Medicine Lodge Ski Area is a great place for the whole family to go and enjoy an afternoon of skiing. The hill is open Jan. 27

Medicine Lodge Ski Area is a great place for the whole family to go and enjoy an afternoon of skiing. The hill is open Jan. 27

Medicine Lodge Ski Area offers fun for everyone

Medicine Lodge Ski Area, located just 11 kilometers west of Bentley on Hwy. 12, offers a great winter outing for the whole family.

Medicine Lodge Ski Area, located just 11 kilometers west of Bentley on Hwy. 12, offers a great winter outing for the whole family.

The ski hill, run by volunteers, has 13 runs, a main T-bar and two platter lifts.

At Medicine Lodge there is a chance for everyone to enjoy skiing; the beginning skier who is content to glide down the bunny hills or the more advanced skier who is ready to take on a black diamond run.

Gina Williams, secretary of the Medicine Lodge Ski Club said the hill is frequented by families from the area as well as larger centres such as Edmonton and Calgary.

“So many families come back every year,” she said. “It’s just a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy.”

Unfortunately, even though some loyal skiers return year after year, the little ski hill nestled in the rolling hills between Bentley and Rocky Mountain House sometimes gets forgotten as skiers head to the more well known ski resorts.

“Sometimes people seem to forget we are here,’ said Williams.

About 20 volunteers work at the hill. Only lift attendants are paid.

The hill is open on weekends and throughout some Wolf Creek School holidays.

A snowboard instructor, Brandon Lansall is also on staff.

“We are presently looking for a ski instructor,” Williams said.

Rentals and a concession are available. The hill may stay open until the end of March, depending on the weather.

Day and seasonal passes and rentals are available through cash or cheque.

The ski lodge is also on Facebook.