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Skiing in Ontario

Ontario is one of the Canadian provinces with great skiing spots. It is considered a skiing haven with nearly 60 skiing resorts on the Ontario territory. So whether a fan of downhill skiing or prefer cross-country, there are trails for everyone.

Because Ontario has so many different skiing clubs and resorts, it is the perfect place to visit for a skiing vacation, regardless of your proficiency level.

Continue reading to learn more about the best skiing destinations in Ontario.

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Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area

Hidden Valley Highlands is a ski and snowboard resort in Huntsville, Ontario. This resort offers 15 distinct skiing trails, a terrain park, a chair lift, and a handle tow lift. These amenities are all available for day and night skiing, so one can enjoy the snow and fresh air on the slopes any time they want.

Hidden Valley Highlands also provides an excellent snow school, with several different categories, according to a person's age and skill level. This resort also allows holding birthdays and other special events on the premises.

If someone wants the complete Hidden Valley Highlands experience, they should look into the Muskoka Ski Club. Club members get to enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere, the exclusive member's lounge at the chalet, and the delightful Alpine Racing Program.

Arrowhead Park Ski Trails

This park, north of Huntsville, Ontario, provides you with incredible opportunities to go cross-country skiing. It has 28km (17 miles) of classic cross-country ski trails and 16km (10 miles) of skate ski trails.

Everyone, from children and inexperienced to expert skiers, is welcome at Arrowhead Park. The park also offers classes and training for particular age groups. However, if you want a guaranteed spot during the winter season, it's best to make a reservation early.

One of the most unique and entertaining features of Arrowhead Provincial Park is the Fire and Ice nights. The park organizes these nights weekly (usually on Fridays), and you get the opportunity to ice skate under the night sky, guided by the light from tiki torches. It is a one-of-a-kind experience worth exploring.

Sir Sam's Ski

The Sir Sam's Ski resort is located just minutes outside Haliburton, Ontario, and it is an incredible place to go skiing. It boasts an impressive 23km (14 miles) of ski trails, accompanied by a chairlift service, chalet, and restaurant.

The resort provides holiday camps for kids, 7-week skiing programs, private skiing and snowboarding lessons, and beginner group instructions. Book a season pass or even the snow school lessons online.

Sir Sam's Ski offers an expansive selection of lodgings. If someone wants to stay on the hill, they can choose from six different lodges, cabins, and inns. However, one can also choose to stay at one of the cottage rentals in the resort vicinity or even in one of the nearby hotels, motels, and inns.

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is an Alpine ski resort situated northwest of Collingwood, Ontario, partially on the Niagara Escarpment. This resort is a true home of skiing, with 7 Glade Runs, 3 Terrain Parks, 2 Beginner Centres, 7 Chairlifts, and 4 Surface Lifts.

You can visit for the day or choose to stay and ski- it's up to you. The 5x7 Pass, which you can purchase on the website, provides access to the slopes five days and seven nights a week throughout the season.

Blue Mountain also offers skiing lessons if anyone wants to learn how to ski or wants to brush up on their skills. If you don't have your skiing equipment, worry not – the resort can lend you some.

Horseshoe Resort

This resort is located in Barrie, Ontario, and is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit it is, of course, the winter season. There are 29 different trails for skiing and snowboarding, 20 of which are open for night skiing.

On top of that, Horseshoe Resort has an incredible 30km (18 miles) of trails dedicated exclusively to cross-country skiing. So naturally, anyone or their children can take skiing and snowboarding lessons while they're there.

And if someone wants a break from skiing, they can always turn to the other fun activities available. So take your pick from snow-tubbing, fat biking, snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowmobile riding.

Where to Stay When on a Skiing Vacation in Ontario

The ideal place to stay during your skiing vacation in Ontario, especially if you want to explore the trails at Hidden Valley and Arrowhead Provincial park, is the Muskoka Cottage. It is a lakefront cottage on the shore of Lake Vernon that comes with its private dock, complete water equipment, and a lakefront stone terrace.

The cottage design incorporates all the modern amenities you could want while keeping that traditional Muskoka cottage look. It contains a games lounge, and a waterfront cedar bunkie, on top of the five bedrooms and three bathrooms. In addition to the other amenities, the cottage is equipped with unlimited high-speed internet and satellite cable. It is the perfect place to get away from the routine of daily life, and enjoy nature, especially in winter when you can ski, skate, snowshoe, snowboard, and even snowmobile nearby. Consider it your next vacation spot in Muskoka!