When it’s time to plan a Canadian ski trip, Atlantic provinces are often a forgotten option. Many turn their attention to the soaring peaks of western Canadian provinces like British Columbia and Alberta. Without a doubt, there are some world-renowned ski hills across Canada, with a few notable choices located in the easternmost province of the country. We’re talking about Newfoundland and Labrador, of course. With a climate greatly influenced by the surrounding Atlantic Ocean, the province generally sees three-quarters of all days that include some form of precipitation. That means plenty of snow, ideal for outdoor winter activities of all kinds. Downhill or cross-country, Skiing in Newfoundland and Labrador is an exhilarating and scenic experience that rivals some of the top options in other parts of Canada.

Experience World-Class Skiing at Marble Mountain Ski Resort

Marble Mountain is perhaps the most prominent ski hill in Atlantic Canada. Located just a 10-minute drive from Corner Brook, the second-largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador, Marble Mountain Ski Resort is nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, overlooking the magnificent Humber Valley below. 

So, what makes Marble Mountain one of the best skiing destinations on Canada’s east coast? Where do we begin! The mountain has a peak elevation of 1791 ft (546m), with 39 runs. With that being said, it comes as no surprise that there are runs for those of all skill levels, whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in-between. If you’re looking for an exhilarating experience, this is the place for you. That’s because Marble Mountain is also home to the highest vertical drop compared to any other ski area in Atlantic Canada. Although it’s always best to check the status of ski hill operations in advance, visitors can be reassured that historically, the mountain receives approximately 16 feet of natural snowfall each year. If nature isn’t in their favor, they’ve got state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment as a reliable backup. 

After a day on the slopes, head to Post-and-Beam Lodge, a 54,000 square foot facility, with a bar, restaurant, and plenty of space to hang out with friends or family.

Something Fun for Everyone: White Hills Ski Resort

Located a two-hour drive from the capital city of St. John’s, near the town of Clarenville, is White Hills Ski Resort. This popular ski hill boasts a top elevation of 1,250 ft (381m) to go along with its 55 acres of rolling terrain. Here, visitors will encounter a vast array of options to reach peak levels of exhilaration. Whether it be the Newfie Bullet, the Rattler, or Easy Street, there’s a hill with your name on it. In fact, there are 12 downhill slopes designed to cater to those of all skill levels.

If you’re looking to take your experience to new heights, consider visiting the on-site terrain park. Here, you’ll find four 20-foot rails and a half-pipe. It’s a great place to practice and show off those skilled maneuvers. Although your day on the slopes will eventually come to a close, the experience doesn’t have to end there. Be sure to visit the on-site lodge for a drink to go along with a hearty meal.

Visit Smokey Mountain Ski Club Near Labrador City

On the grounds of the Wapusakatto Mountains, you’ll find the Smokey Mountain Ski Club. Located just 5‑kilometers from the town of Labrador City, this attraction was first established in 1961, making it a long-time staple for local and visiting thrill-seekers alike. The grounds offer over 80 acres of ski-able terrain, including a mountain peak that’s a whopping 2769 ft (845m) high. The well-groomed trails offer challenges and excitement, including steep walls and open faces. Are you looking to show off some trickery? Visit their on-site terrain park to catch some serious air!

The Smokey Mountain Ski Club also offers several amenities to make any visit more enjoyable. The pro-shop sells, rents, and repairs equipment. If you’re interested in improving your skiing skills, Look no further. There are qualified instructors available for solo or group lessons. Perhaps one of the best on-site attractions, besides the ski hills, of course, is the main lodge, located at the base of the mountain. Providing what they refer to as true northern hospitality’ and a relaxing experience for all, the lodge provides a wide range of food, drinks, and even a massive indoor BBQ pit! On select evenings, visitors can take in a Smokey Mountain Open Mic Night, where local artists hit the main stage. Be sure to plan for an entire day, and maybe a late-night if visiting The Smokey Mountain Ski Club.

Cross-Country Ski Through Trails at the Magnificent Gros Morne National Park of Canada

Are you looking for a peaceful and scenic Newfoundland cross-country skiing experience? Grab your equipment and head over to Gros Morne National Park. This breathtaking landmark covers 1,805 square kilometers and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. This vast land often attracts those looking to hike, boat, fish, and sight-see. From January to April, an abundance of snowfall and moderate temperatures create ideal conditions to open trails for cross-country skiing. Whether you are looking for a classic or freestyle experience, you’ll find a trail that fits your desires here. 

Gros Morne National Park has three groomed trails for those looking to cross-country ski. The Visitor Centre Trails make up nearly 11-kilometers in a series of seven interconnected loops. This trail is perfect for beginners or intermediates, as it traverses a relatively flat forest area with a few small hills. The Wigwam Pond to Stuckless Pond Trails starts at Highway 430, near the Wiltondale park entrance. At 12-kilometers long, this classic x‑ski trail passes through a beautiful forest and a series of ponds before reaching the Stuckless Pond hiking trail. There is a warm-up hut located 4.5‑kilometers from the start of the trail so that those skiing can catch a quick break from cold temperatures. The Shallow Bay Trails is a nearly 7‑kilometer single-track classic route. It follows an old mail path, through forests, and even along sand dunes. The trail is relatively flat, with an enclosed picnic area at the Shallow Bay campground. Be sure to check trail conditions and weather before heading out to the park for a day of cross-country skiing.

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