The snow has arrived north of Toronto, making for the perfect start to an early ski season. Get out on the slopes and trails at one of Ontario’s best ski resorts or nordic centres listed below.
Within an hour or so from the big city of Toronto, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and snowshoeing are all extremely popular activities that will have you embracing the winter, instead of dreading it. Depending on your level and willingness to drive, going further north in Ontario does offer a much deeper base of snow and potentially a longer season. But don’t you worry, between Mother’s Nature’s snow bounty and man’s snow machine gun technology, skiing and snow-loving activities are alive and well in Ontario.
As of December 15, 2017 their were 22km of classic and skate ski trails open. Night skiing/snowshoeing/fatbiking begins on December 26th, when they will stay open Mon-Fridays until 8 pm. Check their trail conditions page for the most up to date conditions.
The Scenic Caves nordic centre opened December 11, 2017. Did you know that Scenic Caves Nordic Adventures has a 420 ft suspension bridge to cross-country ski or snowshoe across, easily making for one of the coolest and picturesque spots to fall in love with this winter. This spectacular winter playground at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment is set in one of Canada’s sixteen UNESCO biosphere reserves. The suspension bridge features a panoramic view of Georgian Bay and the varied, picturesque nature trails range from gentle rolling slopes to steep climbs.
Snow Valley Resort was voted the Reader’s Choice Best Ski Resort by The Barrie Advance and it’s no surprise why. They have family winter fun down to a T (bar!) with not only the activities but fun events. It is also a well-known fact, they are known for their poutine too! They opened December 15, 2017 with 5 out 9 runs.
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is for the true nature lover. Take a break on the trails and hand feed a chickadee. In addition to all of their regular hiking trails the ‘Graham McDonald Snowshoe Trail’ is available exclusively in the winter months and is perfect for snowshoers. The ski trails are currently open but not track set. Check for current trail conditions.
Antoine Mountain is located in the Laurentian Mountains between two elevated peaks at 640 and 730 vertical feet, views are sensational in every direction. Antoine Mountain’s chalet sits nestled at the base of one of Ontario’s highest mountains with 15 perfectly groomed runs, a true vertical of 630 feet and home to the longest run in Ontario (2.9km). The 12,000 renovated chalet is home to the après café where you will find live music every Saturday, signature Canadian cocktails, local draft and the Antoine Eatery offering stone oven pizza and authentic poutine.
Read more about the ski season up north. Be Prepared for the Ski Season North of Toronto
Always remember to check first with the local operator and always be safe! Happy Trails…and Hills!