Highlands Nordic (Duntroon) is one of the best full service Nordic ski spots and popular on any sunny weekend.
All 25 km of trail are wide enough for combined classic and skate skiing. They always seem to have snow when others don’t.
The large chalet is at the base of the hill where beginners have a short flat green loop to practice on. Beyond that every other trail takes you to the top plateau where they split into five directions; this can get difficult.
The red loop at 16 km, is for advanced skiers, enjoyable and one of the hardest in the area.
Coming back down this large hill, a winding trail can be plenty of fun and has speed for seasoned skiers but likely a cautious feat for newbies. Snow plowing down with a big switch back may not the best place to learn new skills, or is it?
Grooming is done daily and tracks take you out to woodlots, open vistas and between fruit orchards.
You will find food, rentals, a pro shop, plus a good crowd of regular skiers on any weekend. School buses can be seen on weekdays with kids taking lessons.
Being next to a golf course and farm fields there are spots where the wind just howls across the track and at times will bury them, especially on the back loop. And that wind can be cold!
Snowshoeing will involve climbing to get to the top loops. Challenging (but then don’t you want that-kidding lol). With four loops there is plenty here for the day.
Great views of Georgian Bay and Wasaga Beach are your reward when you get to the top.
Back at the “chalet” which is an old barn expanded one can get cosy and warm in their large lunch rooms.