One of the nice things about being in Toronto is that if you drive a couple of hours in any direction there is a wealth of Ontario’s beautiful scenery and nature. The same can be said for snow sports in the winter. Unlike other destinations in Canada, Toronto isn’t really home to any ski resorts—but there are some really great ones close by.
Blue Mountain Ski Resort
A trip to Collingwood is the perfect winter weekend getaway. Just over a couple of hours away from Toronto, Blue Mountain Resort is great for families, groups and couples. There are lots of different options for accommodation and the adorable ski village offers plenty of places to unwind, eat and relax after a day on the slopes. There are 14 lifts and over 40 trails of varying levels, and other winter activities available like snow tubing, sleigh rides, and snowshoeing. The best thing about a trip to Blue Mountain and something not to be missed is blissing out at the Scandinave Spa.
Lakeridge Ski Resort
Lakeridge Resort is tucked away in the stunning Oak Ridges Moraine and less than 70 kilometres from downtown Toronto. The resort has 23 runs spread across 70 acres, and has something for every level of skier and snowboarder. Three parks dedicated to snowboarding, mogul runs, a banked slalom run, a fun park, and separate snow tubing park make this is a great choice for a day on the slopes.
Lakeridge Ski Resort, Chalk Lake Road, Uxbridge, ON, Canada, +1 905 649 2058
Renowned for having the largest terrain parks in the Durham Region, Ski Dagmar is a great family resort that everyone from toddlers to grandparents will love. There are 18 runs, four chairlifts, and two magic carpets. After exerting yourself, check out the coffee bar, restaurant, or fully licensed lounge, and relax in a charming chalet that overlooks the slopes.
Dagmar Ski Resort, Lake Ridge Road, Uxbridge, ON, Canada, +1 905 649 2002
Horseshoe Resort is one of Ontario’s top skiing destinations and only one hour north of Toronto. Winter adventure seekers and families can take advantage of a host of snow activities such as boarding, tubing, and extended hours on the slopes. The resort has 29 runs, a half-pipe for snowboarding enthusiasts and lots of cross-country ski trails. If you fancy an alternative to the winter sports then head to Copeland Forest with your snowshoes, or pamper yourself at the Amba Spa.
Horseshoe Resort, Horseshoe Valley Road West, Barrie, ON, Canada, +1 705 835 2790
Located about 45 minutes east of Toronto, Brimacombe has a lot to offer to skiing and snowboarding lovers. It’s southern Ontario’s largest public ski area and has 22 trails, eight lifts and two terrain parks spread over more than 68 acres. There are also some cute chalet eateries where you can grab a bite.
Brimacombe, Regional Road 9, Orono, ON, Canada, +1 905 983 5983
Although smaller than some of the other skiing destinations, Glen Eden has the advantage of being incredibly close to Toronto and good prices. Nestled in the beautiful Niagara Escarpment in Milton, the resort has six lifts, 12 slopes, three terrain parks, and a snow tubing park.
Glen Eden, Kelso Road, Milton, ON, Canada, +1 905 878 5011
Mount St. Louis Moonstone
Mount St. Louis Moonstone has a lot of capacity and is known for being family friendly and perfect for novice to expert skiers. It’s one of the largest family-owned ski resorts in Ontario and has 36 slopes, nine chairlifts and three carpets. Located north of Barrie, Mount St. Louis Moonstone lies in the snow belt region of Ontario. Après ski, enjoy some spoils from Muskoka Brewery or hot chocolate in their chalet.
Hockley Valley Resort
Hockley Valley is an hour north of Toronto and the perfect weekend retreat in the GTA. Hockley Valley Resort features all the things you love about a winter getaway: onsite accommodation, plenty of snow sports, lots of great food, and a spa to relax in when you need it. The ski resort offers 14 trails that are ideal for beginner to intermediate, and facilities for snowboarders as well.
Hockley Valley Resort, Mono 3rd Line, Mono, ON, Canada, +1 519 942 0754