Camp Fortune

Ski resorts in Canada
Sometimes a skier or snowboarder needs convenience more than anything else, and venues like the Camp Fortune Resort provide that to snow hounds in Gatineau (Quebec) and Ottawa (Ontario). Generations of local skiers and riders have learned on the slopes, and the facility does have a following of dedicated park rats.

The winter venue sits north of the Ottawa River in Chelsea, Quebec. Motorists will use Autoroute 5 to leave north from Gatineau, then exit onto local roadways in Chelsea. The Gatineau - Ottawa Regional Airport is close, but travelers from abroad will likely land on the other side of the rive at Ottawa's International Airport.

Keeping it Simple

One way that Camp Fortune caters to skiers and snowboarders is by staying open after sundown. That allows guests to get off of work and head to the mountain for some downhill fun before they go home. Twelve runs have lighting, offering everyone more than just a couple of crowded beginner runs at the venue's front. Being only 15-minutes from downtown Ottawa means that it is convenient for lots of people in the region.

The average annual snowfall around this area is 60 inches, meaning that the Camp Fortune staff needs to supplement the occasional storm dump to keep things safe and fun. Snowmaking capabilities cover most of the slopes, giving extra base to areas that get the most traffic. Grooming is critical to trail care, and the equipment keeps runs in the best possible shape (skiing and riding in the glades is on ungroomed snow). A fleet of Pisten Bullys and a winch cat help make corduroy patterns on the snow, even in steep terrain.

Skiers have been enjoying the snow here since 1920, making it one of Canada's older alpine venues (Ottawa's Ski Club started exploring here as early as 1910). Being so close to urban centers allows visitors to find off-site lodging nearby. La Boutique does provide the necessities everyone needs on the slopes, as well as a few extras. Rental equipment is available for anyone showing up to Camp Fortune empty-handed.

The lessons at Camp Fortune instruct beginners, kids, and adults (with school groups and holiday programs supplementing these sessions). Those looking for something different can participate in some of the racing hosted here or try on a pair of snowshoes.

Three Slopes for the Fortunate

Those coming to Camp Fortune will find the ski area divided into three peaks. Valley has a 360-foot verticle, five green/beginner runs, four blue/intermediate slopes, and two black diamond/advanced trails. Meech has a vertical drop of 512 feet, with two blue/intermediate runs (one of these is a mile in length). Skyline has a 590-foot drop, one blue/intermediate run, three black diamond/advanced trails, and three double diamond/expert trails for the serious skiers and riders in the family.

Camp Fortune uses four quads, one triple, one surface, and two magic carpets to move skiers and riders around. The terrain park at Camp Fortune is progressive, offering boxes, jumps, rails, and other enhanced features that staff add as the season moves towards March.

Camp Fortune Snow forecast

  • Saturday
    0.94 in rain
    Rain showers
    11 mph
  • Sunday
    0.47 in rain
    Heavy rain
    8 mph
  • Monday
    0 ft
    5 mph

Facts about Camp Fortune

Number of slopes:23
Easiest Green slopes:5
Intermediate Blue slopes:12
Advanced Black slopes:6
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:3
Evening skiing:13 number of slopes

Lifts (Total: 8)
Chair lifts:5
T-bar lift:1
Magic carpet:2

Vertical drop
Camp Fortune Vertical drop
Highest Point: 906 ft
Vertical drop: 548 ft
Base Point: 358 ft

Country: Canada
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