Things to do before your winter trip to the Blue Mountains
Whether it’s your first ski trip, or you are a seasoned pro, there is always something you’ve forgotten, and a few tips can go a long way. We have gathered a few answers to the questions we get most by travelers who will be visiting the Blue Mountain during winter.
What clothing do we need?
It’s no fashion show, but as with most ski destinations, the base and alpine elevations at Blue Mountain have very different conditions, so our main suggestion would be to dress in layers! Also if you plan to spend you time hanging around, and exploring the Blue Mountain Village after a day on the slopes, make sure to bring a waterproof outerlayer – there is no telling how the weather may change, particularly when the sun drops.
Should we bring our own ski and snowboarding gear, or is it better to rent?
If you’ve tried it before, you’ll know air travel with large sporting items is a serious pain, and can get rather expensive too. A few years ago, you may have wanted to go through the hassle, but these days rentals options are better than ever. The equipment is of great quality, and often much better suited to the conditions than your own equipment may be ( if it’s a fresh powder day, you’ll have access to powder skis, whereas if it’s a sunny cloudless day you may want to try cruiser skis ). Also, the renters can give you great advice on conditions and equipment.
HINT: If you do choose to rent, make sure to book your gear online ( saving time and money ) and pick your stuff up the night before.
What is the closest airport, and what is the easiest way to transit to Blue Mountain?
There are four ways to get from Toronto airport to Blue Mountain depending on what you are looking for. Prices start at $15, but time and charge change depending on your choice. You can get to Blue Mountain by bus, train or car. View here for options, costs and time it takes.
Should we pre-book for snow school, or wait till we get there?
Snow schools have become increasingly popular. Not only are they great to learn or progress quickly, they also give you access to invaluable advice about the spot, you skip lift lines, and you get to explore the best parts of Ontario’s largest ski resort. – Hence, booking in advance is essential to guarantee your spot, particularly if you are booking for multiples. Also booking online, and in advance often gives you access to early bird deals and season specials.
What else can we do while we are in the area?
There are endless amounts of activities and exploring to do in Blue Mountain Collingwood. From seasonal events to everyday adventures, there really is something for everyone – and the beauty of the place is something of a spectacle in itself. For info on events, Blue Village always hosts some great “must-do’s” while in the area, otherwise the internet is in no short supply for reviews and suggestions.
Whether you have booked your trip already, or planning in advance and scouting your options, you are going to love your time in Blue Mountain. It’s full of activity for the whole family and perfectly equipped for a short or long winter holiday. Remember if you are looking for accommodations, makes sure to visit The Lodges at Blue Mountain for a variety of accommodation options, from honeymoon suits, to family settings and group accommodation, they will find something for you!
For more information on your trip to Blue Mountain:
- Why January is the best time for your ski trip
- The best dog friendly activities in Blue Mountain
- Printable winter vacation checklist