Laurentian Ski Club, North Bay
The Laurentian Ski Club was formed in 1925 on what was then the McLeod family farm. Ski jumps and chalets were built and re-built on the site numerous times, and in 1947, the Laurentian Ski Club purchased the land.
The hill was re-opened with a modern quad chairlift, J-bar, and T-bar by the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority for the 1998-1999 season under the name Jack Pine Hill. In 2003, management of the hill was turned over to the Laurentian Ski Hill Snowboarding Club, and the club was given its current name.
Today, the club continues to be operated as a non-profit organization and managed by a board of directors. Ten trails are part of the network and three lifts including a quad chair transport skiers to the top of the mountain. With a vertical drop of 350 feet, the mountain offers beautiful runs and exceptional views of the City of North Bay, Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake. Laurentian Ski Hill now offers a dedicated terrain park with its own T-Bar lift.
Laurentian Ski Hill is conveniently located just minutes from downtown North Bay. Parking is available at the top and at the bottom of the hill, with the bottom providing convenient access to the main chair. Lessons are offered in a variety of programs to skiers of all ages.
Antoine Mountain, Mattawa
As the Laurentian Ski Club in North Bay expanded, they wanted to offer more challenging terrain for their members. In the 1970s, the Club expanded its activities to Mattawa, and developed Mount Antoine, a 630-foot-tall mountain. For twenty years, the Laurentian Ski Club operated both the Laurentian Ski Hill in North Bay and Mount Antoine in Mattawa. After two decades of success, operations ceased in Mattawa.
In 2003, Antoine Mountain was purchased by a private group of investors, with a goal of re-opening the ski centre. They accomplished their dream in the winter of 2015. Since then, new amenities, including a 7500 square feet chalet and a new quad lift, have been built. The top of Antoine Mountain has also been redesigned to provide spectacular views and easier access to the slopes. Antoine Mountain offers 15 spectacular runs with amazing views of the Ottawa River and surrounding mountains. Through its ski school, the centre offers ski and snowboarding lessons.
Tri-Town Ski & Snowboard Village
In 1960, Mike Koshilka, a local ski enthusiast, started the St-Bernard Ski Club in the unorganized township of Lorrain Valley in the Temiskaming region. At that time, a poma lift transported skiers to the top of the mountain. After several years, the club changed its name to the Tri-Town Ski Club, and more recently the Tri-Town Ski & Snowboard Village. Over the years, several volunteers and families took turns providing an alpine ski centre to the region. Today, with the support of the community and an active Board of Directors and volunteers, the club continues its operations and the old poma lift has been replaced by a T-bar for easy access of the mountain. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers will find runs to suit their tastes. A new ski school offers alpine and snowboarding lessons, and a rope tow has been added to facilitate the beginner hill.