Two smiling adults and two children walk across snow in ski boots while holding skis.

Skiing at Boler Mountain | Dudek Photography, Ontario’s Southwest

Places to Ski in Ontario

Two smiling adults and two children walk across snow in ski boots while holding skis.

Skiing at Boler Mountain | Dudek Photography, Ontario’s Southwest

When you’re new to winter sports, getting started might feel a little daunting. Ontario’s resorts and ski/snowboard destinations make it easy with flexible teaching lessons for all ages and skill levels, full equipment rental services, programming for guests with special needs and a variety of ticket packages. You just need to take that first step out the front door.

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Kids’ Camps and School Break Programs

Did you know many of Ontario’s ski resorts offer camps and lesson programs for kids, tweens and teens during school holidays?

Located just outside Thunder Bay, Loch Lomond Ski Area takes full advantage of Northern Ontario’s splendid winter weather with full and half day ski camps. There are a number of holiday camps and packages at Ski Dagmar in Uxbridge, about an hour’s drive north of Toronto. There are programs for little tykes at Laurentian Ski Hill. Warning: cuteness overload!

Accessibility and Adaptive Programs 

There’s a growing number of ski properties committed to sharing the joy of winter sport with guests who require special assistance. Innovative programs are designed to remove barriers and help foster the potential in everyone, focusing on ability, not disability.

In Eastern Ontario, Mount Pakenham and Calabogie Peaks Resort both provide catered ski lessons from CADS certified pros and supportive volunteers. Service animals and support persons are welcome.

The Adaptive Skiing program at Blue Mountain Resort is a flexible 60-minute to 3-hour lesson for those aged six and up who need a little more hands-on attention.

Individualized Lessons That Work for You

It’s never too late to discover your passion for the slopes. In addition to kids camps, most ski facilities offer a variety of personalized training programs from private to group lessons, novice to advanced, and in some cases, offered during off-peak hours.

Mount Jamieson Resort in Timmins makes learning hassle-free with private instructions, lift ticket and rental equipment. 

Getting up to the top of the hill at Hockley Valley Resort in Mono is super easy on their ‘magic carpet’, a conveyor belt for new and learning skiers and boarders. Need a little BFF support on the slopes? Check out the 8-week All-Women program at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area in Huntsville. Sessions start with a sport-specific warm-up, followed by a 2-hour lesson and end with a hearty lunch.

Horseshoe Resort offers a sweet First Time Discover Ski and Snowboard deal with lift ticket, equipment and 2-hour lessons for guests 10 and up. Find a learn-to-ski or learn-to-snowboard program that fits your ability level and schedule at Searchmont Resort in Sault Ste. Marie, Blue Mountain ResortSir Sams in Haliburton, Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge and at Laurentian Ski Hill in North Bay.

Ready to make the leap from student to teacher? The Snow School program at Glen Eden in Kelso Conservation Area is the perfect place for instructors and coaches to get their start.

Stay on the Slopes at Resort Accommodations

Now that you’re out owning winter, try your hand at other snow adventures like snowtubing, snowshoeing or fat biking. Many of Ontario’s ski resorts, including Hockley Valley ResortBlue Mountain ResortHorseshoe Resort and Searchmont Resort offer a variety of activities and mountainside accommodations from suites to chalets, so you can literally stay and play all day.

Snow News is Good News

The weekly Ontario Ski and Snow Report is your go-to for the most up-to-date snow conditions at ski hills and resorts across the province.

What are you waiting for? Avoid the hibernation trap: head to the hills and embrace winter!

Last updated: November 25, 2022

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