Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding | Ontario Highlands Tourism

Downhill Skiing

Hit the slopes this winter and experience the thrill of downhill skiing or snowboarding at one of the ski hills in Ontario’s Highlands including Calabogie Peaks, home to the highest public peak in all of Ontario. It doesn’t matter if you prefer strapping on two skis or donning a single snowboard – you’ll still feel the rush of making fresh tracks in the snow as you descend down the hill on your race toward the bottom. Beginners will want to make the trip to Sir Sam’s in Haliburton to ride the covered surface lift that protects riders from harsh winds, blowing snow, and the cold – making it easier to ride longer. If it is your first time at a ski resort, lessons are available and will have you speeding down the groomed trails in no time.

Ski Hill Locations

Calabogie Peaks

Calabogie Peaks offers the highest summit in Ontario for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy in the winter season. There are two quads, three lifts servicing the hill, and a carpet lift for beginners. With 22 trails to explore, riders can spend all day perfecting their favourite runs. The resort also features two terrain parks and a tubing park.

Full package ski or snowboard rentals are available for $23 to $27 depending on whether you are a youth or adult and want to ride a full or half day. You can also rent equipment by the piece.

A variety of ski and snowboarding lessons exist at Calabogie Peaks, from private and discovery lessons to specialty camp programs run by the resort’s 105 fully certified instructors and coaches.

Visit Calabogie Peaks website for more information.

Mount Pakenham

Mount Pakenham is Ottawa and the Valley’s premier family ski, snowboard, and tubing area. Getting you up is a new quad, 2 other chairlifts, and terrain park T-Bar lift system. Beginner skiers and riders have a handle tow and rope tow and a New Carpet Lift to access gentler terrain. Parents love the layout that brings every skier and rider down to a central point. Finding your child is easy at Mount Pakenham.

Besides perfect family terrain, Mount Pakenham compliments nature with impeccable nightly grooming and lots of early-season snow making. Don’t let a dry driveway deter you from alpine fun. They are famous for their snow all season long.

Visit Mount Pakenham’s website for more information.

Sir Sam’s

Located in Haliburton, Sir Sam’s ski hill features two quad chair lifts, two double chair lifts, and a new covered lift to shield riders from the wind and cold. There are 12 groomed runs for every level of ability. The resort also includes a snow park, terrain hill, and three food and beverage facilities.

Rental equipment rates range from $10 to $25 per item and the knowledgeable staff will help set you up with the equipment you need.

Ski and snowboard lessons are available for kids and adults in a group setting. Private lessons are an option if you prefer to learn one-on-one with a pro. Sir Sam’s also has discovery packages for skiing and snowboarding that include the rental rate in the price for first-time riders wanting to try out either sport.

Visit Sir Sam’s website for more information.

Ski and Snowboard Equipment

Make your day on the ski hill comfortable and successful with the right gear and clothing.

Skiing gear checklist – Gear, equipment, and clothing you will need for your day on the ski slopes
Ski equipment – How to choose, rent, and buy ski equipment
Snowboard equipment – Information on snowboard equipment

Downhill Skiing Resources

Location: 30 Barrett Chute Road, Calabogie

The ultimate family mountain resort in the Ottawa Valley offers the best ski & ride programs, terrain (29 runs, 2 terrain parks & 3 lifts), snowmaking, and accommodations. Also summer activities: golf, hiking, beach, tennis, xcountry biking & more

(613) 752-2720
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Location: 41430A Combermere Rd, Barry's Bay

Mount Madawaska features the 6th highest elevation in the province. We have some of the longest runs, ready for the novice or expert, alike! We invite you to come enjoy the family atmosphere at Madawaska Mountain and take in the beauty of the Valley.

(613) 756-1ski
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Location: PO Box 190, Pakenham

alpine ski and snowboarding destination, includes tubing, skating, cross country skiing

(613) 624-5290
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Location: 1054 Liswood Road, Haliburton

A Family owned and operated Four Season Ski & Snowboard Area with a Mountain Bike Park that is open Spring, Summer & Fall.

(705) 754-2298
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