Where to Ski Near Toronto

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Toronto and the GTA are a great place to spend winter if you enjoy outdoor activities, especially skiing and snowboarding. There are many great ski resorts around Toronto that are usually draped in a white blanket during the winter. You don't even have to leave the city if you're satisfied with a smaller slope that is in fact a very suitable option for young kids that are only beginning. However, if you're looking for a nice, more challenging ski slope, you'll have to leave the city. When you're willing to get up earlier and drive for a while, you can be sure that you'll have a great day skiing on perfect, long slopes. Ski resorts near Toronto are accessible, fun, and cost-efficient. Here is a small guide for ski and snowboard enthusiasts in Toronto.

Blue Mountain

The largest ski resort in Ontario is just two hours north of Toronto. Blue Mountain has really a lot to offer: two terrain parks, 13 lifts including 5 magic carpets, more than 42 trails, and some of the highest vertical drops in Ontario: 220 metres (720 feet). The runs at Blue are very well kept, the lifts are reasonably fast, and they offer free equipment checks. If you're a fan of night skiing, Blue Mountain won't let you down, as it operates 30 trails under the lights. As Ashley Amis, PR manager of the resort, says:

Whether you're a beginner just getting your snow legs or a seasoned pro, there's a trail and activity for you at Blue Mountain.

Blue Mountain by Nicki Varkevisser
Blue Mountain by Nicki Varkevisser

You should also note that the uphill capacity of Blue Mountain is 21,690 skiers per hour. Ashley also told us about her personal favourite, the Southern Cross trail, which opened in 2013:

It's been carved right into the limestone bedrock of the mountain, which means that it's really one of the most picturesque trails you can find on Resort. It's narrow and winding and if you didn't know you were skiing in Ontario, you'd swear you were out West or in the mountains of Colorado.

Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain

Even though the price of a weekend full day (9:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.) adult ticket is one of the most expensive in Ontario (starting at $99 for Double Down pass), spending a day or a weekend at Blue Mountain is worth it. Furthermore, the Blue Mountain resort is very popular for the abundance of activities you can do when visiting this lovely place. Apart from skiing and snowboarding, the favourite winter activities are skating, snow-tubing, winter caving, night tours, snowmobiling, and snow shoeing. There are five unique hotels surrounding the Blue Mountain Village that provide a variety of options ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms. 

Hockley Valley

If you don't want to drive all the way up to Blue Mountain, Hockley Valley is a great choice. It's only about an hour away from Toronto. Hockley Valley Resort includes three surface lifts, two quads, 14 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding, an expanded terrain park, beginner terrain, and a half pipe. Beginners will appreciate ski and snowboard lessons given by instructors with a great reputation. Moreover, there are 30 lights available, so the whole mountain is prepared for night skiing. A weekend full-day ticket will cost you $47, while a seasonal pass runs $550. 

Hockley Valley Resort
Hockley Valley Resort

Hockley is very popular — especially among Torontonians, many of whom tend to stay here for the whole weekend or even longer. The resort has 100 guest rooms and is available four seasons. Services are on a decent level and there are always a lots of things to do here. Visitors can enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course, a European spa, snowshoeing, a skating rink, a fitness club, an indoor pool, and much more.

Snow and sky Hockley Valley by Matthew Ingram
Snow and sky Hockley Valley by Matthew Ingram

Horseshoe Resort

Horseshoe Resort is located about one hour north of Toronto just to the northeast of Barrie. This mid-sized ski resort claims to have the longest ski season in Southern Ontario. There are 29 Alpine ski and snowboard runs, 40 kilometres of Nordic trails suitable for all kinds of skiers, a competition-level half pipe, a terrain park with more than 20 features, two full championship golf courses, and much more.

Horseshoe Resort
Horseshoe Resort

The longest run of this resort is 670 metres long and the top elevation is 406 meters and the entire mountain is suitable for night skiing. Visitors can also enjoy an opportunity to try fat-biking, ice-skating, or snow-tubing or go for a snow-shoeing walk. The adult full-day ticket at Horseshoe costs $55. Many people appreciate that the whole resort is a dog-friendly area.

