Snow and Ice Control Program

Snow and ice control operationsThe Snow and Ice Control Program in the Town of Ponoka is conducted in accordance with the Town’s Snow and Ice Control Policy to help keep Town roads and sidewalks safe for motorists and pedestrians, as well as to support the operation of emergency services.

Throughout the winter months, snow and ice control operations include salting, sanding and clearing snow and removing snow when needed from: 

  • Town roadways;
  • Sidewalks adjacent to Town-owned properties;
  • Municipal parking lots, such as the Ponoka Arena Complex and Ponoka Aquaplex; 
  • Walking trails and park furniture (benches, picnic tables, etc.) in parks and throughout the trail system in the Town of Ponoka. 

Snow and ice control operations also include clearing snow from the Lions Centennial Park ice skating trail and the Outdoor Rink (ODR) next to the Ponoka Arena Complex. 

Please note that Town winter operations crews work in conjunction with the Alberta Ministry of Transportation, which is responsible for snow and ice control on Highways 2A and 53 in Ponoka.

How to Report a Roadway or Sidewalk that May Need Attention

To report an icy intersection, back alley or snow-covered sidewalk that may need attention, please file an Online Service Request or phone the Town Office at (403) 783-4431 where Town staff can help fill out the form for you.

The Town of Ponoka's Snow and Ice Control Policy states that snow and ice control operations along Town roadways will commence upon a snow accumulation of 10 centimetres or four inches. 

Snow and ice control operations may commence earlier depending on road conditions and the weather forecast.

To view the Snow and Ice Control Policy, please click here.

Snow and ice control operations are conducted within the Town’s annual snow removal budget which is based on average winter snowfall conditions over the past 10 years and is approved by Town Council.  

Snow and ice control operations are conducted first on priority routes in the Town of Ponoka, which include high-volume roadways, such as emergency, school bus and connector routes. 

To view the Town’s Priority Routes Map, please click here.

There are four residential zones and one commercial/industrial zone in the Town of Ponoka:

  • Zone 1 - Lucas Heights
  • Zone 2 - North End
  • Zone 3 - Central District
  • Zone 4 - Riverside
  • Zone 5 - Commercial/Industrial

To view the Snow and Ice Control Zone Map, please click here. Snow and ice control operations in residential areas are completed on a rotational basis starting in a different zone each year.

Please note that the residential snow removal schedule is dependent on environmental conditions. New weather events can require crews to redirect attention back to priority routes.

Snow and Ice Control Updates are posted frequently throughout the winter season here on the Town of Ponoka website and on the Town's social media channels to inform citizens of snow and ice control operations in the Town of Ponoka. 

To view Snow and Ice Control Updates, please click here.

To report an icy intersection, back alley or snow-covered sidewalk that may need attention, please file an Online Service Request or phone the Town Office at (403) 783-4431 where Town staff can help fill out the form for you.