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An Experience at Blue Mountain

Experience at SABM


Last July, we had the pleasure of hosting a Brazilian Influencer in one of our chalets at Blue Mountain. Gaby spent two nights at Summit Ridge 5 with her family and her cute puppy.

During her visit, she visited the village, took some walks with her kids, and enjoyed the whole experience at Blue Mountain with the comfort we can provide for all of our guests.

Gaby experiences rainy weather during her stay, and because of that, she took full advantage of our amenities and inside space. Her kids had a great time playing on the hot tub, watching streaming channels, playing video games and enjoying our fully equipped kitchen.

Travelling with kids and a puppy can be a challenge, but we provide spacious, renovated and comfortable chalets equipped with everything your family will need!

Visit Gaby’s website and take a look at her whole experience staying with us!

Learn How To Snowboard For Beginners

Stay at Blue Mountain shares tips on how to snowboard for beginners

So you want to know how to snowboard for beginners, eh? The first thing to wrap your head around is that it’s not easy. Even if you’re an OK skier, learning to snowboard can be a challenge. But the cool thing is that, once you get over that initial hump, you’ve got one more thing to do in Blue Mountain when you visit.

Before You Start to Learn How to Snowboard

We’re going to start at the very beginning. That means making sure you have the right clothing, equipment and protective snowboarding gear. While we recommend maybe borrowing a snowboard while you’re learning just in case it doesn’t work out for you, you ‘ll need to find out what size of snowboard you need.  

For warmth, its the three-layer rule, with a base wicking layer, under a thermal layer for warmth all covered by a windproof, water-resistant snowboarding jacket and pants. For protective gear, gloves, snowboarding boots, a helmet and goggles are the basics.

6 Tips to Learn Snowboarding for Beginners

Some of these are common sense, some you might never have thought of. Either way, they will help you get on the slopes sooner.

  1. Take Lessons – Yes, you might be able to teach yourself. But the time and frustration you save with proper lessons is well worth the cost.
  2. Find Out if You’re Regular or Goofy Footed – It will tell you which is your front foot on the board and which is the back foot. Left foot forward is regular footed and right foot forward is goofy footed.
  3. Learn the Right Way to Fall – It’s going to happen a lot. Learning to fall properly, with your hands and arms in close to your body, will reduce your chance of injury.
  4. Learn to Skate on the Board – When you’re on a flat, and you want to get somewhere, like to the lift, take your back foot from the binding and push yourself along like you’re on a skateboard.
  5. Look in the Direction You Want to Go – Oddly enough, we tend to go where we are looking, even when driving a car. On the snowboard, unless you are looking where you want to go, you might never get there.
  6. Get Edge Control – The natural “edge” is the one under your heel. You will start to learn to snowboard with your heel edge dug into the snow and your body facing down the hill. As you slowly take the weight off the heel and transfer it more towards the toe edge, it will release the board and you will start moving.

If you enjoyed this post, check out our recent article about why Blue Mountain is called Blue Mountain.

9 Items for Your “What to Take Hiking” List

Stay at Blue Mountain shares a guide on what to take hiking

Of course, you can hike year-round, but many of us are fair-weather hikers. And summer’s almost here! But avid and occasional hikers alike have a similar problem before their first outing every year. What do I take hiking?

Part of the problem is that the climate in Southern Ontario gives us a bit of everything, at almost any time of year. That means preparing for even a short day hike can be difficult

Take These Things on Every Hike

First, there’s a difference between day hikes and multi-day hiking and camping. The list below includes things you should carry with you on just about every trek, regardless of its length or duration, for your safety and enjoyment.

Some of these items might seem like a little much if you just want to hit the trail for a day hike, or when in familiar areas. But even on the shortest jaunt, if something happens, you’re not likely to have help nearby. And the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re ready for anything makes it all that much more enjoyable.

  1. The Tools of Navigation – You should always have a compass and topographic map. A map and compass will never run out of power like a GPS unit might.
  2. Extra Clothing – Remember, this is Southern Ontario. Even if you’re just using a t-shirt, you should have an insulating and outer (waterproof) layer in your backpack.
  3. Sun Protection – Sunscreen, lip balm, wide-brim hat and sunglasses are must-haves and long-sleeve shirts and pants are should haves.
  4. Lighting – Not just your cell phone either. You need that for emergency calls. Carry LED flashlights or headlamps with spare batteries.
  5. A First Aid Kit – Make it as large as needed for the number of people on the journey, it’s duration, and the risk levels you anticipate.
  6. Food & Water – Have enough energy bars and dry food to last you until tomorrow and at least two litres of water. A way to treat water, either tablets or a portable purifier, is a nice thing to have.
  7. Tools – A solid multi-tool with scissors, knife, plastic ties, screwdriver, saw and pliers is the bare minimum. Carry larger yet portable versions of all of those if at all possible, and also duct tape and a shovel.
  8. Fire Starter – In a plastic bag, pack a lighter, waterproof matches and a fire-starter product.
  9. Emergency Shelter – You’ll have a tent and sleeping bag if you’re on an overnight trip. But even on a day trip, you should carry an emergency blanket and large orange plastic bag, which will not only keep you dry, but it’ll be easy to see in a search and rescue situation.

