In 1949 A new facility, The Ski Barn, was built out of an existing barn at the base of Blue Mountain. The Barn became the ski headquarters of the resort, providing food facilities, accommodations and fun. Although it has been some time since this gathering spot stood at Blue Mountain Resort, this blog has been created with The Barn’s original purpose in mind: to share stories, engage with guests and celebrate all there is to do at Blue!


Snowmakers Prep for the Season

"The long term forecast seems promising with the Farmer’s Almanac predicting a long and snowy winter!"
It won’t be long before you begin to hear the signature ttwhoosh of the snow guns blowing at Blue Mountain Resort. Like most die hard skiers and snowboarders, this time of year has turned us into what we like to call “weather watchers.” The Weather Network has found a permanent home in our browsers and we obsessively hit refresh to see if the weekly forecast is going to bless us with optimal snowmaking conditions. As you can imagine, our obsession hits a fever pitch as soon as we see snow squalls in the forecast and the animated gifs that track snow cloud movements across our region have been burned into the backs of our eyes. At this rate, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility to see a collection of us performing a ritualized dance to the snow god Ullr in exchange for a little cooperation from Mother Nature.

Luckily for us, the long term forecast seems promising with the Farmer’s Almanac predicting a long and snowy winter! Of course, we like to help Mother Nature along and our snowmakers are busy prepping so the snow guns are ready to blow as soon as optimal temperatures arrive.

What, exactly, are optimal temperatures then? We’ve built flexibility into our snowmaking infrastructure with a range of high and low temperature guns. On the mild side, we can blow snow at temperatures of -2C or colder. However, while -2C represents the possibility of snowmaking, it doesn’t come without its own set of challenges, chief of which is making sure that we’re actually blowing snow and not rain. Also, before we even begin to think about turning on the snow guns, it needs to be -2C for a period of at least 48 hours. Without those conditions, the ground will not be frozen and snow that hits it won’t stick around for long. The sweet spot, temperature-wise, is between -7C and -12C. With some consistent temperatures in the forecast, magic can happen in a very short period of time. Indulge us as we do a little math. Blue’s snowmaking system can pump 14,000 gallons of water per minute. When 160,500 gallons of water gets through our system, the snowmaking equivalent is one foot acre of snow every 12 minutes. With a total skiable acreage of 364, we can produce the equivalent in snow coverage in approximately three days when the guns run at maximum capacity. Pretty neat, huh?

The reality is that fall lines and various other terrain undulations take a lot more snow to fill in for adequate, skiable coverage. With ideal conditions, we can cover about 50% of the trails in less than five days and be open across the mountain in 8-10 days with a base of at least 12-24 inches on most trails.

If you’re still with me through all that math, then you’ve probably already concluded that once we get those temperatures, opening day won’t be too far away. You can be confident that we’re doing everything we can to get ready for the winter season. And hey, if you’d like to help us out, maybe a ritual dance or two to Ullr is in your future? You never know what will work to charm Mother Nature into giving Blue’s snowmakers their optimal forecast…
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The Many Health Benefits of Skiing

"Most experts agree that an average day on the slopes burns serious calories, up to 3000, far more than an average gym session"
If you’ve already booked your skiing holiday, you’re probably looking forward to perfecting your turns and enjoying winter treats in the lodge. But your vacation can provide plenty of fantastic health benefits too, including weight loss, muscular fitness and even relief from seasonal affective disorder or SAD.

The trick to skiing is, of course, to keep yourself balanced on a slippery slope. Engaging your stomach muscles this way boosts core stability and compresses the lower abdomen (which means a flatter tummy). Plus, it promotes overall flexibility and coordination. Your leg muscles will also thank you: the general stance of a skier is a slight crouch which strengthens the large quadriceps and glute muscle groups.

Hitting the slopes is also a fantastic cardiovascular workout. It elevates your heart rate which promotes blood circulation and brings more nutrients and oxygen to your tissues. The immersive experience of skiing also boosts endorphins and adrenaline, providing an overall feeling of wellness.

If those sugary pastries you gorged on back at the lodge are weighing on your conscious, take solace in the fact that skiing is a solid way to keep trim over the winter months. Most experts agree that an average day on the slopes burns serious calories, up to 3000, far more than an average gym session. Cold temperatures also force your body to raise its own temperature, burning even more calories.

