A couple years ago, Alex got me snowboard lessons for Christmas, and it’s something I’ve continued with this year. If you talked to me at all this winter or last, I’ve probably told you that snowboarding is the hardest thing I have ever tried! Lol! It is so mentally and physically challenging, but finally getting to a point this year where I could venture outside of my lessons and board elsewhere has been so satisfying!

Alex was really encouraging me to try a new-to-me hill this year, so we decided to spend a night at Horseshoe Resort over the family day long weekend. Neither one of us had been there before, but we liked that it was close to home, had a lot of variety for both beginners and experienced snowboarders, and that it seemed to have a good aprés ski vibe (one of my requirements!)

Lift passes + accommodations

We bought a package that included night skiing on the day we checked in, a full-day lift pass for the following morning, and a loft suite room located in the main hotel.

Upon checking in, we were super eager to get out for night skiing (check-in and night ski started at about the same time which was convenient!) However, once we got into our room I immediately grabbed my camera because the room was so beautiful! It was spacious, with the main floor featuring a powder room, living room, and sitting area in front of a fire place. It also had a winding white staircase that led to the loft, which had a cozy white king size bed and a stunning bathroom – all open concept.

Night skiing 

Once we got our gear on, we headed out for the slopes. I was a little intimidated (these runs were all unfamiliar to me), so we picked a green run to warm up. It took about 20 minutes to get on to the lift, but that’s as much as we had to wait for the rest of our time there – the lines were very quick moving and as organized as you can get with a ski lift.

We snowboarded for a couple hours, trying out as many green and blue runs as we could. The runs are all quite spacious so I never felt crowded; this is great for skiers and snowboarders of all levels! (But honestly especially me because I don’t want to knock anyone over haha!)

After we had tired ourselves out, we locked up our snowboards and had a drink out by the fire.

Dinner  

We had looked up the restaurant options before hand, and knew we wanted to eat at ELEVEN01 Taphouse + Kitchen, which is located in the main hotel. The dining room is what you’d expect of a cozy ski resort: clad in wood accents and a couple actual ski lifts as seating. The food was as good as we were hoping; I got an incredible veggie burger (tough to find) and Alex ordered a pulled pork sandwich.

After having a couple drinks, we went back to our adorable loft suite and were so happy to crawl into the king size bed to rest our sore muscles.

Day skiing

We woke up early and packed up before going to breakfast at ELEVEN01 for their well-stocked buffet. Even though it was cloudy as we were eating breakfast, the conditions quickly changed to become warm and sunny. We headed over to our favourite lift to start the day.

Even though it was a long weekend and the conditions were amazing, lift lines were still quick-moving and the runs themselves were still spacious and uncrowded. This day was exceptionally fun because something clicked for me on my second run, and I was finally able to push myself to pick up speed and keep up with Alex a little better!

After a few hours, we stopped for coffee and a snack, hit a few more runs, and then when we were sufficiently tired, we went for lunch at Crazy Horse Sports Bar & Grill (another great food spot!)

We were so impressed with our stay and experience at Horseshoe Resort, and are so excited to go back again next year!

Do you ski or snowboard? What are your favourite resorts to visit?

 

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