Après your way to these 5 Northeastern Ontario ski hills this winter

by | Feb 23, 2022 | Big Blog, Nature and Outdoors

After last year’s challenging season, Northeastern Ontario’s ski hills are excited to be open this year, and to welcome skiers back to enjoy the snow. To fully embrace the remaining weeks of the ski season, make sure you’re prepared – not only for the hills, but for the celebration that comes after it!

Because after you loosen your boots, round two begins! Northeastern Ontario is home to some lively lodges and ski resorts that offer a fun and delicious Après Ski experience. Starting as soon as you’ve finished your runs for the day, the Après celebration continues right up until dinner time. We’ve included our top five places to eat, drink and ski to wrap up this season—and all these operators have made efforts to keep you safe, while still fully embracing winter fun.

 

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Maybe you have your favourite place here in Northeastern Ontario, or maybe you’re looking to finish the season somewhere new. It could be a family trip, a trip with your closest friends or even a solo escape. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a fun and unforgettable time! With ski hills spread across the region from the Laurentian Mountains to the Mattagami River, ranging from tiny family-friendly clubs to the longest run in Ontario, you’ll surely be able to find a ski spot perfect for you in Northeastern Ontario–if you haven’t already.

 

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1. Antoine Mountain, Mattawa

Ontario’s best kept secret. If you’ve never been to Antoine Mountain, this is the time to visit! The mountain is home to the longest run in Ontario (2.9km), and boasts sensational views in every direction. Nestled in the Laurentian mountains, 80 acres of skiing area with a 390ft vertical provide a run for everyone. Antoine Mountain also has a newly renovated chalet that was made to enhance your Après ski experience! Enjoy live music, stone baked pizza and signature cocktails. The Après Café is open Friday-Sunday from 11am-4pm. Personal packed lunches can be enjoyed in the back building or at their picnic tables! 

If you’re looking for a weekend stay, check out Le Voyageur Inn. They offer a two day ski & stay couples getaway right in the heart of downtown Mattawa. Mattawa Adventure Camp and Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort offers cottages where you can get away with friends and family.

 

2. Laurentian Ski Hill, North Bay

Laurentian Ski Hill’s top priority is your safety this season. While the Upper Lodge stayed closed for dining this year, Laurentian Ski Hill has a new ticket window where you’ll purchase tickets, snacks and all your drinks. Head up to the outdoor heated areas to gear up, or enjoy the fire pit at the top of the Terrain Park with views over Trout Lake—it’ll keep you so cozy and warm you can Après all day! 

But if you’re in the mood to ski, you can order online and enjoy a Laurentian Burger and poutine while you’re sitting on the lift.

For an Apres-Apres meal, visit Casey’s Grill Bar in North Bay—you’ll feel like a part of the family in this welcoming atmosphere, where they’ve been feeding skiers in North Bay for over 35 years! 

If you’re looking to try out some delicious locally brewed treasures visit New Ontario Brewing Co. or Gateway City Brewery to continue your Après celebrations until dinner. 

 

3. Lively Ski Hill and Adanac Ski Hill, Sudbury

With options like Lively Ski Hill (open Wednesday, Friday to Sunday) and Adanac Ski Hill (open Wednesday – Sunday), Sudbury has much to offer the weekend ski and snowboard enthusiast. Little but lively with a 100ft vertical drop, Lively Ski Hill offers runs for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers, all accessed from one platter lift. 

Sister hill Adanac is a bit bigger with a new quad chair and carpet lift serving five runs on a 240ft drop. Adanac also offers rentals and lessons, and has a large chalet with a small canteen for your Après snacks and beverages.

 

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If you’re looking to Après the weekend away off the hill, Sudbury is an excellent destination. This vibrant northern city is experiencing something of a gastronomic renaissance, and here you’ll find unique culinary delights from artisanal donuts to vegan tacos.

Sudbury is also home to several craft breweries, as well as the Crosscut Distillery–serving local, handcrafted spirits and unique beverages at their adorable cocktail bar, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

 

4. Boogie Mountain, Espanola

Since 1958 Boogie Mountain has been a family friendly ski centre welcoming all levels of ski and snowboarders. They offer 12 ski runs, two freestyle snow parks and even a snowshoe loop for those who prefer adventure on flat-ground. Enjoy their chalet and outdoor fire pit to take in all the Après ski perks until sunset, and then tighten your boots for some night skiing under the stars. As the season comes to an end, there is not better time than now to fill your days with all the outdoor activities and celebrations. 

 

5. Mount Jamieson Resort, Timmins

It’s time for a Jamie Day! Mount Jamieson has it all when it comes to a perfect trifecta for winter enthusiasts. It’s home to a tube park for tubing down the mountain and several ski and snowboard runs—plus a great bar packed with delicious food. Take it to go and enjoy an outdoor picnic hillside, or head to Timmins Full Beard Brewing for a cold beverage. After a long morning on the hill and an afternoon enjoying that Apres-ski life, you’re sure to be looking forward to some Northeastern Ontario comfort food! Head to Siva’s Family Restaurant for dinner—it will to hit the spot.

 

 

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For those who return year after year, and for those who are new to Northeastern Ontario, we hope you get to fully embrace all that these lodges and ski resorts have to offer and finish the season off with a safe celebration.

 
We do not recommend misuse of alcohol including excessive consumption, binge-drinking, drinking and driving/snowmobiling, and/or underage drinking.

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