Ski Resorts in Ontario, Canada

Ski Resorts in Ontario, Canada
Ontario's ski resorts are not as famous as those in Quebec, Banff and British Columbia. The Ontario ski areas are smaller than the resorts in the rest of the country, but their proximity to major cities such as Toronto makes them appealing to locals and those traveling to eastern Canada on business.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort

The Blue Mountain Resort can be found in Collingwood, which is a two-hour drive from Toronto. The resort is part of the Intrawest family of ski areas, which includes Whistler/Blackcomb in British Columbia and Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Blue Mountain has 900 acres of terrain. Its 12 lifts service 34 trails, and its terrain is divided into 25 percent beginner, 55 percent intermediate, 15 percent advanced and 5 percent expert. The resort is open for an average of 135 days each year. It receives an average of 110 inches of annual snowfall, which is complemented by the resort's snow-making capabilities. The Blue Mountain Ski Resort has three base lodges, which house cafeterias and ski shops. Its terrain park and superpipe are serviced by their own chairlift. Night skiing is available. Lodging is available on the mountain and in Collingwood.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort
110 Jozo Weider Blvd, R.R. #3
Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z2
(705) 445-0231

Horseshoe Resort

The Horseshoe Resort is located near Barrie, which is about a one-hour drive from Toronto. The resort has 25 runs, which are divided into 31 percent beginner terrain, 17 percent intermediate and 52 percent advanced. There are two terrain parks, which, along with 14 runs, are lit up for night skiing and riding. Mountain lodging is available at the Inn at Horseshoe. The Crazy Horse saloon is open for lunch and dinner, and the upscale Silks restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner.

Horseshoe Resort
1101 Horseshoe Valley Rd.
Barrie, ON L4M 4Y8
(800) 461-5627

Searchmont Resort

The 100-acre Searchmont Resort in northern Ontario 18 trails serviced by eight lifts. The trails are rated 20 percent beginner, 60 percent intermediate and 20 percent advanced. The area gets an average of 132 inches of snow each year. The resort has an on-mountain cafeteria, as well as slope-side lodging. The terrain park is operated in conjunction with a local organization, the Searchmont & Area Freestyle Alliance, which helps develop competitive freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

Searchmont Resort
103 Searchmont Road
Searchmont, ON POS 1J0

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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