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14 Top-Rated Ski Resorts in Ontario

Written by Lana Law and Michael Law
Nov 22, 2019

If you love to ski and you live in Ontario, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that nearly 60 resorts operate here. Regardless of the type of skiing you're looking for, you can find it somewhere in the province. Crave a total resort experience with the most modern lifts and a fairy-tale town? Head to Blue Mountain. Looking for deep natural snow? Ski resorts in Ontario's snow belt regions deliver. Interested in fun family ski resorts near Toronto? Check out some local hills like Dagmar or Glen Eden. The choices and destinations are as varied as the terrain.

Don't be afraid to venture further afield to remote areas in search of a ski resort. The increase in drive time will easily translate into more vertical due to less time spent in line. The ski hills farther from major cities have less visitors but still feature impressive vertical drops and uphill capacity. You'll also find that accommodation, lift tickets, and food prices are substantially lower.

To learn about more options, see our list of the best ski resorts in Ontario.

1. Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort

Located just two hours northeast of Toronto on the Niagara Escarpment, Blue Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in Ontario. It offers an extensive array of runs, ranging from wide groomers to twisty routes through the trees, and even some knee bashing bumps.

Part of Blue Mountain's allure is the village located at the base. Here, you can find luxury accommodation, great shopping in unique boutiques, and everything from fine dining to casual restaurants.

Blue, as it is most commonly referred to by locals, has extensive snowmaking operations, meaning conditions tend to be quite good. If you are fortunate enough to ski at the mountain when the lake effect snow phenomenon off Georgian Bay kicks in, you might get some significant powder under your boards.

Lift capacity to service the 720 feet (220 meters) of vertical is impressive and modern. Although the runs may not be long, the ride to the top is quick, and skiers can rack up some serious vertical over the course of a day.

Official site: https://www.bluemountain.ca/

2. Mount St. Louis Moonstone

Boarders on the hill | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Just over an hour drive north of Toronto, this is an easy destination to reach if you are coming from the city. Like Blue Mountain, Mount St. Louis Moonstone is located in Ontario's snow belt region, and it generally sees very good conditions. It also has a bit of everything for skiers and boarders.

The resort has expanded and invested more than seven million dollars in new equipment, including a new six-seater, high-speed chairlift and new lighting for night skiing. The 550-foot (168 meter) vertical drop is serviced by nine chairlifts and three magic carpets. The longest run is over two kilometers, and the resort covers 180 acres of skiable terrain. Also popular are the resort's three terrain parks: SkooL YaRd Grom Park, Junkyard Progression Park, and Outback Super Park.

Official site: https://mountstlouis.com/

3. Horseshoe Resort

Night skiing at Horseshoe Resort

About a 1.5-hour drive north of Toronto, Horseshoe Resort is one of the best places in Ontario to learn how to ski. Their ski school has over 100 instructors who will be able to take you from zero to hero in a short period of time. The ski hill is not large but has a decent vertical at just over 300 feet (91 meters) and is a perfect size for a family outing.

The resort has recently invested in new snowmaking equipment and new snow groomers, and has also installed a new quad chair called High Rider Quad. It replaced the aging lift known as chair 6.

Horseshoe is more than just downhill skiing-20 miles of cross-country trails are available, fat snow biking is on offer, as is snow tubing. If you still have energy after skiing all day, lace up your ice skates for a pleasant evening out under the stars.

Extensive renovations to the condos at the bases of the hill have recently been completed; some of these units are just steps to the lifts. If you prefer, lower cost accommodation options are available in Barrie or Orillia, a short distance away.

Official site: https://horseshoeresort.com/

4. Loch Lomond Ski Area

Located near Thunder Bay, in Northwestern Ontario, Loch Lomond has been one of the premier skiing destinations in Central Canada for decades, attracting skiers from Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota. The ski hill is just minutes from downtown Thunder Bay, where you'll find a wide variety of places to stay and eat.

Loch Lomond can be easily divided up into the north side, where you'll find the steepest and most challenging runs, and the south side, where the inclines are gentler and the runs more suited to beginners. Those who like to ski in the trees will find a few runs as will the double black diamond daredevils. The resort also has a terrain park.