Falling temperatures and exaggerations of a polar vortex can deter many from hitting the slopes, but the many advantages of skiing are undeniable. Try it out at Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest ski and snowboard Resort.

100,000 Vertical Feet in One Day

"The three avid skiers, admit that when they first talked about the goal of skiing 100,000 vertical feet in one day most of their friends and family thought they were crazy."
More than five years ago, three men decided to set a goal of skiing 100,000 vertical feet in one day. On March 4, 2015 Ted Yard, Chris Maitland and Bruce Bell successfully completed that feat here at Blue and they shared how they accomplished it with us.

For most of us, the closest we get to setting any ski records is how quickly we can find a table in the sun for après. But for Ted, Chris and Bruce, they put in the time and carefully planned out all of the details to actually check a 100,000 vertical feet ski day off their bucket list.

The three friends each live close to the area and all name Blue Mountain as their favourite place to ski.

“We have skied for a long time at many different places and Blue has an unbeatable value for skiers like us who want full days on the hill with great quality terrain,” said Bruce

The three avid skiers, admit that when they first talked about the goal of skiing 100,000 vertical feet in one day most of their friends and family thought they were crazy. To give some perspective, that distance is equal to over 33 American football fields or nearly 670 Olympic sized swimming pools end-to-end.

The task was not taken lightly and the planning was thorough.

“We did test runs and a lot of research to make sure it was really possible to not only complete but complete safely,” noted Chris.

The three skiers are long-time passholders at Blue and are very familiar with the terrain. They timed runs and lift rides and they took into account skier or boarder traffic to be able to map out the most feasible way meet the goal.

The trail they chose was the Happy Valley run via the Century chairlift as it was optimal for distance, timing and level of difficulty. The weather was just right on Wednesday, March 4th and at 8:30 a.m. that morning, the three men were first in line at the lift to embark on what would be a marathon day on snow which didn’t end until after 8:00 p.m. that evening.

“We packed a backpack with portable food and drinks so we wouldn’t need to stop and eat. We had layers and additional lenses on hand for when the lighting changed on the hill,” said Ted who also noted that safety was a top priority along with speed and efficiency. “A big part of taking on this endeavor was being able to trust that each of us was able to keep up but also agreeing that we would be as safe as possible,” Ted says.

The three agreed that they would only be doing safe, carving turns to complete each run and in true ‘Three Muskateers’ fashion, that if one of them could not complete the day, none of them would.

Fortunately, that was not the case and just after 8:00 p.m. that evening, Ted, Chris and Bruce finished their last run to achieve 100,000 vertical feet in one day. After receiving congratulations from the lift operators who had been routing for them all day, the men peeled off their ski boots and enjoy a well-deserved dinner at Jozo’s.

Not surprisingly, each skier took the following day off as a rest day. And who could blame them? Imagine just sitting on the chairlift for nearly 12 hours let alone loading, unloading, skiing, and poling for that long!

For the rest of us who just want leisurely to enjoy our turns until après, we tip our hats to Ted, Chris and Bruce while we enjoy watching them from the patio.

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How To Keep The Whole Family Active Throughout The Winter

"Staying active combats feelings of restlessness, anxiety and irritation that are common in the winter months"
We all know the drill: the winds get cold, the snow begins to fall, the ice piles up. No one feels like going outside to get the mail, much less putting real effort into working out or staying active.

But winter is no excuse to treat your body poorly or deprive your family of priceless memories. In fact, staying active combats feelings of restlessness, anxiety and irritation that are common in the winter months. Here are our top suggestions for fighting back against winter weariness:

1. TAKE A WINTER HIKE
Dress in layers and set out for a truly unparalleled adventure through your local woods or park. Fill a waterproof container up with your favourite snack and a thermos full of tea or hot chocolate and enjoy beautiful sunlight, stunning quiet and a blanket of fresh white snow.


2. GO SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
Winter sports are fun for the entire family. Plus, they’re a fantastic workout. Challenge yourself and test your limits on the slopes of Blue. For hands-on learning at their own pace, there’s a variety of multi-week and daily Snow School Programs available for mini-skiers and shredders as young as two years old. Whether you’re lapping the trails until the chairs stop turning or enjoying the scenery with the kids, you’re guaranteed a winter for the books.


3. HAVE A SNOWBALL FIGHT
Not much compares to a playfully competitive snowball fight after the first big snow of the season.