Hiking is one of the many things to do in Blue Mountain, summer or winter. There are many trails on the Mountain, below it and more than a few along the face of it.

If you liked this post, check out our recent article about how to pack a hiking backpack.

A Self-Guided Pub Crawl Through Blue Mountain Village


The best part of enjoying a self-guided pub crawl through Blue Mountain Village is that you won’t need any high-powered GPS apps to find where you’re going. It’s amazing the different flavours in food and refreshments that you can find in a relatively small area.

Stops on a Blue Mountain Village Pub Crawl

While the pubs aren’t very far apart, The Village is a great place for a pub crawl because of everything there is to see and do between stops. And that can only make your crawl longer and more enjoyable.

  1. MJ Byrne’s Irish Pub
    MJ Byrnes Irish pub
    What better place to start or finish a pub crawl that an authentic Irish pub? Located in the heart of the Village, MJ Byrne’s is close to hotel accommodations and Blue Mountain rental chalets. Winter or summer, you’ll find a warm, welcoming atmosphere, 28 draft beers from around the world (including Guinness, of course) and live music every night.If you’re hungry, peruse the bilingual Gaelic/English menu to find traditional Irish favourites like steak and mushroom pie or local favourites like poutine!
  2. Kaytoo Restaurant & Bar
    Kaytoo Restaurant & Bar
    Another great part of a Bluemojtina Pub crawl is the variety of vibe’s you’ll get at each stop. The Kaytoo prides itself to adding some genuine Canadian flair to your meals and nightlife in The Village. If you’re wondering what that means, think hockey on the screen, patio lanterns, great beer and tasty burgers.If you’re looking for something “oh so Canadian” on the menu, try the Stampeder burger, brushed with Collingwood whiskey maple bbq sauce.
  3. The Bullwheel Pub
    The Bullwheel Pub
    Getting to The Bullwheel will take you to the south end of the Mountain, but it’s still an easy walking distance. If you’re wondering where the name came from, a bullwheel is used to turn the rope that traditionally pulled chairlifts. That connection to skiing belies the Bullwheel’s perfect slopeside location.Get your taste buds ready for some perfect apres-ski fare, from deep-fried pickles to a Montreal-steak-spiced bison burger.
  4. The Northwinds Brewpub
    The Northwinds Brewpub
    One of the newer additions to a Blue Mountian Village Pub Crawl, the Northwinds delivers unique, locally brewed craft beers and ales, and delicious dishes on a menu developed by Head Chef Travis Barron. From comfort food like mac and cheese sticks to a house-smoked pulled pork patty melt entree, the food choices are as eclectic as your refreshment options.

If you enjoyed this post, check out our recent article about what to do in Blue Mountain during March Break.

Hiking Near Toronto: The Best Trails In Blue Mountain

Wondering where the best hiking trails are in Blue Mountain? Today's blog post by Stay at Blue Mountain lists some choices for you.

If you’re looking for some great hiking near Toronto, you’re only an hour and a half away from Blue Mountain’s hiking trails and series of multi-use trails. If you’ve never hiked anywhere along the Niagara Escarpment, get ready for a whole new level of challenge and enjoyment.

Blue Mountain’s Hiking Trails

Starting with four dedicated trails for hiking that you can easily access from Activity Central in The Village, not far from Blue Mountain chalets for rent, or from Scenic Caves Rd. and Swiss Meadows Blvd at the top of the Mountain, the area’s trails range from “Easy” to “Advanced”. 

The four dedicated hiking trails include:

  • Memory Lane – An easy .5 kilometre route through the forest near the top of the Mountain.
  • Straight-Up – If you’re looking for a great workout in the shortest possible time and route, Straight Up is an intermediate hike that leads, like the name says, straight up the Mountain for just short of 1 km.
  • Cascade – Similar to Straight Up, you can go from the foot of the Mountain to the peak through 1.2 kms of mostly forested areas on Cascade, which is rated as an intermediate trail.
  • Village Way – At 1.3 kms, the intermediate Village Way is the longest of them all as it meanders from Activity Central up the Mountain to meet up with two mixed-use, hiking and biking trails.

Other hiking options at Blue Mountain include:

  • Columbia Guided Hikes – Join a group of like-minded hikers and learn more about your surroundings on these guided tours that leave from Columbia Sports in The Village every morning at 10:30 am during the months of July & August.
  • Mixed-Use Hike & Bike trails – There are eight mixed-use trails ranging from the easy .6 km Pathway to Village, to the advanced 2.5 km Cagey.

