Reverse skiing up a mountain is only possible during full moons on the summer equinox, which is why Rube Goldberg invented ski lifts. Put your best ski forward with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a one-day lift ticket at Laurentian Ski Hill in North Bay (up to a $31 value). Children ages 5 and under always get in for free.
This woodsy, 350-foot-vertical slope sports beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails for seasoned pole-positioners and upstart ski bums. Wake up sleepy snow with near-parallel lines after one of Laurentian’s handy lessons, available for first-time skiers or snowboarders, preschoolers, and private parties. Rent necessary equipment onsite ($29 for a full-day complete rental package, with helmet for either skis or snowboards) to avoid hitting the slopes on slats stolen from your now-hazardous deck.
Derring-doers get blood pumping at Laurentian’s J-bar lift Terrain Park, boasting mini-rails, a beginner box to a 40-foot down flat down rail, and a 30-foot jump (access to the Terrain Park requires an additional Terrain Park Pass, which is $5 daily or $10 for the season). Après-ski, the Laurentian Café gives powder pacifists a place to defrost, recharge, and brag about the pole that got away.