Ontario Ski Resorts are centered in the Blue Mountain and Collingwood area but there are plenty more resorts around the province.
Blue Mountain and Collingwood are about two hours driving north from Toronto and they face north onto Georgian Bay so the snow arrives here early and leaves late -- giving the operators a long season.
Getting there from Toronto is easy too.
The same Highway 400 that takes folks north to their cottages in summer also zips them to their ski chalet in winter.
At Collingwood, there are 3 resorts -- Blue Mountain, Toronto Ski Club (a private club), and Georgian Peaks.
The mountain, a ridge really, has become so popular that Club Intrawest, one of the largest leisure developers, has built a European-style village at the base of the hill that contains all the expected ski resort amenities.
Blue Mountain is the biggest resort with about 36 runs, of which 9 are for beginners, and 14 lifts, of which 7 are for beginners, and a Snowboard Park.
The runs and lifts I've counted above also include the Toronto Ski Club (TSC) section, which adjoins Blue Mountain and is available to both Blue Mountain and TSC guests.
In the village, you'll find restaurants, clothes and sporting supply shops, as well as bars and clubs to while away the apres-ski hours.
The village provides entertainment for kids, both indoor and outdoor, with events around the fireplace in the village square and heated swimming pools(see photo above) with slides and other features if skiing and boarding haven't worked off enough energy.
An outdoor sports rental store, Activity Central, also provides snowmobiling and All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATV) for those who aren't totally focused on the slopes.
Away from Blue Mountain are other Ontario ski resorts, such as Horseshoe Valley, just off Hwy 400 and about 90 minutes from Toronto, Mount St. Louis-Moonstone, just north of Barrie, and Kimberley an hour north-west of Toronto, and Calabogie, about an hour from Ottawa, to name a few of the bigger resorts. You'll find these on our Ontario Ski Resorts page. And there are more at our page of southern Ski Resorts.
For more information about skiing at Blue Mountain, visit Blue Mountain Resort.
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