 
Horseshoe Open 2014 by Horseshoe Resort
Horseshoe Open 2014

Mount St. Louis Moonstone

Mount St. Louis is a popular destination located just one hour north of Toronto. Even though it doesn't offer night accommodation, this resort is struck by a huge number of visitors each winter. The main reasons for its popularity are 36 well kept slopes serviced by nine chair lifts and three surface lifts. The wait time in lines is very short thanks to the resort's decent lift capacity of 23,600 skiers per hour. Moreover, if you want to spend the whole weekend or a week here, there are many places nearby where you can stay, such as Seasons Change, Stonegate Inn, or Christie's Mill. The park also offers two super pipes groomed by a Zaugg super pipe machine. The price of a full-day adult ticket is $56.

Mt St Louis Moonstone
Mount St Louis Moonstone

Up until this year, the hours of operation here were a bit shorter than in other Ontario resorts. However, much has changed this season.

After all these years, it's time to ski and snowboard under the lights,

says Josl Huter, CEO and a founder of the resort. He also adds an invitation:

Opening day in 1964, lift tickets to Mount St Louis were $4.50! Join us Friday December 19th, 2014, and MSLM will celebrate by offering that same price with a food bank donation!

Mount St Louis Moonstone by Alex Indigo
Mount St Louis Moonstone by Alex Indigo

Earl Bales Park

Address: 4169 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
Website: www1.toronto.ca
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca (City of Toronto contact)
Phone: 416.395.7931

This ski resort, located just one light south of Sheppard Avenue W, inside Earl Bales Park, includes facilities like a ski and snowboard school, snowboard and downhill rentals, helmet rentals, hi-tech snow-making, a four-person chair lift, night skiing, a rope tow, and much more. It's a very nice place for beginner skiers, which offers three intermediate slopes and one beginner run.

North York Ski Hill at Earl Bales Park by Jon Watts
North York Ski Hill at Earl Bales Park by Jon Watts

Many people describe the park as having "a cute hill" that's especially useful when you want a not-too-demanding place to kick off the season with your kids or start learning. A full-day ticket costs $31.50, and if you need to rent full equipment, you'll pay about $28.50. An additional $5 is required for helmet rental.

Centennial Park

Address: 256 Centennial Park Road, TO
Website: www1.toronto.ca
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca (City of Toronto contact)
Phone: (416) 394-8753 (Snow School Office)

Centennial Park is one of the two ski spots within the borders of Toronto, located one block west of Renforth Drive, north of Rathburn Road. It's another city-operated ski and snowboard centre that consists of one intermediate slope, one beginner slope, and a snowboard slope. Centennial Park offers various facilities such as ski and snowboard schools, rentals, hi-tech snow-making, a tow-bar, a carpet lift, night skiing, and a snack bar. The park sometimes also organizes ski and snowboard camps, where kids can come over a learn a few new tricks over the duration of the program.

A full-day ticket runs $31.50, and full equipment rental costs $28.50.

The City of Toronto Snowboarding in Centennial Park
The City of Toronto: Snowboarding in Centennial Park

Glen Eden

Glen Eden ski resort is located just 40 minutes west of Toronto and minutes from other cities like Mississauga, Oakville, and Burlington. The prices at Glen Eden are very good, as the resort prides itself for being affordable for families: lift tickets start at $33 dollars for a full day and $20 for morning or evening during the week.

Tubing Field by Keith Bellvay
Tubing Field by Keith Bellvay

Cory Patten, the resort's marketing director, described the improvements in the park for us:

Over the past couple of seasons we have invested heavily in updating our infrastructure throughout the property: new lift, new Visitor Service Centre, snowmaking system upgrades, and more.

