New Brunswick may not be the first place you think of when it comes to skiing, but the province has some hidden gems when it comes to ski resorts and trails. As a Canadian Province, it offers some of the best skiing on the East Coast. With the famed Appalachian Mountains running through the landscape, there is a host of stunning ski resorts and trails from family-friendly resorts to challenging backcountry adventures, New Brunswick offers something for every skier. Here are just a few of the top ski resorts and trails that you simply can’t miss.
Ski Resorts in New Brunswick
My go-to place! This resort is a favourite of the locals and has a very loyal fan base and I am a living proof of that. Located just outside of Fredericton, Crabbe Mountain is the largest ski resort in the province. With 34 runs spread out over 160 acres, there is something for everyone here, from beginner to expert. The resort also boasts a terrain park and a snow tubing park, making it a great option for families. I have been part of the Canadian Ski Patrol at Crabbe Mountain since 1994. I also had chair back advertisement for 2 seasons (2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons). Something I am always grateful and proud of. If you are not familiar with this amazing resort, you can always ask me!
Situated in Sussex, Poley Mountain is another popular ski resort in New Brunswick. The mountain has 32 runs and 7 lifts, including a high-speed quad lift, which means less time waiting in line and more time skiing. The resort also offers night skiing, making it a great option for those who want to hit the slopes after work.
Located in the northern part of the province, Sugarloaf Provincial Park offers some of the best backcountry skiing in the region. Offering a wide variety of runs, Sugarloaf is the most popular ski resort in the province. With 9 lifts and over 60 easy, intermediate, and advanced trails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The resort also caters to the beginner with 10 wonderful beginner trails. With over 50 km of groomed trails and countless ungroomed trails, Sugarloaf is a great option for experienced skiers who want to explore the wilderness. The park also offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Located just outside of Edmundston, Mont Farlagne is a smaller ski resort with 19 runs and 3 lifts. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. The resort has a cozy lodge and a family-friendly atmosphere, making it a great option for those with young children.
For those who want a true wilderness experience, Mount Carleton Provincial Park offers some of the best backcountry skiing in the province. With 16 trails, Mount Carleton is one of the best places for beginners, as it offers an excellent variety of easy and intermediate slopes. Make sure to take advantage of night skiing, as well as the on-site restaurant. The park also has over 70 km of ungroomed trails, which means you’ll need to be an experienced skier to tackle them. However, the reward is some of the most stunning wilderness scenery you’ll ever see.
New Brunswick has numerous ski resorts and trails to choose from, and whichever one you decide to enjoy, you’ll undoubtedly have a great time. From family-friendly resorts to challenging backcountry adventures, there is something for everyone here. So, if you’re looking for a ski destination that’s off the beaten path, give New Brunswick a try. If there’s anything you want to add on the list, share with us. We’d love to know!
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