Winter Terrain – Capture the excitement for a day by hitting the slopes locally this winter

Winter is here and it’s finally time to load your skis into the car and head somewhere for a day of shushing or cross-country trailblazing. We may not be blessed with the scenery and mountain terrain of Vancouver or Montreal, but if you love to ski and long to get out and enjoy our winter wonderland, there are some great options available.

Here are a few suggestions for downhill and cross country skiing. All are perfect for a day outing from Oakville or Burlington. Of course, if you want to stay overnight or make a long weekend of it, you can head to the Collingwood area or Horseshoe Valley or Mount St. Louis north of Barrie.

Some resorts offer both cross-country and downhill skiing which is great if half the group wants to hit the slopes but others want to enjoy the trails. Many parks also offer tubing and a terrain park for boarders and extreme skiers to practise their tricks.

Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville | hockley.com
Less than an hour from here in the beautiful Hockley Valley, with fine dining, spa and overnight packages also available.

The Slopes:
Lifts: 3
Trails: 14
Beginner: 3
Intermediate: 6
Difficult: 5
Terrain park: yes
Rentals: yes
Lessons: yes
Night skiing: yes

Glen Eden, Milton | gleneden.on.ca
Just minutes from Oakville and Burlington, head to Halton’s own alpine locale for tubing, skiing, snowboarding and some fresh air. There are 4 food service locations to keep you fueled.

The Slopes:
Lifts: 5
Trails: 12
Beginner: 7
Intermediate: 4
Difficult: 1
Terrain park: yes
Rentals: yes
Lessons: yes
Night skiing: yes

Caledon Ski Club, Caledon | caledonskiclub.com
In 1958 on a farm north of Inglewood Ontario a small group of friends decided to install a homemade rope tow on what’s now known as the Caledon Ski Club. This private club is open to guests by reservation only. Other outdoor options include snowshoeing, hiking or skating.

The Slopes:
Lifts: 8
Trails: 23
Beginner: 7
Intermediate: 8
Expert: 8
Terrain park: yes
Rentals: yes
Lessons: yes
Night skiing: no

Chicopee, Kitchener | discoverchicopee.com
Chicopee has been popular with snow enthusiasts of all ages for downhill skiing and snowboarding since 1934. Non-skiers can try Winter Disc Golf or enjoy the Silvertip Lounge.

The Slopes:
Lifts: 6
Trails: 14
Beginner: 4
Intermediate: 6
Difficult: 4
Terrain park: yes
Rentals: yes
Lessons: yes
Night skiing: yes

Mountsberg Conservation Area, Campbellville | conservationhalton.ca
14 kilometres of peaceful cross-country ski trails run through woods and sugar bush, and along the Wildlife Walkway. The Lakeshore Lookout Trail follows the shoreline of the Mountsberg Reservoir and features three smaller loops that traverse through plantations, wetlands and woodlands.

The Trails:
Trails: 2 (ungroomed)
Rentals: no
Lessons: no

Crawford Lake, Milton | conservationhalton.ca
5 kilometres of idyllic scenery located on the escarpment through woods and fields. The Pine Ridge Trail offers views of beautiful pine plantations and open fields perfect for wildlife viewing.

The Trails:
Trails: 2 (ungroomed)
Rentals: no
Lessons: no

Hilton Falls, Milton | conservationhalton.ca
Enjoy groomed trails through escarpment woods and beaver meadows. Continue all the way to the beautiful view of the falls that is stunning in winter.  Trails are suitable for all levels of skiers and rentals are available for those who want to try it for the first time.

The Trails:
Trails: 3 (groomed)
Skiable Terrain: 16kms
Rentals: yes
Lessons: no

by Becky Dumais

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