Camp Fortune

Camp Fortune

From Ottawa, take King Edward North over the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge to Quebec - it will turn into the 5. Continue on the 5 until the Old Chelsea exit (10-15 minutes).

Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: variety of terrain, proximity to Ottawa

Cons: crowds on weekends, slower lifts, small hill

Camp Fortune is a small hill (~700ft vert) that is a 15 minute drive from downtown Ottawa.  Though it can be crowded on weekends it's a great place to get a few quick runs in after a fresh dumping of snow, and they have many discount programs to save on lift tickets/passes.  The variety of terrain is pretty decent too. 


Crowds: Besides the usual weekend crowds, Camp Fortune has the largest lesson programs of any of the area hills, so it's not uncommon for the lift lines to be full of kids being baby sat by inexperienced instructors.  They also have a 2 for 1 lift ticket & rental program every Saturday night, which ensures a lot of out of control kids on Saturday nights.  Another downside on crowded days, is the trails can become icy fast!   That said, on weekdays - both day and night (open til 10), the resort is fairly empty and the skiing is pretty decent (less ice).  If there's a snow storm, I'll try to get out of work early and head here.


Terrain: Fortune has a decent variety of terrain for such a small hill.  There is a great progression of trails for those developing their skills - starting from a magic carpet bunny hill to easy greens, blues and blacks.  This would be a great place to take a beginner on a less crowded day.  For intermediate/advanced, Skyline has decent black diamond runs with reasonably consistent fall lines.  Heggveitt (steepest trail) offers a short but rewarding steep stretch that is decent when not icy.  Swan Dive is a short steep trail with bumps and trees - would be a double black even at a large mountain, unfortunately it's only open after major dumpings.


Lifts: Most of Fortune's lifts are non-detachable (slow) quads... which limits traffic on the hills (sometimes a good thing).


Overall, this is a good place near Ottawa for a couple of hours of skiing... for a full day of skiing or more vertical, head elsewhere though.


Edit: I had the chance to do Swan Dive after a big snow fall.  It is short, but easily the most challenging run in the Ottawa area - very narrow, steep, large rocks and boulders, trees... only skiable in deep powder, which is challenging when you have narrow carving skis.  Even the best skiers ski it cautiously - which is advisable, as a fall here could easily result in a trip to the hospital.  Still... if you're looking for a challenging run, this is it in Ottawa.

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