Ontario Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

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.

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 zero (NONE!) ski resorts in Ontario that are associated with one of these multi-resort passes.

ResortPassLocation
Adanac Ski HillSudbury, ON, P3A 5
Antoine MountainMattawa, ON, P0H 1
Batawa Ski HillBatawa, ON, K0K
Blue MountainThe Blue Mountains, ON, L9Y
Boler MountainLondon, ON, N6K
Boogie Mountain, ON,
BrimacombeOrono, ON, L0B
Calabogie PeaksCalabogie, ON, K0J 1
Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard CentreEtobicoke, ON, M9C 5
ChicopeeKitchener, ON, N2A 2
Dagmar ResortUxbridge, ON, L9P
Dryden Ski ClubDryden, ON, P8N
Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard CentreNorth York, ON, M3H 3
Glen EdenMilton, ON, L9T 2
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski AreaHuntsville, ON, P1H 1
Hockley Valley ResortMono, ON, L9W
Horseshoe ResortBarrie, ON, L4M
Lakeridge ResortUxbridge, ON, L9P
Laurentian Ski HillNorth Bay, ON, P1C
Lively Ski HillLively, ON, P3Y 1
Loch Lomond Ski AreaThunder Bay, ON, P7J 1
Mansfield Ski ClubMansfield, ON, L9V
Mount Baldy Ski AreaShuniah, ON, P7A
Mount Chinguacousy, ON,
Mount Dufour Ski AreaElliot Lake, ON, P0M 2
Mount Fairweather (not public)Atikokan, ON,
Mount Jamison ResortTimmins, ON, P0N 1
Mount Martin Ski ClubDeep River, ON, K0J
Mount PakenhamPakenham, ON, K0A
Mount St. Louis MoonstoneColdwater, ON, L0K 1
Searchmont ResortSearchmont, ON, P0S 1
Sir Sam’s Ski AreaEagle Lake, ON, K0M
Ski Snow Valley, ON,
Trestle Ridge Ski HillTerrace Bay, ON,
Tri Town Ski and Snowboard VillageWest Timiskaming District, ON, P0J
Uplands Ski CentreThornhill, ON, L4J 1

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.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Blue Mountain17%42%41%45%
#2Hockley Valley Resort20%30%50%44%
#3Sir Sam’s Ski Area15%45%40%41%
#4Mansfield Ski Club18%47%35%39%
#5Loch Lomond Ski Area30%35%35%39%

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.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Laurentian Ski Hill87%13%0%6%
#2Boogie Mountain80%20%0%6%
#3Uplands Ski Centre70%20%10%12%
#4Glen Eden60%40%0%12%
#5Adanac Ski Hill65%30%5%13%

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.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Blue Mountain452 m226 m226 m25134
#2Calabogie Peaks386 m154 m238 m8024
#3Loch Lomond Ski Area442 m213 m229 m6017
#4Searchmont Resort488 m274 m214 m10021
#5Antoine Mountain351 m158 m192 m8015