News from Collingwood Ski Country
Blue Mountain is blowing snow in anticipation of opening the new ski season!
There are many positive changes at Blue Mountain as we get ready to hit the slopes, trails and terrain parks!
Blue Mountain Introduces Mountaintop Skating
Blue’s Newest Attraction, Woodview Mountaintop Skating, is Scheduled to Open this Winter
BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON – October 17, 2017 –– Blue Mountain Resort, a four-season destination in Ontario, will be host to another iconic Canadian winter pastime but with a unique twist. Crews are busy preparing to open Woodview Mountaintop Skating, a 1.1km skating path located at the top of the ski hill.
More than a traditional skating experience, Woodview will feature an ice skate path that winds through a tree-covered trail that opens to a one-of-a-kind mountaintop view of Georgian Bay.
“We have offered skating on the Mill Pond in the Village for several seasons,” notes Dan Skelton, President and COO of Blue Mountain Resort. “Many of our guests truly enjoy lacing up and getting on the ice as a part of their Blue Mountain getaway. We discovered a hidden opportunity at the top of the mountain where we could take an ice skating experience at Blue and literally elevate it.”
Now much more than a ski or snowboard destination, the team at Blue has become very good at diversifying the Resort’s winter offerings. Mountaintop skating will join the growing list of winter activities at Blue which includes the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Hike N Tube, snowshoeing and Plunge Aquatic Centre along with, of course, Ontario’s largest skiable terrain.
The brand new ice skating path will be located between the top of the Orchard Express and Southern Comfort chairlifts. Blue’s advanced snowmaking infrastructure will be essential in flooding the skate path and the team has invested in a new Zamboni to ensure a smooth and level 1.1km loop for skaters.
“There will be a skating hut at the top where guests can purchase tickets and rent storage lockers as well as skates,” says, Adam McCutcheon, the Manager overseeing Blue’s newest winter attraction. “Guests can park at the top of Blue Mountain or swap out their ski equipment for skate equipment and enjoy an all new on-hill experience.”
Logistical planning and full development of the skate path will continue into the fall and the team at Blue is confident guests will love the new outdoor winter offering. “I envision an experience that includes skating with scenic views, both day and night, as well as a hilltop café to warm up in,” adds Skelton. “But the first step is to get it open.” Woodview Mountaintop Skating is scheduled to open January 2018 with a grand opening to be announced early in the ski season.
Ontario’s Largest Ski Resort Adds a New Trial
Blue Mountain Resort Announces Opening of a New Ski Trail for the 2017/2018 Season
BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON – October 31, 2017 ––Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario’s largest mountain resort, will be increasing its trail count to 43 this season with the opening of a brand new ski trial. The Resort’s newest black diamond run will be accessible via the Century Express high-speed six-pack chairlift and will take the overall skiable acreage at Blue Mountain to 365 acres.
Blue Mountain’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Dan Skelton said, “We have always found a way to make Blue Mountain bigger and better season after season. Along with the introduction of Mountaintop skating and enhancements to our terrain park, the additional run gives skiers and riders even more space
to get outside and enjoy our winter playground.”
Since retiring the Badlands Double chairlift and moving the terrain park to the southern end of the Resort,teams at Blue were able to cut the new run along the same part of the Mountain where the Great Slide Ride once provided guests with a thrill ride down Blue Mountain. Known best for the cement burns riders
earned proudly after careening down, the summer attraction closed in 1999 but as a tongue-in-cheekhomage to the previous attraction, Blue’s new ski trail has been named “Burner”.
“We like to tip our hats to our past while always looking ahead to new opportunities,” adds Skelton. “A few of our runs have a link to our history like Dr. Doug and Tranquility. Now we can add Burner to the list.”
The Burner trail includes 14.4 skiable acres located between Calamity Lane and Willy’s featuring a treelined chute with vistas of Southern Georgian Bay and a three-way forked trail opening up to a wide lower trail leading back to the lift.
Eager skiers and riders can try out Blue’s newest run this season which the Resort is hoping will start sooner than later. Blue’s earliest opening day on-record is November 25 but as always, Mother Nature will have the final say when it comes to getting the ski hills open for the season.