When it comes to ski resorts in Ontario, the province has over 50 of them. So, you’ll have no problem finding a place to catch freshies down the hills. But what are the best ski resorts in Ontario for your ideal winter break?
Knowing which resort best suits, you can be challenging if you’re a beginner or have last skied in years. But worry not. This list of places to visit this winter has a slope for everybody of all skill sets.
Find the top 15 ski hills and resorts to fill your list of winter activities in Ontario below.
Tips for Visiting the Best Ski Hills in Ontario
It is exciting packing and planning for a skiing trip. Improve your winter getaways in Ontario with these few things you should remember when preparing.
When is the Best Time to Visit a Ski Hill in Ontario?
Winter in the province is between December and February, although it’s pretty chilly in November. March and April too. However, the snowiest months in Ontario are usually between January and February.
January is typically the coldest month of the year. Depending on where you are in the province, the weather can range from daytime lows of -0°C (32°F) to -11°C (12°F).
How Long is the Ski Season?
The ski season in Canada is quite long and could last about six months. You could catch the slopes as early as late November. In some parts of the country, you can still do the last bit of skiing in late April (well into spring).
Where to Do the Best Skiing in Ontario
These 15 spots are the best ski resorts Ontario has to offer. Whether you’re travelling as a family, on a couples getaway, or just hoping for a few days on the slopes with friends, you won’t go wrong with any of these hideaways.
Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain Resort is the biggest Ontario skiing resort. Its snow-covered peaks sit between Ravenna and Collingwood and span across the Niagara Escarpment. It offers family-friendly slopes, runs, and facilities throughout the year, as it’s also situated along the shores of the Southern Georgian Bay.
About 147 hectares of skiable terrain are at an elevation of 219 metres. There are 42 trials of various difficulties. However, if you want a real challenge, try Gord’s Groove. It is the longest run in the park at 1.6 kilometres. There are 12 lifts to various hills in the park, which you can use during the day or for the 30 nighttime trails.
Besides the slopes, the resort also has a quaint pedestrian village with lots of shopping, dining, and nightlife options. And, when it comes to keeping the kids busy off the tracks, there are plenty of options — from clay painting to the aquatic centre and snow school.
The Blue Mountain Resort Village Suites are great places to stay here. It allows you to be only a stone’s throw from the resort’s top attractions without breaking the bank. Suites are modern and spacious, with big windows allowing lots of natural sunlight and views of the freshly fallen snow.
Glen Eden is a small ski resort near Southern Ontario’s town of Milton. You’ll need to make a reservation to visit the park. The reservations are divided up into four-hour increments. The small 3.97-square-kilometre area is part of the Kelso Conservation Area and was built around Lake Kelso.
This resort is excellent for beginners who want to dip their toes in the sport. Here, you can rent ski gear and go to the learning centre first for a few private lessons to build your confidence.
There are about 18 hectares of terrain for skiing, with about 13 trails and five lifts. The eight runs range from easy to complex, so you can build your confidence as you go.
When you’ve worked up an appetite in the snow (and you will), you can head to the three on-site eateries in the park. The Snowflake Cafe and trailhead retail shop sell snacks and hot and cold food and drinks. If you want something a little more substantial, the Sunset Grill in the West Lodge is the place to go.
Note: While no accommodation is available in the park, you can stay at many hotels in nearby Milton.
Ski Snow Valley
Running for over 70 years, this ski resort in Barrie has definitely figured out how to have visitors return repeatedly. It is one of the top family ski resorts in the country, at least according to Ski Canada Magazine.
This resort has something for everyone, no matter their age. For the young ones, there are preschool programs as well as racing programs where they can improve their skills. And while the kids are occupied, the grownups can shred the slopes at one of the 22 slopes available.
There are a few moderate to difficult runs in the park, including ‘Vertigo,’ the most difficult slope of them all. Of course, the slopes are open for a nighttime shred too. The trails take on a different kind of beauty at night as the brightly lit snow contrasts with the sparkling sky.
But don’t let this scare you off, as there are many other snow activities in the resort, like snow tubing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
Mount St. Louis Moonstone
You’ll find this family-owned resort about an hour from Toronto in Coldwater. It has been running since 1964 with no immediate end in sight. In fact, it has recently undergone a few renovations to upgrade and expand the resort.
There are 38 day and night slopes on the 66-hectare park. Visitors can access the 11 lifts to the top with an RFID ticket scanner — all part of their new upgrades. Skiing conditions are usually quite good, with an estimated 19″ of snow every January.
All Four parks are open during the day, including an outback park that allows you to freestyle at a higher elevation. While the outback park isn’t available at night, the other four parks are and offer a well-lit terrain under the stars.
