Blue Mountain

Where lake views, nightlife and classic Canadian skiing collide

FREESKIER
October 14, 2016

Ontario’s only mountain village resort, situated along the shores of the Georgian Bay, Blue Mountain Resort is a down-home ski destination that offers a variety of terrain—41% beginner, 13% intermediate, 46% advanced—to suit all levels of skiers.

While Blue may not boast comparable snow totals to some of its Canadian brethren to the west, its top-notch snowmaking system gets the job done each and every winter. Said snowmaking efforts facilitate the construction of a top-notch terrain park, as well—one that’s well respected among the freeskiing community. And whether you’re one to hit the jumps or one to crush groomers, you’ll be interested in one of Blue’s greatest draws: Night skiing is available so you can shred all around the clock and get the most of your stay.

When you’ve had your skiing fill, there’s plenty to explore off of the mountain, too, from the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster to skating the millpond to snow tubing to shredding the slides at the Plunge! Aquatic Center. Or, just stroll around the village and pop into one of the many quirky shops and restaurants. Nearby there is plenty of classic Canadian wildneres to check out if you find some extra time—take a scenic drive, bust out the snowshoes, whatever—you can’t go wrong in this zone.

All told, impressive lake views, varied terrain, off-hill activities and après make Blue Mountain a genuine go-to for East Coasters, Midwesterners and other travelers alike.

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Do Blue Mountain right:

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They call it Sunrise for a reason. If you’re the type to wake before dawn and grab first tracks, the view of Southern Georgian Bay via the Southern Comfort chair is unbeatable. Do a couple of laps on Sunrise and Cruiser when the morning light is hitting it just right and lift lines are next to none.

2.

If some fresh snow has fallen the night before or in the wee hours of the morning, get to the Glades. The North Glades and Going South Glades have some pretty epic hidden gems.

3.

Blue Mountain boasts the area’s largest skiable terrain with 364 acres on Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment. Cruise Blue’s longest trail, Gords Groove, and start working your way across the resort’s many trails.

4.

Ridge Runner, Ontario’s only mountain coaster, operates year-round, giving guests a chance to ride up and down the mountain off-skis. Powered by gravity, riders can send it up to 42km/h.

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Feeling up to a challenge? Head North to Blue Mountain’s expert runs and discover why Ontario skiing makes some of the fastest alpine athletes in the country.

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Grand Central Lodge – views of the base of the Silver Bullet chair at the entrance of the busy Blue Mountain Village.

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Jozo’s Original Après. Blue Mountain is celebrating 75 years of alpine sport in Ontario and there’s no better way to give a toast to our favurite season than to après with your boots on at Jozo’s.

Eat, sleep, ski, repeat:

Best Eats:

Satisfy the post-ski hunger with tasty ‘za at Fire Hall Pizza Co. It’s right in the village and has been a staple there for almost 15 years. The place lives up to its name, too; it serves beer out of fire hydrants and provides discounts to firefighters.

Looking for something more upscale? Grab a table at C & A Steak Company. They have—you guessed it—the best damn steak in town and a ton of great seafood, too. Go for the catch of the day. Whatever it may be, it’ll be good.

Best Drinks:

Rusty’s at Blue has the best patio in the village—perfect for après with a huge drink menu, as well as mouthwatering snacks like chips n’ guac and wings. Its signature libation: Rusty’s Famous Banana Hot Chocolate, comprised of crème de banane, Irish cream and hot chocolate.

Once night falls, head to Smash Ping Pong Club & Niteclub, also located in the village. Nothin’ beats a little table tennis and substantial drinking with good company. And if ping pong isn’t your thing, this place also shows other sports games on two massive projector screens.

Best Sleeps:

The Grand Georgian is where it’s at on the swankier side of things. From normal rooms to three-bedroom apartments, there’s plenty of room for you and your friends to crash. Indulge in its two hot tubs, pool, fitness room, sauna and prime village location.

Blue Mountain Inn, on the other hand, is the ideal spot for those on more of a budget. It’s owned by the mountain and aimed at giving visitors an experience that won’t break the bank, while still offering the ski-in-ski-out lavishness. You’re there to shred after all, right?

Must-do activity:

Ride the mountain coaster, which weaves from the summit to the base all year round. It’s basically a roller coaster, but instead of being at some tacky theme park, it’s at one of the best ski resorts in Canada.

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