reserves for example might have specifically been negotiated to protect a stand of trees. Trails of low impact should be easier to garner approval than say a large parking lot, bathroom or a warming hut. Public engagement with affected neighbours would be key. I would anticipate area residents being concerned about influx of people from other neighbourhoods or jurisdictions, where there was none before, and having their local “private” reserve used by a larger group.


2 greg April 6, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Hi Keith
MD owns neither. The municipal reserve is a strip paralleling the south side of the utility right of way that is aprox 300m wide, If we are lucky we can find someone to negotiate with the private land owner and utility for some access to these areas, however we can build an excellent ski facility on the 57 acres of the municpal reserve.
anyone who would like to meet at the site to discuss just give me a call


3 Keith April 6, 2017 at 11:23 am

Question for Greg Foord
Does the MD Rockyview own the NW 1/4 section or only the 300 m strip of power line right-of-way?


4 greg April 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm

thanks fallsalot , yes that is the area – more specifically a 300m wide strip parallel to the power poles of aprox. 57 acres in total . I think the next step is to garner the support, or create an organization to endorse the application to the municipality.

Anyone with contacts or experience in this area, please contact me.

Thank you.
Greg Foord



5 fallsalot April 5, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Outside city limits means no city bylaws to worry about and fresh air.
Is that it?,-114.2383979,1471m/data=!3m1!1e3


6 kurt April 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Sounds great.
What are next steps?


7 Geoff April 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

like Andrew I would like to see at least Google sat image, and maybe location map as well.


8 Andrew April 5, 2017 at 11:41 am

can you provide copy/paste Google satellite image with boundaries of the area you talking about,
this would be helpful,


9 Finn Pedersen April 5, 2017 at 11:16 am

Cool! Looks interesting.


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