Optimist Hill is a ski area located in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. The resort is in the town of Saskatoon, SK.
We recently ranked all of Saskatchewan's ski resorts, so you can see where Optimist Hill stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Optimist Hill is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes work with Optimist Hill. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Optimist Hill's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Optimist Hill around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Optimist Hill Terrain Overview
Optimist Hill has a total of 5 ski trails, which are serviced by 1 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Optimist Hill is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 49 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 20 hectares, 0.1 square miles, or 0.2 square kilometers.
Optimist Hill's slopes see on average 100 inches (3.0 meters) of snowfall a year.
Optimist Hill Elevation
Optimist Hill has a summit elevation of 1,706 feet, or 520 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,637 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 69 feet (21 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Optimist Hill has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
Optimist Hill Difficulty Level
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski 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.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Optimist Hill has 49 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Since Optimist Hill is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 100% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 0% trails are rated as intermediate.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Optimist Hill good for beginners?
Optimist Hill is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 100% of its trails are rated as "beginner".
Optimist Hill Location
Optimist Hill is located in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Saskatoon, SK.
Saskatoon, SK S7J Canada
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Getting to Optimist Hill
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Optimist Hill), its coordinates of 52.09561, -106.68781 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Saskatoon, SK to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Optimist Hill.
|Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport||YXE||Saskatoon, SK||8 km|
|Prince Albert Glass Field||YPA||Prince Albert, SK||142 km|
|Regina International Airport||YQR||Regina, SK||232 km|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Optimist Hill, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Optimist Hill.
Optimist Hill Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,706 ft|
|Base Elevation||1,637 ft|
|Vertical Drop||69 ft|
(100% Beginner, 0% Intermediate, 0% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||100 inches|