So, I’ve been working at Blue Mountain for almost 3 months now, which is hard to believe. It really sneaks up on you and I’m already dreading leaving but while I’m still here, I am going to make sure I enjoy it to the full! As you probably know Blue Mountain is known as a destination for skiing but there’s so much other stuff to do that doesn’t involve the three S’s (snow, skis and snowboards).
If you’re not a fan of skiing or snowboarding then don’t threat. I went 2 weeks without hitting the slopes and still never had a dull day. For intance the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster is a surefire hit for anyone who wants an adrenaline rush teamed with some amazing views of Blue Mountain that you get as you ascend. Just when think you’re about to reach the top, it goes up even higher. Reaching speeds of 40km/h, it will definitely get your heart racing. You are also put in the driver seat, as you are able to control how fast or slow you go by using a simple brake, so you can customize the experience to suit you. Obviously I opted for the as fast as possible white knuckle speed!
I also made sure to go on the Mill Pond for a spot of ice skating. I hadn't been skating in about 6 years. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, because when I first stepped out on the ice I felt like my legs had turned to jelly on an icy plate but within 30 minutes, my friend and I were zooming around the Mill Pond like we were trying out for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The second time I went skating was just as fun, especially as it was a bright day and you could see people skiing on the slopes in the distance. I felt like I had skated into a picture perfect postcard, so any budding photographers make sure to get your cameras at the ready. What's even better is that it's only $8 for 2 hours of skate rental, after which your calf muscles will be as hard as the ice you’re skating on. If you have your own skates, it’s free!
There are still so many things that I need to do at Blue Mountain and the clock is ticking. Next on my list is the free guided snowshoe tour, the horse and wagon ride around the Village, tobogganing and snowmobiling through Activity Central. The activities seem to be endless and of course I have to fit skiing somewhere into my day if I want to reach an Olympic standard. Obviously with all these activities you may be in need of some well-deserved R&R at the end of the day, which is when you will find me relaxing in the outdoor hot tubs in anticipation for whatever tomorrow may be bring!
Skiing and Snowboarding are enjoyed by winter enthusiasts young and old. Both sports can be learned at almost any age and enjoyed throughout a lifetime. At Blue Mountain, we have guests ranging from 16 months to 96 years of age, and many of our guests developed their skills on Blue’s slopes.
From time to time this season, we’ll be inviting guest bloggers from around the resort (and world!) to contribute content to the Lift Line. This week’s entry comes from Ndrika Anyika, a bubbly Brit who we’re fortunate to have as part of our foreign worker program here at Blue Mountain. Read about her first time on snow and her dreams of Sochi 2014.
At Blue, this is the most exciting time of the year – we simply can’t wait to get out on the slopes. We know many of you share our passion, so our team of seasoned winter enthusiasts wanted to share our top 10 tips to prepare for winter:
Everyone has their own reasons for being a Season Passholder at Blue – terrain, value, conditions, social scene and Pass perks usually top the list. However, with last year’s strange weather, many skiers and boarders aren’t quite ready to trust Mother Nature. For what it’s worth, at Blue Mountain we think winter is returning this year. And the experts agree!