What have been your best or longest ski runs in province of Ontario,
I know this is more farmland country , but like to get opinions from places that are least known for downhill skiing, cheers
By far all the longest runs in Ontario at a public resort are at blue mountain. Its vertical is 700 and has some decent short steeps but only hard when its really icy.
The longest runs of any place in Ontario is Osler Bluffs. It has the same vertical but moderate, wildcat like pitch, down the whole mountain. If u were going to ski in Ontario i would recommend blue mountain, but my personal favorite is Hockley Valley. Its vert is 300 but has way more challenge than blue. It hard runs include: Face moguls, not too hard but always super fun, T bar alley, this is the t bar alley it is not on the trail map its between JP and face, Nosedive, this is the steepest run in Ontario and they build a snow making whale at the top its 51 degrees steep than mellows out to 47 degrees, Roller coaster, when they let it bump up they build 3 areas: the chute which is 5 feet wide and 35 degrees steep, the hump which is 40 degrees steep and the easier way down which is a minefield of moguls and finally the far side which is around 35 degrees and another mogul field. Only sometimes are Roller coaster and Far side moguled up, other times there just steep, fast runs.
I think you are forgetting about northern Ontario (eg around Thunder Bay).
As for southern Ontario, your are probably right. Tops in vertical are Blue Mountain Collingwood, and Calabogie Peaks. High falls and Barrett's chutes are nice runs at Calabogie. I started to use some trail maps to remind me of the names of the various trails I've enjoyed at different Ontario hills, but quickly realized you could do almost as well, but just selecting the blacks and double blacks. Basically any of the blacks at Calabogie and any double diamond at Blue Mountain Collingwood are fun and steep enough to get some speed into a stiff gs ski. (note ratings are local).
Airplane at Laurentian is fun if you like flying through the air, but you have to go along a lot of green terrain to get to it from the top of the lift. Mount Dufour on the other hand lets you ski black from top to bottom. Onaping has a nice run called Kandahar (I think) that they never seem to groom and bumps up nicely as well as Engineer's which is good for carving on.
well the longest (if ur looking for vertical) are:
All of the places around thunder bay are 500 vert of in that ballpark
Ok. You could be right. http://www.thunderbay.worldweb.com/ToursActivitiesAdventures/SkiHillsResorts/
They obviously got Baldy mixed up with another mountain of the same name somewhere else. How about the 750' of Loch Lomond?
The Peaks or Osler are the best skiing in Ontario, Osler is my 1st pick but the peaks close to it. I f you contact them in advance and are well behaved and ask nicely you just might find they let you ski Osler and the Peaks.... ask nice ( week day when its open)
When it comes to skiing yes, im thew only one in my class (most of which are skiiers) that has been to the thunder bay area for skiing
Also another good private resort is beaver. It has a good mix of steeps,the best glades anywhere in ontario by far, and groomers
for the longest runs osler by far because even though its vertical is a little shorter is has a decent pitch for the whole time
Osler yes, but the peaks, ewwww. Ice is all you will find there.
Osler unfortunately (or fortunately) is extremely expensive in comparison to the other private clubs but you will find the nicest snow and longest runs there. The tradeoff is that it has the least steep of all the Collingwood resorts. To put that into perspective, who really likes to ski 50m 45 degree ice slops in Ontario anyways?
Osler was my personal favorite having skied all the clubs in Southern Ontario (I was on a race team in my early/mid teens that frequented most of the private clubs), and Craigleith is number two (nice combination of snow/steeps/and a nice lodge).
Mt. St. Louis/Moonstone is also decent value with a good park and fairly long runs (as far as Ontario goes I mean).
Agreed about georgian peaks
but who needs steeps on osler when u can fly on perfectley groomed runs.
Yup its 55 k a year and 15k to stay in every year where as craigleth,alpine, georgain peaks are all in the 40's
and my personal favourite, Beaver Valley, is 21 k
I like Beaver Valley as well. Quite a bit cheaper and easily comparable/better than most of the other clubs.
Beaver is a lot less crowded mostly because its not one of those places where a father would phone them up and say"im thinking about buying a membership here, but i want a trial day first." then brings whole family to ski it because it is expensive and that somehow makes it better.
But the thing i love the most about beaver is their glades, there are amazing and you can always gets freshies in them.
And some off map glades too if u know where to look.
I just returned this past weekend from the Canadian Ski Patrol First Aid Division Competition which was hosted at Searchmont near Sault Ste-Marie. I cannot say enough about the Northern hospitality at this hill. I would compare Searchmont to Osler Bluffs (skied 3 weeks ago), but without the stuffy membership. The runs are as long (750 vertical feet) and challenging, with a lot of undulations. In fact they often catch you by surprise, as you realize your not on the ground!
There is some on hill accommodations, which is good since it is 40 km from Sault Ste. Marie, and it is nice to have the option to stay, and believe me you will want to stay another day. They have a bar with live bands on Friday and Saturday nights, and night skiing both nights as well.
I have attached some pictures, the website isn't great, but I guarantee you will enjoy the skiing. Every year this hill is on the brink of not opening, in fact many staff work there on a volunteer basis. For this hill to close down would be a real shame. Although it is a bit of a drive, I encourage you to spend some time at Searchmont.
Just came back from hockley valley and what a day! snowed 8 inches overnight and was ankle deep everywhere. there was no crowds ski on/ski off and nosedive was just amazing in the morning. A few ski patrol and i shared a laugh as one of the ski patrol was coming down nosedive to help someone, but fell at the top and yard sailed the rest of the day. I have never seen a ski patrol fall and that just shows how hard Nosedive is. Also found a 6' cliff to hop which is great for Ontario.