Newfoundland winters are long, which is great news if you enjoy outdoor winter activities such as skiing! And if you’re more of an indoors person, it may be worth your while to try and change that, to stay active all year round and enjoy what Newfoundland has to offer!
When it comes to skiing in Newfoundland, you have a variety of options for downhill and cross-country skiing, including two resorts.
Two of the most popular skiing spots in Newfoundland are the two ski resorts. White Hills is located near the Clarenville area of the Avalon Peninsula, about a 2-hour drive from St. John’s. Marble Mountain is located on the western part of the province near Corner Brook, about an 8-hour drive from St. John’s.
Each has trails and runs of varying degrees for everyone from beginner to advanced skiers.
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Marble Mountain sees about 16 ft of snow per year. At the top, it’s higher than any other ski area in Atlantic Canada, with its 1700 ft vertical drop. It has 5 lifts, 39 runs, and features a beautiful lodge. For accommodations, Marble has some of its own villas on site. There are also various hotels and Airbnbs nearby in the community of Steady Brook and Corner Brook. You can check the trail and lift status page on their website before heading out.
White Hills is located closest to St. John’s, on the Avalon Peninsula, about a 2-hour drive from the St. John’s metro area. Its vertical drop is nearly 750ft, featuring 27 runs, along with cross-country and snowshoe trails. While there are no accommodations located directly on site, there are many options nearby such as hotels, motels, cabins, and of course you can always grab an Airbnb in Clarenville. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to check their Snow Report for the latest conditions!
There are many places across the province to enjoy cross-country skiing outside of the ski-hill resorts, including spots where you can rent ski equipment if you don’t have any of your own.
Enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing without leaving the capital city, at Pippy Park in St. John’s. Featuring two networks of groomed trails, rentals, and even lessons, this is a great spot to enjoy some winter fun!
Airport Nordic Ski Club
Located in Gander in Central Newfoundland, discover 16km of groomed trails, plus dedicated snowshoe trails and even some lighted trails for night skiing. Appropriately named for Gander’s airport fame, the trails aren’t actually near the airport, but just outside of gander off the TCH, minutes away from Gander’s hotel accommodations. Equipment rentals are also available. Check out details on their website.
If you know where to look, there are other nice skiing areas throughout the province, though conditions may be uncertain if not maintained by a local organization or club. Gros Morne National Park is known to be enjoyed by back-country skiers.
Newfoundland’s winters are also great for a wealth of other outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, sliding, skating, and ice fishing. Plenty of reasons to get outside!