It's been called the best skiing east of the Rockies and anyone who has skied Marble Mountain knows why. The resort lies in a snow belt and gets an average annual snowfall of 16 feet. Marble Mountain is part of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range, stretching up from Georgia in the Southern United States. The summit of Marble Mountain is 1,700 feet above the Humber River which cuts a winding path through the majestic Humber Valley to the Bay of Islands.
Cross Country Skiing - About 10 minutes from Marble Mountain Resort is one of the best cross-country ski facilities in Canada. The Blow-Me-Down Cross Country Ski Park lies in a snow belt, making ideal conditions for spectacular skiing. The ski park's 50 km of groomed trails are open daily from sunrise to 9:00 p.m. from early December to May.
Snowboarding - All terrain at Marble Mountain is open to snowboarders, but we also have a fantastic terrain park and half-pipe. The half-pipe opens early in the season and is lit on Friday nights so you can rip it up under the stars.
Snowshoeing and Ice Climbing - Nestled in the heart of Western Newfoundland, the Bay of Islands is a must on everyone's adventure Itinerary. Newfoundland and Labrador enjoys abundant snowfall and moderate winter temperatures. This means you can put on your snowshoes and enjoy massive inland gorges, vastly untouched wilderness and a healthy wildlife population. Snowshoe the Blomidon Mountain Range, or local landmarks such as the "The Old Man in the Mountain" and the Corner Brook Gorge. No matter where the trail leads you, snowshoeing is a great way to spend a beautiful winter day.
The consistent temperatures of a Newfoundland winter make the area an awesome destination for ice climbing. Check out our gorges and ice columns. If you're looking for an introduction to the sport of ice climbing, we'll show the basics. If you're an avid climber looking for a fascinating landscape, escape to Western Newfoundland with Cabox Escape and do what you love.
The Lodge - Our magnificent post and beam lodge was designed to reflect the natural, rugged beauty of the area. The spacious 54,000 square-foot lodge is set at the base of the mountain and has been called "the most beautiful lodge in the world" by a writer for Powder Magazine.
Lift System - Marble Mountain's Governor's Express is the only high-speed detachable quad lift in Atlantic Canada. It's one of four lifts that will carry you up the slopes and the line ups are usually short, which means you'll spend less time on the lifts and more time on the mountain.
A driving trip to Marble Mountain includes a six hour ride on one of Marine Atlantic's passenger super ferries, departing daily from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. The sea journey ends at Port aux Basques,about a three hour drive on the Trans Canada Highway from Corner Brook and Marble Mountain Resort.
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Posted By: TheCodfather
- Wed Mar 26 12:50:41 UTC 2008
UpsideGreat resort with excellent skiing and very helpful staff. Definatly the best ski resort in Atlantic Canada. DownsideA little expensive for the average joe. CommentMarble Mountain resort in Western Newfoundland boasts the best skiing east of the Rockies, and during my visit a few weeks ago I found out why. As stated in the above report the area lies in a snow belt and receives an average of 16 feet of snow annually, and this winter has been particularly snowy. With a natural base snow depth of over 300cm the resort is experiencing one of its best seasons in several years. As I walked into the 54 000 square foot base lodge, it felt like walking into a cozy log cabin. No wonder that it was rated as one of North Americaâ??s most beautiful ski lodges. The facility houses all of the services you would expect in ski resort, including a rental shop, a restaurant, and Newfoundlandâ??s nicest lounge, the Knotty Pine. It was my fist downhill ski day of the season so naturally I took it easy for the first few runs. I hopped on the Newfie Bullet quad lift to try out a few shorter runs such as the Ho Chi Minh, before moving on to the Black Mariah lift, and the top of the mountain. From the top, I tried few runs down the country road, a long and easy winding trail that is great for novice skiers, before deciding to challenge myself a little more and try some intermediate runs. I stopped halfway down the mountain to look at my map and during the course of ninety seconds; three separate skiers stopped and asked me if I needed assistance. Newfoundland hospitality at its finest! I told them I was fine, and they directed me to the Bonavista, an intermediate run with some great turns and some great scenery as well. I ran it about three times before witnessing a skier take a spill that ended up resulting in a broken wrist. After lending a little assistance before ski patrollers arrived on scene I decided to take a break and get some lunch. After a light meal, I decided it was time to try out some of the more difficult stuff on the hill, which can be accessed by the Governorâ??s Express, Atlantic Canadaâ??s only high speed quad. The lift is very fast and it takes you to most of the most difficult runs at the resort. The view from the lift is breathtaking with views of the Humber River and the Humber Valley as far as nearby Corner Brook spread out all around you. I started out with a couple of intermediate runs including the Chiliwack and Marble Chute, before taking off down the Blow-Me-Down, a black diamond run that also goes by the name OMJ (Oh-My-J***S). The run is one of the fastest at Marble and one of the most scenic as well. After catching my breath I took the Governor up again and again, getting in as many runs as I could before the lifts closed at 4:30. One of the best runs is the Tuckamore Tangle, which is a tree run that branches off from the twister and includes several exiting jumps and turns. As someone who is slightly less than the expert skier I spent most of this run on my back or my butt, but it was certainly worth it! I also really enjoyed the Knute Chute and the Twister on the Governorâ??s side of the mountain. For my very last run of the day I debated between Tower 16, the steepest run or my eventual choice Deep Bight, a bump run that was experiencing some less than ideal conditions. I made it about Â¾ of the way down before the bumps wore me out and I had to take of my skis and hike it the rest of the way down to the top of OMJ. I finally made my way down the hill towards the lodge, happy to notice that I was the last skier left on the hill. I had an absolutely great day! Iâ??d like to thank Alli Johnston, and all of the crew at Marble Mountain for helping to make my visit as enjoyable as possible. I found all of the staff that I dealt with to be very friendly and helpful, and eager to lend a hand. Marble is a beautiful resort with one of the worldâ??s most beautiful lodges, including the Knotty Pine Lounge which is a great place to relax after a long day on the hill. There is something to be said about the skiers at Marble as well. They are a friendly bunch, quite willing to lend a hand to fellow skiers in need, or just for a laugh and beer at the Knotty Pine Lounge. One thing I can say for certain is that this will not be my last trip to Newfoundlandâ??s skiing mecca. You might even see me sporting a season pass next year!