I started skiing at Ontario ski resorts in the 1960s with some
neighbourhood boys I went to school with.
A parent would drop us off at Chicopee in Kitchener and we would spend
all day Saturday there until we were picked up.
There was a rope tow and I specifically remember the last guy would
yank the rope so I would fall off. All in great fun - I now
French fries, hot chocolate and lots of outdoor fun!! But I never
learned to stop or turn properly there.
Now jump ahead to the 70s and I am skiing at Blue Mountain.
I very quickly learn how to turn and stop as the hills are much more
My girlfriend and I, and later my future husband would ski from the
time the lifts opened until the end of the day. Right up until the last
run before they stopped the lifts. I thought I would ski like that
We packed lunches of cheese and cold meat or keibassa nice bread and
drink didn't need anything else but maybe a chocolate bar.
you only do it once, pack your lunch and sit with the members and avid
skiiers. You get a totally different feel for the Ontario ski resorts
than upstairs in the restaurant.
The hills themselves haven't changed much. But the addition of high
speed chairs, snow boarding parks and mini villages at the base of Blue
Mountain makes todays ski hills feel less remote and chalet like.
Ontario's ski resorts center around Collingwood, with Blue
Mountain as the most popular ski destination. Other hills in the area
include Talisman to the west and Mount St. Louis Moonstone to the east.
My husband and I skied at Blue Mountain until the kids came along and I
met a friend who got us onto using Beaver Valley. A great
place for families and that is where my kids learned to ski. It wasn't
long and they were skiing past us.
Beaver Valley, like Talisman is near Kimberly just west of Blue
Mountain and Collingwood.
Depending on your skill level Ontario has many ski resorts; from bunny
hills to family friendly skiing to somewhat challenging elevations. But
lets face it if you want some really challenging skiing you have to go
east to Quebec or West to Vancouver.
But if you are just looking to get out, and enjoy your snowy winter ski day find a
hill near you and get out on the slopes!
List of Ontario Ski Hills and Resorts: Alice Hill Park (near Ottawa) Beaver Valley (Kimberly) Blue Mountian (Collingwood) Calaboogie Peaks Resort (near Ottawa) Centennial Park Ski Hill (Toronto) Chicopee Ski Hill (Kitchener) Cobble Hills Golf & Ski Club (London) Dagmar Ski Resort (Whitby, near Toronto) Devils Elbow (Kawartha Lakes) Glen Eden (Milton, near Toronto) Hardwood Ski & Bike (north of Toronto) Hidden Valley Highlands (Muskoka) Hockley Valley Resort (Orangeville, north of Toronto) Horseshoe Resort (Barrie, north of Toronto) Kamiskotia Ski Resort (Timmins) Laurentian Ski Hill (North Bay) Loch Lomand Ski (Thunder Bay) Mount Dofour (Elliot Lake) Mount Pakenham (near Ottawa) Mount St Louis Moonstone (Barrie, north of Toronto) North York Ski Center (Toronto) Oshawa Ski Club (Oshawa, east of Toronto) Osler Bluf Ski Club (Collingwood) Pine Ridge Ski ( Barrie, north of Toronto) Searchmont Resort (Sault Ste. Marie) Sir Sam's Ski (Haliburton, Muskoka) Lakeridge (Whitby, east of Toronto) Ski Mansfield ( Barrie, north of Toronto) Skyloft Ski & Country Club (Uxbridge, east of Toronto) Snow Valley ( Barrie North of Toronto) Talisman Ski Resort (Kimberly, near Collingwood) Tri Town Ski Village (New Liskeard) Uplands Ski Center (Toronto)