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Mt Pakenham Resort Reviews

by: JL99 - 27th December 2009

  • 2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 2All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Great new quad lift, Several easy slopes
Anyone above low-intermediates will be bored here.

Full review

I went to this hill for the first time in December of 2009, because it was the hill in the Ottawa region with the most runs open, and I thought it'd be good for a warm-up day. This is the closest ski hill to the west end of Ottawa (travel time wise), so it likely gets a lot of business because of that. It's also the smallest, lowest, flattest hill in the Ottawa region. It'd be great for beginners, except I found the rope tow on the beginner hill extremely rough on your arms to use - my arm hurt for a few days after using it. A magic carpet type lift would be much better. The green runs are almost flat, even uphill in some cases. The blue runs have slight drops followed by uphill sections - these would be greens on most other hills. The "black" diamonds provide budding intermediate skiers with a few steeper slopes to test their skills, but even most intermediates would likely be bored with them after a few runs. The blacks would be blues at most resorts. Once you can ski parallel, there will be nothing at this hill to excite you - make the extra drive to Calabogie or go to the Quebec side. Even for beginners, the runs are so short here that there is no chance to get into a rhythm of any kind before the end. On the plus side, there is a very nice new quad lift operating now.

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