Horseshoe Resort, an hour north of Toronto near Barrie, is one of central Ontario's most popular winter playgrounds.  Spend a weekend and you can enjoy more than just skiing and snowboarding.

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

The Ski and Stay Package starts from $209 CA ($210.54 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 $35 CA ($35.26 US).

There's a package those that would like to learn a snow sport.  The Discover Fun Package starts from $289 CA ($291.13 US) for two people, and includes one night's lodging, breakfast, lift tickets, an hour beginner or novice group lesson for two, and rental equipment. Children under 16 can be added to the package for $75 CA ($75.55 US) per child.

The Jumps and Bumps Package combines skiing and snowboarding with tubing. The package, which starts from $239 CA ($240.76 US), includes one night's accommodation, breakfast, two lift tickets, and two two-hour tubing passes.  Children under 16 can be added to this package for $50 CA ($50.37 US) per child.

The Serene Scene Cross Country Ski Package, which starts from $179 CA ($180.32 US). It includes an overnight stay, breakfast, and two Nordic one-day trail passes.

The resort offers several other amenities to house guests including use of the indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, fitness facilities with daily classes and squash courts; all for no additional charge.

"I enjoy all the other activities about as much as the skiing, which is always good," Toronto resident Donna Green told OnTheSnow. "You can stay as busy as you want. It's all fun and makes for a great winter getaway."

Horseshoe offers 25 runs, six lifts, terrain park and a competition superpipe with 17-foot walls, 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.

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