Winter Fun Guide: Skiing & Snowboarding

Ski and snowboard resorts on York Region and Durham

Family Time on the Slopes

Skiing has become our favourite winter family activity – it’s a guaranteed fun day for us, you can’t beat being outdoors all day, it’s active, it’s healthy and even a little competitive.

None of us are expert skiers, so we all improve with each outing and this group effort is alot of fun – giving each other the old pat on the back throughout the day. It’s a blast filming each other racing down the slopes, or wiping out on a baby ski jump! The real icing on the cake for me is the bonding time spent chatting on the ski lifts with the kids, no devices in hand, having their full attention and looking at their rosy cheeks and big smiles – that’s worth every penny!

Southern Ontario may not be home to any real big mountains but it does have hills big enough for the whole family to have plenty of fun on and many offer private and group lessons. These smaller ‘mountains’ are also ideal for learners – which makes Southern Ontario the perfect place for kids to learn to ski or snowboard!

Where to Ski in Southern Ontario

Blue Mountain

A Child’s Life Favourite! Blue Mountain Ski Resort, is the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada. Perfect for snowboarding and skiing day trips and overnight stays. Blue Mountain features 42 trails ranging from beginner to double black diamond, 2 terrain parks, 1 superpipe, and 14 lifts, including 5 magic carpets and 5 high-speed express chairs to move you uphill fast.The resort offers ski lessons and rentals. Located near Collingwood, it’s a 90-minute drive from Toronto, the nearby resort and village offer plenty of other activities for families including Mill Pond Skating Rink, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster and Plunge! Aquatic Center.
108 Jozo Weider Boulevard
Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2
Tel: 705 445-0231  website

One of Southern Ontario’s largest ski and snowboard facilities with 21 trails, 10 lifts and 2 terrain parks, less than 45 min from Toronto!
4098 Regional Road 9, Orono, ON L0B 1M0
Tel: 905.983.5983  website

Centennial Park Ski Area

Day and night skiing & snowboarding. Snow school and rentals.
256 Centennial Park Rd, Toronto
Tel: 416 394-8750   website

Dagmar Resort

A Child’s Life favourite! Offering both cross-country and downhill skiing. A great hill for the beginner to intermediate/advanced skiier and for children. The resort also features a Terrain Park and special events. Friendly helpful staff and plenty of fun easy runs. Lessons and rentals available.
1220 Lake Ridge Road, Ashburn
Tel: 905 649-2002   website

Devil’s Elbow

Cross-country & Downhill Skiing. Lessons and rentals available. 878 Bethany Hills Road Bethany, Ontario
Tel: (705) 277-2012   website

Earl Bales Park

Conveniently located at Bathurst and Sheppard Streets in Toronto. The hill has 3 intermediate slopes and 1 beginner slope. Rentals available.
Bathurst Street, south of Sheppard Avenue, North York   website

Hockley Valley

Skiing and snowboarding. Lessons and rentals available.
RR #1 Orangeville
Tel: 519 942-075 website

Hidden Valley Highlands

Located in the heart of beautiful Muskoka, Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area has been creating fun and exciting winter experiences for almost 50 years. With uncrowded slopes, fresh powder and nearby world-class resorts and amenities.
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area
1655 Hidden Valley Road, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1A4 website

Horseshoe Valley Resort

Just 1 hour north of Toronto this resort offers Alpine skiing, Cross-country skiing, Snowboarding and even a Snow-tubing park! The resort also runs daily children’s skiing and boarding programs.
1101 Horseshoe Valley Road – Comp. 10 R.R.#1, Barrie
Toll Free: 1-800-461-5627 website

Mount St. Louis Moonstone

A Child’s Life Favourite! Mount St. Louis Moonstone is one of the largest family owned ski resorts in Ontario offering great ski hills for skiing and snowboarding. The resort is located just north of Barrie in the snow belt region of Ontario. It contains 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts and 3 carpets. The resort is known for being family friendly and prides itself on accommodating the beginner skier to the most advanced skier. Now offering night skiing.
24 Mt St Louis Rd, Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0
Tel: 705-835-2112 website

North York Ski Centre

Day & night skiing & snowboarding. Snow school. snack bar and rentals.
Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst St, Toronto
Tel: 416 395-7934 website

Sir Sams Ski

Ski area located just north of Haliburton. Fourteen groomed runs for all abilities and six lifts. 325 ft vertical, Longest run is 2500 ft.
1054 Liswood Road, Eagle Lake, Ontario K0M 1M0
Tel: 705-754-2298  website

Ski Lakeridge

Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing. Camps, lessons and rentals available.
790 Chalk Lake Road, RR #4, Uxbridge
Tel: 905 649-2058 website

SkyLoft Resort

Skiing & Snowboarding. Camps, lessons and rentals available. Beginner, Intermediate and Expert runs. 21 Runs and Trails, Food & Beverage service, Quad Chair, Sky Carpet Beginner Lifts.
722 Chalk Lake Road W. Uxbridge, Ontario
Tel: 905 649-5160 website

Snow Valley Ski Resort

A Child’s Life Favourite! Snow Valley is a ski resort located in Barrie, Ontario. Apart from skiing there is Snow tubing and Snow shoeing. There is a half-pipe and a terrain park. This hill has alot of variety and fun beginner runs.
2632 Vespra Valley Rd, Minesing, ON L0L 1Y3
Tel: (705) 721-7669 website

Uplands Ski Centre

With a vertical drop of some 100′ feet and slopes of varying difficulty averaging 1000′ feet in length; Uplands is the perfect environment for beginners of all ages – but especially for children.
Uplands Golf Club 46 Uplands Ave. Thornhill
Toll Free: (905) 889-3291 website

Glen Eden

Glen Eden offers a rental shop, skiing, a fully-equipped terrain park for snowboarders, snow tubing and lessons for all ages and skill-levels.
5234 Kelso Road, Milton, Ontario, L9T 2X7
Tel 905.878.5011 website




  1. I was reading the article and thought that parents in the area might be interested in Evolve Snow Camps. Its a Ski-School that runs every weekend in the winter up at Mont St Louis Moonstone. It is a pretty unique ski school because it focusses in on teaching children freestyle skills in the park!


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