4. SHOVEL SNOW AND MAKE SNOW FORTS
Leave that snowblower in the garage and do some old-fashioned shoveling. Set the kids up with their own mini-shovels and assign everyone a task (the walk, the porch, one side of the driveway). Then use the newly-created piles to make snow forts!


5. MAKE SNOW ANGELS
It’s a classic for a reason. This seemingly low-key activity is actually a hearty workout, and is sure to provide a few memorable family moments too!
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Is Skiing the Only True Family Sport?

"I wanted to find out who these ski families were, and whether they had possibly become the unheralded glue of the ski culture."
Heather Korol, author of A Slice of Happy and active, outdoor mom of three, shares her perspective on the claim that skiing (or snowboarding) is the only truly family winter sport.

“Do you think skiing is the only true family winter sport?” a friend asked me while we were discussing the upcoming winter events in town. “What? No, of course not.” I barely gave her question a moment of thought because the idea seemed ridiculous. There are lots of sports families can do in the winter.”

I ran through a mental checklist of activities that fit the criteria of a winter sport that could accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities.

Bobsledding? Nope. Luge? I don’t think so. Snowshoeing? Okay, but it’s more like calling taking walks as a family in the winter time. Skating? Maybe, but who takes a family vacation to a skate resort? I was stumped. Was skiing really the only option?

If you calculated the cost of equipment and lift tickets, travel time, face-freezing temperatures and the horrifying reality of taking kids under the age of six skiing, the odds are stacked against this sport being “winter’s crown jewel.” I wanted to find out who these ski families were, and whether they had possibly become the unheralded glue of the ski culture.


MEET THE EVERITTS
Shelley’s parents (who still ski) introduced her to the sport. When she met her husband, Mark, it was like they were predestined to become a ski family.
“You know, we met on the ski hill right here at Blue.” Shelley and Mark were chairlift sweethearts, happiest when they were cutting lines in the powder. Friends and family figured it was just a matter of time before the two married under a snowy cornice of love.

When I asked Shelley whether they had planned on putting their kids into skiing, she excitedly told me, “They had ski stuff before they were even born.”
As parent to three kids myself, I wondered whether they ever struggled to get their boys, Teagan and Cuyler, to the hill or whether their über–ski genetics make them immune to the process. Shelley explained: “Some days, it’s a total pain in the butt, and I want to bundle them up in a giant bag and throw them to the mountain just so I don’t have to load everyone and everything into the car. It can definitely be stressful.” It appears that even pro-parents suffer like mere mortals getting their kids to the slopes.

Shelley offers these bits of wisdom to parents who love skiing and want their young kids to love it, too: “Promise snacks when you get there and keep those snacks in your pocket. Don’t try to dress them at home, just get them in the car and put their gear on at the hill. Only do short spurts when it’s really cold, and if there’s too much crying, call it a day.”

I asked her whether she thought all the effort was worth it. “Absolutely. Now we can ski the whole mountain. We sing songs together on the chairlift, and we just try to have fun. At the end of the day, everyone is fresh-air-tired and happy. It makes winter fun and family time amazing.”


MEET THE CHRISTENSENS
“When I met Chris, he couldn’t ski at all.” Jo laughed a little as she described the memory of watching him get to the bottom of hill with his skis and ski poles sticking out at odd angles. “My family has been skiing together for as long as I can remember, and my parents still ski at the age of seventy-seven. It occurred to me that if this guy was going to stick around, he’d better learn to ski.”

They were both 21 at the time, and Chris just couldn’t get a feel for the sport.

“That’s when he suggested we should learn snowboarding together. It would be something new for both of us and we could enjoy spending time with my family.”

And while Chris has fallen in love with boarding, Jo still describes herself as “a 20-year beginner snowboarder.” To this day, she carves and he shreds — it works for them.

When it came time to teach their two girls, Kaelan and Ainsley, how to ski, they both agreed it was a good idea to start them young. The girls donned their first pair of skis under the age of three. Each year, the Christensens put their kids in Christmas ski camp, and according to Jo, “they came out beautiful skiers.”

When I asked Jo what she thinks about skiing with her entire family in the chill of winter, she simply said, “I can’t wait.”


MEET THE MANCUSOS
“Neither of our parents skied,” Frank told me when I asked about their ski experience. “Meg skied a bit in high school, but mostly we wanted to give our kids experiences that we didn’t have.”

