Glen Eden in Ontario is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Glen Eden, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsGlen Eden in Milton, Ontario, Canada, serves two functions: a ski resort in the winter, and a lake and hiking resort called Kelso in the summer. As part of the Kelso Glen Eden Conservation Area on Lake Kelso, the resort is nestled on 45 acres, just an hour southwest of Toronto. Glen Eden offers impressive views and features ski trails for beginners through experts, as well as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing and a terrain park for snowboarders.
The MountainAlready well above sea level (the base elevation is 7,274 feet), Glen Eden's summit elevation is 7,514 feet with a 240-foot vertical drop. The resort sports 12 trails as well as a terrain park. The longest run is 1,800 feet. Glen Eden is located on the Niagara Escarpment, which faces north, enabling the resort to open sooner by bringing cold nights early in the ski season. The resort covers every trail with its snowmaking capabilities, and the staff grooms the slopes every night for the best possible skiing and snowboarding experience. The mountain typically opens for skiing in December and stays open through March.
Trails And LiftsOf the 12 trails at Glen Eden, two are set aside in a beginners-only area. There are five additional beginner slopes. Four trails are designed for intermediate skill levels, while one trail is for advanced skiers only. The terrain park offers jumps and stunts for both entry-level and experienced snowboarders. The resort provides six lifts, including three chairlifts and three carpets. For nature lovers, the resort provides groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through the conservation area.
In The NewsGlen Eden hosts the Milton Heights Racing Club, which includes Canadian Alpine Ski, Snowboard and Freestyle teams. With the resort open year-round for summer and winter activities, the club has a chance to practice dryland training at Glen Eden. Guests can ring in the new year with hot chocolate and live music at a bonfire near the tubing park. The resort offers special discounts and deals during its family day and GE Customer Appreciation Days.
CostAdult lift tickets top out at $36 per day, with discounts offered early in the week, on evenings and for children and seniors. Season passes start at $99 for Monday through Wednesday passes, and all-access passes run $379 for adults if purchased early. Tubing requires a separate fee, starting at $4 for one ride. Glen Eden provides lessons for skiers 4 and older. Private lessons for adults start at $69.95 per hour.
Apres-SkiAlthough the nearby town of Milton offers a downtown area full of shops, restaurants and scenic parks, the Glen Eden ski resort offers four dining choices on-site. The Snowflake Cafe is found in the Main Chalet along with the Slopeside Cafe, where lift tickets can be purchased. The Sunset Grill is located in the Sunset Day Lodge, and the Learning Centre offers the Snowball Express, which is famous for its funnel fries. The Milton area offers a few lodging choices, including a Best Western and Holiday Inn Express.
WATCH: Glen Eden
Snow lovers enjoy the thrill Glen Eden offers with its snow-tubing lanes.