9 Tips for success this unprecedented Ontario Ski Season

 

Things are a bit different on the ski slopes this year in Ontario, but turns are turns are turns! And we are here to ski/snowboard.

Follow these best practices, and see y’all on the Ontario ski slopes when they reopen Sat Jan 23, 2021.

1. PRE-PURCHASE YOUR COLLINGWOOD LIFT TICKETS

This season Ontario ski lift tickets must be purchased online, in advance of your arrival at all Ski Clubs. Walk-up lift tickets will not be available for purchase.

Many Ontario Ski Clubs also have required health screening forms to fill out prior to arrival. Please visit each ski club’s website to learn more before visiting. Visit our blog on Collingwood Ski Updates for the latest on what’s happening with Ontario skiing and boarding this season.

2. MASK USE REQUIRED IN ONTARIO CHAIRLIFT LINES

All Ontario skiers and riders must wear a face mask/covering while in the lift line.

Ontario Ski Clubs also recommend that guests wear a face mask/covering while on-hill. Mask on policies will be enforced around ski club grounds and in lift lines.

Skiers and boarders do not need to wear a chairlift while on the chairlift, but must wear a mask while boarding the lift.

3. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED AT ONTARIO SKI CLUBS

Make sure to always plan ahead and pre-book your lift tickets this season. Most Ontario Ski Resorts/Clubs have online booking systems, or an app, to pre purchase/book lift tickets.

Given there may be limited numbers of skiers/boarders permitted on the hill each day, we recommend that you book your lift tickets early to secure your space on the hill.

4. BOOK RESERVATIONS FOR ONTARIO SKI LODGE MEALS ONLINE IN ADVANCE

Given limits on numbers of people that will be allowed indoors at one time, skiers and boarders will be required to make reservations for dining at most lodges this ski season.

This does not include lodge bathroom and brief warm up breaks, which do not need to be pre-booked. However, due to lodge number limits breaks and warm ups may not be able to be immediately obliged.

Expect that your time spent in Ontario ski lodges will be limited this season. Book your reservations early to secure meal times, if available at the resort you are skiing. And make your car your warm up ski oasis – read on!

5. RIDE THE CHAIRLIFT WITH YOUR HOUSEHOLD

It appears that most Ontario Ski Resorts/Clubs are only allowing skiers or boarders to ride the lift with their household, or individually. Skiers and boarders are not required to keep face masks on while riding the chairlift.

By getting family units to ride together, we can help reduce lift lines. Otherwise, it will be a long wait in the singles line!

Ski with your family, and help minimize your time spent in chair lift lines!

6. GEAR UP AT YOUR CHALET OR IN THE PARKING LOT

Skip the lodge and ski or ride directly from your car. This is safer and offers a more direct route to the slopes!

Given lodge limits, you will not be guaranteed entry into lodges at all times. Make it easier and skip the potential wait at the lodge by gearing up on home/car turf.

7. MAKE YOUR CAR YOUR WARM UP OASIS

Instead of lodge hot chocolate, pack a thermos of your own. Leave it in your car for slope side warm up breaks.

Pack dry socks, extra gloves, hand warmers, water and snacks to complete your warm up oasis. Crank some tunes and pretend you’re in a heated gondola! Our favourite hillside fuel ups are energy balls, Clif Bars, bananas, and hot chocolate of course.

8. EXPLORE NORDIC/SNOWSHOEING TRAILS INSTEAD OF ONTARIO SKI RESORTS

Skip the hills and explore Collingwood’s untouched backcountry and scenic Nordic trails. Or, check out our expert crafted Collingwood Bucketlist, full of fun things to do and explore in Collingwood pandemic-permitting.

We like the TrailForks app for discovering Collingwood, Creemore, and other Southern Ontario trails. You can use the TrailForks app to discover trails for different types of activities – like hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, and more.

How many of Collingwood’s famous trails can you complete this pandemic year? Let us know @CollingwoodLuxuryRentals on Instagram or Facebook (:

9. SELF-MONITOR AND NOTIFY IF NECESSARY

Should you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of skiing, please notify the club you visited.