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It's been over 10 years since my husband and I last skied as we've been busy having children who are now 8, 6 and 3 years old. Finally our youngest is ready to be put on skis.
Through we learned Brimacombe Ski Resort was having an Open House in October so we thought we'd take the kids and introduce them to the hill without snow. We all had a great day meeting the friendly staff and introducing the kids to the magic carpet, chairlift and t-bar near the snow school. Of course the kids favourite part were the donuts but our favourite were the great deals in the ProShop! We decided to register the kids in ski lessons, then waited for the snow to fall.
Fast forward to January and our first day of lessons. A little chaotic trying to find our groups but we all loved the lessons. The instructors have been wonderful and after two lessons the classes are already going up the chairlift and down the big hills!
The other day my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity, thanks to the help of some great friends, to have a "date" on the hill, child-free. We arrived at "the Brim" on a very picturesque day of a light snowfall and temperatures just below zero. After picking up our lift tickets from a very friendly lady we skied up to the lift without waiting in line. On the lift we marveled at the beautiful snow covered trees lining every run. With children you sometimes miss out on taking in what's around you because you're too busy making sure they don't fall off the lift! We were told the trees had been planted by members and volunteers many years ago. I found hearing the history of the hill gave it such character as you can almost envision the old car getting skiers up the hill! It's true, check out the website!??
We really enjoyed skiing Rutherford's Run, Richard's Landing and Challenger, which end with the wonderful smell of the wood fire burning in the lodge as you ski to the lift. The conditions were amazing especially considering the previous day's rain. I was told it was due to the new groomer. It really does a great job! The staff were very friendly and always helpful to us newbies! Back at the lodge we learned about the wonderful CADS program they have at Brimacombe.  If you or someone you know has children who have special needs and wonder if skiing would ever be a possibility don't hesitate to check out the website and contact Brimacombe.

With a variety of lessons and programs plus special events there is something to interest everyone at the Brim. Skiing is a sport all ages can enjoy together and Brimacombe is a great family place to do it!
Brimacombe, Home of the Oshawa Ski Club, is located in Orono, 32 km northeast of Oshawa, 3 km east of Kirby off Hwy. 35/115. For more information visit their website

Review written by busy mom and avid skier, Jenn P. of Ajax.