While there aren’t any accommodation options on the resort, there are many lodging options just outside the park, like Stone Gate Inn. Here, you can enjoy facilities like golf, indoor pools, a lounge, and a fitness centre, all within a short trip from the skis.
Mount Pakenham Resort
Pakenham is a small town in Ontario with less than 2 000 residents. There are few things to do in this town, but when winter rolls around, it gets packed with visitors eager to dust off their skis.
This small resort offers alpine and cross-country skiing across 22 hectares of terrain. The park’s ten runs, nine glade zones, and a terrain park are available for skiing day and night. Unlike other resorts, you don’t need a season pass to visit and can easily enjoy the slopes with just a day or night pass.
The resort boasts a newly renovated lounge filled with the warmth of the fire and melodic live music. As if that’s not enough for your apres skis, there is also a cafeteria, bar, and outside seating to relax and fill up at.
You can pick up any gear from the rental shop, whether skiing, snowshoeing, or snow tubing.
You may have heard of Loch Lomond in Thunder Bay, as this alpine ski resort is one of the top resorts in Ontario. It sits on the Lake Superior shore, and although it may be a bit small at 24 hectares of ski terrain, there’s no shortage of fun here.
Loch Lomond has 17 runs, with its longest run being 2.4 kilometres. There are about four lifts to take you to the top at 229 metres. While there are a good amount of beginner-friendly runs, 70% of them are for intermediate to advanced skiers. The park offers night skiing at an additional fee on Thursdays to Saturdays.
While skiing is the most enjoyable activity in the park, there are also a few other activities to partake in a while here. In mid-2014, the park upgraded its facilities to incorporate more fun. These alterations included an updated patio and deck area, a tube park where you can ride a sled, and more activities for kids.
There are also regularly scheduled park events throughout winter, with park competitions, races, and live music.
Nestled in the east of Ontario near Ottawa, you’ll find the tallest mountain resort in the province. That’s right. At about 238 metres, Calabogie Peaks has Ontario’s highest vertical drop.
However, you don’t have to be an expert skier to visit this resort, as there are over 32 hectares of skiable terrain to explore. While there are a handful of expert-level terrains, most of the trails are for beginners and intermediate skiers.
If you’re a beginner to the Ontario ski scene, you can attend snow school for a few hours to get a quick lesson or refresher on the ropes. But if you’re a seasoned skier, you’ll have no problem challenging yourself to cross-country skiing, four-terrain parks, and more challenging. Simply scan your RFID tickets at one of the three lifts to get started.
While Mountain Cat Cafeteria offers a quick bite to eat, the Canthooks Restaurant at the Calabogie Peaks Hotel is more suited for an Après ski.
Antoine Mountain Ski Resort
Antoine Mountain Ski Resort may be one of the newer kids on the scene, but don’t let that deter you from checking them out. This mountain has been a favourite skiing spot for decades, just a few kilometres away from Mattawa in the Nipissing District.
Since reopening in 2015, the resort has made a few upgrades to the grounds. These upgrades include adding a chairlift, a rental centre, and trail enhancements. These are especially great as the resort has two elevated peaks at 195 metres and 222 metres, respectively. It also has 15 groomed runs, with one of them being one of the longest runs in Ontario.
The newly added chalet sits at the foot of the peaks overlooking the snow-covered landscape. Inside, you’ll find an après café perfect for a mid-afternoon bite or sundowners to warm you back up. On Saturdays, patrons are treated to live music while they enjoy poutine, oven-baked pizza, and local drafts.
You can find Searchmont near the St. Marys river in Sault Ste. Marie. Not only is the community home to Searchmont Resort, but it is also home to many outdoor activities in northern Ontario. So, you’ll have a blast no matter what season you arrive.
However, ski season takes the cake in terms of adrenaline-pumping exercises. This resort is known by locals for its rugged mountain terrain that offers amazing yet challenging trails. And, while it may be far from nearby cities, its remote location makes for one of the province’s most beautiful and unique ski trails.
The mountain has a 229-meter vertical drop and 26 runs along the alpine-covered landscape. There is also one terrain park where seasoned skiers can try out their tricks with ten jibs and a jump.
There are a few accommodation options available on-site and at the Kiln restaurant. You can warm up at this restaurant by enjoying a drink by the fire or eating a hefty Searchmont classic meal after a long day in the snow.
Horseshoe Resort offers some of the best skiing in Ontario and is a great biking and golfing retreat. Visiting this great, year-round recreational centre is one of the top things to do in Barrie, Ontario.
The resort’s ski terrains usually open during mid-December for the season, with about 29 runs, 24 hectares of ski terrain, and 32 kilometres of cross-country trails. The resort has the province’s longest beginner carpet, making it an excellent park to start as a novice skier.
