Published on March 1st, 2018 | by Miriam Porter
Visit These Ontario Winter Playgrounds Before the Season Ends.
There is no denying that spring isn’t too far off but keep in mind there are entire communities in South Central Ontario that are still blanketed in snow!
Instead of waiting it out until spring officially arrives, why not embrace everything that winter has left to offer? Ontario is home to exciting skiing, snowboarding, and tubing hot spots and here are five destinations that will help you squeeze that last little bit of winter fun out of the season.
This top Ontario ski resort is located 20 minutes from Barrie and about an hour road trip north of Toronto. For downhill ski lovers, there is machine groomed powder and easy, difficult, advanced and expert runs. Cross-country skiing is also popular here and Horseshoe Resort has groomed and track set trails for all levels to explore this winter wonderland. Of course many people head to Horseshow Valley to ski, but other fun winter activities here include snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and fat biking. If you have always wanted to try snow tubing you can fly down five big chutes and there is a magic carpet to get you back to the top for hours of fun. New this season is their snow tube expansion with an additional 1,200 feet drop for brave thrill seekers.
Stokely Creek Lodge.
If cross-country skiing and an adventurous winter road is on your list pack up the car and drive to Stokely Creek Lodge in the Algoma Highlands area in Goulais River. Located near Sault Ste. Marie, this region is set against Lake Superior’s eastern shore and the famous Nordic trails. Guests flock here from around the globe to embrace the most diverse cross-country trails in North America. There are over 8,000 acres to explore and skiers glide past frozen lakes and waterfalls and possibly wild animals such as moose, otters, and lots of birds including bald eagles. You know you are in the wilderness when you have to ski just to get to the Scandinavian style ski lodge. Gourmet meals are available on site and so is a cozy fireplace, relaxing sauna, and natural waterfalls outside your door.
Not far from busy city life is Lakeridge Resort in Uxbridge set against the stunning Oak Ridges Moraine. It’s the perfect day trip for skiing and snowboarding with 23 runs on 70 acres of land. There are beginner and experienced trails for skiers and snowboarders with funky names like Mogul Alley, Little Razors Terrain Park, and Boomerang. Lakeridge has three snowboard terrain parks and even a snow tubing park on site for those that choose to twirl down the slopes with the wind in their hair. Ski lessons are available and offered in many languages besides English, with various packages to choose from. This family friendly location has a cafeteria with slop-side views and you are allowed to bring your own homemade food for healthier options and dietary preferences. It’s a day resort, but if you are looking for overnight accommodations, there are plenty to choose from just south of Lakeridge.
Blue Mountain is world famous for winter sports, with one of them being snow tubing. It is the perfect activity if you want to work your way up to the intense Blue Mountain slopes without all the equipment of skiing and snowboarding. Snow tubing is family friendly so if there are little ones in your group they can ride on the gentle mountain. Once you have mastered tubing, stay an extra day and ski and snowboard to your hearts content to really experience a wintery thrill. If you plan on returning several times consider a winter seasons pass. Blue Mountain is also home to a snow school, rentals, and terrain parks. Stay the night at the Blue Mountain Inn and unwind from a day on the slopes in their modern cottage and refresh your soul in an outdoor hot tub. Splurge and order room service or dine at the many nearby cafes, pubs, nightclubs, or full service restaurants in town – you will even find a Starbucks for all your specialty coffee needs.
Mount St. Louis Moonstone.
If you have kids in tow Mount St. Louis Moonstone is known for being family friendly with lots of fun activities and a snow school. Known for their exceptional ski hills this family owned resort is located north of Barrie in Ontario’s Snow Belt region. There are 36 slopes to zoom down and plenty of chairlifts and carpets to get you up those wintery hills. It’s not only a great destination for beginners to learn to ski, but for the more advanced skier there are plenty of challenging slopes. Snowboarders can check out their snowboard park and try their Zaugg Super Pipe groomer walls which are 18 feet high. These ski and snowboard hills are the perfect day trip activity or if you want to make it a winter weekend escape,_mg stay overnight in Barrie and return for more sports the next day.
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