Ontario’s Horseshoe Resort Set To Open 50th Ski Season This Weekend

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The Barrie resort is enjoying an early ski season due to better than expected snowmaking conditions

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“Mother Nature has been kind and the conditions have been better than expected for snowmaking, so we’re excited to welcome our ski season guests a bit earlier this year at Horseshoe,” says Sean Billing, General Manager.

Horseshoe, a Skyline Resort in Barrie, Ontario, is kicking off their 50th ski season this weekend with an unexpected early opening this Saturday, December 1. Two ski runs, Ponytail and Steeplechase, will be open along with 15 km of groomed Nordic trails and 10 km of snowshoe trails.

“Mother Nature has been kind and the conditions have been better than expected for snowmaking, so we’re excited to welcome our ski season guests a bit earlier this year at Horseshoe,” says Sean Billing, General Manager. “We have lots in store to commemorate our 50th anniversary and this is an ideal start. We look forward to making this year the best ski season yet!”

Horseshoe Resort has announced several ski and snowboard packages appealing to the both beginners and experts on the slopes. The Discover Ski & Boarding package starts from $249/night and includes everything first-time skiers need: accommodations, breakfast, one alpine lift ticket, ski or snowboard rentals and a 1 ½ hour group lesson.

More advanced skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the Ski & Stay special which includes accommodations, breakfast and a lift ticket from $129/night. New this season, lift tickets will be valid on the day of check-in through the day of check-out, giving guests extra hours on the hill.

The resort, which first opened as Horseshoe Valley Ski Club in 1962, will pay tribute to the founders, employees, guests and visitors who have been a part of its incredible history with a series of events over the course of the season. More announcements are to come.
Set on nearly 700 acres, Horseshoe Resort provides much more than a typical ski and snowboard experience. In addition to 27 alpine runs, the resort offers 40 km of groomed Nordic trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, delectable dining, an indoor pool and the full-service Shizen Spa. In the past year, The Inn at Horseshoe has refreshed its rooms with new décor, carpeting and furniture.

To book by phone, please dial 1-866-216-9483.

About Horseshoe Resort:
Horseshoe Resort, named for the horseshoe-shaped series of hills in which the resort is nestled, is located north of Barrie, less than an hour away from the Greater Toronto Area. The resort is the ultimate place for adventure, offering an extensive Adventure Park, two award-winning golf courses, 27 ski and snowboard runs, six lifts, expanded Terrain Park and over 40 km of groomed Nordic and hiking trails. Horseshoe also offers Kids Korral programming, Yamaha Riding Adventures, Segway Adventures, Treetop Trekking and more. The Inn at Horseshoe boasts newly renovated rooms, a conference centre, upscale dining at Silks Dining Lounge, and the top-rated Shizen Spa, which blends the latest holistic techniques with classic spa treatments. The 2012/2013 ski season will mark Horseshoe’s 50th year in operation as a ski resort with a series of planned events. For more information, visit: http://www.horseshoeresort.com

About Skyline Hotels & Resorts:
Skyline Hotels & Resorts is a distinctive collection of retreats focused on providing true lifestyle enhancing experiences to leisure and business guests, as well as local residents. Offerings include top-level golf and ski, its own Shizen Spa brand and a complete range of year-round activities including adventure parks and corporate team-building. Skyline destinations include the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Pantages Hotel in downtown Toronto, Barrie’s Horseshoe Resort and Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka. In July 2012, Skyline Hotels & Resorts added Toronto’s historic King Edward Hotel to its collection. Skyline Hotels & Resorts is owned and operated by Skyline International Developments Inc., a real estate and development company that also includes unique communities like Port McNicoll. Visit http://www.skylinehotelsandresorts.com.

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