It’s that time of year again when the powder falls and the sun shines, luring even the biggest haters of cold weather outside. And what better to do on those days off, weekends and holidays than to go skiing/snowboarding. Below are the best slopes in and around the GTA for short day trips, leisurely full days and full on weekend getaways. With options for the beginner and the expert and those in need of equipment rentals, there are options for everyone!
We recommend you check out these hills websites or before heading up for more pricing information, like evening and half day lift tickets, rentals and weekend packages and pricing for infants.
Blue Mountain, Collingwood
Blue Mountain ski hill and resort town is only a short and sweet 2-hour drive from T.O., offering day classes for beginners with a range of slope sizes to make sure all abilities have options. For Après Ski, Blue Mountain is surrounded by endless nightlife options, and evening events for those who need to keep it PG. Not one for the cold? Blue Mountain is open all summer long. If you have the time and the cash, treat yourself to a spa day at Le Scandinave Spa. Not into the drive? Blue Mountain offers a daily shuttle from Toronto to Blue Mountain for 20 bucks!
Rental Costs: Full ski/snowboard packages $48 ($35 for kids)
Lift Ticket: Day pass goes for $68 ($51 for youth)
Horseshoe Resort, Barrie
Giddy up. Located in Barrie, this oasis is only and hour and a half out of the city. Horseshoe doesn’t only offer skiing & snowboarding. A full fledge tube path is ready to roll looking over the resort. Hungry? Horseshoe offers a sports bar, cafe & steakhouse. Day lessons & night classes are available with a range of slope sizes as well. If you’re in need of a ride, Grey Hound offers service from Toronto to Barrie, then catch a a cab for the rest of the way. Make a go of it!
Rental Costs: Skis/board, boots, helmet, and poles for $47
Lift Ticket: Day pass goes for $56 ($46 for youth)
Holiday Valley, Ellicottville, NY
Get your passport prepped. This winter wonderland is located just over the border in Ellicottville, NY. The total drive time works out to be around 3hrs from Toronto. Holiday Valley offers a range of activities from hitting the slopes for beginners to experts & even two cross country ski paths. If you stay the night, a free breaky is included with a lodge-inspired restaurant. Be sure to Check out this northern getaway and make a trip out of it.
Rental Costs: Ski equipment $32/$26 USD, snowboarding equipment $34/$29 for Adult/Youth for 8 hrs
Lift Ticket: 8hr pass on weekend goes for $72 USD ($56 for youth). Prices differ for weekdays plus unlimited weekend and 4hr passes available
Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard Centres, North York
If you’re not into the whole long distance thing, check out Earl Bales. Just a skip across town, Earl’s is located at just a 40-minute drive from downtown T.O. You can even scoot over on the TTC within an hour. This is the perfect place for beginners or someone who is looking to brush up on their slope skills. Earl’s offers excellent hands on ski & snowboard workshops for youth & adults and a skating rink for those less inclined to go alpine.
Rental Costs: Full Ski/Board packages range from 1 hour use for $17.50 to all day $32
Lift Ticket: 1,2,3,4 hour and all day passes available, ranging $18-$35.50
Mountain St.Louis Moonstone, Coldwater
If you’re into shredding, swerving, catching air or catching z’s, St.Louis is an incredible spot for family & friends to get away for a little while. Located near Coldwater Ontario, just 2 hours from the city & quick drive from Barrie, St.Louis offers a variety of 36 different runs, making it a place for learning or excelling your skills. You can grab grub at the chalet or venture to the town where you can find yourself a wide variety of restaurants. St.Louis is also known for its incredible night lights. Be sure to check out this snowy spot before winter’s over!
Rental Costs: Full Ski/Board packages $46 ($36 for youth), or $99 with lift ticket ($79 for youth)
Lift Ticket: Day pass $59 ($45 for youth), Day/Night pass $68 ($53 for youth), St. Louis also offers family rate for $180 day, $205 day/night, under 5 pricing also available
Hockley Valley, Orangeville
This place is perfect for chilling, offering a spa, winery, hot tubs, jacuzzi & culinary greatness. Oh yeah and skiing and boarding too. Located just an hour and a half from the GTA in Orangeville, this cosy getaway seems like a great way to treat someone this winter. Hockley offers a large range of bunny hills for beginners and some expert hills as well. Their terrain park is currently open for the all-stars out there. This resort is definitely getaway-friendly.
Rental Costs: Ski/Board full packages go for $35, with half-day and night pricing
Lift Ticket: Full Day Passe $49 ($42 for youth), with half-day, night passes and under 5 pricing also available
Glen Eden, Milton
All aboard Milton, Ontario express! Glenn Eden is a sweet little ski & board joint that offers an arrangement of outdoor activities, from tubing to snowshoeing with fire pits everywhere! Just an hour from Toronto this is the perfect place for a day trip or night ski. Day classes are available for those just starting out, and the slopes get bigger & bigger, plus jumps & terrain are set up as well. This pick is defiantly #1 if you’re on a budget and not looking to spend so much. No car? Take the GO train or GO bus!
Rental Costs: Full Ski/Board packages $33 for full day ($30 for youth)
Lift Ticket: Full day, Mon-Wed: $28; Thurs-Sunday, Holidays: $38 ($33 for youth)
Mansfield Ski Club, Mansfield
This V.I.P fancy pants ski club is open to the public Wednesday-Friday, Christmas Break and during March Break (March 13-19th, 2017). Mansfield Ski Club doesn’t kid around with 17 different slopes & 4 freestyle terrain routes. Roughly a two-hour drive from Toronto, plan ahead if your sliding in on a weekday because they are only open until 4:00PM. Mansfield is known for hosting racing events, so if you’re a speed lover, hit it up!
Rental Costs: Full day Ski package $41 ($35 for youth), Board package $44 ($38 for youth)
Lift Ticket: Full Day goes for $48 ($36.50 for youth and seniors) Wed & Thurs ; $63 ($50 for youth and seniors)
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