Like most ski areas in Ontario and scattered across the upper Midwest, you pay more attention to the number of lifts, slopes and trails, and terrain parks the area offers than its verticality.

[R1379R, Mount St. Louis Moonstone], an hour above Toronto in Georgian Bay's famed snow belt, would fall into that category.  It has an unassuming 550-foot vertical drop, but more than makes up for it with some of the most progressive amenities and terrain found in the Heartland. 

Moonstone boasts one of the finest collections of high-speed lifts mid-continent with three six-seaters and a quad.  No waiting in slow moving lines or a slow ride up the hill.  However, if you don't mind the conventional way up the hill, there's also three regular quads, a triple, and three magic carpets.   They can lift over 23,000 people per hour. 

The ski area offers 40 runs with a nice mix of difficulty, two super pipes, and two terrain parks.  The longest run is two kilometers.  This is Canada after all.  For those that live below the border that's about a mile-and-a-quarter, which is a nice length for the Great Lakes Region. 

A large Canadian population base nearby and more are just below the U.S. border, so it's not hard to see why Moonstone is one of the most popular day-trip areas in North America's Heartland. 

They offer some nice Discover Packages for both skiing and snowboarding. It's CA $55 (US $52) and includes a beginner lift ticket, group lesson and equipment rental.  Lessons are offered three times per day.  Come early, take a lesson and spend the rest of the day practicing what you just learned.

The area is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from December to March, except for Christmas Day when they close.  There are two full-service day lodges and accessory shops available.

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