The resort offers a fully equipped terrain park for snowboarders, snow-tubing, snow-shoeing, and lessons for all ages and ski levels. There are five lifts at the park, and the waiting times are bearable. This season a new offering to us is in our rental shop. If you're completely new to skiing or snowboarding and don't have anything we can completely outfit you head to toe. We are renting snow pants and jackets to make your first experience sliding a comfortable one,

Cory added.

Glen Eden
Glen Eden

Overall, Glen Eden is a very nice ski resort suitable for both experienced skiers and beginners that is worth a visit. As Cory puts it,Really it's nothing but smiles around here. That's the best part.

Hidden Valley Highlands

Hidden Valley Highlands ski resort is located approximately two hours north of Toronto. This resort offers four lifts, three of which are quad chairs and one a surface lift. There are runs suitable for all kinds of skiers and the vertical drop at Hidden Valley is 100 metres. They also offer night skiing, and the capacity of this resort is 6,500 persons per hour.

Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area dawn
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area dawn

The all-day ticket price for adults costs $66. It's not a very big ski resort, and if you prefer longer and more difficult runs, you probably won't appreciate Hidden Valley as much as beginners do. However, many people claim that this place is an excellent spot to return to skiing after a long time or to start the season before moving to bigger resorts.

Dagmar Resort

You can find Dagmar ski resort in Uxbridge, in the Oak Ridge Moraine north of Ajax and Whitby. It's about an hour's drive from Toronto and as snow school director Meredith Youmans says, the resort

is always working hard to be the first to open each season.

This ski resort includes 17 ski trails of all kinds of difficulties, served by six lifts that also operate during nights.

Dagmar Resort by Valerie Lam
Dagmar Resort by Valerie Lam

Meredith also shared why the resort should be the top choice, especially for families with kids:

We have the best learning terrain around with two magic carpet lifts (like moving conveyer belts) and a baby chairlift. We also have the largest Terrain Park in Durham region with over 100 features.

The facilities at Dagmar Resort include a coffee lounge and a restaurant with a licensed bar (where you can share a cup of hot chocolate with Meredith and other instructors after a long day of winter fun). The prices of lift tickets range between $43.36 and $51.33, depending on when and for how long you plan to ski.

Dagmar Ski Resort
Dagmar Ski Resort

Lakeridge Ski Resort

Lakeridge Resort also lies in the beautiful Oak Ridge Moraine in Uxbridge, Ontario. Visitors of this charming resort can enjoy 23 runs spread over 70 acres suitable for all kinds of skiers. It also has mogul runs and three dedicated snowboard terrain parks. Night skiing is normally available until 9:30 P.M. Many people recall learning to ski here and that's still what's most appreciated about the resort — it is a great place for families and kids.

Lakeridge Ski Resort
Lakeridge Ski Resort

The prices are a bit higher (an adult, full-day and night ticket costs $57.75) when you take into consideration the length of the slopes. However, you won't spend much time in lines (outside peak days and special events), and the natural beauty surrounding the resort is beautiful.

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42 thoughts on “Where to Ski Near Toronto

January 12, 2013 at 8:58 am
joe todd says:

please help . I will be visiting Canada for a week at end of January and staying in Toronto city centre . I would love to bring my skis and spend a day on the slopes but which resort would be easy to get to by bus as I dont want to drive and only want to go for a day as have so much else to see and do .

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January 14, 2013 at 9:37 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Joe,
Skiing trips outside of Toronto are definitely an all day venture. Your best bet is to go to the contact the resorts directly to see if there are any local providers of transportation to the slopes.

I have contacted Mount St Louis Moonstone and they suggest going via Midland Tours. link to midlandtours.com
You can leave from the Toronto Bus Terminal located in the city center on Bay Street just north of Dundas (walking distance from the Dundas Subway Station).

If your schedule makes you unable to dedicate an entire day to skiing, I would suggest one of the in-town suggestions. You can reach them via local transit. http://www.ttc.ca

Best Wishes to you for your trip to Toronto.

