The Ski Season in Photos #6

A small but passionate contingent of NYSkiBlog contributors live north of the border, in a place affectionately called The Hinterlands, also known as the province of Ontario, Canada.


One could argue that the skiers up there connect with the New Yorkers because the “mountains” of the Hinterlands are, geologically, part of the same range. The Adirondacks and the hills of Ontario are all part of the mass of rock known as the Canadian Shield, connected by a feature known as the Frontenac Axis.

The problem is that while the Adirondacks dodged the bullet on the last glaciation, the Hinterlands did not. Consequently, the “mountains” north of the border, while being really old, are also really worn down. Which could be a problem, for skiers.

Bonk Hill: Ten Turns of Bliss

Yet somehow, it isn’t. Hinterlandians chuckle when New Yorker’s lament ski hills with less than 1000’ feet of vert as they make do with much less on a daily basis. Calabogie Peaks, the ski hill with the highest elevation in Ontario, tops out at 232 metres, or 761 vertical feet.


Hinterlandia it is what is, so her skiers make mountains out of molehills, finding stoke and powder in small doses, punctuated by short climbs or chairlift rides. The good news is that the Hinterlands get a lot of snow, particularly those areas east of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.

Steep and Deep on the Canadian Shield

Lake effect takes on a special meaning in these parts, and skiers start salivating when they hear the weather forecasters talking about “streamers off Georgian Bay.” These narrow bands of snow can drop a foot of snow in an afternoon, and if it lands in the right place, well, it is game on.

The 2012/13 season north of the border was another typical year; colder and snowier than much of New York, with a trademark lack of vertical.  That’s not really a bad thing.  We like our friends from the north, and if it was perfect where they are, they might never come down to visit.

6 comments on “The Ski Season in Photos #6

  1. Although old, the Adirondacks are also young. They are lifting up at a geologically rapid rate of about 2.5mm/year. I don’t know if that is true of the Hinterlands. The Adirondacks hide caches of major and consistent snow that are not lift served and therefore have great opportunities for untracked glade skiing if you only know where and are willing to drive and hike. Not trying to take anything away from our northern friends, it’s all good.

  2. I love this post for the way those guys get after it. Sure doesn’t look like much competition for tracks, except the pooch, maybe! I might never get a chance to ski there, but those snowy woods look like a real treat today. This weather needs to be gone.

  3. Looks like where I live, the eastern Finger Lakes. You take what you can get. That’s what it’s all about.

  4. The comments sum it up: we take what we can get and we get after it. What else can you do except pack up and move? Thanks for putting up with the Hinterlandians!

  5. IMO while the shots of Telemark Dave are kinetic classics, the Adirondack Snow Chair is the embodiment the potential energy that forms the Ont/NY bond. But to the heart of the matter… is TD really the rock star told of in ancient Hinterlandian legend?

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