Their ski family started when Frank and Meg were attending his sister’s wedding at a local ski resort. They decided to test the slopes the next day. They enjoyed it enough to sign up their girls (then four and six years old) in weekly ski lessons and to start skiing as a family.

Now, the Mancusos take five or six mini ski vacations a year — always staying in the village at Blue Mountain. Frank explained, “I park my car and I don’t see it again until we are ready to leave. There’s everything we need right there. The girls can ski independently, we walk to the restaurants, and if for some reason we don’t feel like skiing, there’s swimming or relaxing in the hot tub.”

I asked Frank if there was any advice he’d give to other budding ski families. “Without a doubt, lessons. And just dabbling doesn’t get you there. If you make a commitment to get your kids in consistent ski lessons, you will reap the rewards. We love doing stuff as a family, and skiing puts the fun in February.


MEET THE PERRYS
Skiing on their first date, an engagement ring on the hill, and a honeymoon on the slopes — the ultimate ski couple triad. For Steve and Linda this was only the beginning of creating the behemoth of ski families.

Both of Linda’s parents are active in the ski community, and all four of the Perry children have varying levels of ski and snowboard savvy. It’s in the genes (or the ski pants).

So what’s their secret? “It’s a common denominator,” Linda explained. “When the kids were younger, we were all together on ski days. Now we are bit more spread out in our lives, but skiing gives us a common bond. The sport has given my kids a tremendous level of self confidence. They have learned social manners from our après-ski time, as well as the etiquette that comes with being involved in a competitive sport.”

All four of their children have ski raced or competed in snowboarding events. When I asked her what skiing meant to her, she paused and said. “Rather than dreading winter, skiing gives us a way to enjoy the season and still love doing things with our kids.”


After speaking to these incredible ski families, I’ll admit I was wrong. It appears that skiing is a stand-alone, cross-generational winter sport that accommodates both beginner and pro level participation. Whether skiing allows you to love winter or winter coerces you into loving skiing is irrelevant once you become a ski family.

I know that when my family gets to the mountain and hits the first run, everything changes. The fresh air, the speed and the focus — it’s exhilarating. It allows us to disconnect from everyday distractions and there’s no doubt, that it brings our attention back to the now. When we reconnect at the bottom of the hill, it’s hard to believe we are the same people. We laugh, we dissect the near misses, and we share the enjoyment of being outdoors in the winter — as a family.


Skiing on a Budget

"Here are some handy tips to save some money when getting your gear ready for the slopes"
There’s no argument that putting your kids in sports and extracurricular activities can be expensive, and it’s no surprise that there is a direct link between kids involvement in sports and household income. That being said, for many sports there have been programs set up along the way to encourage families to get active together, and skiing is no exception. Here are some handy tips to save some money when getting your gear ready for the slopes.

You can’t hit the hills unless you have some gear. With so much to choose from, visiting a store and trying to decipher the right equipment to buy can leave you and your wallet weary. Here are some ways to save some green on gear:


1. HEAD FOR THE SALES
Before the ski season even starts, some local stores have clearance sales for apparel and gear. Blue Mountain’s own Turkey Tent Event is a great way to find deals on hard and soft goods if you’re willing to buy off-season and don’t mind shopping among masses of like-minded people. Check out this year’s Turkey Tent Event in the Cascade Room at Grand Central Lodge, October 5th through 6th.


2. PREPARE IN ADVANCE
If the thought of toting your wee ones with you to a tent sale brings about thoughts of panic, then do yourself a favour — prepare yourself with all of your kids’ measurements and leave them at home. Outline their feet so you can pull insoles out of boots to check size. Bring their arm length, inseam and waist size. If all else fails, commandeer some other poor unsuspecting half-pint who looks close to the size of your child and use them as a human mannequin (be sure to ask for parental permission first to avoid uncomfortable situations).


3. BUY BIG
When it comes to outerwear, don’t be afraid to buy a bit big and have a seamstress tack up the hem. Also, many brands have a “grow-with-me” option with a 2-inch let down. Then you might be able to enjoy two seasons in your outerwear instead of one.


4. SKI SWAPS
Find out if any local clubs are going to be offering ski swaps. You can find gently used equipment at a fraction of the price and usually some pretty swell volunteers who are more than happy to help you navigate the inventory.


5. HAND-ME-DOWNS
Most kids don’t care. Scour the local buy-and-sell forums of moms looking to pass on their gently used items for a fraction of the price. Sometimes you find out someone you know has items they will gladly pass on to you for free.

