For the lovers of winter, the holidays gave us the best present: lots of glorious, fluffy snow. All that’s left for you to do is get out and enjoy the slopes across York Durham Headwaters! When it comes to the perfect winter day with family and friends, the mountains are hard to beat.
Here are six destinations for a perfect, family-friendly, snow-covered downhill skiing getaway across York Durham Headwaters.
It is with good reason that Brimacombe is called one of Ontario’s top family ski areas; for 80 years they have welcomed families to its slopes, offering fun and affordable skiing and snowboarding for “kids” of all ages. Only a short drive from Oshawa, Brimacombe is in Orono and has 22 runs and trails, ranging from beginner to expert for you to enjoy. If you want to get airborne, they have three terrain parks, including a beginner-oriented progression park and a six-acre terrain park, dubbed the Vault.
You will be spending more time on the slopes (and avoiding long lineups) thanks to their eight chairlifts, including a Magic Carpet in their beginner area, and a fixed-grip, four-person chair with a beginner-friendly loading conveyor. It is easy to make it a full day at Brimacombe thanks to their chalets and night skiing. Stay energized by enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner in one of their two warm chalets, and, after the sun sets, keep skiing with 11 trails under the twinkling lights and starry skies. Whatever adventure you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Brimacombe!
Dagmar Ski Resort
Discover the thrill of Winter at Dagmar! Located in Uxbridge, Dagmar Ski Resort offers an unforgettable family resort experience. Their Family Learning Center is the perfect place to introduce your little ones to skiing and snowboarding, with a learn to ski kids’ corral, magic carpet and specialized children’s instructors.
The resort includes ski areas for alpine skiing and snowboarding. Hit the slopes with 18 runs that present varied terrain and scenery, while providing a fun and exciting learning experience for all ages and experience levels. For the thrill seekers, Dagmar’s renowned Terrain Parks are the largest in the Durham Region, containing over 60 features in four Progression Parks for all abilities from beginner to advanced. They have four chairlifts including two quads and two triples, carrying you to the top fast!
There’s also plenty of relaxation waiting in their comfortable lodge. Not only will you experience beautiful views overlooking the slopes, but they have a restaurant and fully licensed lounge, including a coffee bar. Just 30 minutes from the GTA, Dagmar is a great place to enjoy the winter close to home!
Lakeridge Ski Resort
Located less than 70 kilometres from Downtown Toronto in Uxbridge, Lakeridge Resort is nestled in the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine, and is an exciting and safe place for you and your family to develop skills and unleash your passion for snow sports. There’s skiing and snowboarding options for all ages! Featuring 23 runs spread over 70 acres, they offer a wide range of trails for everyone from novice to expert. You’ll experience mogul and banked slalom runs, three dedicated snowboard terrain parks, a fun park, a snowcross run and a separate snow tubing park.
Snow tubing is an excellent activity for those new to the speed of the slopes. It offers the thrill of speeding downhill with the ease of floating in a pool, without the bumps and thumps of tobogganing. Lakeridge Resorts dedicated snow tubing park is a great place for a family or group activity and is suitable for almost all ages.They provide the tubes and the snow, and you provide the fun!
Mansfield Ski Club
Only an hour from the city, Mansfield is a private club that is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the ski season. Mansfield is a skier’s heaven, with magnificent views, uncrowded slopes, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. They have four terrain parks, with no pass required!
Ski at Hockley Valley Resort
Located just north of Orangeville, Hockley Valley is a popular ski destination. They offer 15 scenic runs for all levels, including an upper and lower freestyle terrain park. Young or old, learner or skilled, they have experienced instructors, offering a ton of expert instruction and help.
Skiing at Hockley offers so much more than fantastic skiing – they provide a full resort experience. You can relax at the spa, take a culinary journey, enjoy fine wine, then cap it all off by staying in a luxurious suite. It makes for a fantastic, full-weekend getaway.
Uplands Golf and Ski Club
With a vertical drop of some 100′ feet and slopes of varying difficulty that average 1000′ feet in length, Uplands is the perfect environment for beginners of all ages, especially children. They have lesson packages for kids, starting at four years old. It has become the go-to place in York region for kids learning to ski or snowboard. If you have little ones and want to introduce them to the slopes, this is the place to kickstart their passion – and, do it all close to home!
From the “never-skied-before” to the “big-air-seeker,” you are sure to find a place to ski or board or tube this winter in York Durham Headwaters. Make sure that you stay safe by staying within your limits and have some family fun on the slopes!