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With an average of 15 feet annual snowfall, Newfoundland has a lot of ways to enjoy winter. The goal of most downhill skiers is Corner Brook, where Marble Mountain has trails for all levels and snow fields cover the treeless tops and upper slopes of the Long Range Mountains. The latter are accessed by snow cat, offering incomparable powder conditions for experienced skiers. Of Marble Mountain’s 37 trails, the longest run is almost three miles. Corner Brook’s Winter Carnival, the biggest in Atlantic Canada, fills ten days and nights in mid-February with skiing, snow sculptures, Viking games, fireworks, a torchlight parade and cross country ...

With an average of 15 feet annual snowfall, Newfoundland has a lot of ways to enjoy winter. The goal of most downhill skiers is Corner Brook, where Marble Mountain has trails for all levels and snow fields cover the treeless tops and upper slopes of the Long Range Mountains. The latter are accessed by snow cat, offering incomparable powder conditions for experienced skiers. Of Marble Mountain’s 37 trails, the longest run is almost three miles. Corner Brook’s Winter Carnival, the biggest in Atlantic Canada, fills ten days and nights in mid-February with skiing, snow sculptures, Viking games, fireworks, a torchlight parade and cross country events. For downhill skiing on the eastern side of the island, White Hills in Clarenville can even be reached without a car, via Ski Express from St. John's. Cross-country trails are everywhere – in provincial, national and city parks and those groomed by ski clubs that welcome the public. Gros Morne National Park grooms and tracks nearly 20 miles of trails in the winter, and Green Point Campground in the park is open year-round. Snowmobiles are a common form of transportation all over Newfoundland, but prohibited in provincial parks and in wildlife and wilderness reserves, where they can't even be used on roads. For the biggest snowmobile thrill, join a day trip into Gros Morne National Park to ascend the mountain overlooking the fjord.

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Stillman Rogers has written more than two dozen guidebooks, including Adventure Guide to Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Guide to Eastern Canada, and Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Newfoundland and Labrador is a province of Canada, and consists of the island of Newfoundland and the mainland Labrador, on Canada's Atlantic coast.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    The best skiing is from mid-December through March. Mid-February is the Corner Brook Winter Carnival.