BLUE MOUNTAIN 253 acres; 720 vertical feet; 34 runs, including 21 night trails and four terrain parks with two two superpipes and one halfpipe. Tickets: $35 (day) and $42 (day and night).Through Activity Central, book a wide range of activities, including: dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, eco-trail tours, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, horseback riding, yoga or a visit to the local spa. 800-955-6561, blueactivities.com
LODGING Both the Grand Georgian Hotel and Weider Lodge provide upscale condo-hotel accommodations at affordable prices thanks to the favorable exchange rate. Located at the base of the mountain, both hotels include such amenities such as self-contained kitchens, fireplaces, ski lockers, fitness centers, indoor sauna and a year-round outdoor hot tub.
DINING Best bet for breakfast is Pottery in the Blue Mountain Inn, featuring an excellent buffet on weekends; 705-445-0231. For an authentic alpine experience, the nearby Swiss Alphorn offers house specialties such as wiener schnitzel, raclette, goulash and a choice of cheese or beef fondue. There’s also a full-size alphorn patrons can use to test their lung capacities; 705-445-8882.
APRÈS-SKI The Indian Motorcycle Bar and Grill is an intimate lounge with 20 beers on tap and the sounds of soul and R&B music. Jozo’s Bar is Blue Mountain’s original hot spot. The resort’s newest addition: Windy O’Neill’s Irish Pub. Back by popular demand is the Blue Mountain Concert series. For week-to-week live music listings, check out the resort’s online calendar; bluemountain.ca/ winter_nightlife_concert.htm)
INSIDE TIP The 5×7 pass, ideal for midweek visitors, allows you to ski Monday—Friday all day and Saturday and Sunday night. It costs $105 if purchased before October 27, $215 thereafter. Tip: Go to the website to register online for “e-specials” and receive alerts when there are specials. New this year, the south base features a childcare center for kids four months to six years old. Half-day costs $21, and a full day costs $26 per day, with optional ski lessons ($28).
INFORMATION 705-445-0231, 416-869-3799; bluemountain.ca
All currency in U.S. dollars.
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