Blue Mountain Expands "The Orchard"

Blue Mountain’s pre-eminence in the world of Ontario downhill has never been doubted, but this upcoming season it gets a serious boost. Blue is investing no less than $7 million to add 64 acres of new terrain, a high-speed, six-person chairlift and six trails in the existing Orchard area on the south end. This busts out Blue’s skiable terrain to 364 acres across 42 trails.

Snowmaking and night lighting will also be installed on three of the six trails.

“This is one of the most significant investments in the Resort’s 73-year history and the largest expansion of a ski resort in Ontario in recent memory,” said Dan Skelton, President and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Mountain Resort. “Skiing and Snowboarding is alive and well in Ontario.”

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The Orchard’s opening will be equivalent to adding 21 percent of the Resort’s current piste. As for the handful of powderhounds who have been poaching Orchard runs in previous seasons? Game over.

However, these bonus acres of terrain translate into more skiing for everyone, fewer crowds on the hill, and less time people watching in the lift lines. Thanks, Blue.