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1000ft Vertical in Ontario?

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The other day at work, I was looking at some maps of the Manitoulin / Killarney Provincial Park area that included some rough topographic information. From what I could tell the area was quite hilly. So I looked into it a little more, and found that the hills were actually a small mountain range called the "La Cloche Mountain Range".

The top peak in the range is called Silver Peak, and rises up over 1000ft top to bottom (1814ft at the peak).

These sites have some cool pics and info:

http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/~praetzel/Killarney/
http://www.bushwhacker.ca/silverpeaksolo.html


Anyhow, I really don't know anything about backcountry skiing or anything (so all this could sound silly!), but from the pic's it looks like there could be some interesting lines down to the bottom. I figure the mountain would get its fair share of snow off Lake Huron and Lake Superior too. Would anyone with a little more bush/backcountry experience be able to comment on this? I was looking on another website and they said the forest on the bottom was old growth hemlock. If a winter trail could be developed with proper signage, etc, and some lines down the hill established, could Killarney become a popular winter destination for Ontario "backcountry enthusiasts"? Mind you, I'm not sure how the parks people would feel about this!

Forgive me if all this sounds silly. Any thoughts?
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Sorry, that I don't know much about Killarney in winter.

From their site: http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/kill-multiple.html

Winter Activities
Twenty kilometres of cross-country ski trails are tracked from the Park Office. You can also ski and snowshoe well into untracked backcountry. Call ahead for snow and ice conditions.



I have visited twice in the summer (a long time ago, however). It's a very beautiful place with real rock. Very unique for the midwest. The rock also has some great potential for mt. biking. I'm not shure if they allow it or not.
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