Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario (Canada)

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Blue Mountain Summary:

Base: 741 ft
Summit: 1,483 ft
Vertical: 720 ft
Ski area: 250 acres
Trails: 42
Lifts: 14
High Speed Chairs (6 ppl): 5
Fixed Grip Chairs: 4
Magic Carpets: 5
Terrain parks: 2
Annual Snowfall: 110"

Runs/trails:

Beginner: 26%
Intermediate: 38%
Advanced: 19%
Expert: 17%

Daily Report:

Status:closed

Trail Maps:

Virtual Tours:

Blue Mountain Village thumb
Blue Mountain Village

Blue Mountain Weather:

Collingwood Weather Forecast, Canada

Blue Mountain Ski Resort Description:

Blue Mountain is a frequent local destination resort for the skiers and boarders of Toronto Canada and is the largest of the Toronto area local resorts. Blue Mountain is located near the town of Collingwood Ontario and is typically a two hour drive from Toronto. The resort overlooks Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, an area which is both a summer and winter playground.

View of ski slope, Georgian Bay and village below

A view from the peak of Blue Mountain with Georgian Bay in Lake Huron, in the distance

Blue Mountain Terrain:

Blue Mountain ski resort

Runs as viewed from the village.

The Mountain has three ski areas. The most Southern and easiest terrain is found at the "South Base Lodge". Here one can rent skis and snow boards and attend introductory ski or snowboard lessons. Blue Mountain is very capable at handling and training large groups of beginners at this end of the mountain. Further North is the "Grand Central Lodge" and main village with lots of shopping and restaurants. Intermediate and some advanced runs are accessible from this mid-section of the mountain. The terrain becomes steeper and more challenging as one goes to the right (North) end of the mountain, where one reaches the third section of the mountain which is rated exclusively black and double black.

Beginners and Intermediates:

The mountain is predominantly beginner and intermediate terrain. The easiest terrain is located at the Southern end of the resort (left side of the mountain on the trail map). Beginner introduction lessons are taught on three beginner levels here: stage I, II and III which are various levels of difficulty of a green beginner slope.

South base ski run: Cruise

South Base lodge and blue run "Cruiser"

Top of blue ski run: Cruiser

Top of blue run: Cruiser

Blue run

Advanced Terrain:

The black and double black runs, while steep are hardly difficult. Everything gets groomed here so there are no mogul runs and while Blue Mountain offers the most challenging runs of the Toronto area resorts, they are not that challenging when compared to the the double black runs of the Western Rockies.

All of the "advanced" terrain is located on the northern end of the resort.

Advanced run: Calamity Lane

A groomed but steep double black run: "Calamity Lane"

Advanced run: Calamity Lane

View looking up "Calamity Lane"

Blue Mountain Terrain Parks:

There is one terrain park area which is listed as two by the trail map. The half pipe typically does not get opened until later in the season when there is sufficient snow.

Note that the terrain park requires a lift pass which qualifies you for the park lift and helmets are mandatory.

Blue Mountain Ontario Canada: Terrain park

Blue Mountain Ontario Canada: Terrain park

Blue Mountain Ontario Canada: Terrain park

Blue Mountain Ontario Canada: Terrain park

Night Skiing:

Tickets are sold as "morning & afternoon" or "afternoon & evening". There are no half day tickets - you will pay full price. This fee structure favors an active night skiing culture at Blue Mountain which often has lift lines as long as during the daylight hours. The lighting is excellent and coverage amazingly complete. Only the most northern end of the mountain is closed (all black and double black slopes). The terrain park is well lighted and open.

Blue Mountain night skiing

Blue Mountain night skiing

Blue Mountain night skiing

The lines do not let-up in the evening

Village & Shopping:

 
One will find that Blue Mountain village has shopping, food, apres ski bars and all of the amenities one could possibly imagine. Even if you don't ski, the village could consume your day.

Blue Mountain base village

The main Blue Mountain village


Panoramic Virtual Tour of Blue Mountain Village from the to the ski lift to the Ice skating pond.
(Series of 10 panoramic images of Blue Mountain Village best viewed in full screen mode)

Blue Mountain base village

Blue Mountain base village: Horse and Carriage

Blue Mountain base village ice skating

This is Canada - they ice skate here

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