Horseshoe Gears Up For Ski Season


Barrie, Ontario’s Horseshoe, a Skyline Resort is gearing up for ski season with the addition of a new 240-metre magic carpet lift, aptly named Kimble’s Karpet after Martin Kimble, a former and long-standing Horseshoe staff member. According to officials, Kimble’s Karpet will enhance the experience of beginner skiers and snowboarders, making the hill more accessible. Also new for this year is an online store for purchasing passes and packages.

“Kimble’s Karpet is the perfect addition to our hill and we’re thrilled to honour Martin by naming the lift after him,” says general manager Sean Billing. “We’re constantly improving on the experience of beginners at Horseshoe; Martin made that the focus of much of his career and our newest addition will help reduce wait times and enhance the learning experience for new skiers.”

Kimble spent 25 years at Horseshoe Resort, retiring on June 27. Throughout his career, he was always a dedicated and passionate advocate for introducing young people to skiing through his work at Horseshoe and as a board member of Ontario Snow Resorts Association. He spearheaded the project to bring in a carpet lift to Horseshoe and stayed on after his retirement to ensure its installation ran smoothly.

Horseshoe anticipates opening on Dec. 7 and in partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orillia and District (BBBS), will host an opening day ribbon cutting ceremony for Kimble’s Karpet. With a $10 donation to BBBS, guests will receive a lift ticket for Kimble’s Karpet, group lesson and free ski or snowboard rental. Guests purchasing a full access lift ticket have the option to donate $10 of the cost to BBBS.

With plenty of pass options available to suit the needs of every ski, snowboard and Nordic enthusiast, Horseshoe has something for everyone. Triple Play Passes are perfect for the ski or snowboarder who knows they’ll hit the slopes a few times this season and make a good holiday gift at $119. Beginner skiers can take advantage of the “Discover Ski and Snowboarding” package, which includes accommodation, breakfast, downhill lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental and a 1.5-hour lesson with a certified instructor. Packages start at $289 per night. (