Regards,
Jamie

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February 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Zeba says:

Hi there,
I have never done skiing and would like to know if there are any training camps at such places . Even for toddlers? How good would it be to bring a 2 years old. Any insight?

Thanks!

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February 13, 2013 at 10:25 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Zeba,

Here is a link to a useful website that might help you decide.

Regards,
Jamie

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February 14, 2013 at 10:38 am
Zeba says:

Thanks Jamie, this is a great site!!

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April 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm
kumar says:

hi there,just wanna ask whats the best time to visit ? and do we need to carry our own skis or we get it rental (how much it cost )
thanks

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April 22, 2013 at 6:54 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Kumar,
Sadly the ski season is all but gone. Your best bet is to consult the Ski Ontario Website for weather conditions and to confirm which resorts are still open (if any): link to skiontario.ca

Regarding whether or not you need to bring ski’s: most resorts have rental facilities for visitors and for a reasonable rate you can obtain the equipment that you need. On the same Ski Ontario website, there are links to the individual resorts that you can obtain contact information for if you need to inquire about dates, times, costs, equipment etc.

Regards,
Jamie.

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May 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm
tow bar says:

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August 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm
alan says:

going to toronto in january, where is the nearest place to ski in toronto?

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September 26, 2013 at 6:06 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Alan,

I recommend HOCKLEY VALLEY, it’s about an hour away from Toronto. Here you can find 3 surface lifts, 2 quads, 14 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding and much more.

Or, you might want to visit GLEN EDEN located just 40 minutes west of TO, with 5 lifts and a fully-equipped terrain park for snowboarders. The prices are very good: lift tickets start at $35 dollars for a full day, $30 for evening, and $20 during the week.

Enjoy!

Jamie

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September 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm
alan says:

thanks

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October 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm
OLA KAZEM says:

Going to toronto on november 1st and I want to know weather there r any available ski resorts available at that time. .. thank u

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October 8, 2013 at 8:32 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Ola,

Unfortunately, it’s still too warm for ski season in November. The resorts usually start opening mid-December if it is cold enough.

Enjoy your stay in Toronto!

Cheers,

Jamie

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October 13, 2013 at 8:18 am
luis cruz says:

I com my family on vacation in December and I’ll stay in Toronto, I have children aged 3 years and would like to know a place to enjoy with them in the snow. we have no experience in skiing.

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October 15, 2013 at 3:36 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Luis,

Although you don’t ski, you can enjoy your vacation in Toronto to the fullest. However, you can still consider Snow Schools – our ski resorts have excellent programs for children from ages 3 and up. It’s so much fun! Try Earl Bale Park, it’s a very nice place for beginner skiers, which offers one beginner run. A full day ticket costs $28, and if you need to rent full equipment, you’ll pay about $25.

If you would prefer to stay overnight, visit Blue Mountain or Glen Eden.

Another fun option is an outdoor skating rink, and luckily – Toronto boasts with many. Check this list of Toronto’s skating rinks: link to toronto.ca.

Enjoy!

Jamie

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October 20, 2013 at 5:48 am
Jun says:

Great article Jamie,

I was wondering if you could give me some advice on which would be the best place to ski (near Toronto) and the best way to travel there?

Just a quick run down of my situation, I will be in Toronto in the middle of January 2014 and plan to ski for 2-3 days and stay either 1 or two nights at the ski resort. I will be travelling by myself. I have skiied a few times only and tend to stick on the beginner or intermediate runs. The more picturesque the runs the better!

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you

Jun

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October 22, 2013 at 5:09 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Jun,

Thanks! If I were you, I would try to decide between HORSESHOE RESORT and HOCKLEY VALLEY – both resorts are about one hour away from Toronto. Nice accommodation, trails for all kinds of skiers and night skiing – I am sure you will have a great time no matter how you decide!

