It may not seem like it, but winter is slowly coming to an end! Snow storms have been fewer and further between, and grey skies are getting replaced with blue ones (finally). Although this may sound like good news, there are definitely some things to cross off on that winter bucket list before winter is over and the window closes for certain activities – like skiing and snowboarding! Ski season typically ends around April, which leaves only a few more months to hit the slopes before they turn into ordinary, grassy hills. So, if you were planning on going skiing or snowboarding before the season comes to an end – now is the time!
Here’s where you can ski in and near the GTA before winter ends!
Blue Mountain is one of the most popular ski destinations in Ontario. It’s just about 2 hours north of Toronto and has 12 lifts and 42 trails! If you’re a beginner, Blue Mountain offers daily lessons that will get you on the slopes in no time. While you’re there you can also participate in other winter activities such as snowshoeing, tubing, skating, and more.
Just under an hour away from Toronto is Glen Eden in Milton. It has a variety of runs ranging from “easy” to “most difficult” and also a terrain park. This resort is known for to be a great spot for all ages!
Dagmar Ski Resort located in Uxbridge is a go-to spot for families with its range of slopes at varying difficulties. The resort features 4 terrain parks, 4 chairlifts, 2 magic carpets, and 18 runs. You can also enjoy a bite and a drink while you’re there in its cozy lodge!
Another ski spot located not too far from downtown Toronto is Lakeridge Resort! The resort features 23 runs spread over 70 acres as well as 3 terrain parks. The runs range from easy to difficult, so all experience levels can enjoy!
If you’re willing to go for a little drive, Horseshoe Resort, located about an hour north of Toronto is definitely worth a visit. It has 28 downhill ski and snowboard runs, a terrain park, Ontario’s longest beginner carpet, and over 30km of groomed cross-country ski trails. While you’re there you can enjoy going snow tubing, fat biking, snowshoeing, and more!
Mount St. Louis is another ski resort located north of Barrie – and it’s worth the drive if you ask us! It features 35 runs serviced by 15 lifts and all the amenities you would expect at a ski resort (like rentals and lessons). The beautiful scenery alone is worth the trip.
Did you know you could go skiing right in North York? The city has a ski and snowboard centre at Earl Bales Park featuring 1 beginner hill, 1 main hill with 3 runs, and 1 racer hill. There’s also a ski lift and rentals at reasonable prices.
Uplands Ski Centre is a small ski area located in Thornhill! It’s a great spot for beginners of all ages, and you can even opt for a ski/snowboard lesson from a certified instructor. The centre features slopes of varying difficulty, averaging at 1000 feet in length.
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