What happened to Lake Eden?

So what happened to Lake Eden ski hill? The generally accepted story goes like this:

  • Lake Eden was built in 1966 by Erwin and Will Zeiter.
  • It functioned as a ski hill throughout the 1970′s, 1980′s through to the early 1990′s.
  • In the early 1990′s investors sought to turn the resort into a golf course.
  • When the development plans for the golf course were denied, the investors closed the resort.
  • On August 18, 2010, the Lake Eden property was sold in a tax sale for $1.5 million to Jack Purdy, of Armac Investments Ltd.

Lake Eden’s early history

Lake Eden was built in 1966 by Erwin and Will Zeiter.  The brothers purchased 170 acres 5 minutes west of Stony Plain with the dream of building a ski resort.  The land included a small lake called Lake Eden, which would eventually become the resort’s namesake.

Source: Montreal Gazette, May 28, 1980

As owners of the Terrace Corporation construction company, the Zeiters used their resources to transform the landscape of Lake Eden into a functioning ski area.  In 1973, Mike Vann wrote in the Edmonton Journal:

Its 87-foot-high hill was insufficient as a ski area so they moved more than one million cubic feet of earth on top of it to bring it to its present height of 203 feet. More than 12,000 trees were planted to landscape the 35 acre ski terrain.

Their original plan was to build a 30 room hotel on the site; something that never materialized.

Up until 1979, Don MacLachlan was the director of ski operations.  That year, Vancouver native Andy Swabb took over the role when MacLachlan went to Fortress Mountain. (Edmonton Journal, 1979)