Mansfield Outdoor Centre is one of the better spots to ski in the area with 34 km of trail to motor on.
Machine-groomed with many services, it’s a popular place. Most of the six loops are for seasoned Nordic skiers.
Beginners have their own track that avoids the hills. A 10 km skate-only trail will please many who need a workout.
Basically you start at the bottom of the hill where the buildings are and ski up gradually to the top where it plateaus and most of the ski tracks are. On a sunny day, you will find the view over the valley, between the trees, is a lovely sight.
At the end of the loop, you are rewarded with a pleasant ski down.
The two beginner loops avoid the hill and head out along an access road and out into the field area. These are not as pretty a tour but easy for learners.
Snowshoeing is welcome and now they have 15 km of marked snowshoe trails that run parallel to the blue and green ski trails. Be advised not to stomp on the ski tracks, please.
North beyond the loops is Dufferin Forest which is large and offers endless trekking if you want to bushwhack.
This location was once a farm as you will see an old barn and other buildings from those days.
Head into the large farmhouse to warm up and eat your lunch or buy one. I always liked a hot apple cider outside while sitting on a pouch chair after a ski.
Unfortunately with the changing climate, they are not always open. Snow can be thin here at times or melts can mess up the base. But if it is open the skiing is good.
Call first or check website for stats. During the week it hosts school groups.