We stayed at the resort for 3 days in February 2013. We scored an amazing online deal (follow them on Twitter for similar deals!) It included a renovated room (we've been told that most, if not all, the rooms are now renovated - they're doing huge upgrades to the resort), breakfast every morning and our lift passes.
The room was gorgeous, a large glass shower with adjustable height shower head, bar fridge, flat screen tv and comfortable beds with lovely bedding.
The hill is small, even by Ontario standards, but the snow was amazing. They do make snow and they groom the hill very well. It was the best snow I've skied on all year. There are no real black diamonds on the hill, though a few of the runs are labelled as such. The entire hill is very skiable terrain and there is lots of room for beginners to play around on. The lift attendants are super friendly. They are, by far, some of the best I've encountered over the years.
Crazy horse (the bar at the base of the hill) has the best sweet potato fries around. The rest of the food is your average pub fare. They removed the chair lift seats a while ago, it lost a bit of its charm.
The spa at the resort was fabulous. We had a great massage followed by a pedicure. Prices are reasonable for a resort spa and the pedicure is almost flawless 3 weeks (and many ski days) later.
The silks dining room was serving a prix fixe menu. 3 courses for $35. The food was delicious (in particular the roasted vegetables - we wished we'd been able to order a bowl of them!)
The included breakfast was quite the spread. It was buffet style, the food was hot, and there was a large selection. We definitely didn't go hungry. And the staff were very friendly as well.
If you're not a skier there are a number of other things to do: the hot tub and pool are open long hours, there is cross country skiing, snow shoe trails, skating, tubing and we saw a sign for dog sledding not far away (we spied it from the top of the runs!)
We've been here in the summer to trek in the tree tops (awesome) and play in the new adventure park. We'll be going back this year for some more fun in the sun.
This resort would be perfect for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's 4 seasons of adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort, only one hour north of Toronto. Whether you're here for family fun, an inspired meeting at our Conference Centre or a romantic getaway, there's a whole world of things to do. Imagine 26 Alpine ski and snowboard runs, 35 kms of groomed double track set Nordic trails, terrain park with over 20 features, two full championship golf courses, three restaurants, Shizen Spa, hot tubs, saunas, Segway Off-road Adventures, Yamaha Riding Adventures, Advenuture Buggie Tours, Treetop Trekking, Horseback riding, Hummer Tours, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness facilities and weekly classes, a 10 acre driving range, putting green, hiking and biking trails through the breathtaking Copeland Forest, Kids Korral and the Horseshoe Adventure Park! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Horseshoe Hotel Barrie
- Horseshoe Resort Barrie, Ontario