A perfect weekend for skiing

Well, there are no excuses this weekend. We thought last week was sweet, well this weekend even sweeter with another 20-30 cms of fresh powder in ski country...actually Hockley Valley was the big winner on Tuesday's dump with 25 cms. Then Sir Sams in Haliburton on Wednesday with 30 cms...thats where you'll find the NEWSTALK Markville Ford Explorer this weekend for the annual kick off to New Year, apres dinner and dance on Saturday.

We'll be staying at the beautiful and quaint Sir Sams Inn and Water Spa..right on Eagle Lake, 4min drive from the ski hills.  It's one of the coolest, traditional Haliburton Inns with amazing chef inspired food, the biggest and neatest Water Spa you'll find anywhere in Ontario with huge indoor pool, aqua centers and massaging spouts with water falls that ease sore muscles after a day of skiing, snowmobiling or cross country skiing. 

Some rooms have real wood burning fireplaces and jacuzzi. It's one of the top rates hotels anywhere in ski country and a fantastic vacation destination in the summer.  We'll tell you more from the Inn and ski resort over the weekend. 

Ok, all hills are open and full operation including cross country, ice fishing and most snowmobile trails but stay off all lakes and rivers if you don't know..don't go.

As for events, there's a ton on the go and Winter Carnival season is underway with the biggest.

Wiarton Willie Festival in Wiarton with prediction ceremony at 7:15 Saturday morning.

It's Winter Festival time in Barrie along with the Blues Festival right downtown.

Winterfest in Goderich, In Hamilton throughout town, in Midland at various locations in town, New Lowell, Sunnidale, Port Sydney at the Community Center and Polarfest in Lakefield near Peterborough. 

As for other events, the Canadian Pond Hockey Championship takes place at Pinestone Inn, Haliburton..biggest pond hockey tournament in the world with over 1,000 skaters from 18 countries and 300 games.

The Provincial,  Mens and Womens Curling Championship continues in Elmira at Woodwich Memorial Center.

There's moonlight snowshoeing and Chilli Cookout at Snow Valley on Saturday beginning at 6.

Muskoka Fatbike Festival on Saturday at Deerhurst Resort from 11-4.

The Nostalgia Show and Sale takes place in Ancaster with over 150 vendors at Maritt Hall. 

There's a similar show of Nostalgia in Port Perry all weekend at the Scugogg Comunity Center.

It's all fun and Whiskey in Collingwood for Whiskylicious at various restaurants in town through the 10th along with Barrielicious at various restaurants in town.   

Niagara on the Lake just finished the 3 week party of Ice Wine Festival and now it's Days of Wine and Chocolate at various wineries in the region all month. 

Sending it for Sarah is a special Saturday at Blue Mt in memory of her trail blazing in womens freestyle skiing. Only women can participate, all ages raising money for Sarahs charity all day. 

In Toronto, it's a biggie..the National Bridal Show at Enercare Center with thousands of ideas for your special day.

The Light Festival continues at Distillery with thousands of lights and displays along with Winterlicious at various restaurants in town and for skiers..beginners..its Never Ever Day...a fantastic package that includes lift tix, lesson and rentals for just $25.

And thats it for now, brought to you by Pizzaville. Try this special....2 large, stone baked, extra thin crust, well done pizzas for just $27..#3636 on your cell or Pizzaville.ca. Have a fantastic winter weekend...see you at Sir Sam's and the Sir Sam's Inn and WaterSpa this weekend!