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Chapter 17: Parks, Recreation, Sports

17.13: The Location of Mount Agassiz Ski Hill

Manitoba is usually not associated with downhill skiing, but a few small ski hills do exist. Shown here is the east side of Riding Mountain National Park. The boundary between the heavily wooded, dark-toned park 1 and the checkerboard pattern of the agricultural area to the east 2 is clearly visible. The steep eastern face of Riding Mountain is dissected by a series of creeks revealing light-toned shales in the valley sides 3. Three of the longer creeks are Scott Creek 4, McKinnon Creek 5, and Packhorse Creek 6, the two former producing deep alcoves on the Riding Mountain Escarpment. Scott Creek flows out on to the plain where it is channelized into a series of straight stretches 7.

The Mount Agassiz Ski Hill, the location of the downhill skiing events in the 1979 Canada Winter Games, appears as a light-toned area 8 surrounded by dark-toned woodland. It exploits slopes on the sides of the valley of the McKinnon Creek. It is served by a gravel road 9 running west from PTH 5 10. McCreary 11, the nearest town to the ski hill, benefits economically from its existence. The other light-toned linear features 12 are hiking and cross-country ski trails in Riding Mountain National Park.

Figure 17.13: The Location of Mount Agassiz Ski Hill

Figure 17.13: The Location of Mount Agassiz Ski Hill

Figure 17.13

Vertical air photograph: A21808-47

Flight height: 24,400 feet; lens focal length: 3.34 inches

Scale: 1:86,800 (approx.)

Date: August 6, 1970

Location: Townships 20 and 21; Ranges 15 and 16WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62J Neepawa

                    1:50,000 62J/13 Laurier

                    1:125,000 MCR207 Riding Mountain National Park