Atikokan is known for a lot of things, it’s the Canoeing Capital of Canada, the home of Steep Rock Iron Mine, a veritable cornucopia of pristine trails, but its best-kept secret is none other than Mount Fairweather Ski Hill.
In the snowy winter months, visitors and locals alike can take the short drive north on Highway 622 to the slopes of Mount Fairweather, where skiers and snowboarders can spend time enjoying the varied terrain including a small terrain park, where visitors can test their skills on rails, jumps and other obstacles. Just outside the chalet a rope tow lift services the bunny hill for beginners. The t-bar lift will take you to the top of Mount Fairweather, where a variety of blue and black diamond runs will entertain and challenge all skiers and boarders. Operated as a partnership between the Town of Atikokan and a group of dedicated volunteers the hill opens for the season anywhere from late December and mid-January (depending on snow levels) the hill operates every Saturday, Sunday, holiday, and on occasional weeknights for evening skis.
So what makes Mount Fairweather Atikokans best-kept secret? It’s an incredible atmosphere of support and encouragement for anyone looking to go skiing or snowboarding for the first time. There is no shortage of people willing to offer you their support and advice as you get started on the slopes and the hill offers even more support to beginners by lending out equipment FOR FREE! Knowing that not everyone can afford to purchase equipment the hill has a limited number of boots, helmets, and skis free to use when you purchase your half or full day pass. (Equipment is limited so it’s best to come early to guarantee your size).
When you’re ready for a break stop at the hill’s chalet for a snack or a steaming cup of hot chocolate while you peruse the photos of past volunteers and visitors along the walls or get comfortable at one of the tables inside or outside where you can enjoy the sun.
Due to governmental restrictions and out of an abundance of caution there are currently restrictions on the use of the chalet which includes but is not limited to the closure of the canteen and no indoor seating. Please visit Mount Fairweather on Facebook for more information about changes to operations.
Atikokan is on the doorstep of one of Ontario’s most traditional wilderness areas, as Quetico Provincial Park stands among the best for its beauty and its ruggedness. We’re only too happy to have you here, whether it’s for a day, for a week, or a lifetime. We are the Canoeing Capital of Canada. We are the Gateway to Quetico Provincial Park. We are Naturally Wild.