Ontario's [R978R, Horseshoe Valley Resort], sitting just under an hour from Toronto, upgraded their terrain park for this winter. They also expanded their tube park, and longer hours each day mean more slope time.

The resort doubled the size of their terrain park for this winter. It now includes a new superpipe with 17-foot-high walls.

Their Thunder Valley Tube Park also expanded this winter. The number of lanes bumped up from four to six, and a new magic carpet lift hauls tubers to the top. The tube park will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during Christmas Break. You also can buy a new two-hour pass for $20.

Horseshoe Resort traditionally has one of the longest ski seasons in Ontario. Its north-facing horseshoe-shaped bowl not only accumulates snow fast, but shelters it from the sun's harsh rays. It offers the longest ski day in the southern part of the province. Lifts are open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Lift tickets are timed. You can buy them for four hours or eight hours, starting and ending when you choose. Families can purchase an eight-hour lift package for $137; it includes lift tickets for two adults and two kids 18 years old or under from the same immediate family.

You can get more information on Horseshoe by calling (416) 283-2988 in Toronto, or toll-free (800) 461-5627.