The sky is falling! The snow has started, you know what that means. Time to hit the slopes.
Thunder Bay has plenty to offer the winter rec user, including two great spots for downhill skiing and snowboarding. With different amenities and conditions, try them both to get the full experience, or pick your favorite and save by purchasing a season pass.
Location: 1800 Loch Lomond Road, Thunder Bay P7J 1E9
Lounge telephone: 807-473-9316
The resort has 17 runs, roughly one-third for beginners, one-third geared toward the intermediate rider and the balance are advanced. Runs for everyone mean no one needs to be left back at home; make it a family outing.
The resort runs one quad lift on the north side and two double lifts on the south side. On the hill's north side riders will find a new terrain park. The obstacles are adapted and maintained regularly by the park crew, so don't expect to get the same experience every time. (Just when you thought you had it mastered!) Riders can expect to find the following features: C rail, large pole jam, 20 foot table top jump, hip and gap jumps, PVC rails, a shipping container redirect and more.
If you're truly not feeling the slopes you can always hit the tube park. Whip down the slope and then hand your tube rental off to an attendant. Take the chair lift back to the top of the hill for another run...and repeat. Riders must be 106 cm (42 inches) to ride.
There is a full-service bar and lounge that opens 30 minutes before the slopes do and closes late.
Equipment rentals are available for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Lessons are offered in private or small groups, and for all ages.
Loch Lomond also has a good selection of winter programming, from adventure camps to school break programs.
Travel time: 20 minutes or so from Thunder Bay
Driving directions: Take Highway 61 south heading north for 13 km. There will be signs for Loch Lomond Road and the resort is about 3.4 km along the road on the right.
Operational dates: Loch Lomond is expected to open Dec. 19th although some pre-season skiing areas are open already.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:3 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Holiday hours: Vary. see website
Pricing: See pricing table here
Note: Half days are four hours or less. Lower prices are offered for youth and senior skiers and groups of 10 or more can knock another $5 to $10 dollars off the price. Groups larger than 20 receive additional discounts.
Location: 375 Mount Baldy Road. Shuniah (Thunder Bay) P7A 0W3
The resort has 10 runs suitable for all levels, from beginner to expert. Two double lifts and one T-bar service the mountain. The beginner hill measures 1.6 kilometres in length and is the longest run. Baldy is also home to a terrain park, complete with rails and jumps.
The three storey chalet at the base houses a canteen and bar, along with a cozy fireplace and great views of the slopes. Live music is usually playing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Ski and snowboard equipment is available to rent and they offer waxing, tuning and repair for your equipment.
Lessons are offered for the smallest skiers, as well as adult learners and those wanting to improve their skills.
Travel time: About 25 minutes
Driving directions: From Thunder Bay, take Thunder Bay Expressway/Trans-Canada Highway/ Highway 11/17 east. Turn left at Highway 527 then right at Mount Baldy Road.
Friday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and an evening ski 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Half days are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (5 p.m. on Saturday)
Holiday hours: Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pricing: Find complete pricing here
Note: Youth and senior tickets $5 to $10 lower with no discount for night skiing. Buy a five ticket book for the price of four tickets – full day only.
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