City Volunteers and Staff are Hard at Work Preparing Hills and Rinks for Winter!

Dec 9, 2019

Ski Hills

The City of Greater Sudbury operates two ski hills which offer plenty of winter fun for the whole family. To safely open and to create the best skiing conditions possible, they require a sufficient amount of both man-made and natural snow on the ski runs and ski lift loading and unloading areas. The opening of Adanac and Lively Ski Hills is dependent on weather and hill conditions.

At Adanac Ski Hill, our ability to make snow requires consistent temperatures of -10 C or below. Openings at Adanac tend to fluctuate between December 17 and January 15.

Lively Ski Hill needs consistent daily temperatures of -15 C and below for the snow making system to be effective. Opening dates for Lively Ski Hill have ranged from as early as December 27 to as late as January 17, depending on conditions.

We offer a variety of season pass options to suit your activity level and budget. For more info about passes and ski hill hours of operation, click here.

Outdoor Rinks, Skating Path, Skating Oval

You can skate outside this winter at the Ramsey Lake Skating Path, Queen's Athletic Skating Oval and neighbourhood rinks.

The Ramsey Lake Skating Path historically opens mid-January to early February. In order for work to begin on the skate path, ice must be a minimum thickness of 12 to 15 inches. Depending on temperature and weather conditions, it takes approximately two to three weeks to prepare the skate path.

To prepare the Queen’s Athletic Skating Oval, staff must build the banks and begin the flooding process. To safely open the oval, ice must be a sufficient depth and evenness to allow for a safe and enjoyable skating surface.

There are 54 volunteer-supported neighbourhood rinks throughout the City of Greater Sudbury. Dates of operation are dependent on weather conditions. Sufficient temperatures are required in order to begin preparing the rinks. Everyone is encouraged to volunteer a few hours of their time to help maintain the outdoor recreational facilities. If you are interested in volunteering, or to find a list of neighbourhood rinks, visit our website.

Sliding Hills

The City of Greater Sudbury does not staff or maintain sliding hills. Residents use hills located on City of Greater Sudbury property as unofficial sliding hills. 

Use caution when enjoying these hills and make sure that children are supervised by an adult at all times. Ensure the hill is free of hazards like trees, rocks, and fences; ensure the hill is away from roads, rivers or railroads and that there is plenty of room to stop at the bottom of the hill; and use only proper sliding equipment with good brakes and steering.

You can find more sledding and tobogganing safety tips and a list of unofficial sliding hills located on City of Greater Sudbury property here.

Facilities Closed for the Season

Residents are reminded that seasonal facilities such as non-motorized trails and playground structures are not maintained in the off-season.