Cheers,

Jamie

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January 8, 2014 at 11:31 am
Juan Barbenza says:

Hi,

I’ll be staying in Toronto Westin Prince for bussiness from mid Feb to mid March. I am a good skier and i would like to spend weekends skiing near toronto. Im not able to take my skiing gear so id have to rent in the ski resorts. Which resort would you recommend near Toronto for good skiers?? How can I travel from toronto to this skiing places?? Do you know how much will it cost to hire some skis in this resorts??
Thanks

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February 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Angie says:

Hi,
I am from Toronto and have been to Earl Bales to help my friend start snowboarding. How does Centennial compare? I want to bring my beginner friend to try centennial but don’t want to bother if the slopes are not as steep, and if boarders are only allowed on the board only trail. Thoughts?
Thanks, Angie

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February 7, 2014 at 5:45 am
Jamie S. says:

Hi, Juan,

thank you for stopping by!

Considering all your requirements, I recommend that you have a look at Glen Eden ski resort. It should only take about 45 minutes to get there from Toronto Westin Prince. I am positive that you would be satisfied since the slopes are suitable for both beginners and experienced skiers. The resort offers equipment rental as well, I recommend that you have a look at their season pass website sections for detailed information on the prices of the passes and rental services. If you browse through their services section, you will be able to find information concerning bus and shuttle transit.

I hope you enjoy your stay in Toronto and have a good time skiing!

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February 7, 2014 at 6:19 am
Jamie S. says:

Hello, Angie

Centennial offers an intermediate slope, a beginner slope, and a slope for snowboarders as well. The resort is suitable for newbies, since they offer programs designed for beginners as well as advanced skiers and snowboarders. I believe that in addition to all day passes, they also offer one, two, and four-hour passes, so if you are not certain whether you are going to like it, you do not need to commit yourselves to an all-day stay. If you need any further information I suggest that you look directly at Centennial’s program description.

I hope you have a great time, whether you decide to stick to Earl Bales or try out Centennial!

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March 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm
Aimee says:

Hi great article.
I just started to learn how to snowboard. I am looking for a hill with a variety of long hills with small to medium inclines. Suggestions?

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March 11, 2014 at 5:10 am
Jamie S. says:

Hello, Aimee
I am glad you liked the article! I would probably recommend that you have a look at either Blue Mountain or Lakeridge Ski Resort. There is a lot of slopes to choose from, and I am positive that you would find one or two that would suit your needs best. Lakeridge has also three snowboard terrain parks in case you were feeling like trying something more advanced.
Have fun and stay safe!

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March 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Brandy says:

Just a note of contention: Blue Mountain does not have the highest vertical drop in Ontario. Searchmont (near Sault Ste. Marie) has a vertical drop of 228 m. Not that anybody from Toronto is likely to head there…

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March 12, 2014 at 5:11 am
Jamie says:

Hi Brandy,
Thanks for your comment, I fixed the statement. Good point – I wouldn’t say that Searchmont is near Toronto.

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June 29, 2014 at 2:19 am
Lee says:

We live in Australia and we can rent ski clothing suitable for the slops, can yo rent/hire ski clothing at the resorts in Cananda

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July 1, 2014 at 7:27 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hello Lee,
Yes, you can rent ski clothing in Canada. They have full rental in Earl Bales Park, or Centennial Park, but you can also check out some rental shops (e.g. link to affinityrentals.com)

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November 17, 2014 at 11:56 am
Paul says:

Just wanted to say thanks for this blog!
I was in Toronto 2 weeks ago and I am now planning to return to ski.
Amazing place and amazing people.
cheers
Paul UK

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November 18, 2014 at 5:51 am
Jamie says:

Thanks for the kind words Paul!

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December 22, 2014 at 6:13 am
midnightmoose says:

Your best bet from Toronto into is to make a roadtrip out of it and hit up vermont or quebec.

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December 22, 2014 at 6:13 am
polale says:

Bro I hate to say it but skiing in Ontario sucks. Blue is way overpriced for its size and everything else is not as great. The small local hill I teach at has probably the least vertical in the world.

