Horseshoe Resort, one of central Ontario's more popular winter playgrounds will be hosting its second annual Horseshoe Open Ski & Snowboard Festival March 9-10.  It drew some of Canada’s best skiers and snowboarders for the inaugural event last winter.

The competition features three events: Slopestyle, a rail jam and pro Big Air. Entertainment and pro rider after parties will be taking place over the weekend. Click on the resort link above for more information.

The resort offers several lift and lodging packages that are good through March and children 5 and under always stay and skis free with parents.

The Alpine Ski and Stay Package starts from $185 CA ($ US) for two people and includes a night’s lodging, breakfast, and lift tickets that are valid from 4 p.m. day of arrival through the next day. Children under 16 can be added individually to the package for $43, maximum five to a room.

The All Access Winter Adventure Package starts from $199 CA ($ US) and includes overnight lodging for two, breakfast, two alpine lit tickets good from check-in until 10 p.m the next day, two Nordic passes, and a two-hour tubing pass. Children under 16 can be added for $55 per child.

There’s a package for those who would like to learn a snow sport. The Learn to Ski and Board Package starts from $259 CA ($ US) for two people per night, and includes lodging, breakfast, lift tickets, an hour group lesson, and rental equipment. Children under 16 can be added to the package for $85 per child.

For those that like cross-country skiing there’s the Nordic Ski and Stay Package, which starts from $149 CA ($ US) for two people. It includes an overnight stay, breakfast, and two Nordic one-day trail passes.

House guests get use of the indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, fitness facilities with daily classes and squash courts; all for no charge.

Horseshoe offers 26 runs, six lifts, a terrain park with at least 20 features, the Thunder Valley Tubing Park with its own magic carpet lift, and 35 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails. It typically has one of the longest snow sports seasons in the province.