When we think of skiing and snowboarding in Canada, resorts such as Whistler, Sun Peaks, Lake Louise and Mont Tremblant tend to hog all the attention. But there are ski areas outside of the Coast, Rocky and Laurentian Mountains. Try Northeastern Ontario for a change. Whatever these serene peaks may lack in elevation, they make up with low ticket prices, scarce crowds and reliable snowpack. Bring the sheer joy of carving a slope back to skiing—without breaking the bank. Here are six Northeastern Ontario ski hills to get you started:
1. Adanac Ski Hill
Location: 744 Beatrice Crescent, Sudbury, ON
Hours, pricing & dates of operation: SudburyTourism.ca
A stone's throw from downtown Sudbury, Adanac Ski Hill is a popular option for those looking to stick close to town. The hill has one surface lift, eight beginner runs, one intermediate and one difficult crossing 74 vertical metres of skiable terrain. Adanac is the perfect place for ski enthusiasts who haven't quite developed their snow legs yet, or for families and groups with mixed levels of skill.
The sizeable chalet is a great place to warm up but the real après-ski scene is found in Sudbury. There are dozens of restaurants, cafes, and bars to be found, in addition to a wide range of accommodation.
2. Antoine Mountain
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Location: 596 Hwy. 656, Mattawa, ON
Hours, pricing & dates of operation: http://www.visitmattawa.travel/packages
Antoine Mountain can proudly boast being one of the highest mountains in Ontario, with 192 vertical meters (630 feet) perfect for the downhill skier. The chalet that was once part of a small ski club has transformed the small town of Mattawa on the Ontario-Quebec border into a ski town in its own right. There is one quad chairlift named Skydigger (made by Doppelmayr) servicing 15 runs that range from beginner to double black diamond. Antoine Mountain provides the perfect alpine escape.
In the chalet, located at the base of the mountain, visitors can enjoy a comforting poutine or a slice of pizza from the stone oven at the Antoine Eatery. Warm up and reenergize with coffee served up by baristas at the Après Café. Those looking to stay in the area can find accommodation options in Mattawa that include inns, B&Bs and cabins.
3. Kamiskotia Ski Resort
Location: 5050 Kamiskotia Rd., Timmins, ON
Hours, pricing & dates of operation: kamiskotia.com
Located 20 kilometres from the Timmins city centre, Kamiskotia Ski Resort is a skier's paradise in the Great White North. With an average snowfall of 340 cm supplemented by Kamiskotia's snow-making capabilities, the resort features one of the longest ski seasons in Ontario. With two quad lifts and two surface lifts, the hill provides unparalleled service to its 121 vertical metres across 23 unique runs. Between an expansive backcountry trails, a snow-tubing area, terrain park, and dog sledding runs, there is no shortage of winter adventure to be had.
The luxurious chalet at the base of the hill offers a restaurant and bar to unwind at the end of the day. The resort frequently pairs with local Timmins hotels to provide affordable Ski and Stay packages.
4. Larder Lake Ski Hill
Location: 4 Ski Club Road, Larder Lake, Ontario
Hours, pricing & dates of operation: larderlakeskihill.com
Located 30 kilometres east of Kirkland Lake, Larder Lake Ski Hill features a small downhill ski area with six runs and one surface lift. It may not be the biggest hill in Northeastern Ontario but it accommodates a wide range of skiers. Larder Lake is prized for its 10 kilometres of cross-country skiing and is home to an epic snowboarding pipe.
While the snack bar on the hill will keep visitors warm and satisfied, the quaint town of Larder Lake is a great place to take in a post-ski meal.
5. Laurentian Ski Hill
Location: 15 Janey Ave., North Bay, ON
Hours, pricing & dates of operation: laurentianskihill.com
Located just minutes from downtown North Bay, Laurentian Ski Hill has 90 years of ski success under its belt. Its 10 unique runs feature 106 vertical metres that are serviced by one quad lift and two surface lifts. However, almost as famous as the ski hill itself is the Laurentian's terrain park, lauded as one of the best in Ontario.
After a long day of skiing or a Thursday Night Rail Jam, skiers will want to warm up at the Laurentian Cafe in the Lower Lodge. However, the most buzzing après-ski is found in North Bay where dining options abound. Find everything from casual eats to fine dining. While North Bay has a number of accommodations to take advantage of, Laurentian Ski Hill also features Ski and Stay packages with great discounts.
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