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January 30, 2015 at 8:57 am
S.M.B says:

Great article! For anyone looking for additional winter activities, I’d encourage you to check out the Central Counties Tourism site. They have links to activities like snow tubing, dogsled racing, snowshoeing, and of course, skiing and snowboarding! Check them out here link to centralcounties.ca

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December 7, 2015 at 10:33 am
Enrique says:

We live in Mexico.Thanks for all your information. I ll be in Toronto frim Dec 28 to January 7. My daughters are 9 & 11 years old. Skies just in water. Which place you recomend close to Toronto for bigginers ? (Me and my wife snow sky)
Would you recomend to rent a car or public transportation ??

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December 14, 2015 at 10:46 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Enrique,

If you choose one of the options within the town, you can go by public transport and avoid parking issues. Here you can find more information about public transport: http://www.ttc.ca

If you’re planning to visit one of the ski centres outside of the city, then you can consider also the car rentals.

I wish you have a great time here in Toronto.

Best regards,
Jamie Sarner

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January 3, 2016 at 11:01 am
Renaud says:

Hi,

what are the best options for a first approach for young kids (half day lessons) for young kids the closest possible to Toronto (early February)???? The ideal scenario for us would be to find an hotel next to the slopes, as close as possible in Toronto ????
thanks for your help
Happy new year
Renaud
thanks for your help

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January 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Renaud,

Practically, at all of the ski resorts you can find slopes for beginners. However, I think if you want to go with kids and not for a full day, the best option would be something within the city borders – if you’re from Toronto. Centennial Park and Earl Bales Park are inside the city.

If you want to go outside Toronto, at Horseshoe Resort they have accommodations including hotel, dining and spa.

Enjoy your holiday and have a happy New Year!
Jamie

January 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm
Craig Williamson says:

Hi Jamie,
I am in Toronto on business in late January and I want to have a day of snowboarding in the area. I will have a car to travel around, but don’t want to go to far away from the city. I will need to rent equipment.
Where do you recommend?
I would say that I am a intermediate snowboarder who likes long fast runs.

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January 13, 2016 at 10:24 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Craig,

You can find great trails almost everywhere, but here are some tips:

The largest and one of the best kept ski resorts in Ontario is Blue Mountain. There are over 40 trails with a good range of difficulty levels. In Hockley Valley and Horseshoe Resort there are snowboard half pipes. Horseshoe with its 29 runs is larger than Hockley (14 trails). In Lakeridge Resord there are, in addition to 23 runs, also mogul runs and three dedicated snowboard terrain parks.

Hope this helped.

Happy snowboarding!
Jamie

February 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm
Eduardo says:

Hi Jamie!
I`ll be in Toronto from april 12th to april 16th.
Will it be too late to ski around Toronto area?
Thanks for your help!
Eduardo

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March 1, 2016 at 10:56 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Eduardo,

Wanting to ski in April is a bit of a gamble in Canada. The ski resorts with lower altitudes can get a lot of rain. Some attractions, like night skiing, are available only by the end of March.

However, the ski season in Canada is pretty long, so hopefully you will be lucky and the weather will be good for skiing. The only advice I can give you is: check the weather just before your trip.

I wish you a wonderful stay in Toronto!

Best regards,
Jamie Sarner

October 31, 2016 at 12:52 pm
Michael says:

Hi there – thanks for the article!
I’m a bit new to Toronto and am hoping to get a sense of where the more challenging hills are located (ideally, this doesn’t mean driving to Collingwood, but so be it if that’s where things are). I’m curious to know what your thoughts are in terms of where the most advanced runs are located. Realizing that this is not BC, I’m still hoping to track down the most advanced runs near Toronto. Thanks!

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November 2, 2016 at 10:13 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Michael,
you could try any of the resorts listed above in the article. I don’t know exactly how advanced you are but Blue mountain has almost every difficulty level covered.
However, if you are looking for more adrenaline ski trip and challenging paths, I recommend taking a trip to Vermont. Toronto doesn’t have that much steep paths.
Regards,
Jamie Sarner

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