Western Labrador, Atlantic Canada's Winter Wonderland, has many activities to offer the Winter Enthusiast! With a season that begins in late October and runs to as late as May and an annual snowfall of 366cm (12 feet), Labrador West has one of the longest Winter Sporting Seasons in Eastern Canada. From Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding to Nordic Skiing and Snow Shoeing, Labrador West offers groomed ski slopes, Nordic Trails and groomed Hiking Trails.
Touted as "Atlantic Canada's Best Kept Secret", Smokey Mountain Ski Club is Labrador West's Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding experience with 100% natural snow and the longest season in Atlantic Canada, make Smokey your choice for your next Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Adventure!! Established in 1961, Smokey Mountain is located only 5km from the town of Labrador City, and if you're flying to Labrador, only 7km from the Wabush Airport. The ski lifts open from early to mid November to late April with the best ski conditions of 100% natural snow.
With over 30 hectares (80+ acres) of ski-able terrain, Smokey Mountain is a dream come true for all skiers. At 845 meters (2769 ft) with multiple well groomed trails, Smokey offers riders everything imaginable, including steep walls and open faces, all accessible by a double chair lift and 2 poma chairs. Truly, this makes Smokey one of the undiscovered secrets of Atlantic Canada's ski experience.
Rent a board or bring your own to the snowboard park. This is a great place to spend a day or weekend. You can also spend a day on the ski trails with fellow skiers. Also, with rentals, our on-site technicians will help you choose the correct type and size of equipment you need. If you have any minor problems with your equipment repairing and waxing service is available.
Menihek, in Montagnais, means, "challenging path" or "challenging trail," an appropriate appellation for one of Newfoundland and Labradors oldest, most active, and best developed Nordic ski clubs. The originators of the club were an eclectic mix of nationalities: Finnish, Estonian, Norwegian, English, South African and of course, Canadians from all regions. Menihek Nordic Ski Club now boasts a beautiful A-Frame Chalet, designed by local artisan James Hoskins, and an expanded trail system to compliment the world class Koch Trail. President, Gerry Rideout says, "It's great to have the contrasting types of skiing and terrain developed here. You can attack the infamous 'Koch's Delight' or even 'The Hole' or simply enjoy a leisurely ski around the lake on the 'Dumbell Tour' or 'The Birches'. Sunset doesn't end the skiing either as the longest lit trail in the province, 'Vello's Trail', fondly known as the 401 locally, still awaits the avid skier." With 40 km (3km lighted) of the best Cross Country Ski Trails in eastern Canada, groomed daily for classic and free technique, Menihek is your Nordic Destination.
Family and community are guiding philosophies at Menihek, a fact reflected in our events and facilities. Family BBQs are regular events at the chalet - one-featured four generations of skiers around the grill! Five towing baby slides, polks, allow young parents and even grandparents to enjoy the trails with their children. A sit-ski for physically challenged skiers is in almost constant use and modern, well-maintained rental equipment allows newcomers to the sport to join in without incurring exorbitant costs in purchasing start-up equipment. Family and senior's rates on season passes make Nordic skiing financially feasible for everyone and Menihek's membership list continues to include skiers of every age and numbers over 400 active members.
For those people who like to snowshoe/hike in a more challenging setting, both Labrador City and Wabush offer extended walking trails that can be accessed throughout the winter months.
Jean Lake Walking Trail, Wabush - A 5km trail around beautiful Jean Lake incorporates two bridges, rest areas and board walks. This trail is partially groomed during winter months making it ideal for snowshoeing and hiking.
Tanya Lake Walking Trail, Labrador City - a 3km trail around picturesque Tanya Lake is popular with local residents and visitors. This trail is also partially groomed in winter and has interpretive signage, boardwalks and rest areas making it ideal for both snowshoeing and hiking.
Menihek Interpretive Trail, Labrador City - The Menihek Interpretive Trail incorporates the first 5 kms of the Menihek Nordic Trails designed by the world renown American ski racer Bill Koch. There are 28 Interpretive signs along the trail focusing on the flora and fauna, insects, birds and animals. To really enjoy the ecology of Labrador West, come try the Menihek Interpretive Hiking Trails. This along with the other 35km of groomed Ski Trails can be used for hiking and snowshoeing with the purchase of a trail pass at the Menihek Nordic Ski Club.