Ontario has over thirty ski resorts and hills that are exclusively located in the lower third of the province. Most of the resorts are within an hour drive of Ottawa and Toronto.
Ontario Ski Season
The ski season in Ontario typically runs from mid-December to late March, depending on the weather and snow conditions. Some ski resorts in Ontario may stay open later into the year, while others may close earlier, depending on the amount of snowfall and the demand for skiing and snowboarding.
List of All Ontario Ski Resorts
Skiing can get expensive. Besides equipment rentals, ski lift passes are expensive and really add up if you have a family. To combat this, multi-resort, multi-day lift passes were created to help offset this cost a bit. Buying lift pass days in bulk will usually net you around a 20% discount.
However, there are no ski resorts in Ontario that are associated with any of the major (Epic & IKON) multi-resort passes. There are a few, however, a part of the smaller INDY network.
Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’
Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
The Most Difficult Ontario Ski Resorts
Blue Mountain is the most difficult ski resort in Ontario, with Hockley Valley Resort as a very close second. Blue Mountain has the third-highest vertical drop behind Calabogie and Loch Lomond Ski Area.
The Easiest Ski Resorts in Ontario
Laurentian Ski Hill and Boogie Mountain both have zero difficult or expert-level trails. Subsequently, they also have over 80% of their runs classified as “easy”. These two are great beginner ski hills that the whole family can enjoy.
The Largest Ski Resorts in Ontario
Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?
Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.
Blue Mountain is the largest Ontario ski resort because it has the most skiable acres and the third-highest vertical drop. Calabogie Peaks has the steepest vertical, which was enough to push it into second place.