Resorts & Outdoor Recreation Areas
Located 36 kilometres southwest of St. John’s. Park hours are 8am to 4pm, then the gate locks. The park is home to the Avalon Nordic Ski Club, which maintains 10 kilometres of groomed runs. Rentals, available on weekends, are $30, but may be limited. Reach the park office by calling 709-685-1853. Map: www.avalonnordic.ca
Marble Mountain Resort
Located in Steady Brook, 676 kilometres from St. John’s, or a 30-minute drive from Deer Lake airport. Ski season runs mid-December to early April. Open seven days a week, closed on Christmas Day. Winter Carnival runs February 15th to 24th. Air, stay and ski packages available. Snowline is 709-637-SNOW or visit www.skimarble.com
Downhill Skiing: Five lifts connect to 37 trails and 230 acres of skiable terrain. Average annual snowfall is 16 feet. Full day adult lift pass is $59 and $43 half day. Complete ski and snowboard rentals are $37 per day.
Other Winter Activities: Opportunities for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, winter zip-lining and snowmobiling. Rentals (including snowmobile) are available.
Located in St. John’s off Allandale Road.
North Bank Lodge opens in early January and cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available here for $12 per day or $4 per hour. All trails are free and open to the public. Pick up a free map or find one here: www.pippypark.com/maps.asp. Call 737-3651 for more info.
Classic Cross Country and Skate Skiing: Three kilometres of groomed trail. Lights on till 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Classic Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: For a longer excursion into ungroomed territory check out the Three Pond Barrens area of the park. The longest in park loop is six kilometres, and the connecting extension will take you 11 kilometres to Windsor Lake.
White Hills Ski Resort
Located in Clarenville, 190 kilometres from St. John’s. Season typically runs from late December to April. Days and hours vary, with night skiing most Friday nights. Many area hotels offer ski and stay packages. Call to verify hours of operation 1-877-466-4559 or visit discoverwhitehills.com.
Downhill Skiing: One chairlift and a magic carpet connect 12 trails and 55 acres of skiable terrain, plus unpatrolled ‘glade area’. Adult lift pass is $49 or $39 half day. Complete ski and snowboard rentals are $35 per day.
Other Winter Activities: Over 40 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails with warm up huts maintained by the Clarenville Nordic Ski club. Entry, administered through the White Hills resort, is $20 or $16 half day. No equipment rentals.
Entry to the three-kilometre snowshoe trail is $15 and rentals are available for $15 or $10 half day.
Map of cross county ski and snowshoe area: www.clarenvillenordicskiclub.com/thetrails.html
The most popular spots in St. John’s to have a slide include Bowring Park, Pippy Park and Victoria Park.
Groomed Walking Trails
The following trails are maintained year round. Find maps here: www.grandconcourse.ca
Grand Concourse winter trails include Long Pond Trail, Kenny’s Pond, Mundy Pond, Quidi Vidi Lake, and T’Railway from Railway Museum to Mount Pearl Boundary. Bowring Park walkways are also cleared in winter.
T’Railway from Wells Crescent to Park Avenue.
Octagon Pond and Neil’s Pond.
Clubs & Organizations
Avalon Nordic Ski Club
Non-profit and volunteer run, an adult membership is $80 per year. This goes towards maintaining trails, the clubhouse at Butterpot Park, and rental equipment. Organized tours throughout season of Pippy Park, Bauline, Torbay, Pouch Cove, Portugal Cove, Butterpot Park, and other areas, includes some moonlight tours. More info at www.avalonnordic.ca.
Tours, clinics and rentals. Cross-country skis, both classic and skate available, rent at $25 per day or $90 a week; snowshoes $15 per day or $56 per week. Located at 22 Water Street, phone 579-4453.