Cape Smokey

Cape Smokey is a ski area located in the province of Nova Scotia in Canada. The resort is in the town of Ingonish Beach, NS.

Season Passes

Cape Smokey is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Cape Smokey. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Cape Smokey's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Cape Smokey around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Cape Smokey Terrain Overview

Cape Smokey has a total of 16 ski trails, which are serviced by 2 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Cape Smokey is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 85 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 34 hectares, 0.1 square miles, or 0.3 square kilometers.

Cape Smokey's slopes see on average 120 inches (37 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 10 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
85(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall
120"(3,658 cm)

Cape Smokey Elevation

Cape Smokey has a summit elevation of 1,050 feet, or 320 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 50 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,000 feet (305 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Cape Smokey has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,050'(320 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,000'(305 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
50'(15 m)

Cape Smokey Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
44.2out of 100
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Cape Smokey can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 83% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Cape Smokey has 85 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Cape Smokey is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 17% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 83%.
Green Circle
17%(14 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(43 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
33%(28 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Cape Smokey good for beginners?

Cape Smokey can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 83% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Cape Smokey Location

Cape Smokey is located in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Ingonish Beach, NS.

Ingonish Beach, NS B0C Canada
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GPS Coordinates:
46.62800, -60.42200

Getting to Cape Smokey

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Cape Smokey), its coordinates of 46.62800, -60.42200 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Ingonish Beach, NS to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Cape Smokey.

Halifax / Stanfield International AirportYHZHalifax, NS308 km

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Cape Smokey.

Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy AirportYQYSydney, NS59 km
Îles-de-la-Madeleine AirportYGRÎles-de-la-Madeleine, QC136 km
Charlottetown AirportYYGCharlottetown, PE210 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Cape Smokey, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Cape Smokey.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Ben EoinBen Eoin, NS505 ft34%73 km

Cape Smokey Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,050 ft
Base Elevation50 ft
Vertical Drop1,000 ft
(17% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  33% Expert)
Skiable Acres85
Avg. Annual Snowfall120 inches
Cape Smokey Mountain Stats