If you’re looking for the perfect place to fit in your last minute ski-cation, look no further than Barrie, Ontario! The best ski resorts are only one hour north of Toronto. Book a Stay & Play package by clicking here to try out one of the many great ski resorts listed below. Next winter won’t come soon enough; don’t wait till next season to try out the best ski resorts in Ontario.
Snow Valley Ski Resort is nestled in the small town of Midhurst just five minutes outside of Barrie. With 28 runs, 9 lifts, and a current snow base of 46cm, you’re sure to have an exciting and action filled day out on the slopes at Snow Valley. Snow Valley also offers great lessons for first timers as well as a “First Timer’s Guide.” You can watch the snow cams on their website to check out the hills and see the current conditions. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter for great events occurring for the rest of the ski season!
Located north of Barrie and just off of Highway 400, Mount St. Louis is a family-owned ski resort. Having been around for 51 years, they boast some of the greatest ski slopes in Ontario. Offering a current snow base of 70-90cm, 12 chairlifts, 36 runs, and 5 terrain parks, you won’t want to miss out on the fun at Mount St. Louis. Start on the smaller hills for beginners and work your way up to their longest run which is 2km long or to their highest hill which has a 550’ vertical drop! Check out their live webcams by clicking here or visit their website to download and view their trail guide. Ski lessons and rentals are also available.
Hardwood Ski & Bike is one of the best places to try cross-country skiing in Ontario whether you’re a beginner or advanced skier. With over 40km of rolling trails throughout the wooded forests of Oro Medonte, you can pack a day full of fun in at Hardwood. Sign up for a family lesson (includes trail ticket, rental, and lesson – must be at least one adult and two kids and must call ahead to book) or check out the private or group based lessons. Hardwood Ski & Bike has a great team that is there to help you with the fitting of your rentals and to ensure you have a great time out on the trails. Check out some information about their different trails on their website by clicking here. The longest trail at Hardwood Ski & Bike is 22km, are you up to it?
Horseshoe Resort offers the best of both worlds: Nordic and alpine skiing. Located just fifteen minutes outside of Barrie, Horseshoe is a great place to ski or snowboard if you want to pop on and off your skis right at your hotel or condo, a luxury offered both by the accommodations at Horseshoe Resort and Carriage Hills/Carriage Ridge Resort. Horseshoe offers great lessons, rentals, and repairs for both cross-country and downhill. There are over 40km of cross-country trails which are always groomed to perfection. The downhill “bunny hill” is great for beginners and children to start on with a brand new magic carpet while the black diamond runs and the terrain park are something the more advanced skiers won’t want to miss out on.