Downhill Ski Resorts

Winter_DownhillSkiResorts_MtStLouis.jpgDid you know BruceGreySimcoe is downhill paradise?  We have four ski resorts, we’re located in Ontario’s “ski and snow belt” and – bonus – we’re close to major urban centres, a short drive for a day or weekend on the slopes. 
Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest mountain resort.  Located near Collingwood in The Town of Blue Mountains, Blue is open year round and is the place to be for those who love to “live it outside” during ski season.  Amenities include on-site accommodation and Blue Mountain Village with shopping, dining and attractions.
Horseshoe Resort, nestled in Horseshoe Valley near Barrie, is smack dab in the centre of the snow belt and prides itself on its racing program.  Like Blue, accommodation is located right beside the ski hills, with restaurants, spa and family activities rounding out your getaway experience.
Both Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Snow Valley are close to Barrie and cater to the family skiing experience.  Snow Valley has daycare for children six months to five years old (reservations recommended), plus “Ski ‘n Play” programs for kids ages three to five all the way up to adult.  There’s childcare available at Mount St. Louis for ages three to five on weekends and holidays, plus lessons for this age group and up.  Although neither have accommodation associated with the resorts, there are a wide variety of “Stay & Ski” packages to choose from at nearby accommodators.
All of the resorts have lessons, equipment rentals, night skiing and accommodation packages.  Awesome après-ski activities can be had either on the resort or close by.  In addition, Blue Mountain and Horseshoe have adaptive skiing programs for persons with disabilities to access the hills.

New to Downhill?  What to Expect

IIf you’ve never skied before, it can be a bit intimidating to try something new.  But don’t fear, help is at hand to ease you into this new and exciting winter sport. Our resorts have put together guides with useful information to assist you.  Included is information on what to wear, how to use the ski lift, ski hill etiquette and even where to park!  If you don’t own winter outerwear, Snow Valley can help with winter jacket and winter pant rentals.  There are also lessons available for first-timers.  Check out the links below to get started:

 For information on packages, coupons and more at BruceGreySimcoe’s ski resorts, visit Barrie’s Winter Fun.


Stay Safe on the Slopes

Ensure that your skiing experience is both enjoyable and safe by following these basic tips from the Ontario Snow Resorts Association website:

  • Lift Usage – Each type of lift – Chair, T-Bar, Conveyor – has its own procedure
  • Responsibility Code – Good manners on the slopes
  • Comfort Tips -  Make sure you’re dressed properly for the temperature with this easy-to-use online tool
  • Helmets – Wearing a helmet is highly recommended by the Ontario Snow Resorts Association for skiing and boarding

Winter sun can be stronger than you’d think, especially when bouncing off snow.  Wear sunscreen to avoid sunburn (even on cloudy days) and protect your eyes by wearing goggles.