Ontario finally got some good news! 

February 10, 2021

On Monday, the province announced that ski hills can reopen once their public health unit transitions back to the province’s colour-coded framework.

Ok a bit confusing Ontario…This means that we are going back to the colour-coded zones. And depending on what colour zone your ski club is in, skiers will be following different rules.

The great news is the province confirmed that ski hills will be allowed to open in units across the colour spectrum- even in the grey zone. Ski programs will also be permitted – except in the grey zone.

The excellent news is ski hills in Ontario are opening as early as this Thursday! Calabogie Peaks, about an hour west of Ottawa, and Batawa Ski Hill north of Trenton, are permitted to reopen this week based on strong public health indicators.

Ski clubs in Collingwood and the Blue Mountains are expected to open on or soon following Tuesday Feb 16.

Cheer your local public health unit on as it transitions back to the colour-coded framework.

Sending many thanks to the ski hill operators who have stuck with us through this tumultuous time. To everyone working hard through the yellow, orange, and grey – Thank you.

January 2, 2021

Ski Clubs across Ontario continue to be shutdown. Many Clubs are busy at work to get Ski Hills ready for Skiers upon reopening – scheduled for January 23, 2021.

Ski Clubs across Ontario continue to work collectively with the Ontario Snow Resorts Association (OSRA) to ensure that skiing and boarding reopens safely.

Ontario Ski Area Operators received a technical briefing from the Provincial Government on December 29th. Operators were provided the following details:

1. The shutdown will last the full 28 days in Southern Ontario.

2. The reason for the exclusion of skiing was to support the stay-at-home messaging of the government.  Concerns included hospital capacity and interzone travel.

3. The government indicated that in general, ski operations with COVID-19 plans in place were considered safe.

4. The Ontario Snow Resorts Association (OSRA) has establish a working committee of government officials and ski area experts which will work towards re-opening plans.  While ski areas have a specific exemption from shutdown rules to make and groom snow, ski operations will require lead time in order to effectively re-open.

Some Local Ski Activists have advocated for the early reopening of ski clubs. The change.org petition “Allow Ontario Ski Hills to Operate During Lockdown” has collected over 80,000 signatures.

While there is appetite for early Ontario Ski Hill reopening, Private Clubs in Ontario saw significantly lower numbers of skiers on the slopes in the period they were open ~ December 16-December 26, 2020. And in fact, there is some concern that Ski Hill re-opening dates will be pushed back beyond January 23, 2020.

It appears that the Ontario Ski Hill re-opening decision is closely tied to local hospital bed capacity. Given skiing related injuries may result in hospitalization, there is concern that skiing may strain limited pandemic resources.

Part of Ski Hills strategy to lobby for re-opening if jeopardized – would be to convince stakeholders that Ski Clubs can safely re-open without impacting hospital resources.

This means Ski Clubs could reduce activities that increase risk of injury, such as races, rentals, and guests. Ski Hills would instead explore other providing other outdoor and physical activities that are beneficial for physical and mental health.

As of today, Ontario Ski Hills are set to re-open on Saturday January 23, 2021. Check back on this blog or your Ski Club’s websites for new regularly.

December 26, 2020

It was announced that Ski Hills are included in Provincial Lockdown Measures. Ontario Ski Clubs will be closed December 26, 2020 – January 22, 2021.

Simcoe Muskoka and Grey Bruce Districts – our Ontario “ski country districts” – continue to be under provincial lockdown measures.

The following restrictions are in effect December 26, 2020 – January 22, 2021:

  • All indoor events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone).
  • You must limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart from everyone else.
  • Families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes.
  • Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside your household.
  • Outside events and social gatherings are limited to 10 people and must comply with 2 metres physical distancing from those outside of your household.
  • Only leave your home for essential reasons, such as work, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, helping vulnerable people, exercise and physical activity.
  • Wear a face covering indoors; outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained; or if wearing one is required.
  • Work remotely, where possible.

We wish everyone health and happiness during this difficult time. There are better days to come.

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December 4, 2020

As of December 4, 2020, the Ontario government has created regional zones, and accompanying measures, to protect Ontario citizens during the difficult and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Ski Resorts around Collingwood fall into two Health Districts: Simcoe-Muskoka Health District and Grey Bruce Health District.

The Grey Bruce Health District, encompassing The Blue Mountains, is in the YELLOW-PROTECT zone. Collingwood and its surrounding areas are in the more severe ORANGE-RESTRICT zone.

Ski Resorts/Clubs are scheduled to open, snow permitting, mid-December.

The following restrictions are currently in place. 

⁣⁣YELLOW-PROTECT Grey Bruce District: The Blue Mountains, Cranberry, Meaford, & Thornbury.

  • Indoor dining permitted up to 6 people at a table.
  • Liquor service to stop at 11PM, establishments to close at 12AM.
  • Indoor retail permitted with capacity limits and social distancing.
  • Limits for functions, parties, dinners, gatherings held in private residences: 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors.
  • Limits for religious services including wedding/funeral services: 30% capacity of the room indoors, 100 people outdoors.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities: 10 people indoors per room or 25 people outdoors in classes; 50 people indoors in gyms; Mask must be worn while exercising.

ORANGE-RESTRICT Muskoka Simcoe District: Collingwood, Clearview, Creemore, Duntroon, & Wasaga Beach.

  • Indoor dining permitted up to 4 people at a table.
  • Liquor service to stop at 9PM, establishments to close at 10PM.
  • Indoor retail permitted with screening of patrons, capacity limits, and social distancing.
  • Limits for functions, parties, dinners, gatherings held in private residences: 10 people indoors; 25 people outdoors.
  • Limits for religious services including wedding/funeral services: 30% capacity of the room indoors; 100 people outdoors.
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities: 10 people indoors per room or 25 people outdoors in classes; 50 people indoors in gyms; Mask must be worn while exercising. ⁣⁣