Here’s what The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting for the 2012/13 winter:
“Winter temperatures will be slightly colder than normal, on average, with the coldest temperatures in mid- and late December, early January, and early and mid-February. Snowfall will be near to above normal in Southwest Ontario and below normal elsewhere. The snowiest periods will be in early January and early to mid-March.”
– The Old Farmers Almanac
Environment Canada has a similar forecast:
According to Environment Canada's senior climatologist David Phillips: "It (winter) won't be like last year. Last year we cancelled winter in Canada." According to Phillips, the coming winter will cater to people that love tobogganing, skiing, snowmobiling and other winter sports -- it will give them a chance to enjoy a winter they didn't get last year.
AccuWeather’s Dave Anderson has good news too:
This coming one (winter) will snap back into the steadily below zero temperatures and snow shovelling of the late 1990s, he said. “In ski country, this is going to be a better season compared with last season.”
Now that we’ve addressed Mother Nature, here are the Top 5 reasons to be a Passholder at Blue Mountain this season!
- Pass Value: Blue Mountain has the most terrain of any resort in Ontario, and a Season Pass gives you access to all of it for as low as $149. Ski or board as little as 3 times and you pay for your pass! *
- Benefits & Perks: This year we’ve added even more value to our Passes with sweet benefits and perks exclusive only to Passholders. To break it down for you: Super Passes contain more than $1,000 in benefits, 5x7® Passes are loaded with more than $800 in perks and the new Lite Pass has more than $200 in savings. That means that the benefits received throughout the season by each Passholder more than covers the price of their pass!
- Snow: Blue Mountain has the largest snowmaking system in Canada – capable of covering 98% of our terrain. New snowmaking upgrades for the 2012/13 season improve the Resort’s capacity to make more snow at warmer temperatures and we can now make snow at temperatures as high as -2°C. Add on all the natural snow that dumps on the region throughout the winter and you have the perfect formula for an epic season on the slopes.
- Terrain: Size matters! Blue Mountain has one of the highest verticals in Southern Ontario and the most terrain of any resort in the province. Featuring 36 trails, 15 lifts, 2 revamped terrain parks and more than 10 après ski locations. Blue Mountain has 4 high-speed six person chairlifts (most in Canada) so even when it’s busy you get more time on the mountain. Additionally, we’re the only Resort in the area that has freshly groomed trails every morning and night – 9am and again at 4:30pm – making riding under the sun or stars that much better!
- We Deliver: Blue Mountain has averaged 119 ski days over the past 10 years. Despite warmer temperatures last year, the Resort managed to stay open for 96 days – later than any other resort in Ontario! We have the best snowmaking infrastructure in North America, the most experienced operations team in Ontario and the most diverse terrain in the province. All these features allow us to deliver winter every year no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. Tack on world-class events, an unmatched social scene, Ontario’s only alpine Village and a vastly improved Badlands terrain park and you’re set for the best winter yet!
*Based on Lite Pass pricing and three Day/Night Lift Tickets.