Get Your Ski On! The Ultimate Guide to Nova Scotia Ski Hills

Ultimate Guide to Nova Scotia Ski Hills by Helen Earley, including Cape Breton Ski Hills

Presented by Sport Chek

Nova Scotia has some amazing opportunities for winter sports, including several options for fun family skiing. How about a warm drink after a day at Wentworth, a Pizza night at Ben Eoin, or a an off-grid weekend in a rustic chalet at Ski Tuonela? In our Ultimate Guide to Nova Scotia Ski Hills, discover what’s new on the slopes for 2016.


Closest to Halifax, Ski Martock is a great place for families who are learning to ski and snowboard. At 600 feet high, Martock has seven trails including a terrain park and half pipe, 1 quad chairlift, two T-bar lifts and a magic carpet. The Ski Martock Snow School offers private and group lessons for all ages. Cross Country: Martock offers 5 km of groomed trails through a mixed coniferous and hardward forest. Season passes are on sale right now for $199.95 per adult. Season passes for kids are only $75.00 each.

Stay safe! Helmets on the slopes are a must. protect your noggin with the Giro Range helmet from Sport Chek.


At 815 vertical feet high, Ski Wentworth has 20 alpine trails, a 1/2 Pipe and a terrain park. To get up: a quad chair lift, a T-bar & the new Magic Carpet. Cross Country: Wentworth has 10 kilometres of cross country ski trails at the top of the mountain, but they’re not for beginners! Snowshoeing: Wentworth’s “Get Up There” Snow Shoe Trail is a hidden gem. Fully signed, it starts next to the Robin’s Run, and takes about an hour to hike to the top of the mountain. Drinks: After enjoying your winter activity, enjoy a warm fireside drink at Ducky’s bar. Season passes are $329.99 plus tax, and kids’ season tickets are $299.99 plus tax.

Stay warm! This cool-styled Burton jacket has with Thermolite™ insulation to lock in warmth to your core, or  for the kids, try on the Omni-Heat jacket from Columbia with Omni-Tech waterproof, breathable fabric. 

Cape Smokey

Cape Smokey is Nova Scotia’s best kept winter secret. Resurrected in 2011 by volunteers after being closed for 5 years, Cape Smokey is a kept open through the enthusiasm and hard work of the community. With 1000 ft elevation and stunning ocean views, Cape Smokey offers 16 alpine runs, 1 POMA lift (the Quad chair is not operational this year), two lodges, and, judging by their Facebook photos- a whole lot of wonderful winter family fun!

In a recent (Nov. 2016) article by The Cape Breton Post, Cape Smokey volunteer Kevin Dauphinee explains why people love Cape Smokey.  “A lot of people come here for our natural snow — it’s totally different skiing natural snow compared with the manmade snow… the experience here is about everything: the snow, the scenery, the journey.”

With the quad lift down, getting to the top of Cape Smokey requires a little extra effort, but it’s totally worth it! Use the Fitbit Charge 2 to monitor your fitness on the slopes.

Ben Eoin

Also located on beautiful Cape Breton Island near Sydney, Nova Scotia,  Ski Ben Eoin is Cape Breton’s winter fun park, with facilities that include a warm chalet, a licensed pub and a Pro Shop. The hill offers 33 acres of trails at 502 vertical feet, with a carpet lift and a quad chair. Cross Country and Snowshoeing: Ben Eoin has 15 km of wide groomed trails and snowshoe trails.

Ski Ben Eoin has some cool promotions for 2017: Check out the “Family of 4 or More” on Saturdays from 4-9pm, which offers 4 or more lift and/or Rentals starting at $99. There’s also have a “Ride and Dine for 2” on Fridays that runs from 5-9pm, which includes 2 lift and rental and a dinner for 2 at the Broken Buckle, all for $75.

See where you’re going with these hot Oakley Line Miner goggles, or record the memories like a pro with the Hero5 GoPro camera. (Scroll down for details and links to these awesome ski products).

Ski Tuonela

Have you ever heard of Telemark Skiing? It’s a cross between downhill and cross country, named after the Telemark region in Norway.  Ski Tuonela is the Maritimes’ only serviced Telemark ski area, located at an off-grid location, 20 min. from Baddeck. Offering back-country and outback skiing with a 400 foot vertical drop, and over 18 km of cross country trails, Ski Tuonela also has equipment rentals, rustic log chalet accommodations and a sauna.

This awesome off-grid resort has some good promotions for those wishing to try Telemark, including a Special introductory package for non-members: two days skiing and one night’s accommodation for 2 persons for $165.


Ready for the slopes? Here are the details of the awesome ski-wear and accessories we featured in this article:

sport_check-ski-hills1. Keep your hat on: Giro Range helmet  2. Stay warm: Burton jacket  3. For the kids:  Omni-Heat jacket from Columbia 4. Monitor your fitness: Fitbit Charge 2  5. Record the memories: Hero5 GoPro camera 6. See where you’re going: Oakley Line Miner goggles

Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.

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  1. November 16, 2016
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