Wednesday, 23 January 2013

FIS World Cup Snowboardcross Returns to Blue Mountain Resort February 1-2, 2013

February 1st update

After some amazing work by the entire team, the FIS World Cup Snowboardcross course saw its first action with training runs yesterday afternoon.  The region was blanketed with snow this morning and Blue is now back up to 34 runs.  The course is in great shape and the Resort is geared up for a great event over the next two days. 

The schedule has been slightly updated this morning.  Please see below:

Friday:             Men’s Training: 9:55am
                         Men’s Qualifying:  10:35am
                        Women’s Training: 12:40pm
                        Women’s Qualifying: 1:20pm

Saturday:         Training: 11am (media and photographers are asked to arrive by 9:30am)
Final heats: 12pm – 1:15pm

**Schedule is subject to change based on weather and course conditions.


The FIS World Cup Snowboardcross returns to Blue Mountain Resort for a second season. After a successful stop in 2012, the 2013 FIS World Cup Snowboardcross, and some of the world’s top athletes, are set to thrill spectators once again at Blue Mountain February 1-2, 2013.

National pride will be on the line, as the Canadian team competes against athletes from 27 countries in this global event. Blue Mountain is one of 19 locations on the FIS World Cup Tour, including stops in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway, among other countries. Blue Mountain is one of only two stops in Canada for the 2013 FIS World Cup Snowboardcross Tour. The World Championships took place on January 17, 2013 at Stoneham, Quebec.

Blue Mountain has become a regular and successful stop on the FIS Ski Cross World Cup circuit for the last three seasons. Due to scheduling, the Ski Cross event will not be returning this season. However, event organizers are pleased to announce that with the return of the 2013 FIS Snowboardcross World Cup there will be plenty of action on the slopes at Blue Mountain this season.

“Winter enthusiasts got their taste of this exciting sport last season,” said Paul Pinchbeck, Director, Marketing, Blue Mountain Resort. “The feedback from our guests was extremely positive. We’re proud to bring back the Snowboardcross event for a second season at Blue Mountain and challenge these athletes with our world-class terrain.”

The event organizers, headed by event co-chairs Chris Robinson and Mark Kristofic, have planned a spectacular event, featuring a world-class Snowboardcross course that will challenge the world’s best athletes.

"As we head into the fourth consecutive World Cup at Blue Mountain we are extremely excited to be holding the event on a Saturday for the first time,” said Chris Robinson, World Cup Co-Chair. “We're hoping for a huge crowd and with 27 countries registered already, it will be a spectacular event. The course is once again being designed and built by Olympic course builder, Jeff Ihaksi, so we're guaranteed to have a world-class venue for the world's best riders to compete on."

Racing on home soil is also something that Canadian athletes look forward to. "The Blue Mountain race was one of my favorite stops on tour last season,” said Maelle Ricker, Olympic Champion and Canadian snowboardcross athlete. “We had a great course to ride and the town was so supportive of the event. I'm really looking forward to competing there this year."  

Event Details
2013 FIS World Cup Snowboardcross

Where:  Blue Mountain Resort (Smart Alec Trail)

Who:    Male and female competitors from 27 countries

Please visit or for more information. 

Monday, 21 January 2013

Join us for an action packed week of events at Blue

We have another action packed week of events and activities at Blue. Cold weather is in the forecast and we have all 36 trails open for skiing and snowboarding. It’s time to celebrate winter at Blue! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Tuesday, January 22nd:

Fiesta Tuesday’s Movie Night
It’s Fiesta Tuesday at Jozo’s and this week’s featured film is Snowboard Canada’s RELAX.
Join us for a free movie night and an awesome deal on Burrito’s – only $2 for 5!  Doors open at 7pm and show time is at 8pm.

Thursday, January 24th:

Live Music – Shane Cloutier Band
There’s always something happening at Jozo’s! Whether you feel like some live entertainment in the afternoon or grabbing a late dinner while enjoying good music, performances will be happening from 3pm-7pm and from 10pm-close.

Friday, January 25th:

Live Music – Julian Taylor Band
Missed Thursday’s live music? No problem! Jozo’s is hosting yet another live music performance happening the entire evening! Event starts at 3pm-7pm or 10pm-close.

Saturday, January 26th:

Billabong Flaunt It All Girls Slopestyle Event
Kicking off their 7th season, the Billabong Flaunt It Tour is an All-Girls Slopestyle & Rail Jam snowboard series that is aimed at giving girls from all levels a chance to “Flaunt It”. Supported by VonZipper, Dakine, Nixon, Snowboarder Magazine and Snowboard Canada, Flaunt It provides over $75,000 in cash and prizes for the girls to compete for. The first place winner from each stop of the tour will also receive airfare and accommodation to the series finals at Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA! Although there is some serious stuff to be won, this contest was designed with fun in mind!

