Snowboarding in Blue Mountain is my only choice to get some decent runs in Ontario’s largest ski resort.
I live in Toronto and Blue Mountain is about a 90-minute drive away. I mainly go here now to practice riding switch on my snowboard or do some laps in the park, where I still need improvement.
Blue Mountain is economical for me because of the Ikon Pass. I get to ride there unlimited plus at other bigger mountains. I would prefer to be living nearby a larger ski resort but I need to be close to Toronto International Airport for my travels.
What I dislike the most at Blue Mountain is most of the runs can be done in 30 to 45 seconds if I bomb it. The longest trail is 1.6 km. I try to prolong the runs with a few butter tricks.
And the lift ticket prices at Blue Mountain is outrageous at $85 for an 8-hour adult pass on the weekend! The cost of lift tickets in Japan are cheaper. On the other hand, I understand operating a ski resort from lift tickets to housing employees are large business expenses.
Who is Blue Mountain Right For?
During the winter season, I personally believe Blue Mountain is best for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The mountain is big enough for them. It’s also a great place for a family outing which includes a pretty pedestrian village and Woodview Mountaintop Skating. I personally find skating boring. That’s why I’m on a board.
Being a park rat also helps. Unfortunately, most of my friends don’t like riding park and I enjoy the wolf pack style of snowboarding.
Blue Mountain also has a great view of Georgian Bay from the top.
Blue Mountain Terrain Park
Blue Mountain has 3 terrain parks: Grove, L-Park, and Badlands. The Grove and L-Park is included in the price of the lift ticket. The Badlands requires a lift ticket plus a park pass for $10 a season. I believe the Ikon Pass includes the Badlands.
The parks consist of rails, boxes, and ramps. I’m waiting for the day they put in a half-pipe!