Blue Mountain, with its 720-foot - 220 meters for our Canadian friends - vertical drop, offers big time skiing and riding for snowsports enthusiasts in Ontario and Michigan. The area's season ski pass sale runs through the end of October, and now is the time to buy. Prices will be going up in November around CA $100 (US $96.87) per pass in most cases.

The Super Pass, an all-access pass anytime the resort is open, is now on sale for CA $699 (US $677.09) for adults, and CA $449 (US $434.90) for seniors (65+) and youth (6-17).  Kids five and under ski and ride free with an adult Super Pass purchase.

A Night Value Pass, valid five nights a week, Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., runs from Jan. 3 through the end of the season.  The pass is now CA $99 (US $95.89) and goes up to CA $149 (US $144.32) after Nov. 2.

The 5X7 Pass, which is now CA $179 (US $173.35), is valid five days a week, Monday through Friday, and seven nights per week throughout the season, except for days during the holiday period, Dec. 20 through Dec. 31.

A child's pass (5 and under) is CA $10 ($9.69) with the purchase of a regular Night Value Pass or 5X7 Pass.

New this season is a Double Down, which prior to Nov. 2 is CA $89 (US $86.20).  It entitles you to two day/night lift tickets anytime during the season.  There's a limit of two Double Down passes per customer.

None of the pricing includes the 13-percent HST (Canadian sales tax), which will be added on to your purchase price.

Season pass holders also get other benefits like special lodging prices, 15-percent off purchases at the resort's retail stores and off food purchases at Jozo's, the Pottery Restaurant, and food courts.  Super Pass holders receive $25 off regular lift tickets, and up to five days at other Intrawest winter resorts anytime during the season. There are also discounts for the Scandinave Spa.

Blue Mt. has 36 trails, ranging from beginner to double black diamond, two terrain parks, a super pipe, and 14 lifts, including four high-speed express chairs.  It's arguably one of the best snowsports resorts in the Great Lakes Region.

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