The Mountain Experience

Where to Downhill Ski and Snowboard in Algoma

Updated: By Heather Bot

With an annual snowfall in the region of 10 feet, and Lake Superior alone dropping 250 – 300 inches of snow in one season. Because of this, the region is home to a lot of deep pow, carving out perfect conditions to ski and snowboard in Algoma.

Let’s take a look.

Searchmont Resort – Downhill Ski & Snowboard


Situated in the community of Searchmont, the resort is in the snowbelt coming off Lake Superior. So, even if it’s not snowing in the Soo, it’s pretty likely to be snowing at the resort. With a 703-vertical, the views from atop are incredible! The hill offers 26 runs, a terrain park and 6 lifts. Lines are significantly shorter here and there are fewer wait times for skiers and snowboarders. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, try their beginner’s lessons at Snow School. The resort’s slopeside villas are perfectly nestled at the base of the mountain so access is literally at your doorstep.


All units come with a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee pot ready for your favourite morning brew. Guests will enjoy a special breakfast in the AM that gets you ready for a day on the slopes. The Kiln serves delicious lunch and dinner options and in the evening, enjoy live music in the lounge with your favourite cocktail or brew. For weekend skiers, there’s a Weekend Breakfast Buffet.

New in 2023-2024: Ski Under The Stars – After Dark Passes
Services & Amenities: Nordic skiing is also available on-site. Rentals are available for all equipment including youth and adult, and you get rent snowshoes too! Find some Searchmont gear at The Outpost and the Tech Shop is there in case you need a repair.
Accessibility: Searchmont No Limits Adaptive Ski Association is dedicated to fostering skiing and snowboarding in an inclusive, fun and enriching adaptive skiing tailored to the skier’s capabilities.
Toll Free: 1-800-663-2546
PH: (705) 781-2340

Bellevue Valley Lodge – Backcountry Skiing

backcountry skiing

You’ll find awesome backcountry skiing, a total hidden gem in this region of Ontario. For over 30 years, Bellevue Valley Lodge has been meticulously creating a memorable epicentre for telemark skiing on 2,000 acres of land in the Bellevue Valley area of Goulais River. With 20 runs with about 700 feet of the fall line, skiers and snowboards will experience deep powder all to themselves. There are no lines, so there is no waiting! It’s get up, eat and go ski.


Full-season accommodations include a 2-story private chalet. You can also arrange for meals to experience an inclusive stay. This is the perfect ski retreat for families and groups of friends looking for serious backcountry skiing.

Amenities: Guided telemark tours and a much-needed hot sauna at the end of the day.
What Telemark Skiing Is: If you’re new to telemark skiing, it’s a form of downhill skiing, using specific equipment but it’s a technique. It allows you to turn and keep speed under control. It’s growing and welcomes newcomers each year.
PH: (705) 649-2880

Elliot Lake – Mount Dufour – Downhill Ski and Snowboard


Photo credit: Northern Exposures Photography

Four minutes from Elliot Lake’s downtown core you’ll be skiing or snowboarding at Mount Dufour. The hill offers a 320-vertical with 7 trails, 2 lifts and a terrain park. It makes for a fun, family-friendly winter day. And skiing lessons and rentals are available. Slope side amenities include a canteen that serves hot food and a fully licensed bar + patio. You’re close to accommodations like Dunlop Lake Lodge, which is only a 14-minute drive to the hill.


Photo credit: Northern Exposures Photography

PH: (705) 848-6655

Chapleau – Chapleau Ski Club – Downhill Ski and Snowboard

A snowy winter is what you are expecting to see if you’re in the Chapleau area this winter. If you like to ski, the Chapleau Ski Club is a good hill for families, especially with little ones learning how to ski. With a 130-vertical, the hill’s longest run is 1,000 feet. The chalet is a cozy, friendly place to warm up for a snack and warm beverage. There are also 12 km of cross-country ski trails and night skiing is also available. The ski club and hill are very close to town, so it’s easy to find places to stay like Aux Trois Moulins Motel, with an on-site restaurant, sauna and massage therapist.
PH: (705) 255-3443

About Heather Bot

I'm a member of the Algoma Country Travel staff. I hope my blogs entice you to visit the beautiful region that I call home.

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