Winter – On the Slopes and Trails

There’s something about this place, a place where, during the winter months, life itself is cloaked in a blanket of white. It’s the peace and quiet that can be found snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing over wide-open barrens and winding, wooded paths. It’s the high speeds of the dramatic slopes of Marble Mountain, a 1,600-foot adrenaline rush that comes with traversing 16 feet of deep snow. Whatever your inclinations, enjoy a long weekend where living in a winter wonderland is all you want to do.

Day 1 – Take to the slopes

Arrive at Deer Lake Airport. Did you remember to rent the car in advance? Drive west on Route 1 about 20 minutes to Marble Mountain, just outside Corner Brook, and check into your pre-booked accommodations (cabins, B&Bs, hotels and top-end chalets are available either at the hill or a short drive away). Then it’s time to hit the slopes at Marble. Ski or board, it’s up to you. Bring your own or rent gear here. There are more than 30 runs from a beginner’s bunny hill to the aptly-named Autobahn and a half-pipe. Getting back to the top is easy with four lifts, including the quad. In the evening, chill out at the lodge, enjoy refreshments and make some new friends.

Day 2 – The wide-open white

Time to give the old legs a rest and let the snow machines do the work. Hop aboard and ride into the wilderness along trails your leader knows well – even if he’s the only one who can see them. Some are groomed, some aren’t. As you leave the valley and climb into the hills – really, they’re low mountains – you’ll have the chance to appreciate some awesome sightseeing. Keep an eye out for wildlife big and small, anything from a snowshoe hare to a moose or an owl. Switch off, relax and listen to the quiet. Then it’s time for a winter boil-up. Life doesn’t get much better. Then head back down another trail to civilization.