Outdoor sports providing exercise during current provincial restrictions

January 13, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The recent restrictions imposed by the provincial government may have put a temporary stop 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 lobbied the provincial government in an effort to have ski hills removed from the list of places that had to close. By the time the resorts were given the green-light to reopen, it was too late in the season to make any real difference.

This year ski hills are open across Ontario. Both downhill and Nordic ski centres are doing well despite getting off to a slow start due to weather conditions and a lack of natural snow.

The OSRA issued a statement saying: “Skiing, snowboarding and tubing is an activity that is allowed under the modified Step 2 provincial restrictions, so head on out to your favourite resort for some fresh air and exercise. Indoor restrictions are in effect, so check details with the resort as you plan your excursion.”

The mild weather in December meant the season got underway but many resorts had only a few runs open.

As of January 9, Hockley Valley Resort reported eight of 16 runs operating. The colder weather at the start of January means snow making efforts are underway so more runs should be opening soon.

While skiing is allowed, there are still restrictions you must consider when heading out to the slopes.

Most resorts require you to buy lift tickets online before you arrive.

When getting on the chair lift you may be required to ride only with those in your social bubble depending on the rules at each resort. Masks or face coverings are required at all times.

Indoor restrictions still apply, so prepare for limited choices when it comes to food.

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

There was a lot of activity at Hockley over the weekend as skiers are eager to get out and hit the slopes.

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

The OSRA lists 59 ski centres, both downhill and cross country/Nordic as active in Ontario.

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