While there are cross-country ski trails in pretty much all communities in Sunset Country, only three areas offer snowboarding and downhill skiing. Atikokan's Mount Fairweather, which boasts the highest vertical drop from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Dryden Ski Hill, who's Chalet is available for events or large group bookings, and Kenora's Mount Evergreen which has been in operation since 1946 all offer both downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Mount Fairweather in Atikokan:
Mount Fairweather was carved out of the bush in 1965 and 1966 and in the winter of Canada's Centennial, Mount Fairweather fired up the T-Bar and rope tows and welcomed the first skiers to the greatest vertical drop in the Rainy River District. The years since have produced regional champions, nationally sponsored racers, and even a member of the Canadian World Cup team, Ms. Lydia Kutra. Lydia has been honoured by having Mount Fairweather's signature run named in her memory: the Lydia Kutra Challenger.
For well over two decades Mount Fairweather has remained a quality venue for the outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the wonderful winter sports of skiing and snowboarding. To accommodate snowboarders, the Fairweather Terrain Park (FTP) was built in 2007. Riders can test their skill on rails, jumps, and other challenging obstacles. Atikokan can be proud to call Mount Fairweather its home to skiing and snowboarding. The ski hill is located 9 km north of Atikokan, Ontario, it has 12 runs, 2 lifts, and a vertical rise of 106 m. In the Chalet you'll find: Cafeteria, sun deck, restrooms, miscellaneous demo equipment, friendly and cozy atmosphere. Mount Fairweather is open weekends and holidays from Late December to Late March. Yearly memberships or daily admissions are available.
Dryden Ski Hill:
The Dryden Ski Hill is fully equipped with all the gear you will need to snowboard, downhill and cross country ski. It featuring five downhill runs for every level of ability. Nestled at the bottom of the hill is the Chalet where you can grab that cup of hot chocolate, enjoy a snack and take a break while watching the winter enthusiasts make their way down from the summit of the hill. Instructors and emergency personnel are available for your instruction and safety. The club is available for events or large group bookings. Make it a spectacular celebration and book your next event at the Dryden Ski Hill. For more information on the hours and fees contact 807-937-4265 or visit the Dryden Ski Hill's Facebook Page.
Mount Evergreen Ski Hill:
Mount Evergreen Ski Hill has been in operation since 1946. It is currently a non-profit club and puts all of its profits back into maintaining the hills and lifts. The 14 runs are varied from the bunny slope to black diamond runs. They are listed on the Mount Evergreen Ski Hill Map. The Terrain Park adds some extra excitement to the hills. If you don't have equipment, the Ski and Snowboard rentals shop is conveniently located beside the chalet. Trained technicians will help you with our rental fleet of Salomon shaped skies. The chalet has food services, washrooms, and changing facilities. The Loft area offers a comfortable place to warm up for your après ski enjoyment. The Club offers lessons, both private and group sessions. Yearly memberships are available as are daily and nightly rates.
Check out this YouTube video of a snowboarder and this one of skiers and snowboarders at the Terrain Park at the Mount Evergreen Ski Hill. Looks like fun! For more information on Mount Evergreen Ski Hill call 807-548-5100.
Plan a day or weekend of skiing or snowboarding in Sunset Country. There are many hotels and lodges open in the winter for you to stay at.