You have the ability to smile and shred hills while looking out over the 401 parking lot below Toronto. Do you and your furry friend love winter outdoors as much as you? If so, ask about the pet-friendly suites at The Horseshoe Resort, just an hour’s drive from Toronto near Barrie. Horseshoe Valley offers 28 downhill and snowboard runs for all levels.
There are also over 18 miles of groomed cross country ski trails that you can explore. Calabogie has a mix of intermediate and advanced runs. However, Calabogie is ideal for beginners.
Although the ski hills are further from major cities, they still have impressive vertical drops and high-speed uphill capabilities. You’ll also find that accommodation, lift tickets, and food prices are substantially lower. In between skiing or snowboarding Blue Mountain’s 42 trails and terrain parks, unwind with a refreshing dip in the heated open-air pool. Younger children might enjoy a snow break at our indoor water playground. Here, they can play all year under the fountains. Lakeridge Ski Resort is located less than an hour from Toronto, in the rolling hills north Whitby. This small resort has 23 runs of varying difficulty across mixed terrain and is an ideal family day trip destination.
So, for the beginners in the crowd, you’ll find that Calabogie Peaks has the best skiing in Ontario. For those looking for a challenge, you’ll find the highest ski hill in Ontario. Thunder Bay’s Mount Baldy has been in operation for over 60 years and is a family-run resort that has long been a favorite destination for both skiers as well as boarders. The ski hill features a 475 foot vertical drop and three lifts. You don’t have to be afraid to travel further afield in search of a ski resort. Increased drive time will translate easily into more vertical because there is less time spent in line.
Is Blue Mountain Village open today?
Yes, the Blue Mountain Village remains open. Check out our Eat and Shop pages for information about who is open and their operating hours.
Crave offers a complete resort experience with the latest lifts and a fairy-tale village. Out of the limelight, the ski resort can often feel like a well-kept secret as you mingle with locals and a few international travelers. Just 90 minutes from Montreal, the resort offers a convenient location and over 750 acres of varied terrain. The lift lines cover four mountains with a lift capacity for 27,230 skiers and boarders per hour. The Heights of Horseshoe, or the Horseshoe Valley Resort, is located just one hour north of Toronto and provides some of the best skiing in Ontario Canada for advanced riders. Of the ski runs here, 31 percent are for beginners and 17 percent are for intermediates.
Many of the province’s ski resorts are concentrated in southern Ontario within driving distance of the province’s capital city of Toronto. Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest resort is located in Collingwood about 2 hours north of Toronto. The modest variety of terrain is a great place for beginners and intermediate skiers to hone their skills.
The mountain has beautiful views of the Niagara Escarpment. It also offers great off-piste skiing in perfectly lighted sections. However, beginners are also well-served here more than any other resort in Ontario. In fact, Blue Mountain has been ranked one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in all of Canada.
This leaves an impressive 52 percent of the ski runs for people comfortable with the single black diamonds. The highest elevation is above 1,300 feet with a vertical drop 308 feet. Nine lifts will make sure you don’t waste time waiting in line and can spend as much time on the slopes as possible. Stokely Creek Lodgeis one of the largest nordic ski areas in North America with over 130 km of groomed trails, set in the snowy Northern Ontario wilderness just north of Sault Ste. You’ll ski alongside pristine, ice-covered lakes ringed with snow-draped cedar and pine, and discover jaw-dropping frozen waterfalls.
- As the sun falls, floodlights light up 2.5 miles of trail so you can ski and snowboard under the moon.
- Hidden Valley is located right next to Deerhurst Resort, and offers the only combination of slopeside/lakeside skiing accommodations in the region.
- Situated just 9 km from the city of Thunder Bay, Loch Lomond Ski Area is one of the easiest resorts to access for downhill skiing in Ontario.
- It boasts Canada’s most advanced snow-making technology, so snow is always reliable.
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s answer for Alberta and British Columbia’s top ski-resorts like Whistler or Fernie, is Canada’s third most visited ski resort. It’s the biggest resort in Ontario and it’s only a two hour drive from Toronto so it’s great excursion if you’re visiting and easy to access. This resort is smoke-free and features a private beach, golf course, and ski in/ski out access.