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Mt. Antoine (Mattawa) Scheduled to Reopen [2014-15 in Ontario]

post #1 of 21
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Mt. Antoine in Mattawa (NE Ontario), closed since 2000, is set to re-open for the 2014-2015 season.

 

A new website has been set up to keep track of development news:  http://www.antoinemountain.ca

 

Great for the North Bay, Sudbury and other northern communities to have the hill available again.

 

I've had a handful of  very enjoyable days here in the past (one pair of broken skis notwithstanding), and I'll be thinking of a trip back as a nice little diversion from the Collingwood circuit...:)

 

post #2 of 21

Seems that a lot of effort is going into making Mattawa a 4-season resort destination.  Replacing the two old lifts with a quad is a pretty big investment.

post #3 of 21

I read an article about this and if I'm not mistaken, they got the resort for $400k.  That's not much coin when you consider that the average waterfront cottage in Ontario is about $500k for about 1/4 acre.  They got what's most likely 200 or 300 acres!  Shudda just bought it for myself as a cottage...sunuva...  :D

post #4 of 21
Nice area, but awfully isolated -- four hours from Ottawa, five from Toronto is a lot of driving for 630 feet of vertical. Wonder if there's enough local business to keep it going.
post #5 of 21

It's about an hour and a bit from my folks place..I'll give it a shot this winter if they're up and running.  But yeah, it's a long way out..  If it's an honest 630', I don't mind that.  I think the only place that has that much honest vertical is Osler.

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For the Escarpment areas, Osler, Blue and the Peaks are all over 700 feet (top of the Peaks is close to 800 feet).

 

Antoine would be closer to Craigleith for vertical, but without the larger number of runs that the horizontal aspect of the Escarpment provides.

 

Still a nice area, popular in the northern Ontario region in its heyday.  Could be a nice addition to the NOD race circuit.

post #7 of 21

Would it also be 600'+ of continuous fall line, or broken into two shorter fall line stretches like Blue?

post #8 of 21
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Would it also be 600'+ of continuous fall line, or broken into two shorter fall line stretches like Blue?


That's what I was thinking..

post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by mogulmuncher View Post
 

For the Escarpment areas, Osler, Blue and the Peaks are all over 700 feet (top of the Peaks is close to 800 feet).

 

Antoine would be closer to Craigleith for vertical, but without the larger number of runs that the horizontal aspect of the Escarpment provides.

 

Still a nice area, popular in the northern Ontario region in its heyday.  Could be a nice addition to the NOD race circuit.


From this end, Ottawa skiers are literally minutes away from three hills in Antoine's size range, one hour from 780-foot Calabogie, and 90 minutes from 1,200-foot Mont Ste. Marie. Hard to imagine anyone going to Mattawa just for the skiing. Even some big-time resorts in Quebec and the States are closer. Still, it's a beautiful area, and a nice ski hill makes it even better.

post #10 of 21
Antoine isn't going to attract anyone from Ottawa or Toronto, except for the odd mad skiers. But it going to be a nice alternative to snowmobiles in the communities around Mattawa-Ville Marie QC and North Bay.

Always happy to see a hill come back to live versus the creation of a "new" ski resort.

A fellow ski blogger from Huntsville will be happy to add an extra hill not to far from his area.

Like it was mentioned above, from Ottawa (downtown):

Camp Fortune (same vertical as Antoine) is 15-20 minutes away followed closely by Cascades, Vorlage and Edelweiss.

80 minutes away : Calabogie (780) and Ste-Marie (1200)

2 hours you can easily make it to Tremblant

3 hours : Whiteface

4 hours : Vermont.
post #11 of 21
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Antoine isn't going to attract anyone from Ottawa or Toronto, except for the odd mad skiers. But it going to be a nice alternative to snowmobiles in the communities around Mattawa-Ville Marie QC and North Bay.

A fellow ski blogger from Huntsville will be happy to add an extra hill not to far from his area.

 

Yeah, exactly.  My folks are about 30 mins north of Huntsville..so I'm driving 40mins to Hidden Valley in Huntsville or 90 mins to Mattawa.  And Hidden Valley is an iffy 300'!  :-)

post #12 of 21

I'll be skiing there on the odd weekend. It will draw people from North Bay and Sudbury.

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I'll be skiing there on the odd weekend. It will draw people from North Bay and Sudbury.

Mattawa also has excellent pie, so if I lived anywhere between Sudbury and say Deep River, I would go. And I might stop off for a day to break up the long
Christmas commute from Ottawa to the Soo.

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

I wouldn't expect that Mt. Antoine would be pulling many skiers away from the Ottawa or Collingwood areas.

 

I do hope Antoine re-kindles interest for the North Bay area, and provides another option for Sudbury and Temiskaming.

post #15 of 21

Got an update today..

 

http://antoinemountain.ca/

post #16 of 21

Interesting.

 

Any trail maps floating around, even a pre-millenial version?

post #17 of 21

Best I could find..

 

post #18 of 21

If anyone is interested, you can keep track of the updates here:

 

https://www.facebook.com/AntoineMountain/photos_stream

 

Or sign up for the newsletter.

 

I'm originally from North Bay, and learned to ski on this hill. Needless to say, I'm pretty stoked. It may not draw many people from Ottawa or Toronto, but hopefully enough from North Bay, Sudbury, etc. to sustain operation. If nothing else, it's an important development for the local economy and growing the sport for young people who live in the area. 

 

Also, apparently the longest run is 2.9k. Heres the wiki page:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Antoine

 

And for good measure, at the peak with the new quad lift sitting above the fog:

 

post #19 of 21

Bump for an update.  Anyone skied here this (re)opening season?

post #20 of 21

I'll be there this weekend. Grew up skiing and racing at Mt. Antoine.  Looking forward to going back.

post #21 of 21

I skied at Antoine last Saturday. 

 

It was a neat trip down memory lane considering I used to be there every weekend or more during high school and haven't been back in 15 or so years.  Familar and new, all at the same time.


Basically, it's the same old hill.  The operations had the feeling of not being quite dialed but customer service was good and I have no doubt they'll get it dialed. 

 

 

Without any of the black diamonds being open it wasn't all that exciting.  I was great to be back and snow conditions were spectacular but most of the runs are not very steep and rather similar.  Next year when the whole hill opens it will be a lot more fun. 

 

The parking lot was packed and I sincerely hope they do well.  No way they will draw from Ottawa considering that three of the local hills are better and cheaper. 

 

Oh, they also didn't have their liquor license yet despite applying 7 months ago (GO LCBO!!!).  That was definitely a downer.

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