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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Calabogie Peaks Resort. Credit: Trevor Lush.

Our tree-lined slopes, challenging vertical drops (including the highest in Eastern Ontario) and gentle runs make the Ottawa Valley a great alpine skiing and snowboarding destination.

Most hills offer state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment, which means plenty of good skiing and snowboarding conditions from mid-November through March. Best of all, you won't have to drive more than 45 minutes from any point in Renfrew County to access great runs!


Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort, at 780 ft vertical, boasts 2 ski experiences, the lake side, and the solar side, collectively offering 29 runs, serviced by 2 quad lifts and 1 carpet lift. They offer the full range of activities from freestyle skiing and snowboarding lessons to racing opportunities. Calabogie also offers an adaptive ski program which allows children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to ski. Back by popular demand is the Blues Music program which offers live entertainment midday on Saturdays and Holidays throughout the winter season. Located in Greater Madawaska, Calabogie Peaks Resort is a “must do” for all things winter.

Mount Pakenham, located in Mississippi Mills, a short drive from the WhiteLake is Eastern Ontario’s premier family ski, snowboard and tubing area.  At a height of 730 ft with a 280 ft vertical drop this mountain offers 10 trails, plus glade trails, and 7 lifts to get you moving. 20km of cross country ski trails and a newly renovated chalet with full services are sure to please everyone in the family.  

The Mount Martin Ski Club (MMSC) maintains 12 runs including a glade run and 2 terrain parks (with jumps, rails and boxes), and is service by a T-bar, right in the Town of Deep River. Most trails are groomed. All runs are patrolled by volunteers from the Canadian Ski Patrol. A heated chalet with snack bar offers users a place to socialize and warm up whether enjoying the hill during the day or when night skiing. Mount Martin has been operating for over 60 years with a long history of family fun, alpine racing and great social events for the whole community.

The Petawawa Ski Club operates on the world’s smallest ski hill, known by the locals as Mount MolsonLocated in the heart of Petawawa, the hill has undergone some changes over the last 50 years; a poma lift has replaced the tow rope and the chicken coop that served as a warm up area has been replaced with a serviceable chalet. The Petawawa Ski Club offers lessons for ski and snowboarding as well as participation in a local race circuit known as Nancy Greene League and the Paterson Race.