Hit the Slopes

By Kristy Elik

Whether you’re perfecting your pizza on Monarch or shreddin’ the pow on Boomerang, skiing at close-to-home Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre is a perfect way to spend a winter’s day.

Nestled on the breathtaking Niagara Escarpment in Milton, Glen Eden boasts six lifts, 15 slopes ranging in difficulty from beginner to black diamond, and three terrain park runs. Open seven days a week, this community facility offers lessons, season passes, lift tickets, rentals and everything else you’ll need for a great time on the slopes.

A recreation area built around Lake Kelso, Glen Eden is spread across 45 acres of accessible terrain and offers skiers and riders a 240-foot vertical drop. With 100 per cent snowmaking capability, you’re set to ski no matter the conditions.

Many lovers of the sport have whet their schussing appetite at Glen Eden, which is operated by Conservation Halton (CH). It’s a local mainstay and a perfect destination for the whole family.

If you don’t live for the bite of cold air on your face as you plummet down a hill, CH’s nearby Mountsberg Conservation Area offers alternatives for you and yours to enjoy on those bright, wintry days and brisk, starry nights. On weekends and holidays, Mountsberg hosts a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a winter wonderland. The destination? A roaring bonfire, where you’ll arrive rosy-cheeked and ready for a tasty marshmallow roast. Make a day of it by picking up a hot chocolate in the gift shop and then visiting with the park’s resident birds of prey, bison, and farm animals, followed by a visit to the play barn.

Another fascinating option for a crisp winter’s night is a popular program called Owl Prowl, which provides insight into the mysterious lives of Ontario’s most majestic birds. A hike to search for owls and a “nose to beak” visit with Mountsberg’s resident raptors offers an experience not easily forgotten.