Mount St Louis Moonstone in Ontario & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 550ft/168m, total trails 35, closest airport 74mi/119km, lifts 11, & more. Mount St Louis Moonstone is located north of the City of Barrie off Highway 400. The ski area is surrounded by farmland and is very noticeable as it rises from the […]Read More
Mount St Louis Moonstone in Ontario & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 550ft/168m, total trails 35, closest airport 74mi/119km, lifts 11, & more.
Mount St Louis Moonstone is located north of the City of Barrie off Highway 400. The ski area is surrounded by farmland and is very noticeable as it rises from the local landscape.
Mount St Louis Moonstone, as it is known today, was the vision of one man, Josl Huter, a young Austrian man and ski racer who had a passion for skiing. Josl arrived in Canada in 1956, with plans to settle in the Toronto area and pursue a career in the automotive industry. However, it would not be long before Josl was invited into the ski industry, and the rest is history.
Josl would spend the next several years working in various positions within the ski industry. Then acting upon a tip from a family friend, he found a property with the potential to be developed into a ski area, and the idea of owning a ski resort was born.
His dream was about to become a reality when the purchase of the land was finalized in the fall of 1963, and Josl started to develop the master plan for his ski area. Finally, on December 16, 1964, the Mount St Louis ski area opened to the public with two T-Bars, that operated from the base to summit, and seven trails.
Almost from the first day of operations, the skier visits were higher than planned, and the need to expand became a priority. In 1969, the first chairlift was installed, a triple, and over the next several decades, Mount St Louis would literally move mountains to increase the vertical drop. On several occasions, they would bring in large amounts of earth to help raise the summit elevation of the ski area.
In 1984, the Huter family would purchase the adjacent ski area, Moonstone, merge the two and operate it under a new name, Mount St Louis Moonstone. On December 19, 2014, some 50 years after the original opening, the ski area added night skiing and snowboarding to attract even more visitors to the ski area.
Today Mount St Louis Moonstone is known well beyond the local market and attracts skiers and snowboarders from other provinces and countries. The Huter Family has owned and operated the ski area since 1964 and continues with the mission of providing a place where everyone can enjoy fun on the slopes.
On the Slopes
- Mount St Louis Moonstone has two summits, which feature a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. There is easy access to crossover from both the Moonstone slopes and the Mount St Louis slopes, and both serviced by high-speed six-passenger chairlifts, which equals more time on the slopes.
- Both the Mount St Louis and the Moonstone slopes feature designated beginner areas for those new to snow sports, or skiers and boarders looking to improve their skill set before venturing to the summit.
- The ski area features skiing under the lights every Wednesday to Sunday evening, for those who cannot make it to the slopes during the day.
- Mount St Louis Moonstone has eight terrain park, one with a superpipe. The mountain hosts the largest number of terrain parks found at any ski area in the Province of Ontario. There are rails, boxes and small to large jumps found in this collection of parks. From the beginner to expert, there is something for everyone.
- The Mount St Louis Moonstone Snow School has 150 certified instructors with expert knowledge that are eager to help you improve your skills or get you comfortable on the slopes. There are various programs and lessons available for adults and children.
Off the Slopes
- Mount St Louis Moonstone has just one focus for visitors to this family-operated facility, skiing and snowboarding. There is no cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or snow tubing available.
- There are two base lodges located at the ski area. The Mount St Louis base lodge features a cafeteria, licensed bar, small retail shop, and a rental and equipment repair area. The Moonstone base lodge has a cafeteria, bar, rental facility, and a small retail outlet.
- The nearby City of Barrie, located on the west shore of Lake Simcoe is an area that is rich in culture and popular with outdoor enthusiasts in both summer and winter. If you want to stay in the area, you’ll find many different types of lodging options, plus a diverse selection of shopping, including shops in the downtown core and the Georgian Mall, Bayfield Mall and, Kozlov Shopping Centre.
- Downtown Barrie has a great selection of restaurants that range from casual to fine dining. You’ll also find a great selection of all of your favourite chain restaurants throughout the Barrie area. Lodging is available throughout the city with well-known hotels and motels, such as Best Western Plus, Holiday Inn, and Four Points Sheraton.
- The Mount St Louis base area building offers childcare for ages three to five on Saturday and Sunday throughout the ski season and daily during Christmas and March Break from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call to receive more info and to make a reservation.
Current Status: Closed
550 ft / 168 m
702 ft / 214 m
1252 ft / 382 m
120 in / 305 cm
Total Trails: 36
Beginner: 12 (33%)
Intermediate: 16 (45%)
Advanced: 8 (22%)
Expert: 0 (0%)
Terrain Parks & Pipes: 8
Snow Cross: No
Super Pipe: Yes
Half Pipe: No
Jib Park: Yes
Ski & Snowboard School: Both
Rentals & Repairs: Yes
Retail Shops: Yes
Children’s Ski Programs: Yes
Women's Ski Programs: No
Adaptive Ski Programs: No
Day Lodges: Yes
Toronto ON, 74mi / 119km
Nearest Major City:
Barrie ON, 21mi / 34km
Coldwater ON, 8mi / 12km
Season Dates: Dec 11 to Mar 28
Skiing & Snowboarding: Both
Open Days: Open Daily
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Tue 9:00am to 4:30pm : Wed-Sun, 9:00am to 9:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.
Night Skiing: Select Nights
Total Lifts: 11
Express-6 Chairs: 4
Quad Chairs: 2
Triple Chairs: 2
Surface Lifts: 3
Within 20mi / 33km: Yes
Closest Airport(s)What our Convenience Rankings™ mean
Toronto Pearson Intl Airport
Distance: 74 mi / 119 km
Ranking: Most Convenient
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Distance: 87 mi / 139 km
Ranking: Limited Major Airline Use
Central Reservations: 1-877-835-2112
Direct Phone: 705-835-2112
Snow Phone: N/A