Outdoor sports offering exercise during current provincial restrictions | Citizen of Orangeville

January 13, 2022 0 comments

By Brian Lockhart

Recent restrictions imposed by the provincial government may have put a temporary halt to indoor sports, but the new rules have little impact on outdoor recreational activities.

Last year, the province-wide lockdown forced ski resorts to close during peak season, resulting in a huge loss for the industry.

The Ontario Snow Resorts Association has lobbied the provincial government to remove ski resorts from the list of places to close. By the time resorts were given the green light to reopen, it was too late in the season to make a real difference.

This year, ski hills are open across Ontario. The alpine and Nordic ski centers are doing well despite a slow start due to weather conditions and the lack of natural snow.

OSRA released a statement saying, “Skiing, snowboarding and tubing is a permitted activity under amended Stage 2 provincial restrictions, so head to your favorite resort to take the air and exercise. Domestic restrictions apply, so check with the resort for details when planning your excursion.

Mild December weather got the season started, but many resorts only had a few runs open.

As of Jan. 9, Hockley Valley Resort reported eight of 16 active trails. Colder weather in early January means snowmaking efforts are underway, so more trails should open soon.

Although skiing is allowed, there are still restrictions you need to consider when heading to the slopes.

Most resorts require you to purchase lift tickets online prior to arrival.

When riding the chairlift, you may need to ride only with those in your social bubble depending on the rules at each station. Masks or face coverings are mandatory at all times.

Interior restrictions still apply, so be prepared for limited food choices.

You should also be prepared to spend all your time outdoors as indoor facilities are limited.

There has been a lot of activity at Hockley over the weekend as skiers look forward to getting out and hitting the slopes.

Other resorts and ski resorts across the province are also reporting a lot of activity on the slopes.

OSRA lists 59 active alpine and cross-country/Nordic ski centers in Ontario.

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