Medicine Lodge Ski Club

Community SKi Hill on the Prairies

by | Published on January 15, 2015 | Last updated on November 12, 2018

Based on a visit to the area on December 12, 2012

A short drive north of Sylvan Lake, Medicine Lodge Ski Club offers the occasional powder day along with runs for beginner and more advanced riders.

Unlike most prairie ski areas that are located in river valleys, Medicine Lodge Ski Club is on an actual hill.

Medicine Lodge Ski Club

Late afternoon skiing on the prairies

Medicine Lodge Ski Club

Steeper runs at Medicine Lodge Ski Club

I have to admit that it took us a couple of years of living in Red Deer before we skied Medicine Lodge. We headed out during the Christmas holidays a few years ago when our oldest was just starting on skis and we’ve been going back whenever we get a weekend day off ever since.

Medicine Lodge is a nonprofit, volunteer run ski club with a family atmosphere reminiscent of the ski areas of yesteryear. As soon as you arrive you’ll notice that things there are different than at most resort we’re now accustomed to. There are no chairlift, magic carpet, snowmaking or fancy lodge. What you’ll find is some great skiing at a very reasonable price.

Getting Started

For those just getting started, the lower part of the hill offers rolling terrain that’s perfect for beginners. The new handle tow services this area, allowing you to skip the t-bar.

Once you’re ready to tackle the upper part of the t-bar you’ll find amazing views of the prairies, all the way to the Rocky Mountains. Head down Pipeline or Maskepetoon to make it back to the base.

Looking for More

Medicine Lodge relies 100% on natural snow. You should expect some thin spots, especially in early season. But don’t let that stop you from having a great day. Because they’re closed during the week, your can expect to find powder days after a storm on Rude Awakening or Wild West. If they’re groomed Main Event and Steepest Inc make for some great cruisers.

Plan Your Adventure

The information in this guide is based on our visit to the area on December 12, 2012.

  • Activity: Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Number of Lifts: 1 T-Bar
  • Number of Runs: 13
  • Vertical: 150 metres
  • Snowmaking: No
  • Restaurant: Small concession
  • Rentals: Yes
  • Season: December to March
  • Location: From Red Deer, Medicine Lodge is about 45 minutes away. Take Highway 11 to Sylvan Lake. Follow Highway 20 through town, heading toward Bentley. Head west on Highway 12 at Bentley and from there you can’t miss the hill.

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Rates and Hours

Check their Facebook page or call (403) 728-2025 for the latest rates and hours.

The ski area is usually open weekends and school holidays from 10 am to 4 pm.

Full day rates in 2017/18 were $30 per adult, $25 for youth 10 to 16 years old and $20 for kids under 9. They are cash only.

Outdoor Safety

  • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
  • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
  • This area has cell phone reception.
  • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.


There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Although we strive to provide accurate information and to alert you of potential dangers, trail conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided on this site is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no ways liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using the trails or information described on this site.

Have you been to this area? Let us know about your adventure in the comments below.