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Southern Ontario resorts attract families to get out on the slopes this winter.

Generations of skiers have taken their first runs on the ski hills on the southern tip of Georgian Bay, a short scenic winter’s drive north of Toronto running from Barrie to just west of Collingwood.

BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Blue Mountain offers some of the best skiing and riding in Ontario, with 42 trails ranging from beginner to double black diamond and a top-quality snowmaking system, that provides consistent conditions. The resort’s 16 lifts — including five high-speed six-person chairs — maximize your on-snow time and ensure you won’t spend half the day standing in line or sitting on a lift. Panoramic views of Georgian Bay greet you at the top. The championship Badlands Terrain Park boasts some of eastern Ontario’s best rails along with two superpipes to get the adrenaline pumping. The fun continues after the sun sets, with 25 trails and 13 lifts under the lights.

HORSESHOE RESORT

With 26 Alpine runs, a terrain park and six lifts nestled in a natural snow belt and surrounded by beautiful forest, Horseshoe Resort prides itself on great snowmaking and stellar conditions.

The Horseshoe Resort snow school offers an extensive variety of lessons like the Discover packages include a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a 90-minute lesson. Weekend, evening and holiday programs as well as March Break camps cater to all ages and abilities.

MOUNT ST. LOUIS MOONSTONE

Located just north of Barrie, Mount St. Louis Moonstone is on