Collingwood is ideally and idyllically set within a network of the best ski hills in Ontario. The highest peaks. The longest runs. And the best, most comfy chalets and facilities you’ll find anywhere in the province are all right here about a 90-minute pilgrimage or less from the GTA.
Whether you’re a beginner looking to strap on skis for the very first time, a casual snowboarder who enjoys the small victory of getting to the bottom of the hill without falling, or an experienced skier who already knows every Collingwood ski trail like the back of your glove, there are ski hills near Collingwood for everyone.
Here are some of the ski hills you’ll undoubtedly enjoy in Collingwood and the surrounding areas.
Blue Mountain Resort
Collingwood and Blue Mountain Resort are synonymous with Ontario’s ski scene, even though the resort is technically just a ski pole’s length outside Collingwood’s geographic boundaries. Open to the public, Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest mountain village resort, features a staggering 43 trails and 5 high-speed lifts, and its Gord’s Groove run is a luxurious 1.6 km (1 mile) long. Over its 80-year history, the resort has evolved from a simple ski destination to the immersive all-senses experience it is today with a healthy variety of restaurants and bars, shops, spa services and more. Whatever your sense of adventure, at Blue Mountain you’re sure to find something here that will put a smile on your face.
Craigleith Ski Club
Craigleith is one of the Collingwood area’s oldest and largest private ski clubs with a generous 32 well-groomed trails and 6 chairlifts including 3 high-speed quads. The club is known for its welcoming and unpretentious, family-friendly atmosphere and dedication to maintaining excellent on-hill conditions – thanks to the latest state-of-the-art snowmaking technology with 500 fully automated snowmaking guns. Not just a skier’s paradise, Craigleith also features an outstanding snowboarding terrain park with spines, rollers, bumps and whales.
Alpine Ski Club
Located just outside of Collingwood in the Blue Mountains, Alpine Ski Club holds the distinction of offering the most runs across all private ski clubs in Ontario. Skiers and snowboarders alike can take their pick from among 37 runs spread out across 120 acres and a peak 760 feet in elevation. Alpine offers runs that appeal to all skill levels from intermediate to the Steeps Chair featuring 5 extreme double black diamond runs. Alpine is also home to the last remaining competition-size half pipe in Ontario.
Travel west from Collingwood along Highway 26 and after passing through Craigleith and Camperdown, you’ll come to the village of Thornbury. Here, you’ll find The Georgian Peaks Club, a private ski
club featuring the highest, longest and most challenging terrain in the
province. Of note, The Peaks is the only ski area in Southern Ontario with enough vertical rise to hold an FIS-sanctioned Giant Slalom race. Despite these extreme accolades, Georgian Peaks has a balanced trail distribution: 30% easy, 40% intermediate and 30% difficult spread among the club’s 24 trails.
Just south of Collingwood Quay along Hurontario (Highway 124) you’ll discover Devil’s Glen Country Club, a private ski hill with 24 trails that appeal to all skill levels, and skiers and snowboarders alike. Strategically protected from the winter’s winds, the Devi’s Glens’ northeast exposure ensures you will enjoy an abundance of snow throughout Southern Ontario’s ski season.
From Collingwood Quay, you’re also a quick and effortless drive to many of the other greatest, tallest and most popular public ski resorts in BruceGreySimcoe country including Horseshoe Resort, Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Ski Snow Valley Barrie.
The great thing about living in Collingwood Quay is that when you’re looking to escape for a day of skiing and snowboarding adventure, Southern Ontario’s greatest winter wonderland is right outside your front door. See you on the slopes!