Duck Mountain

Saskatchewan Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Saskatchewan has less ski resorts than either of its neighboring provinces to the east and west. This is due to it being dead center of the flat Canadian Shield region.

List of All Saskatchewan Ski Resorts

Skiing can get expensive. Besides equipment rentals, ski lift passes are expensive and really add up if you have a family. To combat this, multi-resort, multi-day lift passes were created to help offset this cost a bit. Buying lift pass days in bulk will usually net you around a 20% discount. However, none of the ski areas in Saskatchewan are associated with any multi-resort pass like this.

All ski resorts in Saskatchewan are located near the middle of the state, around the major cities of Saskatoon and Regina.

ResortPassLocation
Duck Mountain Ski AreaKamsack, SK, S0A
Mission Ridge Winter ParkFort Qu’Appelle, SK, S0G
Optimist HillSaskatoon, SK, S7J
Ski Timber RidgeBig River, SK, S0J
Table MountainBattleford, SK, S0M
Wapiti Valley Ski ResortWaipiti Valley, SK, S0E

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Saskatchewan Ski Resorts

Mission Ridge Winter Park is the hardest ski area in Saskatchewan because 50% of its trails are rated “expert” level. Duck Mountain is the second-hardest ski area in the province. Table Mountain has the highest vertical drop, despite being considered the easiest in Saskatchewan.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Mission Ridge Winter Park25%25%50%41%
#2Duck Mountain Ski Area25%50%25%32%
#3Wapiti Valley Ski Resort33%50%17%27%
#4Ski Timber Ridge50%25%25%25%
#5Table Mountain61%34%5%15%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Saskatchewan

Despite having the highest vertical drop in the province, Table Mountain actually comes out as our easiest Saskatchewan ski area due to its very low number of overall trails and its low percentage of expert-rated ones. It also has a 100 m vertical drop that happens to be the steepest in the province, however, in reality this is a negligible height and not really expert-level at all.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Table Mountain61%34%5%15%
#2Ski Timber Ridge50%25%25%25%
#3Wapiti Valley Ski Resort33%50%17%27%
#4Duck Mountain Ski Area25%50%25%32%
#5Mission Ridge Winter Park25%25%50%41%

The Largest Ski Resort in Saskatchewan

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

Every ski area in this province is very small, all clocking in with under 30 skiable acres. However, if we had to choose a winner, it would be Table Mountain due to it having the steepest vertical drop and highest summit/base elevations.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Table Mountain600 m500 m100 m4511
#2Mission Ridge Winter Park560 m480 m80 m2514
#3Duck Mountain Ski Area305 m206 m99 m2520
#4Ski Timber Ridge274 m197 m78 m4520
#5Wapiti Valley Ski Resort310 m220 m90 m2512