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Groomers…Glades…Perfect tracks. Epic alpine, backcountry and cross-country skiing? In Ontario??

Trust us, you’ve got to see it to believe it. Sault Ste. Marie is the best place to ski in Ontario.

Sault Ste. Marie is home to one of the highest vertical ski hills in Ontario, as well as world-class cross-country skiing (over 100 km of groomed trails) and incredible, untouched backcountry skiing with Ontario’s best powder. Visit Sault Ste. Marie and discover your perfect adrenaline-fueled winter adventure. Now, let’s cut to the facts that make Sault Ste. Marie a great Ontario ski destination.

Searchmont Resort boasts a huge 700-foot vertical drop and 21 runs for all levels of skiers, along with an awesome terrain park. Set in the spectacular mountains of Northern Ontario, Searchmont Resort offers equipment rentals and repair, lessons and slopeside accommodations. Skiing or snowboarding, beginner or expert, Searchmont offers some of the best downhill skiing in Ontario with great powder and groomers.

Thinking about an Ontario cross-country ski trip? Stokely Creek Lodge is one of the largest (and greatest) nordic ski areas in North America with over 130 km of groomed trails, set in the snowy Northern Ontario wilderness just north of Sault Ste. Marie. You’ll ski alongside pristine, ice-covered lakes ringed with snow-draped cedar and pine, and discover jaw-dropping frozen waterfalls. With great accommodations and fantastic home-cooked meals, Stokely Creek regularly ranks among the best cross country ski areas in North America. Located minutes from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Hiawatha Highlands is another great Ontario cross country ski area. You won’t believe the over 50 km of groomed trails, which wind through towering pines, over rugged rocks and across sparkling creeks, are located within city limits! Are you feeling ski-envy yet? Visit the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club’s website to read about cross-country events and programs in Sault Ste. Marie.

Sault Ste. Marie has emerged as Ontario’s best backcountry ski destination, mainly because of the superlative guiding and accommodations at  Bellevue Valley Lodge. It doesn’t hurt that Sault Ste. Marie receives the most snow in Ontario; plenty of powder blankets impressive terrain, including towering King Mountain and Batchewana Mountain. Your hosts will guide you through some of the best powder this side of the Rockies, with 20 runs spanning over 700 feet of fall line and chest deep powder.

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