This is a morning slopestyle jam followed by an afternoon rail jam. Throughout the day, contestants will have the chance to do as many runs as desired with the judges watching over the course of the event, until they eventually determine standout riders. Every participant will receive a gift bag and a complimentary lunch.

To register, go to The website also provides further details on the event schedule. Please notice that a valid lift ticket or season pass is required!

Molson Canadian Live – Jamie McLaughlin
Take a break from the slopes and enjoy some live music performed right in the South Base Lodge! Event starts at 2:30pm until 6pm.

Saturday – Sunday January 27th:

Ride Along with Ski Cross Athletes Davey Barr & Julia Murray –
Melanoma Awareness Event
Hear stories from Olympic Ski Cross athletes and learn all about how to help prevent Melanoma. Don’t miss the chance to sign up for ski lessons with these incredible ambassadors! 
Make sure to sign up as soon as possible as there us a limited amount of spots available per lesson!
Come out to learn and support a great cause! All proceeds from the event go to the DCMF.
For further information on this event, go to or call 647-393-DCMF.

Weekly Activities:

Take advantage of all the fresh snow after a mild week and jump back into winter with partaking in some our returning weekly activities that had to be put on hold after the thaw. Despite the sudden and complete switch in temperatures, guests can be sure to enjoy a good balance of indoor and outdoor events that give you the chance to warm up and head back outside!

Winter activities include horse carriage rides, skating on the pond, guided snowshoeing and much more. To get further information on activities happening daily, visit our website or stop by the Activity Central located beside the Grand Central Lodge at the bottom of the Silver Bullet chairlift.

Monday, 14 January 2013

What’s Happening at Blue This Week: January 14th - January 20th

Want to know what’s happening at Blue Mountain this week? Listed below is our full line up of events for this week. With more than 20 major events this season, it’s never a dull moment at Blue Mountain!

Tuesday, January 15th:

Fiesta Tuesday’s Movie Night
It’s Fiesta Tuesday at Jozo’s and this week’s featured film is Toy Soldier’s Act Natural.
Join us for a free movie night and an awesome deal on Burrito’s – only 2 for $5!  Doors open at 7pm and show time is at 8pm.

Wednesday, January 15th:

Live Music – Drew McIvor
Stop by the Twist Martini Lounge to enjoy a relaxing evening with live entertainment.
Event starts at 7pm.

Saturday, January 19th:

Salomon’s ‘Don’t Get Lost’ Snowshoe Raid
This is a team based snowshoe race in which competitors will travel on and off-trail to checkpoints located throughout The Blue Mountains’ beautiful forests and parklands. Event begins with Race-Kit pickup at 8:30am in the Grand Central Lodge. Race is set to start between 10:45am and 11am. There will be awards and a post-race meal to warm up!
To find out more information on pricing and to view a full event schedule, visit

Roxy Ride Day – All Girls Snowboard Day
The Roxy Ride Days tour is aimed to offer the opportunity for female riders to progress their park and all-mountain skills with guest coaches and Roxy team riders. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate rider, the Roxy Ride Days will be perfect for you. All coaching sessions are broken up, so you can easily plan out your day here at Blue Mountain. The day is free for you to maximize your time with what you want to learn!

Event is open to any girls age 14 and up. Price is $50 + lift ticket.
Group meets in Spectacular room at the Blue Mountain Inn; please arrive at 8:30a.m. for check in.
Roxy Ride Day Schedule:
9:30am – 9:45am: Welcome
9:45am – 10am: Warm Up
10am – 10:30am: Group Coaching Session: Park Riding (Intro or Review)
10:30am – 12:30pm: Coaching Sessions: Jumps, Rails, Boxes
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Mini Jams: Game of R.O.X.Y. – JIB JAM
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Prizes & Wrap Up

Molson Canadian Live – Aaron Garner
Head on down to the South Base Lodge to watch Aaron Garner perform! Take a break from all the excitement happening this day and join Molson and Blue to enjoy a unique après ski atmosphere.
Event starts at 2:30pm.

Sunday, January 20th:

Après Ski – Scott Donally
Come and see Scott Donally perform live at Rusty’s! Wind down after a day on the slopes with some food and great entertainment!
Event starts at 3pm.

Weekly Activities:

Don’t forget about our weekly winter activities happening throughout the entire season!
Despite milder temperatures this week, Blue Mountain continues to be busy with events happening around the resort.

Daily Live Music
Stop by M.J. Byrne’s Irish Pub to soak up some live music, starting at 9pm.

Ridge Runner
The mountain coaster offers an exciting downhill adventure at Blue. The coaster will take riders on an exhilarating trip through the escarpment’s varied terrain and thrilling glades for over a kilometer downhill.

Indoor Activities
Don’t let the weather stop you from being active. Check out the indoor Tennis courts or go for a swim Plunge! Aquatic Centre.

For more information visit or stop by the Activity Central located by the Grand Central Lodge.