The take-away? Kids grow fast. Spend what you can, don’t worry about anyone else and when you’re done, pass it along to someone else in need.
Getting your family suited up is one giant leap toward the slopes, but now you have to actually get on the lift. Luckily, there are plenty of options to help you make your winter on the mountain more affordable.

Determine how much time you expect to commit to skiing, even those days that you may sneak out for a slide on your own. When and how often you ski will partially dictate how much it will cost, but here are a few tips to keep things manageable:


6. SEASON PASSES
The type of pass you choose and when you purchase it are important. If you don’t have to ski on a weekend, choose a pass that gives you plenty of mid-week options for hitting the hill. If your kids are older, night skiing might appeal to you as a fun evening activity (spoiler alert: fresh air + night skiing = sleeping kids).

Luckily for you, Blue Mountain’s the 5x7®is Blue’s most popular pass offering unrestricted access Monday to Friday and night access on Saturday and Sunday. Hot tip: there’s a youth rate on 5x7®’s for kids aged 5-17 and they’re on sale until October 9.


7. LESSONS
You can choose your lessons around a schedule that works best for you, and they are integral to ensuring your entire family is safe on the slopes and acquires the skills to make them comfortable in all terrains. Not just for your kids, but to ensure you keep on skiing long after they’ve ditched you on the hill for not being cool enough.

Take advantage of multi-lesson discounts or get your friends together for a group lesson to keep costs under control. Seasonal ski programs for kids always have an early-bird savings, so sign up for your local hill’s newsletter to be sure you’re the first to find out when they go on sale.

Money or lack of it plays a huge role in deciding what we are going to do with our free time. We shouldn’t have to choose between sending our kids to university and spending quality time experiencing life with them when they are young.

Sometimes a reminder that there are ways to do the things we love is all we need. An acknowledgement that life AC (after children) really doesn’t have to be so different. Not only can you participate in the sports you love, but you can create a special family bond by doing them together. Kids who grow up with parents involved in sports, stay in sports. That is how you can contribute to a life of health and fitness — and when the time comes, even send them off to university.

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A LITTLE MORE APRÈS

"Blue Mountain Resort has a variety of winter activities that make it a great winter destination for both skiers and non-skiers alike."
Blue Mountain Ski Holidays for Non-Skiers
Not everyone who is looking for a winter getaway wants to be on the slopes all day. Fortunately, for those looking to live the mountainside lifestyle with a little less ski and a little more après, Blue Mountain Resort has a variety of winter activities that make it a great winter destination for both skiers and non-skiers alike.


Play Outside Off-Hill
You don’t need to strap on the skis or snowboard to play in the snow. Blue Mountain’s Hike N’ Tube offers a downhill experience that’s a little less intense but can be just as fun as hitting the ski trails. Or take it up a notch on the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, a four-season coaster ride zooming up to 42 km/hour down the mountain. For something a little different, go from snowsuit to swimsuit at Plunge!, a heated indoor/outdoor pool and aquatic centre. The Resort’s newest winter activity can be found at the top of Blue where Woodview Mountaintop Skating offers a smooth, looping skate trail through the trees and vistas over Blue Mountain.


Rest and Relax
After a day of fun in the frosty air, guests who want to keep things cozy can enjoy two on-site spas including Kalola Spa with its full spa service and complementary outdoor hot tubs or iWA Spa featuring one-of-a-kind volcanic rock beds. Those looking for an immersive spa experience can spend a day at nearby Scandinave Spa with their world renowned rejuvenating hot and cold Scandinavian baths.


Indulge in the Food
What is winter without all the comfort foods? In the Blue Mountain Village, food lovers can indulge at more than 20 diverse restaurants and eateries. A Blue Mountain staple and mountainside classic is Jozo’s Original Après, located inside the Blue Mountain Inn. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy pub style fare and a lively ski resort atmosphere, Jozo’s will not disappoint with specials, events, live music and entertainment throughout the winter.


Shop in the Village
Both serious spenders and casual window shoppers can enjoy a walk through the Blue Mountain Village. Bundle up and stroll through a European-inspired village at the base of Blue with a mix of locally-owned shops and brand name stores selling art & home décor, toys, beauty products, women’s fashion and active wear.


Learn to Ski
Although you may have started your holiday as a non-skier, that doesn’t mean you have to leave as one. There are great packages at Blue Mountain to help introduce anyone to the sport. The Newbie Program allows first-timers to learn the basics at their own pace with helpful and friendly instructors. Get set up with everything you need to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time including skis or board, boots, helmet and even rental winter apparel – no excuses!

