It Takes a Village to Enjoy Winter
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You  have decided that this winter will be different. Instead of ignoring the majestic Ontario winter and making Netflicks your boon companion until spring, you're going to embrace the great outdoors and ski, skate, toboggan, snowboard and do all the things you used to do or have always wanted to do from the first flurry to the last melted drift.
Here's how to do it. Go immediately to Blue Mountain Resort and the Village at Blue. Located in central Ontario's Collingwood area, Blue Mountain is situated in one of the world's best four-season outdoor recreation areas. When winter arrives, Blue Mountain breaks out an amazing assortment of activities at the resort and nearby to let guests try almost every kind of winter sport. In the village, a pedestrians-only mountain-style hamlet located at the resort's centre, guests can choose from more than 40 restaurants, bars and shops to visit, all conveniently located at the base of Blue Mountain.
With more than 1,000 accommodation units, Blue Mountain Resort has a comfortable place to stay for families and groups of any size. Units range from single rooms to townhouses and resort chalets.
For its 74th year, Blue Mountain is celebrating winter and inviting everyone to unleash their inner Winter Warrior amid spectacular scenery cradled by Georgian Bay. More than 1.5 million guests arrive to ski, snowboard, socialize and shop at Blue Mountain Resort and the village annually.
As Ontario's largest mountain resort, Blue Mountain offers winter fun for all ages. Skate on the village's 5-acre Mill Pond, ski on 36 runs with 15 chairlifts, and cross-country ski on 25 groomed trails through the Niagara Escarpment. Snowboarders head for the Badlands Terrain Park, home base for freestylers of every level. The Women's Snowboard Day Park Party happens there on Jan. 18.
Serious about trying snowshoes? Today's shoes are light, streamlined anti-gravity agents on deep snow. Take a one-hour guided tour on Escarpment trails (with warm drinks supplied, of course) or double your fun with a Snowshoe and Winter Tasting Adventure. After a spirited hike at Metcalfe Rock, hardy snowshoers enjoy vintages at the Georgian Hills Vineyard.
How about scrambling down a hill by toboggan? If that's too tame for your inner Winter Warrior, challenge yourself to a Winter Adventure Pack of cross-country skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing. For a different adventure, book an hour-long guided snowmobile tour through incredible countryside or a Snowmobile Dinner tour atop the Escarpment with a stop for a cozy dinner. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and follow it with a pampering package at a local spa. Blue Mountain Resort also provides children's activities through the Kids at Blue program and renowned Ski School.  
On Christmas Eve in 2013, Ontario's largest mountain resort became 20 per cent bigger with the opening of The Orchard, 64 acres with six downhill ski trails for beginners and intermediates. The Orchard Express, a six-person high-speed chair, lifts skiers to the top. Another relative newcomer is the daring Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster. Ontario's first mountain coaster twists and turns downhill more than a kilometre at speeds chosen by riders. For the very brave, guided caving tours at Metcalf Rock's crevice lets you see the world beneath the mountain.    
In the evening, The Village at Blue offers dining to suit every taste, budget and group from the classy Oliver & Bonacini Café and Grill to the sassy Firehall Pizza. The Village offers superb shopping with quality men's and women's apparel, sporting goods, home décor, food and art. Pick up ski wear at Columbia Sportswear or aprés ski wear at Julia's Walk-In Closet. Bright's Gallery, known as Ontario's favourite destination gallery for fine Canadian art, offers a beautiful space for gallery patrons. Shops in the village are open Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The village also hosts events for guests from Jan. 4 through to Easter. The Family Day Weekend on Feb. 14-16 features family-friendly activities in the village and on the mountain, including horse and wagon rides, live entertainment and kids' scavenger hunts. March Break events happen March 14-22 with discount lift tickets for students, daily live entertainment, magic shows and interactive drumming. During Coors Light College and University Week from Feb. 16- 20, students get discounts on lift tickets and lots of après activities.
This winter, let your Winter Warrior come out to play and discover how much fun winter can be at Blue Mountain Resort.


Blue Mountain Resort is located at 108 Jozo Weider Blvd., Blue Mountains, Ont. To make a reservation or for more information, please call 1-877-368-2583 or 705-445-0231, or go to www.bluemountain.ca, or email

mail@bluemountain.ca.

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