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Horseshoe Ski Resort

Horseshoe Valley ski resort is located about 20 minutes north of Barrie, Ontario. We do not live in Barrie though so it was about a 3 hour drive for us. We decided to go to this resort because of the price compared to others such as Blue Mountain in Collingwood.

Skiing in Ontario, Canada is one of the greatest experiences you will have. The snow is plentiful and usually the weather is great. The snow belt which it is often called is located between Toronto, Ontario and Perry Sound, Ontario. The weather in this part is usually snowing and with the mild temperatures and mountainous terrane it makes for perfect ski weather.

 

The resort we stayed at was the Horseshoe Resort and the part of the resort we stayed in was the Slopeside Condos. We rented a 2 bedroom slope side condo for 5 days and it happened to be on the 3rd of 5 floors. The resort is very pet friendly and we brought our big black lab with us for the trip. I would say though that they should have more garbages located on the resort because there is only few places you can throw away your dogs poop.

The condos were very dated to 1990’s or even earlier but while we were there I enquired and they are renovating top to bottom the condos and are selling them at the end of this ski year. I would suspect the price to sky rocket after that. I was surprised about the skiing there though and considering the price of the condos.

While we were there we needed to get some stuff and there is a grocery store and beer/liquor store within a 5 minute drive up the road. So that isn’t to bad. What is on the resort is 2 restaurants and a cafeteria. The restaurants are great and not that pricey considering where you are. I would definitely recommend eating at the Crazy Horse Sports Bar. This place has an abundance of TV’s and has a very good atmosphere. if you like to eat a bit more of a fancy meal than I would recommend the Inn Steakhouse which is good but a little bit more formal.

 

The meals we had were all good and the fact we had our own condo makes these types of get aways even better because its a lot more convenient to wake up in the morning and brew your coffee, get your kid a bowl of cereal and make some bacon and eggs. If thats your thing than condos are the way to go!

Now for what we went for, the skiing and snow tubing! The Snow tubing was excellent and the hill appeared to be very high. The top was a little disorganized and you kinda just pick whatever line you want and hope for the best. to get to the top you take a conveyor belt so thats a bonus as you don’t have to do any walking. While we were there the price was great. The day we went it was $10 unlimited riding but the regular price is $4 a ride. That isn’t to bad because how many times are you really going to go down? Really?

On to the skiing at Horseshoe Resort. This hill is excellent for beginners. I haven’t skied in about 20 years so I didn’t know what to expect at all. When we arrived we ended up renting skis which was extremely costly. My wife and son both took lessons and for the 5 year old it was expensive but definitely worth it. He took group lessons which were pretty much 1 on 1 and they lasted 2 hours, we signed him up 2 days in a row. My wife on the other hand took one 2 hour lesson and learned a lot as well. She had never skied before and it was her first time so it was good for her to get a lesson in.

Now the hill is small but they do have or did have 4 chair lifts operational while we were there. I know when I say small that doesn’t sound like it but and it is bigger than some of the other hills in Ontario but if you have ever been to Mont Tremblant or skiing in British Columbia than you would know what I mean. Nonetheless this hill is perfect for beginners and the kids or bunny hill is amazing for the tykes with lots of room and its own chair lift. So when they try this one and get comfortable it should just be a progression over to the main ones.

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11 Comments

  1. Oh I would love to go snow tubing! That looks like so much fun. I’ve never been snow skiing. I’ve tried to water ski, but couldn’t stay up for very long.

  2. that indeed looks like a skiing paradise! I skied one time in my life and it was accompanied by a panic attack cause I was too scared but I would love to get down those hills with a sly 😀

  3. I had no idea that there was skiing in this part of Canada. We were in Quebec in February last year and really enjoyed trying some of the smaller resorts although we did also visit tremblant. Looks cool

  4. This sounds like a great location for a family ski holiday. Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s always good to find out about the lesser known gems.

  5. michelle d

    I tried skiing once and gave up. I would love to go again and try! Love that you added the video of your trip – really lets the reader connect.

  6. This looks like my kind of ski area- one without super big hills! It sounds like the resort you stayed at is going to have some really nice upgrades done to it real soon. You will have to return and show us how the renovated rooms look. Definitely a New Year’s Even to remember.. skiing in the snow!

  7. That looks like a cool place to ski at! I would have gotten my own condo too, as you say it’s more practical. Also I haven’t skied in almost 20 years so I would definitely need to take lessons !!

  8. Looks like a wonderful place to go skiing and enjoy a getaway. Reminds me a bit of Austria where I live. Lots of places for skiing here.

  9. Jessica

    I am going skiing next weekend and am pretty nervous/excited about it! I haven’t been in so long. I have never actually gone skiing in Canada but I been to Whistler in BC. Canada has some amazing places for skiing.

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