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Open Slopes

“When all of a sudden these children have mobility, when they can do it themselves, and when they can go really fast . . . well, the thrill on their faces is unbelievable.”
Originally written By Lori Knowles for Blue Magazine

It took her two ski seasons, a ton of perseverance, and a great big heart, but Pam Visutski, finally did it. She taught two keen kids — aged seven and 10 and living with multiple sclerosis (MS) — how to ski with outriggers. Pam Visutski is one of Blue Mountain’s best advocate for the resort’s Open Slopes policy, a mandate to make ski and snowboarding as accessible as possible. Pam has 20-plus years of teaching on Canada’s slopes, the past six of which she’s devoted to assisting scores of individuals with disabilities with learning how to ski at Blue Mountain.

“First they were holding on to me,” Visutski says of her two young students. “But eventually they became able to move around on their own with outriggers.” Visutski points out that when her students are on skis, it’s the fastest they’ve ever moved independently. “When all of a sudden these children have mobility, when they can do it themselves, and when they can go really fast . . . well, the thrill on their faces is unbelievable.”

VISUTSKI’S EFFORTS ARE PART OF A BIGGER EFFORT AT BLUE MOUNTAIN TO OPEN UP ITS SLOPES — TO MAKE SKIING AS ACCESSIBLE AS POSSIBLE TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE

Graeme Dugale is Blue Mountain’s Director of Recreation and Programming. He says Blue Mountain began developing its Open Slopes programming about 11 years ago, taking the lead from adaptive skiing initiatives from B.C.’s Whistler Blackcomb Resort.

“The demand for ski lessons for people living with disabilities has increased significantly,” Dugale explains, “likely thanks to the increasing popularity of the Paralympics.” Canada’s national para-alpine team, which includes ski racers who are double amputees, totally blind, living with cerebral palsy, or skiing with high degrees of paraplegia, compete in both World Cup and Paralympic races, often at the same venues as the women’s alpine World Cup circuit.
On the advice of local skier and teacher Gord Layhew, Blue Mountain developed programming based on the teaching practices of the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS).

“The key,” Dugale insists, “is that we offer the same options to disabled skiers as we do to those who are able bodied — programs that help them learn to ski.”

As a result, Adaptive Lessons are much the same as Blue’s Private Lessons but include access to equipment disabled skiers require, such as outriggers. Lessons are led by ski pros, who have been trained by CADS in techniques for teaching individuals with disabilities how to ski.

“Blue’s ski pros can teach all ages, levels of ability, and those with almost any physical disability,” Dugale says. “We teach skiers with hearing and visual impairments. We teach children with autism. We have Track-3 and Track-4 ski equipment on hand.” People with disabilities who require the assistance of a friend or family member will receive a free lift pass for their companion.

Adaptive lessons focus on the same skills as other beginner programs. “The basics are covered,” says Dugale. “From how to put on your boots, skis, and outriggers, to establishing goals, learning proper stance and balance, how to pivot and stop using outriggers, and how to move around on ski terrain.” Dugale says adaptive ski lessons also teach skiers how to ride both a carpet lift and a chairlift with success and comfort remaining paramount.


Zero to Hero: Meet Yulun

"Within 2 months I went from beginner runs to double black diamond. I already had the ability to ride any trail at Blue Mountain."
Yulun is our 2016 success story. He started his snowboarding journey on the magic carpet and beginner hill. Through lessons, persistence and courage, he was conquering black diamonds by the end of the season! We’re sharing Yulun’s journey with you to hopefully inspiFre you to try something new!

For safety reasons, we strongly recommend the use of a helmet for all skiers and snowboarders, especially when learning. Rock it, don’t knock it!


Yulun’s Zero to Hero Story:
This winter, I wanted to challenge myself to start learning snowboarding. After I bought all the snowboarding equipment including the 5×7® Pass, I started my first day of snowboarding day on December 23rd, 2015.

I was totally beat up after my first day on the hill, even though I had watched some tutorials on YouTube. After trying and falling about 100 times, a snowboard instructor approached me and asked if I’d like some tips. I got better right away after a bit of instruction and decided to sign up for a private lesson – my second day of snowboarding. During the private lesson, my instructor was so passionate and helped to explain different turns and how to initiate them. After the one hour lesson I had learned the foundation (toe-side turn, hill-side turn, linking both turns) which helped me build my confidence.