If you enjoyed this article, check out our recent post on what to do during March Break in Blue Mountain.

What Size Snowboard Do I Need?

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If you’re thinking about getting into snowboarding, it is a fun, exhilarating and very social activity. And choosing a snowboard that’s the right size is crucial if you want to enjoy all that snowboarding offers.

But answering the question of “what size snowboard do I need?” does not always have a direct answer. The traditional starting point for choosing board length is to find one that comes up to your chin when you are standing and it is on end. You can’t go wrong using that rule of thumb. But many other factors can affect the perfect snowboard length for you.

How to Choose the Right-Sized Snowboard

The following are among the factors that can affect the length of snowboard you choose.

  1. Your Body Weight & Height – While the “chin” rule generally works, your body type can mean the right board for you may need to be longer or shorter. Generally, higher body weights or heights require longer boards. But what if you have a lanky or stocky build? Use a snowboard size chart for both height and weight. Find the size that’s right for your weight and the one that’s right for your height. The difference between the two is the size range of board you should use.  
  2. Snowboard Width – Depending on your boot size, you may need a wider or narrower board. The snowboard boot’s length should closely match the width of the board at its narrowest point. 
  3. Your Level of Ability – Beginners should start with standard snowboard widths and lengths. Not only do they work well for more people, they offer you a “baseline” for choosing different lengths as your abilities and personal preferences change.

    As you progress, you’ll prefer different types of riding. If you like it all, all-mountain snowboards are the way to go. Mountain boards are among the most popular due to their versatility. If you like hits on every box, a freestyle board on the lower end of your size range is good. And if you like going off-trail, a longer free ride board is the ticket.

As you gain more skill and experience, you will find other elements that affect snowboard size, including snow conditions and higher speeds. If you’re ever wondering about what to do in Blue Mountain, snowboarding is always a great choice.  

If you like this post, check out our recent article on why Blue Mountain is called Blue Mountain.

What to Do During March Break in Blue Mountain

Here are some ideas on what to do during a Blue Mountain March break | Stay at Blue Mountain

In less time it takes to wait for a flight, and for a lot less than the cost of a plane ticket, you could be in Blue Mountain for March Break. And you’ll find just as many things to do there as anywhere in the world!

Happenings in Blue Mountain During March Break

If you’re wondering what to do in Blue Mountain during March break, get ready for days filled with adventure and fun for all ages on and off the slopes. March Break is family time at Blue Mountain with daily activities, live music, interactive performances, fireworks and more!

Here’s just some of what you can look forward to.

  1. Every Day in Blue Mountain Village – If you’ve never snowshoed, you don’t know what you’re missing. Every day at 10:30am during March Break, you can enjoy the Columbia Guided Snowshoe Tour. You don’t even need to your own snowshoes because rentals are available at the South Base Lodge.

    Taffy on Snow – Every afternoon from noon to 4:00 pm, you can indulge your sweet tooth in the coolest way possible. Watch hot taffy instantly cool on snow, and then enjoy the results.

  2. Other Events in the Village – Each day brings its own list of fun and exciting “things to do” in the Village.
    • The Village Scavenger Hunt – Spend your day finding the items on your list throughout the Village.
    • Interactive Groove Dancing – Get your groove back, and get in shape, at the Coca-Cola Village Stage with this popular event.
    • The Amazing Village Race – Find the clues and compete with your friends, neighbours and other visitors to win the race around the Village.
    • Fireworks! – Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display in the crisp evening air.

  3. March Break Freestyle Camp – If you’re a freestyle skier or snowboarder, you can enjoy March Break on the pipes and slopes honing your skills. Coaches help you master jumping, rails and slope-style skiing.

If you enjoyed this post, check out our recent article on what to wear while skiing and snowboarding.

Planning an upcoming stay in the Village of Blue Mountain? Make sure to explore our luxury chalet rentals, great for large groups and families.

Why Is Blue Mountain Called Blue Mountain?

Stay at Blue Mountain shares why is blue mountain is called blue mountain

It doesn’t look blue. It doesn’t make you feel blue; on the contrary, as a ski resort area, there are lots of ‘uplifting’ activities. So why is Blue Mountain called Blue Mountain?

While there is an answer to the question, it gets a little complicated. First, the only location in Ontario that lays claim to the name is the Blue Mountain Resort, near Collingwood, Ontario.

It turns out that there really isn’t one, single ‘blue mountain’, either a town or geological feature, anywhere in Southern Ontario.

The resort is located within a 287 sq. km. township called “The Blue Mountains”, Ontario, which was formed in 2001.

