8 Essential Ski Hills Near Ottawa You Need To Go To This Winter

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8 Essential Ski Hills Near Ottawa You Need To Go To This Winter

Ottawa may not have the Rockies, but that doesn't mean this part of Canada is lacking in ski culture. Quite frankly, we're anything but lacking.

The Ottawa Valley is surrounded by plenty of hills and we're never (ever) short on snow, even if it came a bit too late last year. Mix the hills and snow together and what you have are plenty of small hills and resorts to satisfy any skier or snowboarders' urge to hit the slopes. The Gatineau Hills are so close and Ottawa, for being such a major city, has an unprecedented proximity to this vastness of nature.

Let's be real: It's not even winter yet, but we've been dying for these hills to open up since the summer.Here are 8 spots we can't wait to open up this winter:

1. Camp Fortune

Total runs: 20

Night skiing: Yes

Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Ottawa, this favourite in the Chelsea region of the Gatineau Hills offers practically everything for skiers and snowboarders of all backgrounds. The backside of the hill offers a number of intermediate and difficult (or should I say, "fun") runs, whereas other sections of the area accommodate more leisurely runs. The snow is always groomed well and with so many different lifts you'll never be waiting in a cue too long to get on the slopes.

2. Ski Vorlage

Total runs: 17

Night skiing: Yes

Located in gorgeous Wakefield, this compact ski hill offers a close-knit network of beautiful trails that can appease every boarder and skier. The fact that a majority of its runs are still operable during night skiing makes this gem worth coming back to year after year.

3. Mont Ste-Marie

Total runs: 20

Night skiing: No

A beautiful and dense resort that offers the highest elevation compared to most ski hills near Ottawa. At 1250 feet, it offers the highest vertical in the area and a range of runs that are both scenic and a exhilarating. The hill is located an hour from downtown Ottawa so maybe you could consider renting a beautiful chalet in the woods with some friends.

4. Mont Cascades

Total runs: 20

Night skiing: Yes

No, it's not just a water park. Located 20 minutes from Ottawa, Mont Cascades offers one of the best snow parks in the region for the inner daredevil. The view from the top of the slopes here is also amazing, especially at night time.

5. Mont Tremblant

Total runs: 95

Night skiing: No

Two hours from Ottawa but wholeheartedly worth the trip. SKI Magazine considered Mont Tremblant the #1 ski resort in eastern North America. If that doesn't say anything, nothing ever will. The ski village itself is idyllic and the amount of runs is rich. We may not have Whistler on this side of Canada, but we have Tremblant.

6. Edelweiss

Total runs: 20

Night skiing: Yes

Located in Wakefield, Edelweiss offers an extensive network of intermediate and beginner trails for those looking to hone the craft of boarding and skiing. Nonetheless, there's always something here for the more experienced to enjoy. Plus, the snow park is widely praised as one of the best near Ottawa.

7. Calabogie Peaks Resort

Total runs: 29

Night skiing: No

Offering beautiful views of nearby Calabogie Lake, this resort west of Ottawa always has some of the best groomed snow and one of the best mixes of intermediate and beginner hills.

8. Mount Pakenham

Total runs: 10

Night skiing: Yes

A smaller hill located near the town of Pakenham, Mount Pakenham provides a good starting point for those learning how to ski or snowboard.

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