Waiting for Winter

Written by Cory Patten, Promotions and Terrain Park Coordinator

We’re all getting a little antsy for the season to start around here! So while we’re waiting for Mother Nature to come back and stick around for a while, let’s get cozy on the couch and try to scratch that winter itch with some classic and not so classic ski and snowboard films!

Anything Warren Miller

His films are the epitome of classic ski films. If you’ve got the time, we suggest going back and enjoying some ski history by indulging in some of the most iconic ski films ever, or you can just get lost on the Warren Miller Entertainment YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlxX4qotbZPngfcrRDcklg).

Here are some of our favorites both new and old.

Warren Miller’s Many Moods of Skiing

Released in 1961, Wow… we’ve come a long way.


Warren Miller’s Flow State


All I Can from Sherpas Cinema

One of the best films ever produced. Exudes epic’ness


All.I.Can. Official Teaser from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

Blizzard of AAH’s

A classic film from 1988.

License to Thrill

Art of Flight by Redbull Media House

This is hands down one of the most epic of all the films here. If this one doesn’t make you swoon for winter, why are you still reading this?


The Resistance – Mack Dawg Productions

If you were a kid during the 90’s and early 2000’s and were excited to open and read every word of the next Transworld Snowboarding magazine, you know that any Mack Dawg Production was a big deal. This one is a huge favorite of the crew here. Check out some other Mack Dawg films such as The Decade, and True Life.

Afterbang – RobotFood

Another early 2000’s film that bring back some serious memories and makes us smile! Really any of the RobotFood films are classics that any true lover of the snowboard culture should watch at least 7 to 8 times.

RobotFood - Snowboard Afterbang 2002 from Artemiy Lance on Vimeo.

Think we missed something? What films get you excited for winter?

Extend Your Sliding Season!

We’ve partnered with Beaver Valley and Blue Mountain to offer our pass holders some great end of season value.

To learn more about these offers visit:

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To get this offer, the pass holder must first register at http://www.bluemountain.ca/spring15_discount.htm

Once registered you will receive an email like the one below which contains the discount code. You are free to use the code once per visit for as many visits as they like.

2014/15 Closing Date

Let’s keep the good times sliding!

We are happy to announce that Glen Eden will be remaining open until Sunday, March 29, 2015 (weather and conditions permitting).

The 2014/15 season will finish with 106 days of sliding fun, making this one of Glen Eden’s longest seasons in recent memory. Please note, Glen Eden will not be open until 4:30pm weekdays.

Starting March 23 our hours will be as follows:

  • Monday March 23 to Friday March 27 - 4:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29 - 8:30am to 9:30pm

Services available: Food Services, Rental/Pro Shop & Lessons.

Operations will focus out of the West Lodge with Updraft Chair and Caterpillar Carpet servicing the following runs

  • Challenger
  • Nighthawk
  • Falcon
  • Twister
  • Grasshopper
  • Monarch

Please note that the Tube Park, East Lodge, Learning Centre, Limestone Chair and Ridge Chair will all be closed.

How We Make Snow

You’ve probably seen our snow guns pumping out snow since late November so we could triumphantly open Glen Eden ahead of schedule for our beloved pass holders. We wouldn’t have been able to start the season without our snow making operations: the snow guns, and the snow makers who operate them.

Several components are needed to make snow besides water and compressed air—like, wet bulb and nucleators. What’s a nucleator? What’s a wet bulb? These things are important parts of the actual composition of a snowflake, and the climate needed to make snow.

We learn in school that snow is made in nature by the water cycle: warm water turns into vapour that floats up in the sky. Depending on the temperature and density of water, a cloud becomes heavy and snowflakes, or rain, fall down to the earth. Snow guns have the same end goal as nature: to make snow; but, snow guns have a very different scientific means than nature.

Snow guns need water, compressed air, and a special material called a nucleating agent. The compressed air disperses the water into miniscule droplets, shoots the droplets into the air, and keeps the water cold. The interesting part of the mix is the nucleating agent.

In the natural water cycle, pure water vapour in the clouds will not necessarily freeze at the freezing point of zero degrees celsius. Water stays in vapour form until temperatures as low as minus forty degrees! What changes vapour into snow is something we never pay mind to at all: dust and particles floating in the air. Dust and floaty materials are like magnets for water vapour. Tiny water droplets will stick to the dust floating through the cloud and eventually form a snowflake. Think of high school biology: the dust is the ‘nucleus’ of the snowflake molecule! This is why we call it a “nucleator”.

Snow resorts and ski hills, like Glen Eden, use an artificial agent like Snomax. Snomax is made of a type of ice nucleating protein that is harvested from the outer membrane of the naturally occurring bacteria Pseudomonas syringae (don’t worry, the bacteria has been sterilized & irradiated to ensure there are no live bacteria left in the product as an added safety measure). The shape of the protein is ideal for ice crystals to form around and a water droplet seeded with it will require fewer calories of energy to freeze that those seeded with say dust in the air or impurities in the lake water. On most of our snow guns, there is a set of nozzles that mix the air and water to form ice crystals around the Snomax product.

This is what happens inside the snow gun, but the snow gun will simply make rain if we do not have ideal ground conditions. Snow makers operate the snow guns in the appropriate weather depending on the temperature and the humidity. The combined measurement of the temperature and the humidity is called “wet bulb”. The more humidity in the air, and the warmer the temperature, the harder it is to make snow. However! If the humidity is very low, our snow guns can still make snow at temperatures a few degrees above the freezing point! This is how Glen Eden can extend the season on the hills. Our expert Snow makers also know how to toggle with the snow guns to make the perfect powder depending upon the wet bulb temperature.

Written by: Paul Brownridge - Snowmaking Lead

Opening Day Announcement

Yes! It’s true we’re opening December 13! Not just a few runs either, we’ve got 7. With 2 chairlifts, 2 carpets and a Terrain Park setup you’ll have lots of options to satisfy your sliding needs.

With the first chair at 8:30 a.m. Hours of operation for the first week will be;

  • Saturday December 13 and Sunday December 14 – 8:30am to 9:30pm
  • Monday December 15 - Thursday December 18 – 4:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Friday December 19 and onward will be regular business hours - 8:30am to 9:30pm

We will also have special lift ticket pricing of $20 in effect until more skiable terrain opens over the upcoming days and weeks. Super Value and 5Day 7Night holders passes are valid during their respective times.

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