Alberta's Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort in Cold Lake drafted plans this summer for a new $5 million chalet, in hopes of having it built in time to host the upcoming 2010 Alberta Winter Games. The ski hill was also planning to receive $3.5 million of improvements from the Municipal District to upgrade snowmaking, the parking lot, and the hill, including installation of a magic carpet.

The past decade has seen an increase in regional skiers from northeastern Alberta more than doubling the business for Kinosoo Ridge, causing the resort to simply outgrow its original lodge. Improvements to the ski hill are expected to help draw more regional skiers from Edmonton and Saskatchewan, too.

The proposed design for the new chalet used green technologies to make the building as efficient as possible. It featured a wrap-around deck, clock tower, open beams, logs, stone pillars, and lots of windows for views. But bids for the project came in way over budget, thwarting the planned ground-breaking for October.

The Municipal District aims to revisit the question later this winter to decide if they will seek more bids, change the design, or remodel the existing chalet. They may look at bringing in temporary washrooms and structures for the games, if the chalet proposal is canned.

The resort, located in the French Bay Provincial Recreation Area, operates three lifts, 10 runs, night skiing, a terrain park, and tubing - much with snowmaking support. It has a vertical drop of 600 feet. Helmets are mandatory for users of the ski hill's terrain park.