Three chairlifts provide access to a 750-foot (229-meter) drop across 17 runs, and night skiing is available on just over half the runs. For good times and lots of laughs, try the snow tubing park.

Official site: https://www.lochlomond.ca/

5. Hockley Valley Resort

Hockley Valley Resort | Matthew Ingram / Photo modified

Just a short distance down the road from Horseshoe Valley Resort is Hockey Valley Resort. Similar in nature to Horseshoe Resort, this full-service getaway destination is popular with Torontonians. The vertical drop of 375 feet (114 meters) makes this resort perfect for beginners and families with young children. A fun and challenging terrain park will keep teenagers happy. Four lifts will whisk you back up to the top quickly.

Perfect for a weekend trip, the comfortable accommodations and resort amenities will allow adults to unwind and relax.

Official site: https://www.hockley.com/

6. Calabogie Peaks Resort

Located in the Ottawa Valley, just an hour from Ottawa, is Calabogie Peaks. Built on the slopes of Mount Dickson, this ski resort has the lofty crown of having Ontario's highest vertical drop at 780 feet (230 meters).

The skiable terrain is more than 80 acres, and the runs here are long, perfect for getting those quads quaking. The hill features 24 runs, along with one that is 1.6 kilometers long. The four terrain parks: Mini Rail Park, Rail Park, Mogul Field, and Snow Cross Track will have boarders sliding, flipping, and catching massive air.

Calabogie Peaks makes for a great weekend getaway. The ski-in, ski-out Calabogie Peaks Hotel offers hotel rooms and condos located right at the base, and an outdoor hot tub is available to soothe those sore muscles.

Off the mountain, snowmobile rentals, cross-country skiing, pond skating, and snowshoeing are available should you have the energy. If not, pull up a chair and sit by the outdoor bonfire pit under the clear winter skies.

Official site: https://www.calabogie.com/

7. Sir Sam's Ski/Ride

Sir Sam's Ski Area | Photo Source: Sir Sam's Ski/Ride

If you feel like a weekend getaway in the northern Canadian wilderness, plan a trip to Sir Sam's Ski/Ride. Located just over three hours from Toronto, the ski hill has a 325-foot (99-meter) vertical drop and is set in some of Ontario's most beautiful countryside.

Fourteen runs serviced by four chairs, a pony tow, and a covered surface lift will get you back up to the top of the hill. The resort also has a terrain park with the usual rails, bumps, and humps.

A trip here can also be a romantic couples' getaway by staying at the adults only Sir Sam's Inn and Spa. Dating from 1919, the restored inn is cozy and comfortable with fine dining.

Official site: http://sirsams.com/

8. Dagmar Ski Resort

Located just up the road from Lakeridge, Dagmar offers similar terrain and services and features a 260-foot (79-meter) vertical drop. At Dagmar, the focus is on learning. The Family Learning Center has snow sports instructors tailored to age and abilities, including specialized children's instructors.

The terrain at Dagmar is family friendly and not too steep. Four chairlifts and two magic carpets service skiers and boarders on 18 runs. The terrain park is one of the largest in the area and boasts of 60 features. It runs right under the main chairlift, so a ride up usually provides plenty of entertainment.

Official site: https://www.skidagmar.com/v2/

9. Lakeridge Ski Resort

Less than an hour from Toronto in the rolling hills north of Whitby is Lakeridge Ski Resort. This small resort has 23 runs of varying difficulty across mixed terrain and is an ideal family day trip destination. The vertical drop of 300 feet (91 meters) is impressive for a resort so close to the city.

Lakeridge has some unique and fun runs, including a banked slalom run and a snow cross route. It also has two fantastic terrain parks. The ski hill is set up to handle visitors with an impressive and roomy day lodge.

In addition to the skiing, Lakeridge has a large tubing park, open to adults and children. No experience or skills are required except the ability to jump on the tube and head down hill.