Wikipedia tells us the Town was named for “the Blue Mountain”. But it turns out that is a reference to the “Blue Mountain Formation”, which runs from nearby Nottawasaga Bay south-east through Ontario, to the town of Whitby on the shores of Lake Ontario. In fact, the geologic formation was previously called the “Whitby Formation”.  

Records show that the formation was named as early as 1928, which is about 20 years before the resort was built. So the formation is the earliest use of the name on record. But there is nothing to tell us how the formation happened to be so named.

What “Blue Mountain” Really Means

While it might be tough to pinpoint the origin of the name, there’s no denying what “Blue Mountain” means to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the area annually. The Blue Mountain Resort is the hub of a year-round tourist destination for those who have a love of the outdoors, combined with an appreciation of fine dining, shopping and accommodations.

Outside, you can explore caves, hike, ski, snowboard, mountain bike, fly down the mountain on a ridge runner, or enjoy a round on one of the area’s golf courses.

You can eat and shop in Blue Mountain Village at the foot of ski hills. As for accommodations, if you want something a little different to the hotel rooms in The Village, you can choose a nearby luxury Blue Mountain chalet for rent.

If you liked this post, check out our recent article titled “Toronto to Blue Mountain: The Perfect Escape from the City”.

How to Pack a Hiking Backpack

How to pack a hiking back pack and other tips from Stay at Blue Mountain

If you’re ever wondering what to do in Blue Mountain, the area offers lots of great hiking trails. But what many hikers don’t know is that, if they never learned how to pack a hiking backpack, they may not be enjoying their hikes to the fullest.

And if you plan a full-on backpacking trip, the sooner you learn to pack a backpack, the better.

Pack a Backpack in Zones

Whether you’re hiking, skiing or using your backpack for air travel, the following packing principles remain the same. Before you pack, imagine the backpack being divided into three zones and use those zones to guide your packing.

  • Zone 1 –  The bottom of the pack. Contrary to what many packers do, the bottom of the pack is for lighter items. If you’re overnighting, carry your sleeping bag at the bottom of the pack. Any extra clothing or light raingear you want to take ‘just in case’ would also do well in Zone 1.

  • Zone 2 – The middle of the pack, closest to your body. This is where you should pack your heaviest items like food and an extra water bottle. If you’re out in the wild, your bear canister would go here too. Placing heavier items in the middle of the pack, against your body, keeps them close to your center of gravity, which keeps you in better balance. That reduces strain on your back, shoulders, and legs by reducing the need to ‘fight’ the weight as you hike.

  • Zone 3 – The top and the mid-section away from your body. Zone 2 is for medium-weight items like first aid kits, a sleeping pad or light climbing tools.  

Using the Zones principle to pack your back stops it from being top or bottom heavy, which will help you hike all day long.

If you liked this post, check out our recent article on what to wear for cross-country skiing.

Toronto to Blue Mountain: The Perfect Escape from the City

A guide from Stay at Blue Mountain for planning a trip from Toronto to Blue Mountain

If you’re planning a trip from Toronto to Blue Mountain, the perfect escape from the city awaits you. As part of the Niagara Escarpment, Blue Mountain is an excellent destination for a winter or summer weekend getaway or a week-long vacation. Located near Georgian Bay, just west of Collingwood, Ontario, the Blue Mountain Ski Resort is about 160 km from downtown Toronto.

How to Get From Toronto to Blue Mountain

While most people make the trip to Blue Mountain by car, there are probably more transportation options than you think, including scheduled routes via a shuttle service, bus service, rail/bus connections, and even by air.

Depending on how you get to Blue Mountain, travel times and ticket prices can vary according to the season. If you’re traveling by car the step-by-step route is relatively simple. Take Highway 400 north to Highway 26 west in Barrie and follow the signs all the way to Blue Mountain. Plan at least one and a half hours for the trip. You can also save yourself a lot of time by buying ski lift tickets and passes and arranging your accommodations beforehand.

Where to Stay and What to Do in Blue Mountain

Most of the action in Blue Mountian centers around the Village at the foot of the ski and snowboard runs. You can enjoy the shops, dining and nightlife attractions year-round in the Village as well as many seasonal activities. In winter, in addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can go tubing, ice skating and snowshoeing. In summer, you can golf, hang out at the beach, mountain bike, enjoy a festival or the many adventure attractions all on-site.

Your choices for accommodations are almost as varied as the available activities in Blue Mountain. Singles and couples can choose one of the many hotel rooms and suites in the Village.

Larger groups have the inviting option of living the luxury-chalet lifestyle at one of the well-appointed chalets that surround the Village. Chalets at Blue Mountain are available year-round for large groups of all sizes of families, friends and corporate retreats. You can choose chalets that feature indoor or outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, fireplaces, air conditioning, and/or saunas. All chalets have free high-speed wi-fi.     

If you liked this post, check out our recent article on why Blue Mountain is such a popular ski destination.