When you think about ski resorts in Canada you probably picture the white tipped Rocky Mountains of western Canada. So you might be surprised to know that some of Canada’s top ski destinations are right here in southern Ontario! Whether you are looking for beginner slopes or something more difficult, there is a hill to suit you and it’s not far from Toronto.
Top Ski Resorts in Southern Ontario
Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood is just a two-hour drive from Toronto, and is the #3 most popular ski resort in Canada. You will find some of the country’s top skiing here with 42 runs and 16 chair lifts. The runs here range from beginner to expert and it is rated one of the top family-friendly resorts in Canada, so you’ll find fun for the whole family.
As Ontario’s biggest resort, it even feels like its own community! Spend your evenings strolling around the European style village and visit the on-site spa, restaurants and pubs.
Mount St. Louis Moonstone
Mount St. Louis Moonstone near Barrie is the largest family-owned ski resort in Ontario. It is home to the most advanced snow machine in Canada, which means their snow is always dependable. With hills that cater to all levels from beginner to advanced, you’ll no doubt be in for a fun ski weekend at this resort!
This resort is closer to Ottawa than Toronto, but the 4-hour drive is worth it to see the highest vertical drop in Ontario! Calabogie is also home to the longest green trail in the province, which means it is a great place for beginners. It has a good mix of intermediate and advanced runs so skiers of all skill levels will have fun.
Less than an hour from Toronto you’ll find Horseshoe Resort with 29 runs, 8 lifts, and a brand new 6 seat chairlift to take you up the 300-foot-tall mountain. Because this hill is so short it makes a great destination for beginner skiers. Once you’re tired of the ski hill you can try out one of their many year-round activities like snowshoeing, snow tubing, treetop trekking and a rock-climbing wall.
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area
North of Toronto in Muskoka on Peninsula Lake you’ll find this small, four lift resort that will make a nice addition to your weekend away from the city. Bring the kids to this hill and enjoy the easy beginner runs as a family.
Less than an hour from Toronto at Kelso Conservation Area near Milton, Glen Eden is an awesome hill to take the family for a day of skiing and snow tubing. This is a great place for beginners to take lessons, as well!
Snow Valley Ski Resort
With the title of Ontario’s favourite family resort, this resort near Barrie is the perfect destination for a family ski trip. It is a mid-sized resort with 19 runs, and also features 14 kilometres of snowshoe trails and 14 snow tube runs. You’ll keep the whole family satisfied here!
You don’t have to go to the Rockies for good skiing!
Planning a weekend road trip to one of our local ski hills means you can plan a great trip at a much lower cost than if you had to go to Montreal or Alberta for some good skiing. Choose one of the resorts listed here for a fun weekend trip from Toronto!