It’s critical to spend time on the foundation when learning a new skill so I spent much time practicing alone and really focused on every turn. There were so many days I took the shuttle bus alone from Toronto to Blue Mountain back and forth in order to improve and ride better. I also tried to come to Blue Mountain as many times as possible. I spent all week staying at Blue Mountain Resort and I met some friends who would make the drive with me 2 or 3 times a week.

Within 2 months I went from beginner runs to double black diamond. I already had the ability to ride any trail at Blue Mountain. I didn’t notice that until my friend told me how fast I progressed.

I like to keep my goals realistic and set new ones every year. I don’t know which level I will eventually get to, but I am glad I have reached it this year. And next year, I want to start the terrain park and focus more on different tricks. You will definitely see me more often on the hills.
The highlight of this season was not the time I got to a black diamond, or the time I started some tricks. It was the first time I rode through Happy Valley without falling. I found there’s a gap from Graduate to Happy Valley and it’s a hard transition as a beginner. I will never forget the first time I did it. I screamed so hard through my mask saying “Yes! I did it!”

Finally, what I want to share is that we all know falling is a big part of snowboarding but every fall makes us stronger.

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Stay Safe on the Slopes – Go Easy on the Edges

"We want everyone to come out and enjoy the hill and one way to ensure people can continue to safely enjoy skiing or snowboarding is by educating them about respecting the treeline"
One of the many reasons skiers and riders are passionate about hitting the slopes is the rush they get as the wind hits their face and the world seems to whiz by. But with any outdoor sport, it is important to find the balance between adrenaline rush and safe precaution. Enter Blue Mountain Ski Patrol’s new safety campaign: Easy on the Edges.

Skiing and snowboarding can be safe and fun activities for families and individuals of all ages. With the proper instruction and precaution, getting out on the hill to make turns is an opportunity to stay active through the winter for kids as young as two or adults as old as… well let’s just say ‘kids’ of all ages. Statistically, alpine sports have less frequent incidences of injuries than sports like football, cycling, and basketball. But when injuries do occur on-hill, the most significant ones happen in and around the trees. Knowing this, Andrew Lemon, one of Blue Mountain’s courtesy Ski Patrollers, proposed Easy on the Edges as a way to educate guests about staying safe and checking speeds when riding close to the treeline. As Andrew puts it, “We want everyone to come out and enjoy the hill and one way to ensure people can continue to safely enjoy skiing or snowboarding is by educating them about respecting the treeline.”

Here are some key points from Blue’s Patrol team to help guests go Easy on the Edges:


1. LEAVE ROOM FOR RECOVERY
Things happen very quickly when you’re on snow and if you are close to the edge of the trail, you may not have time to slow down or stop before getting into the trees. The average rider travels 43 km/hr, that translates to 39 feet per second. Give yourself enough space to recover if you catch an edge or need to make a turn.


2. HELMETS ARE GREAT, BUT THEY DO NOT MAKE YOU INVINCIBLE
Helmets are an important piece of the safety puzzle, but they are not the only piece. Wear your bucket but always assess the risks of a situation.


3. CONDITIONS AT THE EDGES OF THE TRAIL CAN BE INCONSISTENT AND VARIABLE
depending on the weather and grooming ability, the edge of the treeline may not be the same as the middle of the trail. For the most consistent snow conditions, it is safer to stay closer to the middle of a run.


4. IT IS UP TO YOU TO STAY IN CONTROL
skiing and snowboarding are higher risk sports, but many of these risks can be managed by the individual. Remember to do speed checks by stopping or slowing down and always be aware of others. Know when you need to slow down to stay in control.


5. TREES WIN EVERY TIME
Remember: Trees don’t move!

As always, review the Alpine Responsibility Codebefore you load the lift. To stay on the slopes, you have to stay safe.

The Math Behind your pass

When it comes time to make a big purchase, who doesn’t like to crunch the numbers prior to pulling the trigger? Luckily for you, we’ve done the homework and have come up with a few key numbers you may want to consider prior to purchasing your 5x7® Season Pass.
When it comes time to make a big purchase, who doesn’t like to crunch the numbers prior to pulling the trigger? Luckily for you, we’ve done the homework and have come up with a few key numbers you may want to consider prior to purchasing your 5x7® Season Pass.