Official site: http://ski-lakeridge.com/

10. Glen Eden

Short but steep runs and a 240-foot (73-meter) vertical drop are what you'll find at Glen Eden. Operated as part of the Kelso Conservation District, the hill is an especially popular place for night skiing owing to its location, just a short drive from Toronto and the surrounding cities. It's easy to spot as you drive east on Highway 401, with the white patch of runs carved out of the Niagara Escarpment.

In addition to the steep runs, a separate beginner area is located away from the main lifts. Here, you'll find a gentle incline and lots of room to learn to ski or spend time with the youngsters. Lift tickets are some of the cheapest of the ski hills closest to Toronto. A free shuttle runs every 10 minutes from the parking lot to the ski hill.

Official site: https://gleneden.on.ca/

11. Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy | E M / Photo modified

Thunder Bay's Mount Baldy, operating for over 60 years, is a family-run ski resort that has long been a popular destination for skiers and boarders. The ski hill has a vertical drop of 475 feet (145 meters) and three lifts.

In addition to a great terrain park with all kinds of obstacles and bumps, you'll find 10 runs that skew towards beginner and intermediate skiers. Mount Baldy is a perfect family destination. Lessons and rentals are available, and the large day lodge with its big windows is a great place for lunch or a warm-up.

Natural snow is plentiful here, on the north shore of Lake Superior, and the average snowfall is just over six feet (187 centimeters). The resort also offers a tubing hill and cross-country ski trails.

Official site: https://www.skimountbaldy.ca/

12. Searchmont

Searchmont | Andrew McFarlane / Photo modified

Searchmont Resort is located near Sault Ste. Marie and has long been a favorite with local residents and those from the United States, just across the bridge in Michigan. The vertical drop here is impressive at 750 feet (229 meters).

Searchmont has recently invested significant sums in upgrading the resort experience. A brand-new restaurant with giant picture windows has been added at the base area, new snowmaking equipment purchased, and a new groomer joins the team to keep the runs in perfect condition.

The mountain has 21 runs, serviced by four lifts and two belt rides. Eight of the runs are more than a kilometer long-perfect for getting your groove going. You can also test your skills at the terrain park. Lake effect snow off Lake Superior means natural snow is plentiful, with nearly 11 feet (336 centimeters) annually. Chances of a powder day here are decent. If Mother Nature is being stingy, don't worry, the mountain has 95 percent snowmaking coverage.

Official site: http://searchmont.com/

13. Mount Pakenham

Mount Pakenham is a small, family-focused ski hill near Ottawa. The hill has a drop of 285 feet (85 meters) and only 10 runs, which are mostly designed for beginner and intermediate skiers. The ski resort has recently invested $2.6 million in upgrading their facilities, including increased snowmaking capabilities, a brand-new quad chairlift, and 100 percent night skiing lighting coverage. Cozy up to a stunning new stone fireplace in the day lodge and enjoy better seating as you have lunch.

Uphill capacity consists of three quad chairlifts and a T-bar. Other smaller equipment includes a rope tow, handle tow, and a carpet lift. A snow tubing park is also on-site, but you have to walk your tube back up to the top. Snowshoe trails wind their way around the resort as well.

Mount Pakenham is a great place to learn to ski. Complete packages including rentals, lessons, helmet, and a lift ticket are available for slightly more than the cost of a single lift ticket.

Official site: https://www.mountpakenham.com/

14. Mount Antoine

Located near Mattawa and the Quebec border, Mount Antoine is the newest ski hill on the Ontario ski scene. Closed and abandoned in 2000, the ski hill reopened in 2015 with a new chairlift, significant trail enhancements, a new rental center, and a renovated ski base lodge.

Mount Antoine has 15 runs, including the longest run in the province at 2.9 kilometers. The vertical here is 630 feet (192 meters), and the view from the top out over the Ottawa River is beautiful.

Owing to its location, you can be assured of great snow, and with virtually no lift lines, you can expect to rack up some impressive vertical. A terrain park offers an assortment of rails, ramps, and obstacles.

Official site: https://antoinemountain.ca/

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