Christmas is over but ski season is just beginning


Now that Christmas is over we can start enjoying our new equipment from Santa and there's great variety despite the milder weather this past week. The more Southern resorts took a small hit but the ones from Barrie north are still excellent and colder weather will be returning soon.

There's 20 downhill resorts open and 4 cross country on machine groomed granular. Mt St Louis/Moonstone continues to lead the pack with 35 of 36 slopes open and new high speed 6 passenger chair called the Josul Huter Express.

Horseshoe Valley, with one of the best all round winter experience destinations at 27-28 and a new Quad chair on south hills.

Snow Valley has 14-20, Blue Mt..32-43, Hockley Valley 11-15, Hidden Valley 9-15, Sir Sams 11-14, Brimacombe 4-20, Dagmar 16-18, Lakeridge 14-18, Chicopee 10-12, Glen Eden 16-17, Mountainview 33-35, Uplands 2-6 and the ROC 1-1.

As for cross country looking at 4...Hardwood Hills 15 of 40k, Scenic Caves 20-27k, and Highlands Nordic 24-24k.

There's moonlight family snow shoeing and cook offs this Saturday night at Horseshoe Valley and Snow Valley all starting at 6 with rentals available with groomed trails for the little ones.

OK, as for events it's always very quiet right after the holidays then we move full gear into Winter Festivals right across the Province.

As for this weekend some big events continue in the city...Ontario Place remains busy with Aurora Winter Festival of Lights...there's skating, DJ parties, magical winter wonderland with amusement park rides, games, food gardens, aritisan market, tube park and massive light displays through the 6th of January..10-10 daily. 

Cavalcade of Lights continues at Nathan Philips Square with rides, games, exhibitor tents, millions of lights and a food market through the 31st of December.

Christmas Glow is beaming in Etobicoke on Martin Grove Road with millions of lights, live music, interactive games and playground, rides, magical characters and a ferris wheel with licensed bar as well. 

Tunnel of Glam continues at 1501 Yonge St..near St Clair with an 80ft luminated tunnel with interactive lights and sequins..14 million lights from 7am to 1pm daily and it's free til the 6th.

Out of town, Niagara Falls Festival of Lights is huge with millions of lights and a laser show over the Falls along with fireworks.

Owen Sound Festival of Lights with Riverwalk and downtown lite up with millions of lights til the 5th.

Victorian Christmas takes place at Bronte Creek Park in Burlington..a 1900s Christmas with hands on displays, games and food.

Goderich continues with their Festival of Lights along with Georgina Pioneer Village, Georgetown, Ottawa, Blumiination at Blue Mt, Burlington at Spencer Smith Park, Cambridge downtown, Newmarket at Riverwalk, Orangeville til the 3lst.

ROM for the Holidays is special with 3 exhibitions..Bloodsuckers, Unique collections of horror and sci-fi memorabilia and Wildlife Photography with some of the world's best..10-5:30 daily.

Toronto Zoo is moving into full gear with Animal Enrichment Days..E waste holiday collection..bring in your old cell phones with monies raised going to the Zoo and animal preservation with over 5,000 animals at the Zoo.

Nutcracker continues at Casa Loma with live entertainment, light displays, ice skating performers along with fire performers til the 5th. Nutcracker is celebrating 50 years with the Karin Kain special...she's artist leader and icon at Four Seasons Center for Performing Arts til the 4th at 145 Queen St West..

On Sunday, the 2nd annual Bentway Skate in your Undies takes place from 1-5 with registration starting at noon...Open to 18 and over, all in support of Project Comfort helping the homeless keep warm...bring a clean, lightly used coat and the first 100 skaters get free hot chocolate...there's also a Corona apres bar and food...The Bentway trail is open daily from 9-11 each day at 250 Ft York Blvd.

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Have a fantastic weekend and Happy New Year from the entire NEWSTALK Descente/Rossignol ski team!