123
That’s Blue Mountain’s 10-year historical average days open for skiing and riding every winter. Considering that winter officially runs December 21, 2018 to March 20, 2019, or for only 91 days, Blue’s length of season bests the winter calendar year by an average of 35%! Even better news: your 5x7® Pass lets you ski or ride for at least a few hours on every day of the season.
Show your work: 123/91 = 1.35 or 35%


932
That’s the number of hours you can spend on-hill using your 5x7® Pass during Blue’s core ski season (December 13, 2018 to March 17, 2019) since it gets you lift access midweek from 9am to 9pm and weekends from 3:30 to 9pm. With all those hours at your disposal, we’re sure you can make good use of your Pass this winter.
Show your work: (63 x 12hr days) + (32 x 5.5hr days) = 932


4
That’s the number of times you have to ski before your 5x7® Pass is paid off. That’s right, you read it correctly. Once you set ski to hill on your fifth day out, you’re skiing for free.
Show your work: $299/$74 (8-hr adult ticket) = 4.04


80
That’s the amount of money you’ll save if you purchase your 5x7® Season Pass on or before October 9th. Earmark those $80 savings for some après-ski (which Passholders get a discount at Bullwheel Pub, Jozo’s Original Après, The Pottery, 6ixPak Bar and more)!
Show your work: $299 - $379 = -80


0
Those are the number of reasons you should have NOT to buy your 5x7® Season Pass before October 9th. Don’t wait, prices will go up and then someone’s going to have to do this math all over again.

5x7® Season Passes on sale now until October 9th. Youth (aged 5-17) and Senior (65+) are $259 and Adult (aged 18-64) $299, both plus HST.


Buy Your 5x7® Pass Now

Power Shop the Turkey Tent Event

Tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Blue Mountain’s biggest retail sale
Good news for all you bargain hunters! The Turkey Tent Event is back at Blue Mountain. Our biggest retail sale of the season makes its comeback at a new location this Thanksgiving weekend (October 5th through 7th). Located in Cascade Room in Grand Central Lodge, the Turkey Tent Event is known for deep discounts on brand name goods like The North Face, Burton, Ten Tree, Lolë, Patagonia and more. Fall and winter wear, along with hardgoods like skis, boots, boards and bindings, is stacked deep and selling cheap and luckily for you, we’ve got the inside scoop on how you can best shop the Turkey Tent Event straight from our retail team members responsible for organizing the sale.


Arrive Early
The Turkey Tent Event opens its doors at 10am on Friday October 5th. If you’re looking for the best selection for yourself or your family members, get there early! And, a bonus to being there before doors open is that you’ll snag yourself a prime parking spot in the Village lot (P2 for those that are checking the maps).


Go Hands Free
With so much clothing, accessories and outwear to browse through, you’ll want to make sure you have both hands free. Consider bringing a cross-body bag so you’re not constantly hitching up your purse or setting down your wallet among piles of clothes. Or better yet, leave your bags and wallets at home and stuff your credit, debit or cash in your back pocket.


Phone a friend (or family member)
Not sure your husband/wife/partner/child/teen will like what you’ve picked up? Tell them in advance that you’re hitting the tent sale and to have their phones on them. Then, you can text a pic of the items you’re considering and get their thumbs up or thumbs down on the spot.


Come ready to look!
The tables are piled high and the rolling racks are full so you need to come prepared to browse. The best deals are found by diligent shoppers so make sure you flip through all the hangars and sort through the stacks of folded items. Pro tip: turn the folded clothes around to face the edge of the table so the tags face out. That way you can flip through the clothes quickly and pull only the brands you love.


Carry Measurements and a Measuring Tape
For those shopping for their family members, you can save yourself a lot of grief by carrying their in-seam, waist and foot sizes with you. Some shoppers have even gone so far as to remove an in-sole from their children’s shoes or trace their foot so you can be certain that winter shoes and boots will fit all season long.


Come Back Sunday
The Turkey Tent event shuts down Sunday October 7th at 6pm and veterans know that discounts sometimes get even deeper on the last day in an effort to move remaining stock. Have an item you’ve hummed and hawed over? Come back on the last day and see if it’s still there for even less.
Blue Mountain’s Turkey Tent Event takes place in Cascade Room in Grand Central Lodge and is open Friday October 5th and Saturday October 6th from 10am to 8pm and Sunday October 7th from 10am to 6pm. See you there!