From the Vault: Celebrating 75 Years of Blue Mountain Resort — Part 5

After 14 years of publishing Mountain Life in Ontario, we finally gained access to The Vault—Blue Mountain Resort’s historical archive stretching back to 1941, the year Jozo Weider founded the resort. For this 75th anniversary issue tribute we’ve searched through many boxes of unseen material and conducted interviews with BMR insiders. We’ve selected these 75 images and anecdotes—in no particular order—that commemorate life at Blue since that long-ago first winter season of ‘41/’42. We hope you find them every bit as enlightening as we did.

 

 

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42. BEV PHILP
Bev Philp joined BMR as a hill hostess in 1976 and assisted with marketing projects until becoming Vice President of Marketing in 1983. Among her many achievements and projects, she introduced the popular 5×7 season pass in 1998 and was on the Start Up Committee for Memory Lane Park. She retired in 2014. She’s pictured here in the early 1980s, testing out the Blue Mountain Inn’s newly revamped facilities.

Courtesy of BMR

43. PRIME REAL ESTATE
Apple Bowl Chair, 1970s. The snowswept fields in the background are now occupied by the Village, and the snowmaking reservoir is now the Mill Pond.

Courtesy of BMR

44. ON DUTY
Ski patrollers Shirley Rhodes and Linda Fitzgerald at the base of North Poma, 1962.

Courtesy of Charles Garrad

45. YARD SALE
The “joke wipeout” that keeps on giving.

Courtesy of BMR

46. THE BANDSHELL
A precursor to the open-air Village Plaza concerts of today, the Bandshell stood beside the old Central Base Lodge in the mid ’70s and hosted such musical luminaries as Moe Koffman, Lighthouse, and The Good Brothers. BMR

Courtesy of BMR

47. K-WAYS & TIGHTS
From K-Ways to mustard ski tights, there’s a lot of style going on in this deep-Seventies shot. So we decided to let you choose your own caption.

Courtesy of BMR

48. TUNED IN
Centre-part, jean vest, sparks flyin’… This photo just 48 Centre-part, jean vest, sparks flyin’… This photo just keeps on giving.

Courtesy of BMR

49. IN THE ZONE
Riding the T-Bar, happy together, no hats required.

Courtesy of BMR

50. BLUE & THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS
An event that holds a special spot in Blue Mountain’s collective heart, the Special Olympics World Winter Games came to Collingwood in 1997, co-hosting over 2000 athletes from over 90 countries, leading to the founding of the largest program of its kind in the world. BMR has sponsored the event, the organization’s 40+ volunteers and over 30 athletes since the beginning.

 

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