Besides skiing, the resort also offers other winter activities like snow tubing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. If you’re looking for more activities on wheels, the resort has you covered with fat biking and Yamaha snowmobile riding.
While here, you can stay at one of Horseshoe Resorts’ ski-in ski-out accommodations. The resort has a spa, hot tub, restaurants, and more to keep you entertained out of the cold.
Boler Mountain is a joy to visit throughout the year as it has great options like a Treetop Adventure Park, mountain biking, and beach volleyball. It’s no wonder that their winter activities are just as spectacular as getting you outside.
During the winter, the park changes from brown and green to a crisp white as the thick snow settles down. The mountain gets about 130″ of snow a year, so you’re almost certain to get a good shred any day you visit.
There are about 16 runs — four of which are for beginners. The other 12 runs are intermediate to challenging, with none being too advanced. You can choose between season passes or a day ticket ranging from four hours to all day.
There are also great activities for kids that aren’t skiing. A ticket to the tube park offers you two hours of fun with three runs from about 30 metres high. And, for kids aged eight to 15, there are freestyle and terrain park programs where they can improve their ski skills and compete in friendly competitions.
Tip: On Wednesdays, college and university students get a discount on the six-hour lift and rental tickets.
Lakeridge Ski Resort
This small ski resort is set in the Oak Ridges Moraine near downtown Toronto. It sets itself apart from other ski resorts by adding fun terrains and trails along its 28-hectare landscape.
The resort has 23 runs, two terrain parks, and a tube park fanned over six lanes. While some runs are the usual straight lanes, there is a fun banked slalom and mogul run. These runs need you to zig-zag between obstacles like flagpoles or bumps to challenge your abilities.
Another fun trail in this park is the snowcross trail which you’ll embark on with snowmobiles over three parks. Your skill level doesn’t matter here, as everyone has a trial. However, if you want a more relaxed afternoon in the snow, I’d recommend the snow tubing trails instead.
If you’d like to visit this park, you’ll have to act soon as tickets usually sell out quickly.
Not to be confused with Baldy Mt Ski Resort in British Columbia, this ski resort is in Shuniah, Ontario. Mount Baldy has been in service for over 60 years, offering some of the best skiing terrains for all skill levels.
This family-run resort has about 32 hectares of skiable terrain with a vertical drop of 145 meters. You can ski the landscape by taking one of its ten runs and three lifts up with a season or daily pass. On Friday nights, from 18:00 to 21:00, riders can ski on the nighttime track.
When you’re tired of skiing, you can go for a round on the snow tubes for just $20, while cross-country skiing is $15. You can pick up rentals from the chalet, which has a canteen, bar, and fireplace to relax after some serious shredding.
Hockley Valley Resort
While this ski resort may be a bit smaller than the other resorts on the list, it sure packs a punch with things to do. Hockley Valley prides itself on being a ski resort, golf, and spa resort. And, while it has a spa and three restaurants on-site, it is just over an hour from the major city of Toronto.
The park is small at 12 hectares, with 16 runs and four ski lifts of either gondola or tram styles. The lift takes you between 309 and 423 metres at the highest point.
Try to get to the slopes as early as possible. This resort may offer some of the best fresh snow daily — almost 130″ yearly.
The Hockley Valley Resort Hotel is a great place to kick back after a long day. Not only does it have a spacious spa and 18-hole golf course, but it also has 104 luxury suites. These suites and rooms are spacious, with private bathrooms and amazing views.
Dagmar Ski Resort
This cross-country ski resort is north of Whitby, less than an hour away from Toronto. It is another great getaway destination for families, as there are a few award-winning ski learning programs here for the little ones.
This 12 hectares of skiable terrain is in Uxbridge, Ontario, about a 50-minute drive from Toronto. The park’s 16 runs and 199-metre summit elevation are incredibly beginner friendly. There are four chair lifts and two magic carpets to carry you up. This, in addition to the learning programs, is why many families bring their young ones here.
However, older teens or adults shouldn’t feel that that’s all the resort offers. There are also intermediate to difficult trails, like at the Impound or Compound extreme terrain parks.
Ready for Your Trip to a Ski Resort in Ontario?
Ontario is a huge province that gets below-freezing temperatures in winter. So it’s no surprise that so many ski resorts are dotted all around. We’ve barely scratched the surface of all the area’s winter fun resorts.
Thankfully, that also means that there are resorts for everyone in the family, from young to old and beginner level to expert. And, if you think you may be a little rusty since last winter, many resorts offer private or group lessons in snow school to get you back up to speed.
Now, you don’t have an excuse to miss out on any adrenaline-pumping fun in the powder. The next time you’re bored this winter, why not take a weekend road trip from Toronto to these fantastic places to Ski in Ontario?