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Ski hills open across the province, including Mansfield

January 13, 2022   ·   0 Comments

Written By Brian Lockhart

The recent restrictions imposed by the provincial government may have closed indoor arenas and recreational facilities but many outdoor sports are still permitted. 

Ski resorts in Ontario are open and operating for the season.

Last year, ski resorts were placed on the restricted activities list, forcing them to put a stop to all operations. This happened right at peak season for Ontario
winter resorts.

The Ontario Ski Association lobbied the provincial government in a bid to allow the resorts to open, however they missed most of the season.

The resorts took a huge financial hit because of the shut-down.

This year, ski hills were not placed under any operating restrictions under the new provincial shut-down rules.

However, there are still plenty of minor restrictions when it comes to hitting
the slopes.

Most notably, you must book lift tickets and rental equipment online before you show up at the resort for a day on the slopes. There are also rules in place regarding who can go on a chairlift together.

Face coverings are required for all visitors.

There are also restrictions on indoor facilities like restaurants, so if you decide to go for the day, be prepared to spend all your time outdoors. You most likely will not have an opportunity to step indoors and warm up.

The ski season has gotten off to a slow start this year. A lack of snowfall means many of resorts are operating only some of their runs. Other runs are closed.

As of Jan. 8, the Mansfield Ski Club reported eight of 17 trails open. There was extensive snow making taking place on some of the hills as the colder temperatures means snow machines can start operating.

Mansfield is a private club but opens to the public on some days, and will be allowing public access beginning in February.

There are 59 ski resorts listed on the OSA website that feature both downhill and Nordic (cross-country) style skiing.



         

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