Situated along the Niagara Escarpment in the heart of Ontario’s apple country, Blue Mountain has all the essentials for a winter weekend away, including skiing and snowboarding, a thriving, auto-free village, restaurants, nightclubs and loads and loads of apples.
Here’s how to make the most of a Blue Mountain weekend.
Download the Blue Mountain app to prep for your weekend of skiing. The app includes handy weather updates, interactive maps, GPS positioning, speed and vertical tracking and the ever-useful “find your friends” function. Afterward, head into Jozo’s Bar, dubbed Ontario ski country’s “original après.”
Grab a freshly made croissant or a gooey cinnamon roll from Royal Majesty Espresso Bar Bakery.
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Beat the crowds and board the six-person Silver Bullet chair out of Blue Mountain Village. Or, if you’ve never skied before, sign up for a Newbie program that includes equipment rentals, a lift pass and a lesson from certified pros.
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Avoid Blue’s lunch rush by combining a coffee break with … well, brunch. There’s no shortage of choice in Blue Mountain Village. Indulge at Mile High Poutine—barbecued pulled pork poutine is among the favourites—or head to Sunset Grill for the standard sunny-side-up eggs and Canadian bacon.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Click back into your boards and ski through the lunch hour. Be sure to explore Blue’s Orchard ski runs at the south end—a brand-new area introduced last season.
2 to 3 p.m.
Swing by Blue’s Badlands Terrain Park to slide on a rail or hit the superpipe. Badlands’ policy to keep things “fresh and clean” means there are new features every season. Note: you’ll need a $10 Park Pass to enter—valid all season.
Wander through Blue Mountain Village. Shop for toys for your kids or a stylish new ski sweater just for you. Watch buskers in Village Plaza, scarf a Beavertail or simply warm your hands at the firepit.
4 to 6 p.m.
With kids, take a plunge into Plunge!, an aquatic centre styled after an Ontario boathouse—rope swing, dock and slides included. Sans kids, head directly to Scandinave Spa, an oasis amidst the trees, with hot outdoor pools, thermal and Nordic waterfalls and a Finnish sauna.
Stop in for a pre-dinner apple martini at Twist Martini Restaurant & Bar—it’s an official stop along the local Apple Pie Trail.
Take a seat inside The Pottery Restaurant at the brightly renovated Blue Mountain Inn. Après-ski belly warmers include French onion soup and, of course, apple galette.
10 to 11 a.m.
Ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster—Blue Mountain’s take on a traditional roller coaster—that rockets down 1,085 metres of mountain vertical through snowy twists and turns. Afterward, rent skates and go for a glide on Mill Pond Skating Rink in the centre of the village.
Fill up on wood-fired, cheesy-good pizza at the Firehall Pizza Co., then load up with sweets from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which serves fudge, truffles and 20 different versions of—what else?— candy apple.
Getting There: WestJet flies to Toronto (a two-hour drive from Blue Mountain) 86 times a day from 17 Canadian, 10 U.S. and 25 international cities.