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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 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.
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.
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:
1. 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.