LACK OF A BETTER OPTION
This is how Blue Mountain is best described. Offering one of the few ski experiences in Ontario that doesn't resemble a tobogganing run. However it goes downhill from there.
Let me start with the crowds, there are more then 4 million (and growing fast) people in the vicinity and they all seem to flock to Blue Mountain on weekends, snow days, weekdays and of course nights. That means there are crowds pretty much anytime its a good time to go skiing. Exceptions to this rule are ice storms, rain, and the first week of the season, other than that, expect to wait and groan and wait some more in the lift lines.
Not only does this mean you spend far more time waiting for the lifts, then you do riding the lifts and skiing the hill, but it also means that the hills themselves are crowded and act like mine fields scattered with yard sales, groups of groms and elderly folk. Not that there is a problem with any of those groups, but combined it makes for hazardous and very tense runs.
By the way these crowds are due mainly to Blue Mountains low cost (and value) hugely popular 5 X 7 Passes. These passes are a seemingly good deal yet repeat customers aren't the norm. Basically what you get is a pass that lets you ski off hours which become peak hours because thats when everyone with a 5 X 7 pass (more than 50,000 passholders last year) go skiing. So you get chopped up snow (ungroomed but we'll get to that) huge lines, no parking spots combined with the bitter cold and poor lighting conditions of the night skiing. That is of course if you don't work Monday to Friday and can get up for weekdays (or a local, then the 5 X 7 is actually worthwhile).
Okay enough about crowds and pass conspiracies, the OPERATIONS AT BLUE ARE BAD.
Just plain awful at times, I have had more WOW moments at Blue Mountain then any other of the 42 ski resorts I have visited. Blue Mountain sure has the WOW Factor down pat, example:
"Wow, I can't believe it took 14 minutes for the lifties at the North "High Speed" Quad to shovel the lift loading area. Yah, it didn't even need smoothing."
All the while the lines piled up to record lengths. It took 3 runs for the lift lines to cut down to normal (still too long). I later met up with a group who had been in the back of that line. They said that they waited 31 minutes to get onto the chairlift, not because of any mechanical problem or fallen skier, because the lifties decided to do some unnecessary lift maintenance at a snails pace. It turns out that is an all-time record for lift wait time in that category and has stood since that incident 2 years ago. Please respond if you have one longer, but I doubt you do.
Sorry Im carrying on.
DO NOT GO TO BLUE MOUNTAIN UNLESS YOU HAVE TIME TO WASTE OR YOU LIVE IN COLLINGWOOD. MT ST. LOUIS MOONSTONE HAS A NICE PARK AND GOOD RUNS, AND SEVERAL OTHERS IN BARRIE. TRY HOLIDAY VALLEY IN ELLICOTTVILLE AND EXPLORE NEW YORK, VERMONT AND QUEBEC. AND PLEASE PLAN A WESTERN TRIP OR A WEEK IN EUROPE, DON'T BE A TYPICAL ONTARIO SKIER STUCK IN THE BLUE MOUNTAIN MONOTONY STRANGLEHOLD.